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Wednesday, 17 December 2014


I love it when a plan comes together. This month, the Turkey Farmers of Canada wanted me get into the spirit of the season and come up with a canape that is perfect for entertaining. After all, one of the best parts of the holiday season is all those little parties and get togethers that we are always hosting or attending. So I put my Santa thinking cap on, and I decided that I wanted to incorporate some of my own heritage into a classic turkey tradition.

The combination of turkey, cranberry sauce and brie is, of course, a classic for many reasons, not least because it is pretty dang delicious. Last week I did a food styling job for the Dairy Farmers of Canada, and let's just say, I had a lot of cheese left over. Mmmmm, cheese. So I put my Santa thinking cap back on, and tried to figure out where I could add the spice.

Then it came to me - I always serve my delicious spicy-sweet date chutney with sweet pulao at Christmas, and it would be the perfect substitute for cranberry sauce in this combination. So imagine me, rubbing my hands with glee, and going ho ho ho... it is off to India we go.

I loved the combination of the deliciously moist shredded turkey, soft, creamy brie and this savoury-spicy-sweet chutney. If you are looking for something a little different, but still super easy, then these guys are for you. And the best part is, you can even make them using leftover turkey from your Christmas dinner. See, I even saved your New Year's party. Now, if you'll excuse me, it is time for me to go put on my Santa party hat and dive into a bottle of vino :)








So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the Tasty Turkey website to download your recipe now.

Click for the recipe - Crostini with Turkey, Brie and Spicy-Sweet Date Chutney  


And as usual, if you have any questions, mosey on back and I'll be more than happy to answer them for you :) Enjoy!



Thursday, 11 December 2014


Winner! Congratulations Mike who likes mincemeat. You've just won the Duchess Bake Shop Cookbook.  I'll be in touch to get details. 

As a special surprise, I made a list of all the people that entered every giveaway but didn't win, and did another draw. Congratulations, zestandleisure. You'll soon have a lovely cookbook winging its way to you. I'll be in touch for details. 

Thank you so much everyone, for entering all my giveaways. I'll have more in the new year, and I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season.

If you live in Edmonton, you will most likely have heard of the iconic Duchess Bake Shop and it's assortment of divine French and inspired treats. Heck, you've probably heard of Duchess, even if you don't live in Edmonton. Or if you've never heard of Duchess, well, consider this your invitation to experience what the National Post called 'Canada's Best Patisserie'.

Duchess is especially known for its macarons, and Giselle Courteau, one of the three owners of this patisserie, is obsessed with getting them right. And she certainly does, day in and day out. And now you can too.


Duchess Bake Shop has a cookbook out and it is gorgeous. Chock full of recipes for treats that adorn the bakery everyday, it is a must if you like cooking, baking or just drooling over the beautiful pictures.

The recipes range from the easy to the crazy, and there is something here for everyone, whether you like the Montreal chocolate tart or those (oh those legendary!) scones or any of the French delicacies your heart desires. They are yours with a flip of this book's pages.


And it doesn't matter if you happen to have no equipment like them there above. Giselle calls herself a dedicated home cook, and she has written this book with home cooks in mind.

Which I appreciate very much, because if I listen to my friends, they complain that I have the most ill-equipped kitchen in the world. Yes, I am looking at you Lil, Addie and Dan.


So, fancy making some of those gorgeous scrummy tarts yourself? Well, put on your lucky pants because I have a signed copy of this beautiful book to give away. You all know the drill. Check out the giveaway rules below and enter yourself in. Plus, in the spirit of sharing, this giveaway is open worldwide, because I want the whole world to know this book, even if you can't have a Duchess Bake Shop of your own.

And if you don't win? Well, Duchess is selling the book in it's Provisions and online store, and they deliver all over Canada, so you can grab your own copy there. And they'll be on Amazon soon, for worldwide delivery, and I will keep you updated on that.


Enter the Giveaway

The giveaway is for one copy of the Duchess Bake Shop Cookbook by Giselle Courteau and is open worldwide.

To enter the giveaway please leave a comment on the post telling me about your favourite dessert/ pastry.

For an additional entry, follow me on Twitter and tweet this or something similar - Win a signed copy of the fabulous @DuchessBakeShop cookbook via @michpetersjones. Enter here: http://goo.gl/K0Fwxk

I'll add the tweets to my spreadsheet when picking a winner. Please make sure that I have a contact email/ twitter handle, which I will use to notify the winner. If I can't find an email, I will pick another winner.

The giveaway ends on Wednesday, December 17th at 5 PM MST, and the winner will be notified.

Don't forget, Cookbook Giveaway #5, a copy of Spices and Seasons is still open until December 8th. Enter here.

Also, as a nice bonus, Duchess Bake Shop has kindly given me permission to share their recipe for madeleines. The gingerbread ones are fab. Enjoy!




Monday, 8 December 2014


Winner! Congratulations Faye Bowers. I'll be in touch to get your details. My Duchess Bake Shop Cookbook is still up for grabs until Wednesday evening, so hurry. 

Also, there may be a little surprise announcement then too.

When Spices and Seasons first arrived on my doorstep, I was in the middle of a crazy time at work and in life. So I gave it a cursory look through, and it went on my shelf in my 'review later' pile. A month later, I was overwhelmed with produce from my garden and from Prairie Urban Farm, and I remembered this book. And then kicked myself for not giving it more attention early on, because, seriously? This book is a gem for seasonal Indian cooking and I can't believe it wasted so much time on my shelf.

