Blueberry Oat Muffins

There's nothing like fresh muffins first thing in the morning! I made these Bluebery Oat Muffins for work on Friday for Kristina's birthday. These muffins also work well with other berries, fresh or dried. Try them with a combination of blueberries and cranberries for a tart treat!!


Pho Lan Restaurant

Check out my mini review of Pho Lan restaurant.

Check out their business card:
Pho Lan Business Card: Business card from Pho Lan Vietnamese Restaurant in Richmond (a suburb of Vancouver).

Mini-Review: Pho Lan Vietnamese Restaurant

We tried out a new Vietnamese restaurant today for lunch.

Pho Lan is in Richmond (a suburb of Vancouver) where I work. The food is delicious and inexpensive. Noodle soups are about $5 for a medium size and curry with rice is $6. I had lemon pork chop with rice and salad for $6.50.

Thanks David for the idea! David heard about the restaurant from Tracy!

Mini-Review: Tama Sushi

One of my favourite restaurants that I forgot to mention in my favourite restaurant feature is Tama Sushi. It's walking distance from where I live which is a major bonus because I hate driving. Whenever people come to visit, I alway take them there and they always enjoy it. I love to hang out at the sushi bar and kibbitz with the sushi chefs while they make sushi and grill eel.

The fish there is always fresh! My favourites are: whatever they have on special and spicy tuna sashimi.

Two Kitchen Tips from Barb

We've started a section on Handy Kitchen Tips. The first two tips are about zucchini and the difference between cocoa and Dutch cocoa,


The Urban Peasant

The Urban Peasant is another great place for recipes and cooking tips. And even better, the man behind the site, TV show and cookbooks, James Barber, lives in Vancouver!

Please check it out and join their site so you can have access to the recipes! You won't be disappointed.


Another Website For Recipes - World Wide Recipes

Just another site for finding recipes 'n stuff. I've been on their email list for almost 3 years, and they've always sent a recipe to my mailbox everyday! A definite place to check out! =) It's called World Wide Recipes -

Editor's Note: Thanks Ryan, we definitely will!

Contributed by Ryan Lam


Monster zucchini

What to do when you wander in your garden and discover a zucchini the size of a baseball bat?
You can have a zucchini bake-a-thon (muffins, breads, cakes...) or you can freeze your zucchini to bake goodies later:
Grate zucchini and package in freezer bags in premeasured portions for recipes you plan to use. Freeze for up to 12 months.

Cocoa powders

What's the difference between cocoa powder and Dutch processed cocoa?

Regular or nonalkalized cocoa is lighter in colour and sharper in flavour. It is acidic, so when added to recipes with an alkaline ingredient like baking soda, the two react and leaven a product.

Dutch processed cocoa is alkalized and is less acidic, darker and more mellow in flavour. It won't react properly in recipes calling for baking soda and if used, the product may taste soapy. I prefer it in recipes that don't call for baking soda for the main leavening agent.

Bodacious Chocolate Zucchini Cake

This recipe hasn't been handed down by generations of Minnesotans, but it's pretty darn good! The cherries add a tart contrast and make my chocolate zucchini cake really bodacious!!



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