Welcome Back Comfort Food The days are slowly getting shorter and there is a subtle crispness in the air, which can only mean one thing: fall is here. While some may scorn the cooler temperatures, I welcome them with wide, sweater-clad arms. One of the main reasons I love the cooler temps? Now I have an excuse to eat warm comfort food whenever I want! Comfort food like this amazing Monday Night Mac and Cheese dish. With delicious ooey gooey Canadian Cheddar, it will melt away the Monday blues and prepare you for a wonderful week ahead. Spoiler alert: it […]
Be thankful for good food and wine. This is my favourite time of the year. Not only is the air crisper and the weather perfect, it is a time when I’m constantly reminded about all the wonderful things in my life that I’m thankful for. Like great family and friends (which I’m constantly surrounded by). In fact, the only thing that makes this time any better is being surrounded by amazing food and wine as well. I like to keep cooking during the holidays as easy and stress-free as possible so I can focus on what’s really important: quality family […]
A Jewish holiday dish of potato pancakes to celebrate Hanukkah. The oil for cooking latkes is symbolic of the oil of long-lasting flame that kept the Second Temple in ancient Israel illuminated. The word “latke” means “patch”: the potato pancakes are usually shallow-fried grated potato, flour and egg, and seasoning, and may be garnished with a savoury topping such as sour cream or a sweet one, such as apple sauce. Potato Latkes for Hanukkah We used the traditional method of soaking the grated potatoes and onions in ice water for 5 minutes before wringing them out. This produces extra-crispy latkes, […]
Baccala or bacalhau is the Portuguese dried and salted fish dish for Christmas dinner. “Bacalhau” is the Portuguese word for cod, although the dish now incorporates other types of fish due to the overfishing of cod. It is believed that there are more than a thousand recipes for baccala, though most include salted and dried fish, potatoes, onions, tomatoes and olives. try this recipe for baccala. Ingredients Preparation Please share your tips on preparing this recipe or another baccala recipe in the comments below. Return to the Joy to the World Holiday Wine Match.
This slow-cooked savory lamb stew celebrates the end of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar that Muslims observe by fasting. The stew combines spices and herbs, such as cumin, coriander, cilantro, ginger, fennel and cayenne pepper, and is often served on a bed of couscous. Ingredients Preparation Please share your tips on preparing this recipe or another Moroccan lamb recipe in the comments below. Return to the Joy to the World Holiday Wine Match.
This African side dish that is part of the feast for Kwanzaa, a week-long celebration of culture, community and family from December 26 to January 1 that is observed in both West African nations as well as by those of African descent in Canada, the United States and other countries. “Kwanzaa” is derived from Swahili meaning “first fruits of the harvest.” The loose-leafed collard greens are simmered in chicken stock, then spiced with chili flakes and other seasonings. Ingredients Preparation Please share your tips on preparing this recipe or another collard greens recipe in the comments below. […]
A traditional United Kingdom dessert made from candied fruit, dried fruit, nuts and spices that is soaked in spirits. It is especially associated with Christmas and weddings. The earliest known recipes came from ancient Rome, and then soon spread throughout Europe. In the U.K., a round fruitcake is usually covered with marzipan (sugar and honey), and then a hard white icing made from beaten egg whites. Ingredients Preparation Please share your tips on preparing this recipe or another fruitcake recipe in the comments below. Return to the Joy to the World Holiday Wine Match.
Roast turkey is the centerpiece of Canadian and American Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday tables. It’s associated with the Pilgrims who were introduced to it by Native North Americans. Side dishes often include cranberry sauce, bread stuffing, giblet gravy, oyster stew, sweet potatoes and creamed corn. Ingredients Preparation Please share your tips on preparing this recipe or another turkey recipe in the comments below. Return to the Joy to the World Holiday Wine Match.
Back to School Lunches for All You’re ready to send your wee ones back to school, but now comes the part most parents dread: packing lunches. Fret not, I found the perfect recipe to make your life just a little easier. The thing I love most about this recipe for Monterey and Egg Pita Pockets is that you can use them for your kids’ lunches and for your own lunch as well. Made with delicious Canadian Monterey Jack, children will love these bite-size pockets. Not to mention that they’re a breeze to prepare. This means you’ll have extra time to […]
The Caribbean is Closer Than you Think It’s definitely getting as hot as the Caribbean, so why not bring the flavour of the Carribean to your home as well? This savoury recipe for Three Cheese Caribbean Rice is the perfect main for a Caribbean-themed bash. And with savoury jalapeno-flavoured Canadian Havarti, Old Canadian Cheddar, and creamy Canadian Gouda, it will have your guests’ palettes dancing on first taste. A great wine to complement the cheesy flavour of the rice is a Hungarian wine called Hungaria Grand Cuvée Brut. While not from the Caribbean, its zesty lemony flavour will balance out […]