Weekly Feature: The Grad Lounge – Sweet Potato and Mushroom Pie

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It’s a snoooow daaaayyy!  If you live in the mid-to-East coast, you are probably snowed in like me.  Schools are closed and if you live in Markham like I do, you have most likely noticed the snow has only taken a breather for several minutes at a time since the middle of the night.  Although the hyped up snowstorm didn’t deliver quite the punch everyone was expecting, I had a neighbour this morning who tried to start his snow blower almost 30 times with no luck – I seriously would have given up after 5 and just shovelled the damn driveway myself; either that or collapse on the ground and make snow angels to soothe my frustration.  And hello, it’s never a good thing when the snow is blowing horizontally!  So for those who are snowed in, I hope you’re enjoying the day off and for those who had to trudge off to work at an ungodly hour, I hope you’re at least staying warm!

Alright, so in lieu of snow day, let’s churn out some comfort food for this week’s Grad Lounge feature!  I have never met a potato I didn’t like, and like many foods that have grown on me over the past 5 years, sweet potatoes (or yams) is one of them.  My mum and brother loooove sweet potato anything (sweet potato fries, mashed and roasted sweet potatoes, the list goes on) and when I first tried them, they were just okay to me.  But I’ve definitely learned to appreciate their versatility, especially in dishes like this one! 

A quiche-like pie made with sweet potato mash and savoury portobello mushrooms and a spring mix green salad on the side with sun-dried tomato dressing.  The pie crust is nice and thin, and the filling is deliciously moist and whipped airy soft.  The bold flavour from the mushrooms complements the sweetness from the yams, and it’s the kind of bakery dish that screams warmth and comfort.  Mmmm.  Take note though that this dish is part of the rotating daily specials and not a part of the permanent, everyday menu.  So hopefully if love sweet potatoes, you’ll be able to catch it sometime! 

Stay safe and warm everyone!  Annnd Happy Chinese (Lunar) New Year Eve to everyone who celebrates!  I’ll have a special Chinese New Year post for tomorrow, so I’ll see you all again then! 


The Grad Lounge is located at 166 South Ross at the York University Keele campus and have extended their hours to 9pm in the evening from Monday to Friday.

Weekly Feature: The Grad Lounge – A Mozzerella Cube of Portobello Mushroom Goodness


This week’s Grad Lounge feature: layers and layers of penne pasta casserole surrounded by mozzerella cheese and savoury portobello mushrooms, served with a spring mix green salad with sesame ginger dressing and whole wheat roll.  Pasta, cheese, and mushrooms in a warm delicious cube?  Yeah, I’ll sign up for that 😀  Pasta bakes are such great comfort food and they just scream warmth and coziness.  The mushrooms have such rich flavour to them and as you dig into the casserole with your fork and knife (or, you know, you could also just spear the cube, lift it up, and bite into it like a beast) it’s like opening a food present!

You have that great cheesy baked crust on top that holds everything together and as soon as you start digging in, it falls apart into a melt-in-your-mouth combination of herbs and pasta.  YUM YUM!  I hope everyone is keeping warm and enjoying their holiday so far.  The last few weeks have been insanely difficult for me because of school and really, this blog keeps me going so thank you to everyone reading.  The holidays are always really special to me and I can’t tell you how full my heart feels from today and the last few days because of family, friends, and food.  Make some fabulous memories and have an amazing last few days before Christmas ❤


You knew an interior shot was coming 😉  The Grad Lounge is located at 166 South Ross at the York Univeristy Keele campus.  They are now closed for the holidays but will reopen on January 4th, 2011.