Easy Marble Cake with Oil

marble cake with oil

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Oil. Yes, I know, I know, that just sounds… meh.

Why would I make a Marble Cake with Oil instead of butter you may ask? After all butter is delicious isn’t it. Throw in some flour and sugar and you are sure to have a winner. Well, in a nutshell I am a sucker for the nostalgic. My idea of what a good marble cake should be – tender and tea time easy – come from the many homemade marble cakes my aunt baked as a child. They always had a healthy marbling, were subtly sweet, but not overpowering and so very moist. It is the oil that was always used instead of butter in my childhood bakes that made them so tender. marble cake with oil

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Roasted Mushrooms with Spicy Thai Dressing

Roasted Mushrooms with Spicy Thai Dressing

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So, quick show of hands, where are we at on the subject of swearing in blog posts? Because let me tell you, I have spent the last week of spring dealing with freezing rain, snow, and ice. Turns out the groundhog was right. On the plus side the shovel I bought a little late in the winter is working out well as is my new lightweight down jacket.

In case you haven’t caught on from my late season purchases, I am a sucker for a good sale 😉

Roasted Mushrooms with Spicy Thai Dressing

Ok on to more exciting things, yes even more exciting than a good sale – foodies from Ontario and BC PAY ATTENTION. Desi Eat is running an exciting contest called #CookingWithFoodWaste for Earth Day. The winner gets to win 200 dollars (yes, 200!) and yours truly is judging it. Hop on to their link right here to check it out!

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Mini Asparagus and Zucchini Quiche and #EidEats2018

Mini Asparagus and Zucchini Quiche

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Do you guys remember Eid Eats? It is a virtual potluck that is currently on it’s 5th year, officially making it older than my second child lol. Co-hosted by Henna at Chai & Churros and Asiya at Chocolate & Chillies it is a link party that goes live towards the end of Ramadan. What can you expect to see there? A round up of delicious Eid appropriate recipes from bloggers around the world. Some seriously tasty inspiration there for your Eid party. 

Mini Asparagus and Zucchini Quiche

Henna, Asiya and I have a bit of a tradition going where every time we announce the details of this virtual party we cook something from each others blogs. Today I have made these adorable Mini Asparagus & Zucchini Quiche from Asiya’s blog. She makes a regular sized quiche, but I have adapted the recipe to make 12 minis. 

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Thai Fish Tray Bake

Thai Fish Tray Bake

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It’s getting warmer. I left the house without my puffer the other day. It felt quite liberating. Don’t laugh. Not unless you get winters like ours in which case it is a laughter of commiseration and I sort of want to fist bump you. Note to self: fist bumping is generally unnecessary unless you’re mimicking Baymax and Hiro from Big Hero 6 and it’s just you and your kids. Anyway back to the great weather. Unlike winter where my main outdoor activity is shoveling soon, warmer weather means I want to spend more time outside and less time inside cooking. That is the number one reason I love the idea of tray bakes. One pan dinners, minimal muss or fuss, healthy and tasty.

Thai Fish Tray Bake

Thai Fish Tray Bake

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A No Tomato Smoky Highway Karhai Chicken

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If you had asked me if I had ever had a Karhai Chicken without tomatoes I would have firmly insisted no. And then I did and it all came back to me. Cramming into cars to go to the highly recommended highway restaurant, the charpoys and takhts scattered over large areas, the waiters deftly going by with their hot naans, and the smell, that amazing smell wafting through the air. It is the spices, but more than the spices its charcoal. Really, there is something about that smell that makes you feel like you can almost taste the best tikka in the world or perphaps the best karhai chicken. 

karhai chicken

Please note that the spice level in this recipe is quite high, but please do feel free to take it down a notch. I personally like the whole my mouth is on fire where is the cold bottle of coke when I need it feeling. But that’s just me.

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