Valentine’s Sweet Treat – Dark Chocolate Ganache & Raspberry Tart

Valentine’s Day is approaching. I can feel the love in the air with all the pink and red decorations everywhere. This is the day to celebrate love. And though many people associate this to romantic love, I feel it should be all encompassing. Your love for your family and friends are just as important and that deep affection should also be recognized.

It is always a delightful and warming gesture to make something for those you cared about. And on this occasion, a sweet, smooth and decadent dark chocolate tart seems to fit the bill.

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3 Tips to Making the Best Cookies

Cookies are one of my favourite things to bake. You just need a few basic ingredients and you can pretty much create any flavor cookies you like. But there are times when my cookies didn’t turn out the way I want them to. All the cookie’s disasters, whether it be burning them to turning six cookies into one big massive cookie because they all got stuck together when baked, I’ve encountered them before.

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But after a bit of tweaking and learning as I baked, here are a few tips for you on how you can improve your next batch of cookies.

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Turn Your Over Ripened Bananas into Healthy Snacks

I am completely guilty for always leaving the last few bananas sitting there one day too long and letting them turn into the wrong shade of brown. A perfectly ripened banana has a good firmness and it’s not too sweet. It is the perfect snack between meals or before you hit the gym as bananas are loaded with vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. They also keep your blood sugar level stable (which will make you feel less hungry between meals) and give you the energy for your workout.

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Before we get into different ways to use over-ripe bananas, let’s talk about some health benefits and reasons as to why you should include bananas in your diet. Continue reading

Baking Tips That Will Make You a Better Baker

I think baking is one of many people’s favourite things to do in the kitchen. I know a lot of my girl friends love to bake, whether it is homemade breads, 3-layer cakes or the simple breakfast muffins. I certainly started my cooking journey in the early days with baking. It was one of the first things they taught us in our home economics class – to bake.

Baking requires precision and for you to follow the recipes exactly. It is an art of science. Aside from being precise, here are a few tips that I’ve learned throughout the years that made me a better baker. Continue reading