15 April 2014

Lobster Pasta alla Busara a Tribute to Marcella Hazan

Just a quick reminder that today is the day! I thought my own photo was coming tonight but the restaurant had no lobster. I will however make this recipe and replace it with my own photo in due course. 

The type of outings I live for are the ones spent with foodie friends where you can whip out your camera and take photos of your food with wild abandon, where the conversation is always centered around what you are eating, the process of cooking it, the person behind it, the history of the dish, blogging, food writing, and anything else you can think about. In fewer words it is all about the food!!! I had such a night tonight where we had dinner at a local restaurant that was celebrating the anniversary of Marcella Hazan' birthday. Many restaurants across the country are doing the same.

But who is Marcella Hazan?  I am a disciple of Marcella Hazan's cookbooks. To understand Italy is to cook from her books. 

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9 April 2014

Memories of Ravello with an Easter Wheat Pie (Pastiera di Grano)

One of the joys of travelling is reliving those precious moments even years later. When I travel I have always taken hundreds, if not thousands, of photos. Long before blogging I was taking photos of the food at my table while on even the smallest of adventures. There’s something so evocative to me about pictures of food and the power they have to vividly remind me of mouth-watering meals and moments that I’ve had on my travels. I can look at my culinary photos and remember exactly where I was, the scent of the dish placed in front of me, and the way the flavours opened up on my palate. In many cases the taste or smell of something in my past is capable of painting a picture with richer, deeper brush strokes than any snapshot in my photo album. Recreating those same dishes in your own kitchen is pure magic.
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6 April 2014

My Canadian Love Affair with Fettuccine Carbonara with Peameal Bacon

Fettuccine Carbonara with Peameal Bacon

Today continues our exploration into finding our roots with The Canadian Food Experience Project which began in June, 2013.  With weddings and work I am several months behind but I may catch up. My Canadian Love Affair was Februarys challenge. As participants in this project we have been sharing our collective stories from coast to coast through our regional food experiences on the 7th of each month. This story and the recipe below continues my year long challenge from Valerie of A Canadian Foodie called The Canadian Food Experience Project. Valerie was one of the lucky few who attended the very first Canadian Food Bloggers Conference north of Toronto in April of last year. Her experience inspired her to dig deep within herself, to discover what it meant to be a Canadian in our melting pot of food culture.

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2 April 2014

The Virtual Supper Club Celebrates Easter with a Spring Pea Soup with Crab Flan

Spring Pea Soup with Crab Flan from Cooking Light
Spring is when everything seems to come alive!!!!! The days are longer and the markets begin to burst with the colours of the bountiful fruits and vegetables of the season. For those who are lucky enough to live near a farmers market as I am, we would be hard pressed not to be aware of which fruits are at the peak of their season. Pods of fresh peas and stalks of beautifully green asparagus will cook beautifully in a sauce of lemon zest, butter, mint and tossed with pappardelle or fettucini noodles. This is the time to enjoy fresh rhubarb, sweet garden peas and furled fiddleheads . It is the season for escarole and a wide variety of lettuce hand plucked from the garden for green salads. I am chomping at the bit and may even plant mesclun on my patio. The delightful fragrance of chives, mint, chervil and tarragon fill the air to season your dishes. All of these tastes of Spring are bursting from our gardens, forests, markets and window boxes.
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16 March 2014

Weddings, Sand, and Pibil Chicken. An Exploration into Yucatan Cuisine

Pibil Chicken with Pickled Onions
The last time I ventured to the Mayan Riviera on the Yucatan Peninsula my daughter L'il Burnt Toast was 13 years old. In true More Than Burnt Toast style we spent very little time in the comfort of our resort preferring to explore up and down the coast,  clambering over Mayan ruins,  conquering the jungle and snorkelling the coral reefs amongst thousands of colourful fish. The most memorable moments were spent exploring every inch of the small island of Isla Mujeres by golf cart with spectacular views around every corner. This past month we ventured back there together under very different circumstances.

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7 March 2014

#myhometownguide Some of the Best Eats in Kelowna You Just Have to Try

As seen on Honest Cooking. This is my hometown. Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley in the heart of the province of British Columbia.

For those of you who read these pages you know I would never miss an opportunity to rave about the area where I live in the heart of wine country. The Okanagan Valley has been dubbed "The Napa Valley of the North" and is one of Canada's best kept secrets. When you live in a foodie mecca the biggest decision of the day was how to filter through the endless array of wineries, farm-to-table restaurants and foodie venues and narrow my choice to just 5. In the end it was an easy choice by just looking at my weekly routine. I head to most of these places at least once a week.

I was so pleased to Partner with Honest Cooking and Fuji Water and their #myhometownguide. I just had to tell you about this exciting campaign that brings our world closer together. 
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5 March 2014

The Virtual Supper Club Goes Italian. Let's Enjoy Gnocchi with Asparagus and Pancetta


Gnocchi with Asparagus and Pancetta

We always appreciate you joining us for this monthly event where a group of ladies and one gent in two neighbouring countries get together on the first Wednesday of every month to create a delicious meal from appetizers to dessert with a theme in mind. In its fourth year this is a team effort where we continue to share a love for healthy eating and living. We look forward each month to strengthening our bonds, and enjoying each others company virtually. The party goes on for days!!

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25 February 2014

Brighten Up Winter with a Blood Orange, Fennel and Pomegranate Salad

Blood Orange, Fennel and Pomegranate Salad
If dreary winter weather is getting you down, lift your spirits by adding bright, zesty citrus fruits to your every day cooking. The new year is well under way and already we have visions and hopes of Spring. Blood oranges are overflowing in our local markets. They are juicy and sweet with a dark red interior. In the kingdom of citrus, blood oranges are royalty. There is just something about them that appeals to all of my senses. They sport a thin, red-blushed orange skin, with flesh that ranges in colour from pink to a brilliant red or burgundy. They are tart-sweet and slightly berry-like in flavour.

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