Roasted Sweet Garlic and Thyme Risotto with Toasted Almonds and Breadcrumbs

Published July 20, 2012

  2 large heads garlic, whole and unpeeled Approximately 1 quart (1.1 litres) chicken stock 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 shallots or 2 medium onions, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1/2 head celery, finely chopped 14 ounces (400... Continue reading →

Mom's Nanaimo Bars

1/2 cup butter 1/4 cup sugar 5 tbsp. Cocoa 1 tsp vanilla 1 egg 2 cups Graham Wafer Crumbs 1 cup coconut 1/2 cup Chopped Walnuts Bird's Custard Powder   Directions Place softened butter, sugar, cocoa, vanilla and egg in... Continue reading →

Monkfish Wrapped in Banana leaves with Ginger, Cilantro, Chile, and Coconut Milk

This is a great recipe from a friend of mine...delicious!   4 large banana leaves or vine leaves A little olive oil 2 fresh red chiles 2 sticks lemon grass, outer leaves removed, centers finely chopped 1 clove garlic, finely... Continue reading →

Flank Steak Marinade

This is a classic steak marinade. Enjoy it with baby roast potatoes and a salad.   1 cup soy sauce 1 cup olive oil 9 tablespoons honey 12 cloves garlic, minced 6 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary or 2 dried 3... Continue reading →

Candied Flowers

Spring is in the air and delicious edible flowers are everywhere. There's no question that a pretty floral garnish adds colour and elegance to any dinner party. Edible flowers may be purchased from your local nursery, grocery outlet (in the... Continue reading →

Vegetable Garnishes

Have you ever wondered how the restaurant chefs prepare those beautiful vegetable garnishes that appear on side of your entrée? Many of these embellishments are easier than you think to prepare and can be made a day ahead of dinner... Continue reading →

Chinese Food Loot Bags/Gifts for Guests

Published July 19, 2012

[caption id="attachment_1557" align="alignright" width="214"] Look for Coloured Boxes at Michaels Crafts[/caption] Are you hosting a birthday party this summer? Or perhaps you are entertaining the thought of organizing a ladies luncheon to celebrate a special milestone? Whatever the reason for... Continue reading →

Valentines Heart Cookie Cutter Display

[caption id="attachment_1539" align="alignright" width="213"] Cookie cutters make pretty displays[/caption] Our little ones may be small in size but there's one thing for sure, they have the biggest hearts.  Let them celebrate this Valentines Day by sharing some of their favorite... Continue reading →

For your Sweetie: Smore Gift Boxes

  Outdoor fireplaces have become a very popular landscaping element. They provide ambiance, warmth and a wonderful place to gather with friends at the end of the day. If you know someone who has one or perhaps is heading out... Continue reading →

Edible Floral Ice Cubes

[caption id="attachment_1577" align="alignright" width="212"] Be sure to use edible flowers for this idea.[/caption] Here is a quick and easy idea for your next dinner party. These little, edible floral cubes can be made early in the day or the night... Continue reading →