Broccoli Ramen with Kale and Bok Choy

January 19, 2016 § 1 Comment


My son loves those noodles soups that come in a package and so I started to experiment with a healthier version. This recipe is very healthy as it has lots of greens and I use organic noodles made from brown rice. It makes a hearty meal on its own and warms the soul on a cold day. 

Cooking time 30 minutes
Serves 4

2 Tblsp (30 ml) olive oil
1 cup (250 ml) each, broccoli florets, chopped kale, bok choy
2 tsp (10 ml) Bragg or soy sauce
2 Tblsp (30 ml) miso paste
5 cups (1.25 ml) boiling water
1 tsp (5 ml) siracha
1 Tblsp (15 ml) sesame oil
1 tsp (5 ml) each dried onion & garlic
1/4 tsp (1 ml) each tumeric, dried ginger
1 cup (250 ml) cooked ramen noodles per bowl

1. Heat a medium stock pot on medium heat. Add the oil and 3 veggies. Cook until soft about 10 mins.
2. Add the remaining ingredients except the noodles. Bring to a boil.
3. Cook the noodles as instructed and add 1 cup to a bowl and top with the soup.


Tomato Basil Soup

January 19, 2016 § Leave a comment


One of my favorite soups as a kid was Campbell’s tomato soup. My mother was obsessed with making curry and this soup  she allowed us to eat regularly. Tomato soup has always been a healthy comfort food and perhaps why Andy Warhol used it as one of his subject. My recipe is very quick and easy to make and definitely hits the spot. 

Cooking Time 20 minutes
Serves 4 

1 Tblsp (15 ml) olive oil
1/3 bulb minced garlic
1 small onion diced
1 tsp (5 ml) Himalaya salt
1 798ml can organic diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp (2 ml) dried basil
1 cup (250 ml) boiling water
1 Tblsp (15 ml) balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp (1 ml) ground pepper
25 grams fresh chopped basil
sprinkle with grated parmesean(optional)

1. Heat a medium pot on medium heat and add the oil and garlic. When brown, add the onions. When they turn brown and soften add the salt.
2. Add the can of tomatoes and bring to a boil. Now add the basil, pepper, balsamic vinegar and water. Bring to a boil.
3. Puree the soup in a vitamix or blender. Serve with freshly grated parmesean.


Bees Knees at the Hot Chocolate Festival

January 18, 2016 § Leave a comment


I opted out of my daily coffee fix at 49th Parallel Coffee and tried one of their offering for the 6th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival. I got The Bee’s Knees which is dark chocolate  infused with lavender syrup, topped with steamed milk and a honey marshmallow. It was served with a honey/lavender biscotti dipped in white chocolate ($6).

The hot chocolate was smooth and felt silky as it went down my throat. I drank it quite quickly and then tried the freshly made and still soft biscotti. The honey flavour was prominent and the white chocolate finished it perfectly. I only ate one of them as I quickly reached my sweet tooth threshold.

My daughter, a queen concoctor of hot chocolate got the Saturday Nut Fever ($6). A hazelnut hot chocolate with hazelnut amaretti and a hazelnut truffle. Every bite tasted of nuts and is perfect for the nut lover.

It was a fun experience to try these creative drinks with delectable sweet pairings. We will most likely try a couple more places during the festival. For more information on the 6th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival, you can visit their website for a list of participating venues and their hot chocolate menus at




Fire Creek Coffee – Sedona, Arizona

March 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

fire creek coffee

This local coffee shop features small batch on site roasted coffee that comes from small family farms. The coffee shop had a nice energy and I felt like I was at someone’s home. They had an open kitchen concept and could see into the baking area through a glass window. In the back corner, you can also see them roast their coffee.

I got a small americano and cinnamon streusel that tasted like a donut. I asked for the americano with less water than usual as I like them stronger. The americano was full and bold even though it was slightly watery for my palate. The muffin was very tasty and still warm inside. It was a really nice place to go for a coffee to start the day.

Fire Creek Coffee is located 6500 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ. Visit their site for their menu

fire creek coffee

Stella Artois Cidre

March 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

stella artois cidre

I found this Stella Artois Cidre at a gas station in Sedona, Arizona. I had never seen it before and decided to try it. I was surprised to see that Stella Artois makes an apple cider since it seems so far off from their world famous signature beer. It came in a pack of 4 for $6.95.

