Cozy up with dessert

Jan 21, 2012 / 5:00 am

(Photo: Guram Dolenjashvili) The thermometer is telling us we are in the dead of winter. Perhaps it was the void created after the decadence of Christmas, or maybe it was me thinking of dancing penguins and that expanse of polar ice cap, but any way you look at it, we are no

Better Than Chocolate Bars

Jan 17, 2012 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: 1 box white cake mix 1 stick butter 1 egg Filling: 12 oz or 1 bag of chocolate chips 1 can sweet condensed milk 4 tablespoons butter   Preparation: Base: Combine first 3 ingredients till crumbly, take about 3/4 of this

Weird and wonderful

Jan 14, 2012 / 5:00 am

  In a world where everything has to be sensational to be noticed, it seems food has fallen prey to that same philosophy. So, to ensure that you can all keep up at the company water cooler, I thought I should let you know of some of the latest news. Prepare to be amazed. Perhaps the

Epiphanies Ė not just while brushing!

Jan 7, 2012 / 5:00 am

  Have you ever heard someone say they “had an epiphany” while brushing their teeth? Well, Wikipedia lists the secular meaning of an epiphany as “the sudden realization or comprehension of the (larger) essence or meaning of something… (when someone) has new infor

The wonder and magic

Dec 24, 2011 / 5:00 am

  She says: Well, here we are closer to the big day … more Christmas tree lights are shining through the windows and more snow has fallen. There seems to be a definite movement afoot to get us all in the spirit, don’t you think? I hope this week’s article will put

Gingerbread Waffles with Compote

Dec 21, 2011 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Gingerbread Waffles with Apples and Cranberry Compote. Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour ¼ cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda ¾ tsp. salt 1½ teaspoon ground cinna

I know Santa Claus

Dec 17, 2011 / 5:00 am

  Photo: Contributed   Okay, have I got your attention? You probably thought the headline for this week’s column was just another ploy but I really do want to talk about the real thing, if you’ll pardon the expression. Santa Claus is an importan

Pudding & Orange Brandy Sauce

Dec 14, 2011 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Steamed Christmas Pudding with Orange Brandy Sauce. Ingredients: 1/2 cup soft butter 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 2 eggs 1 cup peeled grated potato 1 cup peeled grated carrots 1 cup peeled grated apples

Friendship food

Nov 26, 2011 / 5:00 am

  Photo: Contributed   She says: I was in the kitchen at home looking for a treat with my tea and discovered a Baci chocolate, the perfect little nibble. It turned out to be not only a tasty treat but also an inspiration; if you’re not familiar, B

Comfort food in today's world

Nov 19, 2011 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Tuna casserole - a favourite comfort food.   When I was a kid, my favourite comfort food was my Mom’s tuna casserole. It was one of those “soup can” recipes, I think – it had a can of mushroom soup in the sauce part

Roast Chicken Plain and Simple

Nov 16, 2011 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: 1 large free-range chicken 2 tbs olive oil sea salt 6 garlic cloves, unpeeled 6 onions, unpeeled 6 potatoes, skin on and cut into wedges   Preparation: Preheat the oven to 350ºF/180ºC. Wipe chicken and pat dry wit

Chicken Paprikash

Nov 9, 2011 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 1 yellow onion, finely chopped 1 tablespoon paprika 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning 1 sliced green pepper 1 can mushroom pieces 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or cut up a whole chicken) 1/2 cup fat-free

Brown Sugar Boiled Icing

Nov 8, 2011 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: Yield: 4 servings 1 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup water 2 egg whites (make sure no part of yolk is in it) 1/8 tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla (or a little more)   Preparation: Boil together sugar and water until soft ball forms when test

Time together

Nov 7, 2011 / 9:00 am

Photo: Contributed Martin and I just returned from a week away on Vancouver Island. October is the anniversary of when we met, and also when we got engaged so I decided to surprise him with a mushroom picking adventure as a present. It was a wonderful time together and I tho

Apples galore!

Oct 29, 2011 / 5:00 am

  She says: Photo: Contributed   Apples are a symbol of so many things – certainly autumn, as they fill the fruit stands by the bin and taste of the fresh crisp fall air; also good health, being the quintessential simple nutritious food that coul

Breaded Veal Cutlets

Oct 28, 2011 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: 4 veal scaloppini (cutlets), about 150 g (5 oz.) each Salt and pepper 80 g flour 1 or 2 eggs 1 tbsp. milk 1 tsp. oil 80 g bread crumbs 200 g oil for frying   Preparation: Make incisions along the edge of the meat, b

Roast Guinea Fowl

Oct 26, 2011 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: For 4 servings: 1 Guinea Fowl, 1.4 kg (3 lb.), cleaned and trussed 1 kg (2 1/4 lb.) European Pumpkin 80 g (1/3 cup) butter 1 tbsp. grape seed oil 200 ml (3/4 cup) cream 50 g (2 oz.) parmesan Coarse salt, fine salt, freshly ground pepper

Mulberry Street

Oct 22, 2011 / 5:00 am

She says: When I was growing up, my Mom read us bedtime stories. I was a big fan of Dr. Seuss, and one of my favourites was “And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street”. It was a story about a kid who travelled down this one street that had all kinds of fantastical creatures an

Taco Chicken

Oct 18, 2011 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: Chicken Breast (1 per serving) 1 pkg Taco seasoning 1 jar Salsa 1 cup shredded cheese (for approx. 4 chicken breasts) 1 cup of cooked rice (per serving)   Preparation: Coat chicken breasts in Taco seasoning and place in baking dish. Pour Salsa ove

Turkey isnít how you spell thanks

Oct 8, 2011 / 5:00 am

  Photo: Contributed   She says: It is not only the harvest season but also that time of year when we are reminded to give thanks for all that we have. Most of us will be enjoying a turkey feast this weekend as part of the celebrations. However, with al