Who is a fan of rice pudding? Not me! Er, well, it’s not something I ever grew up with or have ever craved. But when impromptu girls nights happen and the theme is Indian, you whip up an Indian-style rice pudding. I present to you: kheer.
I think I’m pretty much obsessed with green pastas. It’s just the best way of eating pasta without feeling super guilty about it. I mean - who am I kidding - do I ever feel guilty after eating pasta? No. But with my veggie-packed dishes, you won’t ever regret having a few bowlfuls of this.
The food so cute they named it twice: couscous! I love cooking with couscous. It’s such a versatile ingredient that takes just mere minutes to prepare. Forming them into cakes was a complete cinch. Just a touch of lemon and some fresh parsley and you have a perfect appetizer - just don’t forget the aioli!
Who says lettuce is banned from pasta salads? Who says pasta salads are limited to drowning perfectly great pieces of pasta in a mayonnaise bath? Not that there is anything wrong with that but I’m generally not a huge fan. To lighten the load, I’ve swapped mayonnaise with pesto and beefed up the salad with crunchy iceberg lettuce and chunks of butternut squash. For additional crunch, add some toasted bread crumbs - perfect for a summer party!
Chilaquiles. Chee-lah-kee-less. Have you had it before? A Mexican breakfast staple that takes leftover stale tortillas and fries them up until crispy with salsa roja and topped with cheese, eggs and avocado. If that’s not the best breakfast ever, I don’t know what is. Plus, it takes like five minutes to make - done!
Paellaaaaaa! Who doesn't love paella?! First of all, carbs. Second of all, it’s delicious AF. And third of all, its presentation is so beautiful. If you want to impress a crowd, make paella. Don’t question it, just do it.
Is this still a recipe if it’s for instant noodles? Eh, it’s my blog and I say yes it is! There is something that is just so satisfying about instant noodles but at the end of the day, it isn’t so healthy. Ditch the MSG-laden packet and replace it with a few ingredients that may be lingering in your fridge and pantry. This is much more satisfying than ripping open a package, right?
#MasonJarMondays is back! I had a little obsession with packing all of my lunches, mainly salads, in mason jars a couple years ago. I’ve rediscovered it and want to ignite that again. Just how cute is my salad!? Speaking of salads, this grilled chicken couscous salad is the perfect summertime lunch. There is so much flavour that comes from the grill that you can really go easy on the seasoning here. So good.
I used to love making shortbread as a kid. So easy. Butter, sugar, flour - done! I mean, copious amounts of butter, can it really get any better than this? Well friends, it can. Queue in caramel. Queue in chocolate. AND Maltesers?! Yes…imagine it now. Or just make the damn thing! The recipe is so extremely easy that you’ll be indulging in this within a couple hours.
Leaving for long trips is always the ultimate Chopped challenge: how to use up all of the leftover ingredients in your fridge. So… wilting cilantro, sprouting garlic, and a cup of milk turned into this cilantro spaghetti Alfredo. Turned out to be surprisingly delicious and my neighbours could attest for that!
Warning: picture-heavy post. VERY picture-heavy. Lisbon. What a dream of a city! Definitely my favourite city of all-time. The orange-covered rooftops, countless natas, and copious amounts of wine! A very walkable (yet hilly) city, I had so much wandering the streets without knowing where I was going. Every street corner was Instagrammable and the people were so friendly. I hope to return to this wonderful city one day.
Not going to lie, I’ve never been interested in Puerto Rico…not until Despacito came out and I became obsessed with Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi. But since I needed a weekend getaway, I thought “Why not Puerto Rico?”. There was this beautiful new hotel opening in the ritzy Condado district that I just needed to check out so…I booked my flight. And the rest is (recent) history.
Malta, I’ve been dreaming about you since last year. You see, I was supposed to go to Malta last year but due to complications, I wasn’t able to go and went to Rome instead. Since then, I just couldn’t get it out of my mind. Fast forward to 2019, I was planning a trip to Europe and to be honest, I knew I had to make it happen. And I am beyond ecstatic with how pleasant my stay was. It was all a dream - and a damn well good one.
Mexico City. An accidental layover turned into a spontaneous birthday trip for myself and my dad. What a vibrant city. An eclectic mix of modernity and and the old. Still authentic to a tee. Dirt cheap tacos and world class mezcal cocktails. Currently awaiting my next weekend trip to this wonderful city. Skip the beaches and go to CDMX instead.
Porto, what a dream of a city. I loved visiting you so much. You were first my introduction to Portugal - and what an introduction it was! A quaint little city nestled by the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean and the Douro River, producing the best port in the world. The food was out of this world. For someone that knew nothing of Porto prior to visiting, I cannot stop boasting about how wonderful my stay was.
Iceland has been a dream of mine to visit for the past little while and I am so glad I finally got to visit! With tourism increasing every year, it was time to go. I visited over my birthday with two of my girlfriends and it certainly lived up to its expectations - and more. I still don’t think the pictures do justice but judge for yourself! Prepare yourself for a very picture-heavy post on Iceland.
Never thought in a million years that I’d be traveling to Wellington but of course, life trajectories happen and have lead me to this beautiful city. Wellington was the highlight of this trip to the Pacific Islands and I am glad I made the trek out there. Wellington, although small, is completely doable in a day or two. Its best enjoyed starting off the day at one of the many artisanal coffee shops, people watching by the bays and ending with a cocktail or two. One of the most hipster cities I’ve seen as a whole and I loved it all. Read on to find out why!
Bula! Fiji was a spur-of-the-moment add-on to my recent trips to New Zealand and Australia. Featuring a one-night stint, Fiji in a day might not sound doable…but if you’re on this side of the world, why not? Heavenly blue waters, tropical climate and everlasting sunsets, what more could you possibly ask for? More after the jump!
Yangon, Myanmar. A place only opened to tourism a mere six years ago and is still unbeknownst to the Western world. So little is known about the country tourism-wise and you’re stuck reading the same blogs with the same tips. But what else is there to do? I was luckily able to explore and wonder over a couple of days in the old capital of Myanmar and it came as a wonderful surprise after my chaotic tourist-filled stay in Thailand. If you’re wanting a place that is still relatively undiscovered and you can count the number of foreigners on your hand, Yangon just might be the place to visit.
The sprawling metropolitan capital of Rome. What a sight, what a beauty! A city studded so full of ancient monuments and doused in history. But is it possible to visit this city in a mere matter of days? A spontaneous flight purchase and boom, I did it again - another weekend trip! It’s definitely doable but I would advise you to plan accordingly. Rome in 48 hours, the complete itinerary - after the jump!