Banana bread is one of those classic favourite desserts that is simple to whip up anytime you have overripe bananas. I’m a bit of a purist when it comes to banana bread and prefer no nuts, no dried banana chips and no chocolate- just bananas! I love the aroma of baking banana bread and the anticipation of tasting the first warm slice fresh from the oven. I wanted to share my family’s favourite banana bread recipe which is moist, sweet and full of banana flavour. Enjoy!
I had been hearing a lot of buzz from fellow foodies about Chef’s Table, a six-part Neflix original documentary series which profiles the creative perspectives and culinary paths of six world-renowned chefs. The series, which is produced by David Gel (director of Jiro Dreams of Sushi) dedicates an episode to each chef, documenting their passion and obsessive quest for culinary perfection.
As foodies, my husband and I really enjoy visiting markets when we travel to different counties. Strolling around market stalls, you have the opportunity to learn so much about the local lifestyle and culture that cannot conveyed through books or tourist attractions. Peruvian markets are no exception.
I had discovered tacacho during an Amazonian cooking class that I took in Peru. I have never known that plantains could taste so delicious! Tacacho is a roasted plantain Amazonian dish that is often enjoyed for breakfast. The flavour of tacacho is very unique, not too sweet with a smooth, firm and dry texture. Tacacho is commonly served alongside chorizo, salted and dried meat and regional vegetables. The dish is part of a gastronomic Peruvian tradition that still remains a secret to the rest of the world.
On a recent trip to Peru, I had the opportunity to try ceviche which is a very popular dish in South America. The basic ingredients for ceviche includes fresh fish and seafood marinated in citrus juices (typically lime), salt and seasonings such as chili peppers. The citric acid in the juice “cooks” the fish and seafood, changing its texture.
“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”- Henry James
I love tea. I love its aroma, its taste and its soothing qualities. Once in a while I like to indulge in afternoon tea, a midday treat complete with dainty sandwiches, scones served with clotted cream and other sweets. It is said that the Duchess of Bedford introduced the ritual of afternoon tea in London in the year 1840. The ritual of afternoon tea continues to this day and is a great way to catch up and enjoy an afternoon with friends.
Slow-moving Sundays call for comfort food. A heaping plate of spaghetti topped with some homemade meatballs makes for a satisfying dish. What starts as a humble hulk of ground meat is seasoned, rolled and simmered into a tasty morsel. Leftovers make great meatball subs.
Uncle Tetsu Japanese Cheesecake first captured my attention when I was walking home from work and noticed a rather extensive lineup outside the bakeshop which opened in Toronto on March 18, 2015. Uncle Tetsu has attained a cult following in Japan and has since opened hundreds of stores across China, Singapore, Thailand, Phillippines, Malaysia and Cambodia.
I’ve been waiting months for the hype to die down and the line to get shorter. I have heard stories of people lining up for up to three hours! There is even a Twitter account called @tetsulineup run by a man who lives in a building across the street who posts photos of the lineup.
One lazy Sunday afternoon, I was browsing through Netflix and came across Jiro Dreams of Sushi. The documentary is about an 85-year-old sushi chef who owns a 10-seat, three-star Michelin restaurant located near a Tokyo subway station. Although the story is very much about sushi, the film is much more than a simple foodie documentary. It chronicles the story of a man who has devoted his life to perfecting a craft. The film left me both inspired and hungry. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Chocolate chip cookies are one of my all-time favourite desserts. There is nothing more comforting then a chewy, soft chocolate chip cookie paired with a glass of milk after a long day. This easy go-to chocolate chip recipe never fails to impress. Bet you can’t eat just one!