Drinks from Around the World: GERMANY
Sep04

Drinks from Around the World: GERMANY

RÜDESHEIMER COFFEE original recipe by Hans Karl Adam (makes one serving) 3 sugar cubes40 ml brandy (1 1/3 oz) 120 ml strong brewed coffee (4 oz) whipped cream (sweetened with a little vanilla sugar)chocolate shavingsSpecial equipment (optional) – Rüdesheimer coffee cup and saucer (a regular heatproof coffee mug is fine)long spoon DIRECTIONS: Place the sugar cubes in the mug. Heat the brandy in the microwave for about 30 seconds then...

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Flavours from Around the World: GERMANY (Oktoberfest)
Sep04

Flavours from Around the World: GERMANY (Oktoberfest)

SCHNITZEL Schnitzel is always made from a boneless cut of meat. For weiner schnitzel, use boneless veal chops. For pork schnitzel, use boneless pork chops. And for a chicken schnitzel (less common), use boneless skinless chicken breasts. Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 10 mins | 4 Servings INGREDIENTS: 4 boneless pork or veal chops 1 cup plain bread crumbs1 tsp salt vegetable oil for frying½ tsp black pepper lemon slices for garnish1...

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Leek and Potato Soup
Sep04

Leek and Potato Soup

INGREDIENTS: 3 large leeks (about 3 cups after chopping)2 tbsp butter4 cups chicken broth (or vegetable for vegetarian option)2 lbs potatoes (Yukon gold or Russet),peeled, diced into ½” pieces1 tsp sea salt, less or more to taste pinch of dried marjoram1-2 sprigs fresh thyme, or ½ tsp dried thyme1 bay leaf¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped tabasco or red chili sauce to taste white or black pepper to taste DIRECTIONS: Clean the leeks and cut...

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Mulled Red and White Wine
Sep04

Mulled Red and White Wine

INGREDIENTS FOR MULLED WHITE WINE 1 bottle dry white wine, like chardonnay1 ½ cups apple cider¹⁄₃ cup honey¹⁄₃ cup whole cranberries1 orange, sliced1 apple, sliced4 cinnamon sticks1 vanilla bean, split in half1 tbsp whole cardamom pods1 tsp whole cloves knob of ginger (tsp size)extra for serving: cinnamon sticks,orange wedges, cranberries, star anise DIRECTIONS: MULLED WHITE WINE Combine all ingredients together in a saucepan and heat...

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Spiced Pear Loaf
Sep04

Spiced Pear Loaf

INGREDIENTS: 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp ground ginger ½ tsp baking soda ½ tsp ground cinnamon½ tsp salt ¼ tsp cardamom 1 cup buttermilk 1 cup milk 4 eggs, lightly beaten½ cup butter, melted ½ cup granulated sugar ½ cup brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla 2 cups pear, peeled and chopped¾ cup regular rolled oats, divided ¾ cup toasted walnuts, chopped * Yield: 2 loaves Oats, walnuts and nuggets of chopped pear give this...

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Spiced Pumpkin Latte
Sep04

Spiced Pumpkin Latte

Prep time: 5mins  |  Cook Time: 5mins  |  Makes 2 drinks INGREDIENTS: 2 cups milk (dairy or non-dairy)2 tbsp pumpkin puree1-3 tbsp sugar, depending on how sweet you like it1 tbsp vanilla extract½ tsp pumpkin pie spice, plus more for serving½ cup strong hot coffeewhipped cream, for serving DIRECTIONS: Add milk, pumpkin puree, and sugar to a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until hot, but do not boil. Remove the...

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Unsung Heroes of WWII: Alice McMahon
Sep04

Unsung Heroes of WWII: Alice McMahon

What strikes you first about meeting Alice McMahon is just what a firecracker she is! What she then tells you about serving in WWII is not only the courage and competence of the men and women, but how much of the real “glory” and credit were never publicly recognized. And just how much of a big contribution Canadians made in World War II! At age eighteen in 1943, when she reached the legal age for enlistment, Alice Watson signed up to...

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TRAVEL FEATURE: Scotland’s beckoning Western Isles of Mull & Skye
Sep04

TRAVEL FEATURE: Scotland’s beckoning Western Isles of Mull & Skye

Never far from the sea, the habitat on the western isles thrives on continuous moisture. It’s cloaked shades of lush green that peek out from the ever-changing mist, give the landscape of these mystic isles a romantic appeal. Along the coast are constant soothing winds, a rhythmic ebb and flow of waves and an air that is alive with the music of sea birds. While you may spot long horizontal islands greying into the distance, many are...

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Back To School Safety: Refresh Your Knowledge
Sep04

Back To School Safety: Refresh Your Knowledge

Since it arrived on the scene early in the 20th century, the school bus has been an intrinsic part of society.  The familiar yellow vehicle is a mobile cradle, of sorts, entrusted to ferry our kids to and from school and into the future. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that school bus safety is a paramount concern and that strictly enforced regulations are in place to ensure this. Failure to comply with the rules can...

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Planning a Successful Bathroom Renovation
Sep04

Planning a Successful Bathroom Renovation

If you are looking to increase the value of your home, renovating your bathroom is one of the best ways to accomplish this. Advance planning and consulting with an expert can prevent you from making common mistakes that can detract from the overall feel and function of your completed project. Many people begin their renovation by calling local contractors to obtain quotes. However, it is important that you know what you want BEFORE...

