Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Basil Pesto


The Busboy (Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld)

(Jerry, George, and Elaine are all eating at an Italian restaurant. George hasn't eaten anything)

GEORGE: Why do I get pesto? Why do I think I'll like it? I keep trying to like it, like I have to like it.
JERRY: Who said you have to like it?
GEORGE: Everybody likes pesto. You walk into a restaurant, that's all you hear - pesto, pesto, pesto.
JERRY: I don't like pesto.
GEORGE: Where was pesto 10 years ago?

LOL. Classic. But seriously, who doesn't love pesto? So fresh, so green, so delicious!

Can you ever have too much basil?


200 g basil leaves ( a big colander full or three small bunches), ends cut off but I keep the stems on
200 g toasted pine nuts
60 ml extra virgin olive oil
200 g Parmesan cheese, grated
1 clove garlic
1 lemon, juiced


  1. In a large blender, place pine nuts, basil, garlic and lemon juice.
  2. Puree for 1 minute or until ingredients are roughly blended.
  3. Slowly, add oil while blender is on medium setting.
  4. Add cheese.
  5. If too thick add a bit more oil.
  6. Blend until almost smooth or to desired consistency.
  7. Will last for a few of days in refrigerator.
  8. If adding to pasta, make sure you include a couple of tablespoons of pasta water when adding pesto to pasta.
or pine nuts?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Mango Tango Berry Smoothie

Smoothies in the morning are an easy way to grab a nutritious cup of fruits and veggies especially for people who don't like a big breakfast.

This one is easy peasy. And it doesn't have anything but fruit in it - no dairy. Throw in a handful of frozen mango, fresh or frozen strawberries, pineapple and a 2 peeled oranges. I add 1/2 c  water (more if needed). Blend away and it's done! It honestly tastes like spring feels - clean, fresh, pure and refreshing. If you want you can add some hemp hearts for added nutrition.


1/2 cup frozen mango
1 c strawberries
2 medium orange, peeled
1/2 cup pineapple
1/2 cup water
3 tbsp hemp seeds (optional)


Blend everything together for 1 minute or desired consistently is reached.

Other smoothies you should try:
Green Goodness
Avocado Strawberry Smoothie
Blueberry Mango Smoothie
Blueberry Banana Tofu Smoothie
Pomegranate and Kale Smoothie
Strawberry Muesli Smoothie
Detox Lemon Spinach Smoothie
Cranberry Orange Antioxidant Smoothie
Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

Friday, January 9, 2015

Orange Spiced Tea Poppy Seed Loaf with OJ Glaze


I drink coffee. A lot of coffee. For the most part, I only drink tea if I'm feeling sick or my mom is in town. But baking with tea is something different - I love it. I didn't really think about it until I attended the IFBC 2014 in Seattle last September. There, I attended a session led by Cindi Bigelow, President & CEO of Bigelow Tea. I learned an amazing amount of facts and information about tea. We also tasted amazing baked goods with tea as a main ingredient. This what inspired this loaf. Bonus: My kids loved it!

Brush with tea glaze - poke holes in top of loaf to ensure maximum tea flavour.

Brush or pour the glaze on the loaf once loaf has cooled.

Let sit for at least 30 minutes to dry slightly.



3 bags orange and spice tea
1 -1/4 c  boiling water

1½ cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
3 Tbsp poppyseeds
3/4 cup plain yogurt
¼ c steeped orange and spice tea
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp orange zest
½ tsp vanilla
½ cup vegetable oil

Orange Tea Syrup:
1 cup orange and spice tea
1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup icing sugar
1 Tbsp orange juice
1 tsp pure orange flavoring (optional)


Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9x5 loaf pan with baking spray.

  1. Steep 3 tea bags in boiled water.
  2. Let steep 10 minutes.
  3. Discards tea bags and let tea cool.


  1. Make orange syrup by placing 1 cup tea and 1 cup sugar in blender. Blend for 1 minute.
  2. Set aside. Can be made ahead of time.


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and poppy seeds; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together yogurt and tea.
  3. Add eggs and whisk until combined.
  4. Add sugar, zest, vanilla and vegetable oil and whisk until combined.
  5. Add in dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for about 1 hour until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  7. Let cool 10 minutes in the pan.
  8. Poke holes over top of loaf.
  9. Brush syrup over orange poppy seed loaf.
  10. Wait 10 minutes and brush with more syrup. (you’ll have extra syrup – just refrigerate for future use)
  11. Cool loaf completely.
  12. Create glaze by whisking together icing sugar, orange juice and orange flavoring.
  13. Gently pour glaze over loaf, let set till crust forms on glaze, about 30 minutes.