SIMPLE pleasures


Multi-seed Rye Crackers with Raita

Raita with seedy latest food obsession! This yogurt, cucumber and herb spice dip is popping with flavours and I'm a huge cilantro fan. Sometimes I add basil and other herbs as well, but this is pretty great with lots of cilantro. This summer when I was...

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Almond Crisp Cookies

I used to think that baking was so scientific that I never dared to deviate from a recipe, but lately I've been inventing my own baked treats by combining several recipes into one. These cookies have the perfect chewy, almond, crunch! My grandmother used to make...

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Zucchini Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting

I'm cooking more and more with zucchini this year, those of you who follow my blog recipes have probably noticed this. Our family go-to breakfast bread is banana bread, but for some reason they were all out of bananas at my local grocery stores this week. Well...

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Green Beans with Almond Pesto

Sometimes I find a recipe and think OMG, I have to make that right now. This green bean recipe from Smitten Kitchen was one such recipe, simple and made from basic ingredients I love. The first time I made these green beans I relished the pesto to bean ratio. The...

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Apricot Almond Tart

I subscribe to Saveur magazine and get a regular email feed of interesting recipes as well as the magazine. Fruit tarts always appeal to me and my local grocer had some lovely apricots. Since my family was off on summer adventures, I made a half-recipe which turned...

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Japanese Tea Leaf Salad

When I visited Myanmar I remember eating a tea leaf snack that I really enjoyed, but I've never made it since it seemed relatively complex. This summer I have been a minimalist cook and only attempt new recipes if they seem super simple. So this Japanese tea leaf...

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My Grandmother’s Swedish Meatballs

My grandmother, or Mormor as we called her, was an industrious and happy woman. She took pride in her vegetable garden, baked an amazing variety of cakes and cookies, knitted sweaters, cross-stitched, wove mats and had all kinds of crafty hobbies. When I was a child,...

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Zucchini Carpaccio

This is a very short post because this summer I am barely cooking. In hot weather I crave light, fresh, cold foods. Nothing could be simpler than slicing zucchini strips and marinating them. I saw a variation of this on Skinnytaste and made my own without arugula...I...

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Avocado Ice Cream (Vegan!)

I'm not a vegan, but I am always interested in new avocado recipes! This ice cream is creamy and smooth, I wouldn't say it tastes strongly of avocados, but it is delicious and I love the colour too! Ingredients: 2 avocados (peeled and pitted) 1 banana 1 can of coconut...

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Simple pleasures lifestyle blog by Maia Ming Fong. Easy and delicious recipes with yummy photos. Food, Life, Travel, Design, but mainly about food.