When I got back to the hotel, I opened one up with a can opener. The 4.5% hand pressed apple cider was very sweet and tasted more like a juice than an alcoholic beverage. It was refreshing and easy to drink due to the low alcohol content.

I personally think that the cider would taste better if the alcohol content was higher which would reduce the sweetness factor. My friend on the other hand, liked the cider and did not mind the sweetness nor the low alcohol content.

The bottle was beautifully crafted with sleek labels and etchings near the top. It set the tone for a high quality product and fell slightly short for my palate. If you are looking for a sweeter cider to drink in the day, then this is great for that. I am sure that this cider will be available this summer just in time for bbq season.

Cheddar Beer and Maple Bacon Kettle Chips

March 16, 2014 § Leave a comment


I picked up these chips at the Wholefoods in Chicago when I was there in November of last year. Yes, I know that was months ago but it has taken me this long to blog about them. I had a reader nudge me to write as she is hooked on Coriander Kitchen and missing my regular posts. This is for her. Well these chips caught my attention as I had not seen these flavours before. Both these flavours seem very Canadian as we are know for our bacon and  as being beer drinkers.

The chips taste quite opposite on the palate. The maple bacon was sweet and the cheddar beer savoury. The maple bacon has a strong bacon flavour and the cheddar beer has a prominent taste of hops. It essentially tastes like a beer burp. I’ve since seen the maple bacon in stores in Vancouver but the cheddar beer is still to come. I wonder if beer flavoured items are not allowed here.

My son preferred the cheddar beer flavoured chips, where my daughter liked the maple bacon better. I couldn’t decided which I liked better and found both equally good.

You can buy the maple bacon chips are natural foods stores and where you buy Kettle Chips.

Bring Balance into 2014 with a Cup of Tea

January 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

I want to wish all my readers a Happy New Year and prosperous 2014. Thank you all for following and I hope to share more insightful information, recipes, restaurant reviews and food stories with you this year.

Guest contributor and local Ayurvedic practitioner Madhuri Phillips has co-written the book “Your Irresistible Life” with Glynnis Osher where they share how to stay in balance by following Ayurvedic practices during the various season. I have been following Ayurveda for over 20 years and use its simple practices in my daily life. This book is great a resource for staying in balance throughout the year. ~Lily


The Top 5 to Thrive in 2014: Ayurveda Has Solutions

By Madhuri Phillips

Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga is gaining popularity here in the West as it teaches us how to return to living in harmony with nature amongst the busy-ness of our daily lives. This 5000 year-old system of natural medicine has sound, effective and simple tools for helping us to maintain balance in mind and body. Here are 5 Ayurvedic tips to keep you thriving:

1) The very first thought of your day sets the tone for how your day will unfold. Consciously set a positive intention because what you focus on expands. If you’re not sure where to start, a simple affirmation such as “Today is a great day!” gets you moving in the right direction.

2) Scrape your tongue. Before you drink or eat anything use a tongue scraper (buy a your health food store) or even the back of a metal spoon to scrape the toxins (in Ayurveda we call this ama) off of your tongue.

3) Drink warm water with a squeeze of lemon in the morning to cleanse the body and organs and assist with elimination.

4) Breathe deeply and often. Meditate and be still for at least 5 minutes a day. And, get your body moving. Be sure to exercise daily too: walk in nature, dance in your living room, play with the kids, allow it to be fun and invigorating!

5) Drink CCF Tea to keep your digestion strong and healthy. This is Cumin, Coriander and Fennel tea (recipe below) and assists in detoxification, reducing gas, indigestion, bloating and balancing the ph levels of the body.

Ayurvedic CCF Tea

Take 1 tsp of each cumin, coriander and fennel seeds. Put 4 cups of water and the seeds into a pot and bring to a boil. Once the mixture has reaches a boil, turn down the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Madhuri is an Ayurvedic Practitioner (CAS), Bio-Energy Practitioner & Yoga Teacher Trainer (ERYT). Along with her popular Ayurvedic Yoga DVD, her book, “Your Irresistible Life: 4 Seasons of Self-Care Through Ayurveda & Yoga Practices that Work” is now available. Explore how to work one on one with Madhuri at: Purchase Madhuri’s book at