Cycle Self-Care Spanakopita

Cycle Self-Care Spanakopita

Cooking for yourself can be one of the greatest acts of self-care. And there’s no better time to practice self-care than in the weeks and days leading up to your period. This recipe will not only give you a step-by-step guide to making a comforting and delicious SPANAKOPITA filo pie, but will give you hormonal health nutritional tips along the way!

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Toasted Corn Salad w/ Fresh Herbs & Blackberries!

Toasted Corn Salad w/ Fresh Herbs & Blackberries!

Summer season is here! And even better — summer corn! Nothing more glorious than some new season corn, blackened and toasty seasoned with salt and pepper. On the cob or off its really the best stuff. Try it in this salad with fresh juicy blackberries, fresh herbs and a lemony dressing!

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Turmeric & Ginger Marmalade

Turmeric & Ginger  Marmalade

I rarely pay attention to recipes when I make chutneys. I basically throw loads of fruit and sugar into a pot, add onions and spices, simmer for 3 hours and pray it tastes nice. It usually does. Here is my recipe for a citrusy chutney enhanced with Diaspora Co. single origin turmeric, kalonji seeds and curry leaves.

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Fresh & Fast Bindi Masala -- Okra!

Fresh & Fast Bindi Masala -- Okra!

Okra fans, pay attention. This bindi masala is simple, fresh and cooks up in minutes. Spiced with cumin and burnt garlic, it’s flavoured beautifully. This is the perfect weeknight vegetarian meal that pairs perfectly with some simple rice, quinoa or some delicious flatbread. Make sure not to forget the salad!

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Fragrant Jewelled Basmati Rice w/ Pistachios, Barberries & Caramelised Onions

Fragrant Jewelled Basmati Rice w/ Pistachios, Barberries & Caramelised Onions

Rice CAN BE a main course! This recipe is inspired by Meera Sodha’s “Maharaja’s Rice” recipe. It’s an exciting way to pimp out some simple basmati rice. It’s unbelievably fragrant, borrowing from biryani flavours with cardamom, cloves & cinnamon. I’ve loaded it with sweet caramelised onions, and it’s topped with toasted pistachios & Persian barberries.

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Spring Asparagus Fattoush

Spring Asparagus Fattoush

I live for fattoush and therefore it’s my mission to create the perfect fattoush recipe for all seasons. This one features lovely Quebec spring asparagus from the Jean Talon Market. It’s made with mixed radishes (including the elusive kohlrabi!) loads of fresh herbs, dill & sumac. HIT IT UP!

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Aloo Palak w/ Cumin & Mustard Seeds

Aloo Palak w/ Cumin & Mustard Seeds

I always make a point to cook special Monday night meals. Mostly because it helps start the week off right. Also because I get lazy on the weekends, I don’t cook much, and once the week starts I’m ready to get going again. This recipe for Aloo Palak — potatoes and spinach — is comforting, nourishing, and extremely simple to whip up, even after a long day at work.

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Winter Mezze Spread

Winter Mezze Spread

Winter weather provides a great opportunity to stay indoors and get stuck into some cooking projects. Even better than that is inviting friends over to enjoy the fruits of your labour. Learning how to put together a decent Mid-Eastern style mezze spread will change your life re: entertaining. It’s relatively low effort but can yield dramatic and impressive results.

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Spiced Celery Leaf & Popadom Salad

Spiced Celery Leaf & Popadom Salad

This was one of those delightful accidents: a salad consisting of fridge & pantry scraps. But I’m determined to turn this accidental salad into a deliberate one by recreating it again and again. Celery hearts —with their sweet , bitter leaves — and toasted mustard seeds are the key flavour heroes of this salad . And the popadom croutons deliver fattoush vibes with North Indian vibes.

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Roasted Garam Masala Spice Blend

 Roasted Garam Masala Spice Blend

Spice blending is my life! Roasting spices whole releases their flavour and wellness benefits. Why buy some Garam Masala flavoured dust from the grocery store when you can awaken all of your senses with this rich, fragrant DIY blend? Impress your friends with this super simple Garam Masala from scratch!

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Purple Cabbage & Diaspora Co. Turmeric Bhajis

Purple Cabbage & Diaspora Co. Turmeric Bhajis

Don’t mind me, just posting another bhaji recipe. Whether it’s on a hot day with a cold beer, or a cozy winter afternoon with some sweet & spicy chutney , there’s honestly never a bad time to consume bhajis. I recently made my first Diaspora Co, Single-Origin turmeric purchase and now I’m literally trying out ALL of my fave Indian dishes with this magic powder. (More details on the Turmeric at the end of the recipe post!)