The recipes in this book are easy, delicious and best of all, made with produce available in a Western garden. And more importantly, seasonal. Indian cuisine is very seasonal, and, growing up, what we ate was what my dad was able to find in the markets. We rarely had imported food (erm, Kraft tinned cheese, sometimes, maybe) but ninety nine percent of the time, we ate fruit and vegetables and protein as and when it was available. I still remember craving a crab dish once, and my dad telling me that there were no crabs in the market as it was close to new moon, and crabs were best caught mid-lunar cycle. I had to make do with fish instead (and yes, I am still grumpy)

Coming back to this book, I enjoyed it so much, I knew I had to grab a copy to give away too. The recipes in this book are perfect if you're just beginning to start cooking Indian food, and are easy enough for beginners. The flavours are quintessentially Indian, with the lightest of Western touches that keeps it perfectly seasonal and fresh. The dishes that I tried were fresh, light and healthy and quite a few of them were quick to put together after a long day at work.

So what are you waiting for? Time to spice up your life and enter the giveaway below.


Enter the Giveaway


The giveaway is for one copy of Spices and Seasons by Rinku Bhattacharya and is open worldwide.

To enter the giveaway please leave a comment on the post telling me what your favourite Indian dish is (bonus if it is from here :), well not really!)

For an additional entry, follow me on Twitter and tweet this or something similar - Check out ' holiday cookbook(s) giveaway. Win a copy of Spices and Seasons. Enter here: http://goo.gl/Le0yUJ

I'll add the tweets to my spreadsheet when picking a winner. Please make sure that I have a contact email, which I will use to notify the winner. If I can't find an email, I will pick another winner.

The giveaway ends on Sunday, December 14th at 5 PM MST, and the winner will be notified.

Come back on Thursday, December 11th, for my next fabulous cookbook giveaway.

Don't forget, Cookbook Giveaway #4, a copy of Banh Mi by Jacqueline Pham is still open until December 8th. Enter here. 


 

Thursday, 4 December 2014


Winner! Congratulations Daniel Chui. You've won this amazing book, and I hope you enjoy it. Please email me as soon as possible.

One of my favourite lunches is banh mi (and bubble tea) from my local sandwich place. I will brave the cold (yes, even -45) for a delicious lemongrass chicken or tofu, or Vietnamese pork, especially if it is from V Sandwiches here in Edmonton.  So it was with delight that I received this gorgeous book by Jacqueline Pham, and it was everything to do with the deliciousness that is the banh mi.

This book is comprehensive. It includes everything from the banh mi baguette down to classic, but also innovative and unusual fillings to go with it. The book also includes other dishes that are found in banh mi shops and it makes a really good effort to introduce the reader to Vietnamese cuisine.

So, if you're like me and love your banh mis, it's time to get making your own and enjoy this classic sandwich that you will love.


Enter the Giveaway

The giveaway is for one copy of Banh Mi by Jacqueline Pham and is open worldwide.

To enter the giveaway please leave a comment on the post telling me what your favourite sandwich is.

For an additional entry, follow me on Twitter and tweet this or something similar - Check out ' holiday cookbook(s) giveaway. Win a copy of Banh Mi. Enter here: http://goo.gl/EjlmSP

I'll add the tweets to my spreadsheet when picking a winner. Please make sure that I have a contact email, which I will use to notify the winner. If I can't find an email, I will pick another winner.

The giveaway ends on Wednesday, December 10th at 5 PM MST, and the winner will be notified.

Come back on Monday, December 8th, for my next fabulous cookbook giveaway.

Don't forget, Cookbook Giveaway #3, a copy of Thug Kitchen by Michelle Davis and Matt Holloway is still open until the . Enter here. 



Monday, 1 December 2014


Winner! Congratulations Katja Teske. You've won this amazing book, and I hope you enjoy it. I'll be in touch.

You effing need this book, yes?

I met Michelle and Matt at this year's Food Bloggers of Canada conference, and was impressed by their down to earth attitude, considering that they had just released one of the most anticipated cookbooks of the year. The Thug Kitchen cookbook implores you to 'Eat like you give a f***' and is a collection of gorgeous vegan recipes.

The book certainly has attitude. Written in their characteristic 'Thug Kitchen' style, it is peppered with salty language, but my (partly) vegetarian family definitely can vouch for the recipes.

The recipes are simple and delicious and complement those on their blog. Vegan food is seems as being challenging, but Michelle and Matt make it exciting, with a collection of fresh, well tested recipes that will certainly get your taste buds tingling. Now that is worth a swear word or two.


Enter the Giveaway

The giveaway is for one copy of Thug Kitchen by Michelle Davis and Matt Holloway and is open worldwide.

To enter the giveaway please leave a comment on the post telling me what your favourite vegan dish is.

For an additional entry, follow me on Twitter and tweet this or something similar - Check out ' holiday cookbook(s) giveaway. Win a copy of Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook. Enter here: http://goo.gl/r7HTxl

I'll add the tweets to my spreadsheet when picking a winner. Please make sure that I have a contact email, which I will use to notify the winner. If I can't find an email, I will pick another winner.

The giveaway ends on Sunday, December 7th at 5 PM MST, and the winner will be notified.

Come back on Thursday, December 4th, for my next fabulous cookbook giveaway.

Don't forget, Cookbook Giveaway #2, a signed copy of Noodle! by MiMi Aye is still open until Wednesday. Enter here.