Monday, February 27, 2017



We have to admit that there are a TONE of cookbooks out there. Now with the no gluten, lactose intolerent, veganism and so on, one can be overwhelmed by the amount of choices offered on the market.
I love cookbooks but I have a hard time following recipes if it is not baking recipes. I tend to forget one element, remove one ingredient or add my own ingredients or just transform the whole recipe into something else. Yet, there are a couple of books I would like to have my hands on and hopefully try those beautiful pictured recipes.
Here is a list of the books I have my eyes on:

 Tia Mowry;Whole New You: How Real Food Transfomrs Your Life, for a Healthier, More Gorgeous You
I grew up watching "Sisters, Sisters" and I have somewhat followed Tia's career and when I saw she had a cooking show and a book, I wanted to get it. It says March 14, 2017 on the Amazon website. Maybe I will wait to see the reviews before purchasing it.

Chrissy Teigen; Cravings; Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat
The reviews are amazing and it seems to be a lot of hearty meal and feel good food. I really want to have this one and try the recipes out

Ayesha Curry; The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith, and the Joy of Eating Well
I like following her on instagram and watching snippets of her life and her cooking. She makes cooking fun and I am just curious to see wha this book has to offer. Maybe I will visit my local "Chapters Indigo" to leaf through the book before spending money on it. 

 Mimi Ikon; Mimi's Healthy and Delicious Cookbook
I do follow Mimi Ikonn on Youtube and there are a couple of things she has cooked which were very simple that I would like to try home. I like simple and this could fit in that category.  (picture from her website)

Marilou, 3 Fois par Jour: Tome 1 et Tome 2. 
I discovered this magazine recently and I love the way it is currated. Visiting their website, I saw that they had two cookbooks out and I am really interested to see what it is all about. I know there is already a website with multiple recipies in it but to have a physical book to look at, see beautiful pictures and get inspiration from is always more exciting. I might get one of the Tomes and see if it was worth it. 
(picture from their website) 


Monday, February 20, 2017

White kidney beans


I was craving a taste from my childhood. I wanted to eat beans the way my mum was making it and I had all the necessary ingredient. I remember that we would have the beans with rice and they would have different kind of meat in the bean sauce.
Sometimes, with my sister, we would eat the beans with bread instead just to make it different. Just to say that this dish is versatile. You can have it with rice, plantains, bread and be creative.

Here is how I make my beans

 These are the beans I get from the market

 I boil them with spices; I added paprika, seasoned salt and pepper. I want it to soften but not too much because I will have to cook it afterward with my tomato sauce. 

 For my tomato sauce. Not shown here is tomato paste and seasoned salt

 I cook the veggies in vegetable oil and I add my spices so it all cooks together

 I could not find my can opener so my old skills from Africa came handy. I opened it with a kitchen knife

 I added smoked pork to my tomato sauce to have that smoked flavor 

 I let the tomato sauce cook for 10 minutes and I add it to my kidney pot 

 I added the smoked pork as well and I let it all cook for a good 30 minutes. If need a little more. I want the beans to be soft and the tomatoes to cook. 

Final result!!! I had it with plantains and brown rice. I was a happy camper I would say!!


Monday, February 13, 2017



When I was younger, I never enjoyed cooking. My mum and I never saw eye to eye on the cooking subject. I had to cook on weekends and holidays. I loved to eat but the cooking part was not my thing. I did not mind baking though. It was fun and the final product was always satisfying.
But if you know African food, you would know that it takes a while to prep, even longer to make and forever to cook. Yet, my mum wanted to make sure that I was not going to be eating out of a can or frozen diners when I left the family nest. Now I understand it.
These days when I want to make an African dish that I love and cannot remember how to, she is the first person I call. I have now made more African dishes than I thought I could, thanks to my mum even miles and miles away. I still have mix feelings about cooking though.
Nowadays, I use it to relax and I like to know what goes into my food. With all this eating healthy and right, it is always better to cook your own food and it saves you some money. However, having someone else make me my favorite dish, is still way better than me getting into the kitchen.

To more meals and baking for 2017!!!!
 Beignets or Puff Puff depending on which part of the world you're from

Fried plantains, wild rice with Pondu (cassava leaves)

Chocolate cake I made for one of my birthdays a couple years back. 

Tortellini in cream sauce with bell peppers

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Portobello Mushrooms


I was looking for a recipe for portobello mushrooms burgers and I found one but I have a hard time following recipes so I made it my own. I wanted it to be quick and easy so here what i did.

 I washed my mushrooms and placed them on a baking tray

 I mixed olive oil +thyme+season salt+chili pepper+oregano
Here you can be as creative as you want and mix whatever you like

 I coated my mushrooms on both sides with the mix

On the side, I cut half a sweet potato I had laying around and seasoned it with paprika, season salt, chili pepper and olive oil.

I placed my sweet potatoes and mushrooms in the oven at 350 F
I have to say, make your sweet potatoes first because they take some time to cook. You might have all the veggies ready and your sweet potatoes still cooking (that is what happened to me)

 Prep any veggies you would like to cook. I had red bell pepper, onion, green onion, ginger, garlic and shallot

You want your mushrooms to cook through. There will be water coming out of it and I let it cook till a lot of that water evaporated. Still, we don't want our mushrooms to by "dry".

 As per usual, I added kale and green beans I had from the previous day into my veggie mix.

Voila, the final product. I used the mushrooms as burger buns and stuffed it with my veggie mix.
For your veggies, you want your onions and garlic to caramelize well. They give an added flavor to the whole meal. I really enjoyed it and will surely make it again.