{GOOD EATS: chocolate zucchini loaf}

Guys I just had to pass along this recipe. It’s so good that I made twice in two days! Plus everyone seems to have zucchinis laying around that they don’t know what to do with. 


I took this original recipe and cut out much of the sugar, upped the whole wheat flour and made it a loaf rather than a cake and ditched the glaze all together. It’s super easy and it’s absolutely delicious. I pretty much guarantee you will love it.   

INGREDIENTS:
• 2 medium or 1 large zucchini
• 5 tbsp cocoa powder
• 2 tbsp soft butter
• 3 eggs
• 3/4 c. sugar
• 1 1/2 c. applesauce
• 1 tbsp vanilla
• 1 c. all purpose flour
• 1 c. whole wheat flour
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 tsp cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS:
• preheat oven to 350 degrees
• grate zucchini and spread out on tray with paper towel to absorb moisture. Leave for at least 30-60 minutes.
• combine sugar, eggs, applesauce, zucchini, butter & vanilla until mixed well
• add all the remaining dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, cinammon, cocoa powder)
• stir until all ingredients are thoroughly combined then place in well greased loaf pan
• cook on middle rack for 60-70 minutes until toothpick comes out clean

* makes one large loaf



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{ DRINK UP: cocktails from your herb garden }


This long labour day weekend may mark the beginning of the end for summer but it’s not over just yet. Use this long weekend as an excuse to try some new summer cocktails. What’s more seasonal and fresh than pulling ingredients from your own herb garden? Here’s five cocktail recipes that use common summer herbs to help you drink away your end of summer time blues. 


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{good eats: no bake treats}

I had the pleasure of writing my first guest blog post last week for the delicous blog Creative Juice run by the talented macaron-making extraordinaire Mindy Starr (check out her book!). Mindy and I met at the Alt Design Summit in San Francisco and I was honoured when she asked if I would be her guest. I decided to do a roundup perfect for summer – no bake recipes. Enjoy!

I love food! I love how food brings people together – cooking it, sharing it, eating it, gifting it, talking about it, and mostly just enjoying it. I’m not sure about your summer but mine has been pretty busy with BBQ’s, picnics and cottage weekends where a good dessert dish is always popular. What’s not so great is using your oven on a hot, sunny day. Well you’re in luck because I can help you with that hot and sticky situation with a roundup of 10 delicious no bake recipes.

We’re not just talking rice krispie squares and fruit smoothies here, there’s some seriously fancy-looking desserts. I’m a sucker for lemon, which is why it’s my #1 but there’s something for every kind of sweet tooth.












RECIPES: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10

Mouth watering a bit? Time to ditch the oven and get baking. I would love to hear & see your sweet successes on Instagram or Twitter. Happy baking…wait, happy NO baking!

{good eats: cinco de mayo}

Even if you’re not Mexican you can get in touch with your inner Mexican self this weekend and celebrate Cinco de Mayo. It’s a great reason to get a group together for a celebration full of food, colour and cocktails.  

Speaking of food and cocktails, here’s a handful of new twists on some classic Mexican fare. Call up some friends, wipe down the patio furniture and give a couple of these recipes a shot. I personally can’t wait to try the blue cheese guacamole recipe.