December 2013 archive

Love for Dulce de Leche

 

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If you didn’t know already, I LOVE DULCE DE LECHE!! Literally anything dulce de leche I will inhale. For those of you not aware, dulce de leche is a South American caramel, which can easily be made by heating sweetened condensed milk.

I have been wanting to make my own dulce de leche and incorporate it into a recipe for a while now, so when I came across these Dulce de Leche Sandwich cookies by Joy the Baker, I was instantly sold.

It was perfect timing, considering I have a cookie exchange at work today.

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Keeping Warm-Sweet Potato and Kale Soup

As the temperature drops, my cravings for warm food rises. I find it so crucial during this freezing weather to eat something comforting, yet healthy. I came up with the idea of combining two super foods that I happen to love; kale and sweet potato. This soup recipe is pretty simple and consists of hearty ingredients. Feel free to play around with my recipe and add in what you love, for example noodles, quinoa, or any veggies you have on hand. Check out the recipe below to help warm up over these cold winter months, while still fitting into your skinny jeans.

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Sweet Potato Kale Soup

3 large carrots, chopped

3 stalks celery, chopped

1 onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp olive oil

8 cups vegetable broth (you can use chicken broth)

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 cup or 1 bunch kale, chopped

Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Pour olive oil into large pot over medium-high heat.

2. Add garlic and onions, stir to soften, about 2 minutes.

3. Add carrots and celery to garlic and onions, stir to soften, about 5-10 minutes.

4. Pour vegetable broth into pot and bring to a boil.

5. Once boiled, add sweet potato and reduce heat to a simmer.

6. After about 5 minutes and sweet potatoes have softened, add kale and allow to cook for another 5-10 minutes.

7. Pour into bowls and enjoy!

 

 

 

Chicago

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It’s crazy to think how quickly the summer flew by, and even how time has continued to fly by since. I can’t believe it’s almost the holidays already! Appologies for the delay on this post. However, better late than never!

Anyways, my girlfriends and I decided to take a little girls weekend in Chicago for some shopping, eating, and sightseeing. I must say, I was blown away by this city. The shopping is unreal, the architecture and buildings are beautiful, with such intricate detail, and the city seemed very clean and proper. I loved everything about it. Between shopping and taking the architectural boat tour, there was still plenty of time left for eating. Check out below for some must-visit Chicago eateries.

After settling in from the airport, we headed to a place called Big Star. It is a Mexican eatery, with a huge outdoor patio, and a bustling, loud, exciting vibe on the inside. For those of you that know of Grand Electric here in Toronto, the guy who started it actually did his apprenticeship at Big Star. While we waited for a table outside, we grabbed a drink at the busy indoor bar. Once seated with our pitcher of margarita, we ordered chips and guacamole to start. It was perfect. Next it was time for tacos. We chose a whole bunch including the chicken, braised pork belly, fish, and potato. Each one was better than the next, including fresh ingredients between soft taco shells.

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As soon as I saw the word dulce de leche on the menu, I was sold. Dulce de leche is basically a South American caramel, and MY FAVOURITE THING EVER! The dulce de leche milkshake at Big Star was thick, creamy, caramelly, and insanely delicious.

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