How to Make a Sourdough Starter [+ video]

Sourdough Starter Tutorial

A simple tutorial for creating your very own sourdough starter in just 7 days! Learn all you need and troubleshoot challenges with our Q&A. I now consider myself an expert in making sourdough starter. Since I inevitably end up neglecting my little sourdough baby and have to throw it out, I have started SEVERAL batches now! Honestly, keeping a sourdough starter probably only takes a minute a day. But you have to remember to feed the darn thing. So if you have a memory like mine and you’re able to remember each and every one of your childhood classmates’ birthdays but forget to … Read More

how to cook pulses (beans, chickpeas, etc)

how to cook pulses

I have unbalanced spending habits. I scrimp and save on my grocery bill, drive in a way that will maximize fuel economy, only stop at a coffeeshop if I’m meeting up with a friend, and then go spend all my money on a trip to Europe.  I guess I get a kick out of being thrifty… most of the time. I also get a kick out of healthier food options. We eat a lot of chickpeas, beans, and lentils around our place, as opposed to ground beef. Partly because a meat-heavy diet has been linked to certain diseases and is … Read More

sourdough seed bread

sourdough seed bread

Have you started your sourdough culture yet? If not, I’m going to be tempting you to get started, with many delicious sourdough recipes coming in the next little while! My mom makes a delicious loaf of bread from a recipe called “Good Seed Bread.” I adapted her recipe to a sourdough version.  Why It’s A Smart Choice Seeds: Nature’s Multivitamin Think of nuts and seeds as nature’s multivitamin. These mighty little foods are filled with minerals, healthy fats, plant protein, anti-oxidants, and more. They’re the complete package. Observation studies show that people who consume nuts everyday are less likely to develop … Read More

how to have fun while cooking for one!

soup swap

A couple of weeks ago my friend texted me, “hey! wanna take part in a soup swap?”  I’ve done cookie swaps before, but I had never thought of swapping other items. My first thought was, “Why didn’t I think of that?!  This is brilliant!”  If you’ve never taken part in a swap before, here’s how it goes.  Each person makes a large batch of the item they’re making… enough for each person to take some home. For this swap we decided that each person would get an individual-sized serving of soup: 1 1/2 -2 cups each.  Some of the girls that took part in … Read More

overnight sourdough waffles

sourdough waffles

I’ve always liked waffles. Who doesn’t!? Then I traveled to Belgium and figured I’d reached waffle heaven. Once you’ve had crispy, chewy, yeasty Belgian waffles there’s no going back. I thought Belgian waffles were the pinnacle of waffle perfection. But I was still willing to try another kind of waffles.  I wanted to use some of my sourdough starter, but didn’t feel like making bread.  I love the health benefits of sourdough, so I figured I’d try a sourdough waffle and see how I liked it.  How could I not like waffles? Little did I know I was about to step into … Read More

the starbucks yogurt

individual yogurts

I haven’t found a yogurt that meets my expectations.  There’s a sea of yogurt options out there, but I’m not happy with any of them. Call me high needs when it comes to yogurt but hey, I just know what I want.  I want a yogurt that.. is flavoured contains a bit of fat contains a small amount of added sugar contains probiotics The Starbucks Yogurt? If only you could go to a yogurt shop and order yogurt like you do at Starbucks: perfectly customized to your tastes.   “I’ll have a half-sweet, 2% coconut cherry probiotic yogurt, please!”  Since you can’t, … Read More

8 Steps to a Perfect Pumpkin Puree

how to make pumpkin puree

Step 1: Choose a pumpkin Here’s how to choose your pumpkin.   If you want your puree to have some natural pumpkin sweetness, go for a baking pumpkin. If you want a more all-purpose pumpkin that you can use for either sweet or savoury dishes, choose a carving pumpkin. These are the ones you typically find in big bins in front of your grocery store in October or sold by farmers in pop-up stands. Baking pumpkins tend to be more expensive, and harder to find! That’s why I tried to grow some this year. My vines had a lot of blossoms … Read More