Queen’s Royal Pudding

Time: 2 hours Do you know what I love about this elegant dessert that is fit for royalty? You probably have all the ingredients in your fridge and pantry already! How perfect is that! Such a light and delightful dessert – great for Christmas, New Years, brunch or afternoon tea. Music Selection: Loren Gray –…

LuLu’s Yule Log

Time: 2 hours And…. to my extreme pleasant surprise, my 16YO daughter made this amazing Yule Log on her own without prompting. It looked and tasted so perfect… one of the best I’ve had. Enjoy a classic, with a classic tune with a hot cup of coffee or tea… Music Selection: Nat King Cole –…

1-2-3 Easy As Can Be Peas

Time: 3 minutes Having spent a wonderful week in the Okanagan with some great friends, we went to many wineries. One place a friend of mine wanted to go to was a place that made vinegars… While the place was closed and we couldn’t go, my friend shared that growing up her mom made wonderful…

Christmas Steamed Plum Pudding

Time: 7 hours plus several days to soak fruit Music Selection: Yo-Yo Ma & Alison Kraus – Wexford Carol Although this dish uses fruit that would not have been in a traditional pudding, the flavours remain true to a traditional steamed fruit pudding. “With thankful heart and joyful mind”, I think you will find that…

Roasted Pumpkin Puree

Time: 1 hour I’ve got my mind set on pumpkin pie – and I mean the really good pumpkin pie that comes with roasting and pureeing the pumpkin! AND lucky us, it is November 1 and we have fresh pumpkins! This puree can be used in so many recipes, but our favourite is to have…

Poppy Seed Rolls

Time: 2 ½ hours Music Selection: Dua Lipa – Love Again Poppy seeds are something I crave in the Fall, as I remember my grandparents growing poppy, drying it and then making it into these delicious deep fried buns… so much love went into growing the poppy all the way to making the buns! These…

Alive Again Salsa

Time: 1 hour; makes about 8 small jars Ok – it is week 5 of social distancing, isolation and quarantine due to the worldwide pandemic. To keep busy this week, my 15 YO daughter and I decided to make home made salsa. We even canned it. It is also Easter week and because we won’t…

Holiday Carrots

Time: 45 minutes These carrots are magical and great for any festive occasion. We make them often and they are always a big hit. They will magically disappear so make extra. Music Selection: Doris Day – It’s Magic Ingredients: 8 large carrots ¼ cup brown sugar Grated orange rind from one orange 2 Tbsp butter…

BBQ Lobster

Time: 10 minutes Our New Years’ Eve tradition has been the same for many years now… we stay home and have a fancy dinner, usually with some type of seafood (lobster or crab or scallops), steak and a fancy dessert (fondue, pear souffle). This year, we did lobster on the BBQ. Now, we are not…

Spinach & Mandarin Orange Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Time: 20 minutes Serves 6 Music Selection: Elvis – That’s Alright I’ll tell you what’s alright – this spinach salad. It is rather festive in color and flavors – green, red, white and orange! You can buy poppy seed dressing, but I like making mine to add a bit more of a citrus flavor! It…