Archive for January, 2012

Happy Chinese New Year!

January 23rd, 2012

To all who are celebrating, Gung Hey Fat Choi! Many wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous year. It’s the year of the dragon, and dragons are said to be confident, enterprising and creative (it’s no wonder we get along!). May you be blessed this year and beyond with more food than you can fit […]

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Candied Kumquat Ice Cream with Crushed Salted Pistachios & Dark Chocolate

January 22nd, 2012

Kumquats are the grape-sized runts of the citrus litter and an eccentric fruit, for, lacking much but bitter seeds on the inside, it’s the sweet, citrusy-astringent skin that is meant to be eaten. Despite the absence of tasty flesh, their irresistibly miniature stature ensures that whenever I see them, I cannot avoid picking some up, […]

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Butternut Squash Bisque

January 16th, 2012

One of my favourite things to do in the colder months of the year is to make soup, and now that our outdoors is so well chilled, here’s a favourite of mine. A friend shared this with me years ago, and it remains in my regular soup arsenal to this day. Taking advantage of the […]

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Ginger Ninja – Sunshine

January 13th, 2012

A friend shared this with me. It’s the perfect song for a day like today.

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No-Knead Bread Variations: Cider, Apple & Barley Loaf

January 13th, 2012

Life is funny. When I first drafted this post I was planning to talk about how cold weather is perfect for hibernation and filling your house with heartwarming scents, but at the time, it had been an unusually warm, snowless winter. As if on cue, it’s been snowing really hard since I woke up this […]

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Orange for optimism, Red for passion: Pantone 2012 Colour of the Year

January 11th, 2012

It’s no mistake that Pantone’s 2012 Colour of the Year combines two of the strongest colour trends. One has been the most enduring on runways over the past few seasons, and another the most embraced and iconic. The name of this colour, to be precise, is Tangerine Tango (otherwise known as Pantone 17-1463), a red-orange […]

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Banana Blossom with Chicken and Cilantro

January 6th, 2012

I’m currently out of town visiting my grandmother, and if you’ve read my post entitled Memories of a Grandchild you know that my grandparents have figured very prominently in my relationship with food. On our trip to the grocery store yesterday I discovered a dark purple bud of large proportions, and had to figure out […]

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