The Montreal Bagel

Yes you can make the iconic smaller, sweeter and denser real Montreal bagel with a larger hole at home.

This is a very exciting day for me as it is the first time I am participating in a group called Twelve Loaves. I really enjoy being a member of various cooking clubs but I need to feel like I am learning something. I felt I needed a new challenging club in my monthly groups rotation and when I came across Twelve Loaves I knew it was ‘the one’.

Baking bread is so perfect. I keep saying I need to bake more bread and I am always intimidated at the though so I keep putting off. No more as I will be popping one out of the oven every month from now on. Each month there is a chosen ingredient or theme. For July we were asked to make a Jewish bread and there was not even a doubt in my mind what I would make: a Montreal Bagel!

Montreal bagel poppy and sesame

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My 8th Blogiversary: Rhubarb Walnut Marmalade

Eight years ago today, on a June 14th 2007, I posted my first blog post ever on Cheap Ethnic Eatz. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined this blog would still be online after so many years. This post is number 926! And I cannot believe I am only 2 years shy away from double digits! This year I will celebrate with a special and sentimental Rhubarb Walnut Marmalade.

I am forever thankful to my family, friends, coworkers and all of you online for reading my posts, eating my food, help preparing it with me and leaving your cherished comments. I could never express enough my gratitude for each time you take a minute and come visit me here.

marmalade before and after

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Vodka Gimlet and French Toast for the Mad Men Series Finale & Giveaway

Tripping back to the 60s with French Toast à la rum and Vodka Gimlet, a retro breakfast spread – cocktail included, for the Mad Men Series Finale!

What does it mean if you’re a man and you wear a hat in Mad Men? What concert is obliquely responsible for Peggy’s haircut? How many secretaries has Don had over the course of the show? Bert Cooper has a giant painting from which renowned artist hanging in his office? And why does Betty hate her neighbour? If you know the answers to any of the questions, you are for sure a hard core Mad Men fan.

I am going to finish season 5 tonight on Netflix. I am a bit late jumping on the bandwagon but I am loving the show. So I was thrilled to be asked to join the Virtual Mad Men Finale Party and host a Giveaway where you could win your own copy of the The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook.

Mad Men finale french toast angle

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Fig Chia Jam

Fig Chia Jam
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Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cup figs, chopped
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp lavender buds

Instructions

  1. In a bowl mix together the chia seeds and water. Let sit for at least 30 minutes to form a gel, stirring with a whisk occasionally to prevent clumping.
  2. Place the chia seed gel in a blender or food processor container along with the remaining ingredients.
  3. Pulse a few times until just combined. Place jam in the refrigerator overnight before serving. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
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Mother’s Day Brunch and Creamy Lentil Salad

I hope all the mothers out there enjoyed a wonderful Happy Mother’s Day this past weekend. I always have my parents over that day. We used to do it in the evening but this was our 3rd year with an earlier brunch format which I love. Instead of serving the plates in the kitchen, everything is laid out on the table.

Since I prepare several dishes I usually surf the net for inspiration. I wanted to thank all the bloggers who’s recipes inspired this years brunch. Clik on the links for the recipe. I did prepare a Creamy Lentil Salad of my own too. It really was a way to use up leftovers and it was success. use what every veggies you have at home.

mothers day 12

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Meals in a Mug: Pesto Chicken Couscous and Double Lemon Cake

Yep it’s time to get that microwave working again for actual cooking and not just reheating. Whether you’re dining solo or you’re pressed for time, the 250 Best Meals in a Mug cookbook is the perfect solution. And if you’re living in a dorm, traveling in an RV or eating at the office, it offers a convenient and budget-friendly way to eat delicious and healthy meals.

I live alone so quick and easy meals in minutes sounds so perfect. I laugh when people think I eat gourmet every night because of my blog. If only they knew what a regular week night dinner looks like. I shudder myself when I think about it. I tried 4 recipes from this cookbook and I found with little effort my meals were healthier then my other lazy efforts. Perfect examples are the Pesto Chicken Couscous and Spiced Lentils with Yogurt, Almonds and Mint. For a sweet treat I made the Double Lemon Cake for dessert and the French Toast for a breakfast.

French Toast with toppings

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Dim Sum Staples: Let’s Make Shumai 燒賣 and Law Bok Gow 蘿蔔糕

Dim Sum is one of the best ways to enjoy brunch with friends. just choose a whole bunch of dishes to share for the table and dig in with chopsticks! Two of my favorite selections are Shumai and Law Bok Gow. Let’s make them at home!

Now let’s make one thing clear: my friends know if you come to eat at my place you are a willing and participating guinea pig! I have been waiting a long time to get a kick in the butt to try my hand at some Chinese Dim Sum recipes. The marriage here was perfect and I prepared Shumai | shāomài | 燒賣 (Pork and Shrimp Dumplings) and Law Bok Gow | Luóbo gāo | 蘿蔔糕 (Daikon Radish Cake). It’s Food ‘n Flix and Creative Cooking Crew time again, all wrapped up into one post! For Food ‘n Flix the chosen film was Kung Fu Panda 1 and/or 2; and for the Creative Cooking Crew challenge was “What’s for Breakfast?”.

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