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Leek & Besan (chickpea flour!) Fritters

Leek & Besan (chickpea flour!) Fritters

Not quite latke, not quite bhaji, these little fritters tick ALL the boxes: Crispy, spicy,  Vegan, Gluten Free, ready in under 20 minutes. They’re made with one of my fave ingredients: Besan! AKA gram flour, chickpea flour, farine de pois chiches. This savoury plant-based flour is perfect for gf baking, healthy fritters, and you can even use it to make a vegan brown butter! Is there anything it can’t do?

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Ottolenghi's Black Pepper Tofu (Simplified Version)

Ottolenghi's Black Pepper Tofu (Simplified Version)

This is one of my favourite — indeed probably the only — way to prepare and consume tofu. Crispy, sticky, sweet & spicy. This recipe is from Ottolenghi’s masterpiece cookbook PLENTY, but as with most of the recipes in the book, it’s a bit ‘involved’. Homeboy uses THREE types of soya sauce in this recipe? Unnecessary I think. Here is my simplified version!

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Winter Tabouleh w/ Quinoa, Pomegranate & Radicchio

Winter Tabouleh w/ Quinoa, Pomegranate & Radicchio

I could live for days eating nothing but tabouleh. The freshness of the parsley, the crunch of the veggies, the intensity of the citrus, the carby goodness of the grains— I can’t get enough. I’m constantly reinventing the classic tabouleh recipe so I don’t get bored (and so I have more website content!) Here’s a version of tabouleh that’s fresh, fruity, a bit bitter and with a gluten-free grain!

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Fattoush Salad w/ Sumac Pita Chips & Pomegranate

Fattoush Salad w/ Sumac Pita Chips & Pomegranate

Fattoush Salad feels like an indulgent special treat, but it’s actually dead easy to make. Any night of the week. All you need are a few key ingredients on hand and a good supply of fresh veggies. And if your fridge isn’t constantly filled with fresh veggies then you’re doing life wrong.

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Pumpkin & Chickpea Curry w/ Tangy Hyderabadi Tomatoes

Pumpkin & Chickpea Curry w/ Tangy Hyderabadi Tomatoes

It’s that time of year again: cozy, spicy, warming, and comforting dishes are basically all that’s on the menu and my curry-game is improving every day. This recipe has a few steps but worth the investment of your time and energy. Try this on a Sunday, simmer all afternoon long and enjoy with some fluffy rice, crunchy pickled-cabbage and some warm chapatis. Make yourself a thali— you deserve it!

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Toasted Ontario Corn, Jalapeno & Fresh Mint Salad

Toasted Ontario Corn, Jalapeno & Fresh Mint Salad

This salad is super simple to prepare, but if you really want it to present as a feast for the eyes, you’ll want to select as many veggies as possible to build it. Focus on different colours. The combination of fresh, watery crunchy veggies with the taste of toasted (and a little charred) corn is heavenly! The smell of the toasting corn is other-worldly.

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Bengali Tomato Jam

Bengali Tomato Jam

My years in Yorkshire taught me many valuable lessons; most especially, the importance of a good chutney. It’s a pretty easy thing to whip up, all you need is fruit, spices, and LOAD of sugar. But the key ingredient is creativity— you don’t want a boring chutney. This Bengali spiced recipe is perfect for Indian snacks, cheese & biscuits or even a serious sandwich. Check it out.

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Labour Day Tomato Tart

Labour Day Tomato Tart

The urban garden I have access to is currently presenting more tomatoes that I can ever cope with. In addition to their abundance, they’re all incredibly beefy, juicy and flavourful beyond belief. Sure I’m making a lot of sauce, but some of these tomatoes deserve a much more celebratory presentation. Read ahead for this dead-easy 4 ingredient tomato tart recipe.

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Spicy Masala Okra Fries

Spicy Masala Okra Fries

Okra fries are basically my reason for existence. The first time this concept came into my life was in 2008 while travelling through South India. I encountered okra fried in a chickpea flour, garlic and chilli batter. I couldn’t stop thinking about that okra. Only years later did I finally realise I’d been eating OKRA FRIES and set upon recreating the dish myself. They’re prefect every time.

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