Working with okara

Okara- the pulp left from making soy milk. After making tofu the other day, I grabbed this recipe to make some really moist healthy carrot muffins. I think it’s vegan too (no eggs)! I added walnuts and craisins on top to add some more flavor. Turned out quite well!



I still have quite a bit of okara left- may try substituting the carrots with zucchini next!


Tofu making

Comprehensive Tofu recipe found here-

Soaked soybeans overnight in cold water.

Blended soybeans and water thoroughly.

Boiled soybean blend in 5 cups of water for around 12 minutes.


Strained out soy milk through cheese cloth. Excess pulp is called okara. The liquid is the soy milk! Tastes fresh!

Line the strainer with cheesecloth. I only had a small bag cloth so I used an unopened meshy cleaning cloth.

Added the coagulant- in this case i used Epsom salt. The milk will start to clump.

Poured coagulated milk in ghetto tofu press. I used a strainer with a bowl underneath.


After about 30 minutes the tofu was pretty solid! Still a bit too soft to my liking but I was impatient and hungry!

Blueberry lemon muffins


My last two attempts at baking didn’t work out too well, but these are easy to make, and tastes good too!

Recipe here:

Quiche Cups

I’ve just gotten home from PEI about a day ago, and like many women who come home on vacation, I check the scale. I can’t expect myself to lose weight after eating lobster, mussels, potatoes and ice cream – so I’ve decided to kick off my return with something healthy.

I tried the south beach diet a while back (quit after 2 weeks), but I found some of the recommended recipes pretty good. Here are some quiche cups with some alterations.

Quiche cups: the ingredients and the results!


  • Bunch of fresh spinach (steamed, can also use frozen)
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup of ricotta cheese
  • 1 green pepper
  • 6-8 button mushrooms
  • 4 slices of turkey bacon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • shallots (didn’t measure this, but not too much :P)


This recipe is pretty easy – I’ve altered it many times, so feel free to improvise with whats in your fridge.

Set oven to 350. Steam fresh spinach for about 5 minutes. Slice and dice – mushrooms, shallots, and green pepper- pan fry and simmer with lid on medium heat – add salt and pepper. Pan fry the bacon until crispy – then chop to bits! Whisk eggs in separate bowl, then add ricotta cheese and mix well. Mix all ingredients together, and place in a sprayed muffin pan (I just use PAM). Put in oven, and take out when it looks solid and slightly brown around the edges – should be around 20 minutes.

EAT. nomnom.

Simple Hummus Recipe

Improvised hummus – simple stuff!

I had a potluck yesterday and thought it’d be fun to make hummus. I only had half a can of chickpeas from a curry I made the other day… I did not have cumin powder or tahini, so I sort of improvised. People seemed to like it so I’m posting it here 🙂


  • Half a can of chickpeas (8oz)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 lemon – juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • pinch of red pepper spice
  • 1/4 cup of water


Mix it all in a processor. 🙂 May need to add more water if it’s not mixing smoothly.

Experiment 2+3: Origami and Waffles

Found a belgian waffle maker in my room today! Also making cards again, origami hearts!

Made Belgian waffles with this recipe today.

Made origami hearts with these instructions yesterday.


Experiment 1: Fry Bread

During my missions trip to Many Farms, Arizona, I had the pleasure of getting to know a Navajo girl named Megan who attended the church we were serving at. On our last day, she taught me and a few other girls how to make fry bread. The ingredients are simple: flour (seen it substituted with blue corn flour), backing powder, salt, and water. The tough part was moulding the bread into thin sheets where it would go in a frying pan with a thin layer of oil simmering inside.

This is a traditional Navajo bread, most Navajo will know how to make this at a young age. It can also be eaten with salty toppings like curry and meats, or with sweet things like honey with powdered sugar.

I’ve been back in Toronto for 2 days now, and realized I forgot to copy the recipe down. I just remembered ’12 handfuls of flour, and half a palm of salt…’ the rest i guessed, but it turned out alright, i guess? anything deep fried and slathered in honey is fine by me. 🙂

Fry bread with honey and powdered sugar, yum!