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VACATION AND FOOD AND A PUZZLE?

Every January we take a 1 week vacation to our lovely West Coast Gulf Island – Salt Spring Island, B.C. at a cabin on the lake. (next year we are planning 10 days!)

We arrived to a frozen tundra of 7 degrees below Celsius (very cold for our West Coast) This is a picture of the [...]

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BRAISED ITALIAN SAUSAGES - A NEW WAY

So, here it is:  Swiss style Italian Sausages.  I know….strange yes?  But it worked!  We had Italian sausages defrosted in the fridge and ready to go.  Well, that afternoon I had the most intense craving for Swiss Steak. I  have been wanting to make Swiss Steak for ages now and kept forgetting.  Swiss style Italian [...]

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CHRISTMAS PUDDING REHEATED SERVED WITH VANILLA CUSTARD

This Christmas Pudding will now become a Christmas tradition – it turned out beautifully.  Rich, moist, packed full of flavor and served with a homemade Vanilla custard, it was the perfect dessert after turkey dinner.

RECAP:  To store the Christmas Pudding:

While the Christmas Pudding was made in November it was then wrapped very well in plastic [...]

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CHICKEN AND LEEKS IN A CREAMY MUSHROOM SAGE SAUCE

We have had a week of freezing temperatures, and now there is snow on the ground.  The weather reports say rain is coming, but in the meantime it has been mighty cold.   Time for comfort food.

This was an easy mid week meal, yet elegant enough to serve if you have company coming.  If you want [...]

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CHICKEN BONE BROTH WILD RICE VEGETABLE SOUP

If there is one thing I love in this whole wide wide world that we live in- it is homemade soup.  Nothing soothes the soul more.  In winter time, soup will always be number 1 in this household, hence another soup recipe.

It seems to be all the rage these days to have homemade bone broth.  [...]

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GLUTEN FREE CHRISTMAS PUDDING

It seems Christmas Pudding and Christmas Cake is something you either love….. or not.  I have not had Christmas Pudding or Cake in many many many years, and I absolutely love them both.

(the above picture is not mine – I won’t be able to unveil my picture until Dec.24th so will keep everyone [...]

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A RECIPE INSPIRATION: CREAMY WILD RICE MUSHROOM SOUP

UPDATE:  we had this again the other day, but we had run out of wild rice so had it without….and it was even better!

Recently I had read an article on the health benefits of cashew nuts.  When cashew nuts are soaked and pureed into a luscious smooth mixture it is a perfect addition to soups [...]

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LEEK AND SPAGHETTI SQUASH GRATIN

We are in full swing with rainy season in our neck of the woods.  It is hard to believe that November is already here…where do the months slip by?  Well, with fall comes pumpkins, and squashes of all kinds.  Despite the rainy season, I always look forward to creating new squash dishes of any kind.  [...]

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GLUTEN FREE UPSIDE DOWN PEAR GINGERBREAD CAKE

This cake was a delightful festive dessert.  If you love the flavors of gingerbread this is a cake for you.  It would be lovely for Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas and your house will smell divine while it is baking.  Apples would work nicely here too. We have just come into pear harvest in our area [...]

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THIS PAST WEEK IN VICTORIA B.C.

Before commencing with today’s recipe I thought it fitting to make mention of our recent “Royal” visit.

Our fair city has been a whirl wind of activity for the past week. We have just finished our “Royal” visit with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Victoria B.C.  They spent the week touring throughout [...]