Tang Yuan: Chinese Black Sesame Dumplings

My two years in China were full of delicious new discoveries.  Tang yuan was one of them.  After a two-week holiday trip to Thailand, I had just returned to the small city where I was living and working in northeast China.  I had missed the main celebration of Chinese New Year (or Spring Festival, as most Chinese call it), but was delighted when some Chinese colleagues invited me … Continue reading Tang Yuan: Chinese Black Sesame Dumplings

7 Recipes for Lentil Lovers

I fell in love with lentils long before I moved north to prairie lands covered with lentil fields.  My first memory of eating them was in my aunt’s red lentil soup.  I love a good lentil soup (and still make her recipe), but in the years to follow, I began to discover the versatility of these remarkable legumes and started to enjoy them beyond the soup bowl. Lentil … Continue reading 7 Recipes for Lentil Lovers

Blueberry Lime Applesauce with Ginger

Simple, zingy, and astonishingly delicious–this homemade blueberry applesauce with ginger tastes sublime!  Another batch needs to be made soon, because we can’t get enough! A friend called me up last Friday and asked if I could go with her to gather some surplus apples in the neighbourhood.  The funny thing is, I had been hoping to score some free apples in the coming weeks.  I … Continue reading Blueberry Lime Applesauce with Ginger

Mango Lemon Bars

Mango Lemon Bars with Coconut Crust

Whether you’re ready for a party or in need of a boost, you cannot go wrong with citrus.  The bright aromas are a natural mood enhancer!   We’ve been drooping this week, with fluctuating weather, my husband not feeling well, and the kitchen in chaos.  So as I suggested before, when life gets you down, make lemon bars.  Amen? Last time I created Citrus Swirl Lemon … Continue reading Mango Lemon Bars with Coconut Crust