Date Nut Bar Cake with drizzled Bernard Callebaut Chocolate and Rosca De Reyes Ring Cake with Dates
The date nut bar cake was enjoyed by my family. My son Jure is cutting out sugar from his diet so this inspired me to create a recipe where there was mostly natural sugar. The third photo of the Rosca de Reyes Cake was made by my friend Male to her house for a lovely coffee and other goodies to share in the celebration of this wonderful Mexican tradition. The celebration involves finding a baby Jesus in the cake. If you find the baby jesus then you need to host a party. Well I found the baby Jesus and now I’m getting ready to celebrate the epithany.
What’s Cooking magazine included my recipe “Philly Italian Lemon Ice” in their magazine. Here is the article.
A Dinner with Anna Olson
By Lily Erlic
I had the pleasure of dining with Anna Olson at the London Chef in Victoria, BC on a Thursday evening in 2012. Anna welcomed us like she would have if we had come to her home. She said she wanted to chat and answer questions just as though you had come to her own house.
We began by seating ourselves on stools in front of a large island. Anna showed us how to make a Sweet Potato Soup with Coconut Milk & Ginger. She also showed us how to make the filling for Warm Chocolate Orange Truffle Tarts. Later on, we moved over to the dining area where we enjoyed a three course meal with wine pairings. While she demonstrated, she talked about how her TV show comes together. She works 12-15 hour days! Wow!
The highlight of the evening was when she signed her book for me! It’s called Back to Baking 200 Timeless Recipes to Bake, Share, and Enjoy. I am looking forward to making the recipes in this book. The Hazelnut Ricotta Cake sounds inviting! I also gave her a copy of my book Finger Rhymes for Manners! I signed a copy for her!
I was so happy to meet her especially since I was not able to make the RWOP (Real Women of Philadelphia) dinner last year in Toronto. My husband discovered the event in Victoria and encouraged me to go; I’m so glad he did!
Pizza Express in London, England is our favourite pizza destination! They have great crust, superior toppings and generous amounts of basil! A wonderful experience, seeing the pizza makers create these delectable morsels!
This gluten-free chicken pasta dish is wonderful served cold on a hot day! Write to me in the comment section if you would like to know the recipe!
It’s a very easy recipe. I will give you the dressing recipe. The pasta is cooked according to package directions. The chicken is chopped and sauteed until cooked through. The peppers are cubed. If you want to know more, just ask.
Rind of one lemon
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Mix lemon rind, lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper in a bowl. Whisk well pour over pasta dish.
When I went to London, a few years ago, I discovered the gourmet delights in the department store well-known as Harrods. It was a foodie’s dream to go there and smell the aromas of the wonderful food. I loved the experience to say the least especially because I discovered many food items I have never seen before!
Last weekend I went to the the Calico Craft fair at Pacific Christian School. I loved seeing all the new products! The horseradish was my favourite. They are going to be selling this product at thrifty foods. Right now, it’s available at the Root Cellar. It’s called Hee-Haw Horseradish. Quite a name, it is memorable. It tastes even better!
The new horseradish in Victoria, BC. They gave out samples on pieces of cheese. What out for the ‘damn hot’ one, it is rather spicy but I loved it! I hope you do too!
The Sea Cider was delicious. It’s great to see a new cider on the scene! I bought the vanilla fudge. It was smooth and sweet. The fudge is from the Black Cat company. I bought a blackberry jam from the Meadowbrook Family Farm table. We tried it on our toast this morning. Nothing like homemade!
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