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A Stress Free Renovation
Sep04

A Stress Free Renovation

We all know someone who can tell you a nightmarish story about a renovation project gone wrong. Sometimes it is was a contractor who was grossly over budget, or produced a substandard quality of work, or it could be a project that took weeks or months longer to complete than expected. Sadly, these incidents occur on a regular basis for many trusting and unsuspecting homeowners who hire contractors to complete renovations to their...

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Sunsational Summer Drinks
Jun05

Sunsational Summer Drinks

Grapefruit Spritzer INGREDIENTS: 1 grapefruit; plus additional grapefruit for garnish 2 cups ice 3 x 12oz cans of ginger soda handful of fresh basil 1/4 cup basil simple syrup DIRECTIONS: Juice one large grapefruit and segment additional grapefruit for garnish if preferred. Fill a pitcher half way with ice. Pour soda, fresh grapefruit juice and simple syrup. Mix well. Garnish with grapefruit slices and fresh basil. Moscow Mule (yields...

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VEGGIE BURRITO (BLACK BEAN)
Jun05

VEGGIE BURRITO (BLACK BEAN)

BLACK BEANS 2 cups black beans (dried – soak over night for optimal nutrients). Boil black beans in salted water for 45 min or until soft. 1 red onion, diced small 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced small 2 tbsp vegetable oil (to sauté) 1 tsp lime juice (maybe two depending on how juicy)  Salt pepper to taste ½ cup Cilantro, chopped DIRECTIONS: Add oil to large pan and heat. Sauté the red onion and jalapeño peppers until onions...

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PROTEIN PACKED SUMMER SALAD
Jun05

PROTEIN PACKED SUMMER SALAD

INGREDIENTS: ¾ cup romaine, finely chopped ¾ cup radicchio, finely chopped 1 hard-boiled egg, finely diced 1 chicken cutlet, grilled and diced 10 cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters ½ cup chickpeas, cooked 2 tbsp chives, finely chopped ¼ cup blue cheese, crumbled 1 tbsp red wine vinegar, or to taste 2 tbsp olive oil, or to taste  salt and pepper DIRECTIONS: Combine romaine, radicchio, hard-boiled egg, grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes,...

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PORK and PINEAPPLE SKEWERS
Jun05

PORK and PINEAPPLE SKEWERS

INGREDIENTS: 400g pork 4 tbsp sugar 60ml cider vinegar 1 tsp fish sauce ½ small pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into chunks (or use ready prepped fresh pineapple, drained) 1 green pepper, deseeded and cut into squares 4 spring onions, trimmed and cut into 4 equal lengths  small bunch coriander, chopped  cooked rice (to serve with) DIRECTIONS: Cut the pork into cubes. On low heat, heat the sugar and vinegar in a pan until the sugar...

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NO BAKE STRAWBERRY CHOCOLATE TART
Jun05

NO BAKE STRAWBERRY CHOCOLATE TART

INGREDIENTS: CRUST: 32 Oreo cookies, whole ½ cup butter, melted CHOCOLATE FILLING: 7 oz milk chocolate (200g) 3.5 oz bittersweet chocolate (55-70% cacao) (100g) 7 oz heavy cream (200 ml) TOPPING: 10 oz fresh strawberries (300g) chopped nuts (almonds, pistachios) DIRECTIONS: Place oreo cookies (with filling) into the bowl of a food processor and blend until crumbs form. Melt butter and pour into the crushed cookies and process until...

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Raspberry Keto Muffins
Jun05

Raspberry Keto Muffins

INGREDIENTS: 3 cups almond flour ½ cup ghee or coconut oil, melted 4 large eggs, whisked 1 cup raspberries 2 tbsp lemon zest 1 tbsp sugar-free vanilla extract stevia, to taste 1 tsp baking soda DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C). Mix together all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Pour into muffin pans (use silicone muffin pans or grease the metal pans). Bake for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Makes 12...

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Bacon, Parmesan Brussel Sprouts
Jun05

Bacon, Parmesan Brussel Sprouts

INGREDIENTS: 4 strips thick-cut bacon 2 tbsp butter 1 lb brussels sprouts,halved 2 tbsp fresh parmesan salt and freshly ground black pepper DIRECTIONS: Cook bacon in a large skillet until crispy. Remove to paper towel-lined plate and roughly chop. In same pan with bacon fat, melt butter. Add brussel sprouts. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sprouts are golden brown (8-10 min). Season with salt, pepper and fresh parmesan, to taste,...

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Keto Salad
Jun05

Keto Salad

Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Cook Time: 20 Minutes INGREDIENTS: SALAD INGREDIENTS: 2 cups baby spinach 4 slices bacon, cooked and diced 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved (or diced Roma tomatoes) 1/2 cup red onion, diced 4 ozs blue cheese, crumbled 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced 1 egg, hard boiled 1/4 cup red wine vinaigrette (see recipe below) RED WINE VINAIGRETTE INGREDIENTS: 1/4 cup olive oil 3 tbsp red wine vinegar 3 garlic cloves,...

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Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Mash (serves 4)
Jun05

Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Mash (serves 4)

INGREDIENTS: 1 head cauliflower 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp butter 2 garlic cloves 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated 2 tbsp light sour cream 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste 1/8 tsp pepper, or to taste DIRECTIONS: Rinse and cut the cauliflower. In a large pot with a steamer basket add enough water until it touches the bottom of steamer basket. Add the cauliflower, cover and bring the pot to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the cauliflower is...

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