Canning, Pickling, Gluten-free, Vegan

Apple Mango Chutney

Loreto October 16, 2017

Apple Mango Chutney hosts brilliant flavor with a spice twist that will brighten up any protein that it is paired with including vegan alternatives. Give it a try!

Song of the day: “Running away” by Royal Foundry.

Apple Mango Chutney

Apple Mango Chutney, is a combination of East Indian spices and the caramelization of apple and mango and onion. The end result, a side condiment that pops in flavor and texture, and awakens you with its vibrant and beautiful colors.

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Fish and Seafood, Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Soups, Stews and Sandwiches

Lobster Bisque Mac & Cheese

Loreto October 14, 2017

Lobster Bisque Mac & Cheese, is luxury comfort food at its best. A beautiful rich seafood bisque loaded with wonderful flavors and spices, and morsels of lobster nestled in pasta, cheeses and a crispy top crust.

Song of the Day: “Radioactive” by Kings of Leon.

Lobster bisque mac&cheese

Lobster Bisque Mac & Cheese, takes a well-known comfort favorite to new levels of flavor and exquisiteness. Put away that packaged dinner because this is the real deal!

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Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Apple Saskatoon Lattice Pie

Nicoletta October 12, 2017

Apple Saskatoon Lattice Pie, a beautiful and delicious dessert made with apples and Saskatoon berries from our friends’ acreage, encased in our go-to, buttery and flaky pie crust. 

Song of the day: Bittersweet Symphony, by The Verve.

Apple Saskatoon Pie

Thanksgiving has come and gone. At least here in Canada. A long weekend filled with love from family and friends and all the good food that goes with it.

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Meat and Poultry

Thanksgiving leftovers reinvented

Loreto October 10, 2017

Thanksgiving leftovers reinvented, is a way to use up all those wonderful bits and pieces of the feast, and releasing your creative spirit to put together this lovely dish!

Song of the day: “Thank you” by Alanis Morissette.

Thanksgiving leftover reinvented

Thanksgiving Leftovers Reinvented, is a compilation of the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and to spark some color, a cranberry chutney. This is harvest comfort food with a touch of elegance and a whole lot of delicious flavors!

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Dessert, Gluten-free, Spoon desserts

Nectarine Plum Crisp

Nicoletta October 7, 2017

Nectarine Plum Crisp, easy to make and so delicious to eat. Fruity, not too sweet and with a nice crunch, will satisfy a dessert craving while keeping it on a “lighter” note.

Song of the day: Too Good At Goodbyes, by Sam Smith.

nectarine plum crisp

Everywhere I turn I see pumpkin here, squash there, and here I am still posting a recipe that contains the last bit of Summer with the first touch of Autumn. A Nectarine Plum Crisp, with the remaining B.C. nectarines we bought at the Farmer’s Market and plums from my in-laws’ tree.

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Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Soups, Stews and Sandwiches, Vegan, Vegetarian

Auntie Rosaria’s Pasta e Fagioli (La Pasta e Fagioli di zia Rosaria)

Nicoletta October 3, 2017

Auntie Rosaria’s Pasta e Fagioli (La pasta e Fagioli di zia Rosaria), a bowl of wonderful memories and distinct hearty Italian flavors, that will comfort and warm the hearts of any of those who try it.

Song of the day: “You don’t know how it feels” by Tom Petty. Sadly, we’ve lost another great artist, what a concert they might be having somewhere up there…!

Pasta e fagioli

[This post is sponsored by The Italian Centre Shop. We’ve been compensated but -as always- all opinions are our own.]

The food I cook, bake or eat, is always connected to a story, memory, or feeling. It is able to transport me back to a time and place, sometimes bringing me joy, other times filling me with longing and melancholy. It is never “just food”. It is a piece of my life, a piece of my heart.

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Appetizers and Snacks, Dips, Sauces and Spreads, Gluten-free, Vegan

Raw Vegetable Nori Wraps with Orange Ginger Miso Dressing [V., G.F.]

Loreto September 30, 2017

Raw Vegetable Nori Wraps with Orange Ginger Miso Dressing, vegan and gluten-free, is our contribution to the monthly challenge “Around the World in 12 Plates”, that took us to the Far East, Japan.

Song of the day: “Tokio Nights” – Bee Gees.

Raw vegetable nori wraps

Raw vegetable Nori Wraps with Orange Ginger Miso Dressing, is simplicity at its best. Utilizing the texture and uniqueness of Nori to house wonderful vegetables such as carrots, red pepper, avocado, and pea shoots all dipped and dressed up in the flavors of miso and orange juice. A true natural zen experience!

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Breakfast and Brunch, Scones

Triple Berry Dark Chocolate Scones

Nicoletta September 27, 2017

Triple Berry Dark Chocolate Scones, a light, crumbly and crispy scone with a marriage of flavors starting with the mixed berries combined with morsels of rich dark chocolate. 

Song of the day: “The Scientist” – Coldplay, which we had the pleasure of hearing live. A concert that left me with such warm feelings!

Triple berry dark chocolate scones

It’s funny how a food that was not part of my background, history, and tradition, would slowly become my favorite one ever.

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