Archive for July, 2012

Blueberry Basil Ice Cream

July 30th, 2012

It’s berry season! And while watching Olympians compete and thinking I should do some exercise, I’m sitting here eating ice cream. (What? I’ll work it off later.) At least this version is chock full of blueberries, a great source of vitamin K and antioxidants. The addition of basil lends an unexpected complexity – it may […]

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Slap Ya Mama – Cajun Spiced Shrimp with Seared Polenta and Roasted Red Pepper Coulis

July 20th, 2012

It’s finally cool enough to turn on the stove today and if you’re getting sick of all the ice cream content (ha!) then here’s something completely different. A fellow food lover received a gift of two gallons of Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning and decided to create a challenge of it. 30 some-odd people later […]

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Coffee Almond Ice Cream

July 18th, 2012

Good morning world, I’m ready for you. It may be disgustingly hot out – bad weather for a hot coffee – but I’ve had my caffeine fix, and what a fix it is. Ice cream in the morning? That’s nothing – I’ve been known to eat ice cream in the dead of winter, dressed in […]

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Themes from Paris Couture, FW12 – Part Three: of Forest Folk and Florals

July 13th, 2012

The final part of my three-part series on trends from the FW12 Paris couture shows concentrates on pattern and print. This season’s textile designs focused on wilderness as inspiration, and designers got in touch with nature via printing and other surface embellishments. Forest Folk Giambattista Valli’s collection was inspired by the creatures of the forest; […]

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Themes from Paris Couture, FW12 – Part Two: of Sunsets and Solids

July 10th, 2012

Part two of my three-part trend report from the couture collections in Paris focuses on colour. Along with the classic black & white which we see every year, there were a few colours that showed up time and time again, and a palette that in particular stood out. Sunset Appeal Perhaps it was the trip […]

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Themes from Paris Couture, FW12 – Part One: of Shimmer and Shine

July 9th, 2012

Last week was Paris couture fashion week for FW12, and I had a chance to go through all the photos from the shows over the weekend. Here’s the first of my (three-part) take on the themes, or trends, that I noticed: Designers explored different kinds of shine in their collections; whether it was through little […]

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Raspberry Rhubarb Ice Cream

July 4th, 2012

109F (43C!). That’s what it feels like outside right now, and I’m taking shelter in my cool basement. One of my favourite things about summer days, when I’m not cozying up to air conditioning, is sitting down with friends (or alone!) to enjoy the contrast of cold ice cream and hot sun. As a child […]

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