unhip squirrel Profile
Cooking fresh food from scratch with simple ingredients
Cooking is my creative outlet. More than anything, I love to try making new things, whether I'm following a recipe or experimenting on my own. I have the most fun inventing outrageous desserts and am always looking for an excuse to do so!
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My grandmothers, my parents, Jamie Oliver for his fresh approach and Gordon Ramsay for his commitment to simplicity. Mark Bittman changed my eating habits with his moderate views on meat consumption. My go-to cookbook is Joy of Cooking, but I also love Vikram Vij (of Vij's fame) and Lucy Waverman. I'm also heavily influenced by restaurants I eat at, and I have a habit of bringing home restaurant and bakery cookbooks when I'm on holiday....
- Joy of Cooking (Rombauer and Becker)
- Go-to cookbook and excellent reference tool.
- A Year in Lucy's Kitchen (Lucy Waverman)
- Beautiful and imaginative recipes organised by season
- Jamie's Food Revolution (Jamie Oliver)
- Excellent, simple meals
- Vij's: Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine (Vikram Vij)
- Amazing Indian recipes with authentic ingredients. Knocks every single recipe out of the park.
Restaurants I Recommend
- L'Express (Montreal, Canada)
- Simple ingredients, elegant flavours, excellently prepared. The quail is to die for!
- Café Cherrier (Montreal, Canada)
- Best eggs benedict in the city (so far!) and the smoked salmon melts in your mouth.
- Pizzaiolle (Montreal, Canada)
- Wood fired pizzas and other rustic Italian fare (pasta pomodoro is my favourite!)
- Chao Phraya (Montreal, Canada)
- Authentic, gorgeous Thai food (might need to book ahead!)
- Salade de Fruits (Vancouver, Canada)
- Charming French bistro, amazing atmosphere, most incredibly fresh-tasting and expertly prepared food. I can't say enough good things about this restaurant. It's perfect, right down to the temperature of the food, which is a few degrees hotter than anywhere else. Magnifique!
- Simpatico (Vancouver, Canada)
- I can only vouch for the pizza, the exceptional blackened chicken souvlaki and their out of this world hummus. I've been going here since I was fetus (literally) and I always order the same few things!
- Tomato (closed) (Vancouver, Canada)
- A sad loss for the city. Best eggs benedict I've ever eaten. Fresh and bright hollandaise. I'm still in mourning!
- Hi Nippon (Vancouver, Canada)
- For someone like me who prefers veggie sushi over sashimi, this place is just perfect. Good quality veg is key, and this sushi is colourful and so fresh. Awesome dynamite rolls with spicy sauce (just ask for no roe if you don't like it!)
- Le Gigot (New York City, NY)
- Elegant French food and wonderful wine. If I'd had less, I could provide a better description of the food. :)
- Lime Jungle Mexican Grill (New York City, NY)
- Super cheap, but awesome Mexican food. Again... the hallmark of a great restaurant: simple, fresh and delicious!