Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sugar-free Home-style Banana Bread

Since I've been trying to eat healthier and cutting out artificial sugar and processed food from my diet, I've been searching for easy healthy recipes to make at home.  This recipe makes a great loaf of banana bread with no added sugar at all!  Of course, this means that the bread is not very sweet, but it is still delicious and moist ( I don't like that word! lol) 








I found the recipe randomly by googling and coming across this website: http://www.cooks.com 



Ingredients: 
  • 3/4 c. mashed bananas
  • 1/3 c. vegetable oil
  • 2 lg. eggs
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 c. chopped nuts (I used a combination of slivered almonds and crushed hazelnuts; to make it even more delicious, you could lightly roast the nuts in a dry pan/skillet until they get a light golden colour)            







1. Preheat oven to 325°F
2. Beat together mashed banana, oil, eggs and water until creamy. 
3. Add vanilla, flour, baking soda, baking powder and spices. Beat well. 
4. Stir in nuts. 
5. Spoon batter into oiled and floured 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Spread batter evenly.
6. Bake for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean. Cool completely on wire rack before slicing.








Saturday, May 25, 2013

A walk through Yorkville

A few weeks ago, the weather finally warmed up in Toronto, and the sun came out! So, we decided to go for a long walk through a really nice area of the city and the university campus too.... I love looking at the old buildings!  We also stopped at a little cafe/european grocery store for a coffee and snack :) 













Friday, May 17, 2013

Baked Churros with Nutella dipping sauce

I made homemade churros today!  Churros are spanish doughnut-like pastries, and are traditionally fried and made by street vendors as fast food snacks, or served for breakfast in cafes... but since fried food doesn't agree with me, I baked them, coated them with cinammon sugar and served them with Nutella sauce in my new French Fry diner-style stand.  



They were delicious, and I definitely had too many of them!   The texture was perfect too, crunch on the outside and soft in the middle, but I think I would make them thinner next time cos I prefer them to be a little more crunchy. 




Monday, April 15, 2013

The Best Greek Restaurant in Dubai....

... goes to Elia (in my opinion)!!  I had the best greek food here - everything was made fresh and you'll find traditional dishes as well as dishes that have been modernized.  While I was in Dubai, I visited the restaurant twice; the first time we ordered their dolmades (cabbage rolls), and a spinach salad for starters and for the main course I took the Leg of Lamb (Stifado style) with onions and grated potato.






Then for dessert we ordered their (HUGE) plate of Loukoumades (small doughnut-like balls covered in honey and walnuts) - this was amazing and my favourite part of the meal!  Unfortunately, I didn't take a photo myself because the loukoumades were attacked and disappeared very quickly :S  Here is a photo from the web (our portion was bigger than the one in the photo!):


Photos of Elia, Dubai
This photo of Elia is courtesy of TripAdvisor

The second time, I ordered the same starters, a tomato salad for my main, and their chocolate fondant dessert... great quality food again!

Photos of Elia, Dubai
This photo of Elia is courtesy of TripAdvisor

For more photos, check out this page (make sure to scroll through the photo gallery on the right):  http://dubaimajestic.com/dubai_press_EN/93/Elia%E2%80%99s_Greek_signature_dishes_impress_at_Taste_of_Dubai_2009..htm

You can find Elia Restaurant in the Majestic Hotel; they are only open for dinner.  You can find more information on their facebook page as well - https://www.facebook.com/EliaDubai?fref=ts




Wednesday, March 20, 2013