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…

English Sticky Toffee Pudding

Time: 1 hour Makes 18 puddings Music Selection: GooGoo Dolls – Iris “I just want you to know who I am”… part of the chorus in a song that my oldest son liked when he was little. It is a soulful song. So, I am pairing it with a soulful dish. AND I want you…

Homemade Turkey Gravy

Music Selection:  Piano Guys – The Cello Song Bing Crosby & David Bowie– Little Drummer Boy Gravy and mashed potatoes are a must at our place whenever we have turkey. We like ours homemade and my mom always takes on the task on making it perfect! As it is Christmas, I am pairing it with…