Lemon Cream Scones

scones with jam

Most summers, Mom likes to bring out her beautiful china, her beautiful, hand-embroidered linens and host an old-fashioned tea party in her beautiful garden. Everybody lends a hand and makes the tea sandwiches and dainty desserts. The least I can do is bake some scones that are worthy of the time Mom takes for one of our favourite traditions. Continue reading

Shiny Tomato Gazpacho

Tomato GazpachoI recently whizzed up this shiny tomato gazpacho for a family tea party. I love the bright, refreshing, and juicy flavour of the tomato and cucumber. This cold soup goes down especially well on a hot summer day. Continue reading

Farm Fresh Cheesy Scrambled Eggs

IMG_1757Recently we visited the Vockeroth farm in Alberta’s heartland and experienced some farm-to-table eating. We fed the chickens and reaped the rewards at breakfast the next day by scrambling those fresh eggs. Continue reading

Homemade Bianco with Icy Grapes

Bianco with Icy Grapes If you like white wine and herbs (as much as I do) make this homemade Bianco with icy grapes. The fresh herbs lend a woodsy flavour to the wine, not unlike Retsina; a delicious dry and earthy Greek wine. Continue reading

Mushroom Risotto with Fresh Herbs

mushroom risottoThis mushroom risotto has a scarborough fair flair. Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme play a starring role and add a fresh earthiness (is that even possible?) to this risotto. I love mushrooms and could eat this by the bowlful. It’s wonderful as a side dish or as a main course with a big salad. It involves a lot of stirring so I recommend having a big glass of cold white wine ready by the stove; you’ll need some for the risotto anyway. -bvox

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Frozen Chocolate Banana Pops

Frozen. Chocolate. Banana. Pops! I wanted to call these ‘Nutty Monkeys” but that didn’t fly with hubby. These are one my favourite treats and flavour combos. The first time I had these was at Disneyland back in the 80s, which I’ve already raved madly about. It only occurred to me recently that I didn’t need to go to there to have them; I can make them at home, easily, and with ingredients I usually have in my pantry. Continue reading

Bee Stings with Vanilla-infused Sea Salt

Bee StingsMy latest vanilla indulgence has been infusing sea salt with vanilla bean seeds. It adds a nice note to both sweet and savoury dishes. I’ve tried it on my version of Bob Blumer’s Bee Stings, a delightful and easy appetizer that combines cheese, honey and truffle oil. The vanilla sea salt elevates this recipe to a new level. Continue reading

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