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Fun Holiday Drinks

Champagne served up with “frozen cranberry” skewers. Fresh cranberries were soaked in sugar water then sprinkled with white sugar to give the frosty look. In this image I was experimenting with bokeh to create a festive holiday spirit.   Eggnog served with a touch of brandy. In this photograph I was also experimenting with bokeh to create a festive holiday spirit.   Hot chocolate will always be a winter time classic. Jazz up this deliciously rich drink however you wish. In this image I wanted to play around with natural textures to really bring out the feeling of a true northern winter.

Breakfast in Bed Pancakes

Nothing beats waking up to warm pancakes and maple syrup, especially when you don’t even have to leave the comfort of  your bed. That’s what makes breakfast in bed the perfect gift! I personally love a good pancake recipe, and what truly makes my recipe special is that you can decide to make this nostalgic breakfast last minute with basic pantry staples. Pantry Pancakes  Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes Yield: 14 medium-sized pancakes Ingredients 2 cups (500 mL) all purpose flour 1 tbsp (15 mL) white sugar 2 tsp (10 mL) baking powder 1/2 tsp (3 mL) salt 2 cups (500 mL) milk 2 tbsp (30 mL) melted butter 1 egg 1 tsp (5 mL) vegetable oil Cooking directions In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a separate medium sized bowl, whisk together milk, butter and the egg. Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and whisk until just combined and small lumps remain. Don’t over mix. Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. place 1/4 …

Charcuterie Board

Charcuterie boards are perfect for easy entertaining and always look impressive. The fancy name “charcuterie” refers to the culinary art of meat preparations from sausages to pâtés and more. I personally like to serve my meat preparations with a variety of different cheeses, antipasto and wine. Check out my tips below on putting together the perfect charcuterie and cheese board! Variety: Make Sure to include something salty, sweet, crunchy, soft and chewy. Have something on the board to suite everyones tastes. This can be pickles, olives, grapes, spiced nuts, figs, etc. Cheese: Have at least three different types of cheese: one strong, one sharp, and one spread. Extra points for a baked cheese. Meats: Have a selection of meats including dried sausages, sliced prosciutto and even spreadable Pâté. Bread and Crackers: Have a variety of crackers as well as some fresh crusty bread such as a French loaf. Wine: Serve with both a red and white wine or a crisp dry cider.

Fresh Strawberry Salad

Nothing beats a nice refreshing salad made from the bounty of Ontario fresh produce this time of year. Check out your local farmers market to find local products and get creative with your salad! One of my favourites is a strawberry and mixed green salad served with balsamic dressing. Strawberry Salad with Balsamic Dressing Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: none Yield: 4 starter salads Ingredients Salad 8 cups (1 L) mixed greens 1/2 cup (125 mL) sliced red onion 1 cups (250 mL) sliced strawberries 1/2 cup (125 mL) crumbled feta cheese Balsamic dressing 2 tbsp (30 mL) canola oil 1/4 cup (60 mL) balsamic vinegar 1/4 tsp (1 mL) mustard 1/2 tsp (3 mL) honey salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste Cooking directions Salad: In four separate serving bowls, layer the salad as follows: mixed greens, onion, strawberries. Sprinkle feta over each bowl.  Balsamic dressing: In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, salt and pepper until well combined. Serve salads with dressing on the side.