Breakfast and Brunch, Cakes, Pies & Tarts

Back To School Stone Fruit Jam Pockets

Nicoletta September 18, 2018

Back To School Stone Fruit Jam Pockets, a tender, buttery, melt in your mouth pastry filled with a delightful stone fruit pectin-free jam, and to add a bit of color and fun, a quick frosting with colored sprinkles on top.

Song of the day: “Back To Life” by Soul II Soul.

Back To School Back-To-School Stone Fruit Jam Pockets

[This post is #sponsored by The Italian Centre Shop, we’ve been compensated but all opinions are our own]

It is that time again, back to school, parents rushing to get lunches ready, kids dressed and off to school they go. We have a great delicious idea that I am sure any of your kids will love in their lunches.

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Gluten-free, Meat and Poultry

Chicken and Pork in Haskap Mole Sauce

Loreto September 15, 2018

Chicken and Pork in Haskap Mole Sauce is a real fiesta of Mexican flavors meets succulent grilled chicken and pork on a bed of perfectly oven cooked Spanish rice. Levels of deep flavor notes from the trio of chilies, a little surprise of sweetness from the haskap berries, and furthermore a depth of richness consequently leaving you speechless!

Song of the day: “Relentless” by The Arkells.

Chicken and Pork in haskap mole sauce

Chicken and Pork in Haskap Mole Sauce is a sultry dance between the mysterious haskap berry and the wonderful array of ancho, mulato and pasilla peppers. If that’s not enough, add in that deep boldness of Mexican chocolate and beautifully grilled chicken and pork, leaving us a dish beyond words, because after having a bite all I could say is mmmmmm……………….

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Canning, Pickling, Gluten-free, Vegan/Vegetarian

Vanilla Bean Stone Fruit Jam

Nicoletta September 12, 2018

Vanilla Bean Stone Fruit Jam: it has been a wonderful harvest of B.C. stone fruit and we are not wanting to waste an ounce of these incredibly sweet, juicy and plump nectarines, peaches and plums. The combination of natural sweetness and some vanilla bean make for a wonderful jam that is pectin-free, made with organic cane sugar, the juice and zest of a Meyer lemon and so easy to prepare. It can be used in many ways including on toast, with cheeses, in pastries.

Song of the day: Hey Now, You’re A Rockstar by Smashmouth.

Vanilla bean stone fruit jam

[This post is #sponsored by The Italian Centre Shop, we’ve been compensated but all opinions are our own]

Winters can be pretty harsh on this side of the world. We miss the longer days, the heat, the outdoor activities, the colorful, flavorful vegetables, and fruits. Canning, preserving helps us keep a piece of summer alive, bring a smile to our face and a spring on our footstep.

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Gluten-free, Meat and Poultry

Carbonada Criolla, Argentinian Beef Stew

Loreto September 10, 2018

Carbonada Criolla, Argentinian Beef Stew,  a dish with loads of unique flavors and textures. This stew is slow cooked to bring organic produce and incredible beef morsels to their maximum tastes. The surprise and uniqueness of this recipe come from using some dried fruits to sweeten the pot just enough to have us curious and craving!

Song of the day: “Bailando” by Enrique Iglesias.

Carbonada Criolla, Argentinian Beef Stew

Carbonada Criolla, Argentinian Beef Stew celebrates the colors and flavors of Argentina. Our food stop this month on the Eat the World recipe challenge. This dish has it all: texture, flavor, spices and a little sweetness, making each bite an adventure for our taste buds.

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Breakfast and Brunch, Scones

Dehydrated Sour Cherries Spelt Scones

Nicoletta September 6, 2018

Dehydrated Sour Cherries Spelt Scones, are sugar-free and have some spelt flour in the dough, for a healthier and more nutritious approach. These crumbly and delectable scones, where the main feature is from the dried fruit that has been rehydrated in a lavender chai tea, are just the right treat for your next tea party or a cozy breakfast at home.

Song of the day: Those Sweet Words – Nora Jones.

Dehydrated Sour Cherries Spelt Scones

Sometimes, if I pause to reflect on my ‘condition’ here in Canada, I get overwhelmed by a sense of longing to go back to my Country, and a feeling of intense loneliness for being separated from my family and friends on the other side of the world.

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Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Vegan/Vegetarian

Zucchini and Zucchini Blossom Lasagna Bianca

Loreto September 3, 2018

Zucchini and Zucchini Blossom Lasagna Bianca is a celebration of flavor and texture. Tender melt-in-your-mouth homemade pasta meets a luxurious plump and tasty sauteed zucchini and its blossoms, with wonderful caramelized walla onions and a creamy cheese sauce. This lasagna leaves you feeling comforted and fulfilled.

Song of the day: “When we were young” by Adele.

zucchini and zucchini blossom lasagna bianca

Zucchini and Zucchini Blossom Lasagna Bianca is a wonderful comfort dish with warm delicious flavors and textures. The luscious cream sauce holds the balance in a dance of tender, crispy, and delectable, doing it in a most beautiful way making this lasagna a winner for your family!

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