Three Christmases ago, Don and I decided to start a little family tradition for his mama. Her birthday being in November and us never being able to drive out nine hours for the party, we decided to welcome her each Christmas with a customized birthday cake. The first year, we went for a classic Black Forest cake. The second year, there was a special request for a Strawberry Shortcake. And this year, I decided to take her favourite drink, Red Berry Sangria, and transform it into layers of decadent vanilla cake, red berry sangria compote and a light mascarpone frosting, a Wine Christmas birthday cake. For all the wine and dessert lovers out there, this one is for you!
Have you ever had way too many apples in the kitchen, long enough that it starts smelling like apple cider and you didn’t know what to do with them because they were kind of wrinkly and not exactly delicious-looking?! Well, I have and I decided to make glorious, spiced apple butter.
We present you with a true Canadian Thanksgiving Brunch; the Thanksgiving Hangover Turkey Poutine! This recipe is for all of those who have had to nurse a post-Thanksgiving hangover whether you drank your way through the “21 Questions” style interrogations about your life or simply had to keep up with your party-hard relatives!
Slurps up! Curry Pumpkin Soup! Fall isn’t the glorious season that it is without pumpkins and this year I ventured (for the first time in my life I might add) to a pumpkin patch with Don. To say that I enjoyed my time at Miller’s Bay Farm is an understatement! I was like a freakin’ kid in a candy shop, jumping over pumpkins for the perfect goofy shot, going through rows upon rows of pumpkins to try and find the perfect ones for both Thanksgiving recipes and a couple of Jack-o-lanterns for Halloween.
Rebels ITK joined forces with the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO) to create a cooking party to celebrate the end of their Café-communauté summer program, a program that supports families that are new to the Ottawa region. We had a blast!!!
Meet Marco, the epicurean of this memoir; a Lebanese and recent Canadian citizen, family man and food lover. An automotive service manager by day and home-chef by night, he never ceases to surprise his family with great meals filled with love and memories.