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Sunday Lunch – Vodka Infused Watermelon

In Kitchen Tips, Sunday Lunch on July 11, 2010 at 7:39 pm


Sometimes, when it’s really, really hot, a crazy cool-down idea will take shape around here.

Like injecting a watermelon with vodka — circa Lollapalooza ’93 — which is the last (and more age-appropriate) time I considered using a syringe to introduce alcohol into fruit.  Back then it was a scheme to get booze past the festival gate checkpoint — a scheme we never got around to actually attempting… Read the rest of this entry »


Strawberry Shots for Canada Day

In Recipes on July 3, 2010 at 11:58 am


My intention was celebratory shot glasses made from meringue.  The final result was more like clay pots.  I kinda dig them though — and as a strawberry coulis delivery device, they performed brilliantly.

My last little sweet bite — Lemon Drops — were 1 perfect bite.  These guys are a little bigger, so it’s more of a 2 bite scenario.  But the potential for mess is small, as the chilled coulis is thick enough to hold in the curve of the pot while you finish that first sweet mouthful…

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Lemon, Lime & Orange Ice Cream

In Recipes on June 24, 2010 at 7:03 pm


Cheater (no yolks, no cooking — i.e. fast) homemade ice cream with intense, tangy citrus flavour.

My kinda summertime treat.

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Lemon Drops

In Lessons From Cooking School, Recipes on May 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm


This recipe draws upon techniques I learned at not 1, not 2, but 3 professional culinary schools.  That’s 6 1/2 months of instruction from professional chefs, bakers and pastry chefs — nine hundred and thirty-eight hours of training to be exact.

Better not dwell on that though.  Howard will inevitably begin to add up the tuition in his head — which would normally be ok on its own, but as you’re about to see, this recipe contains 7 egg yolks, almost a cup of butter, and a whole lot of sugar.

After the number of these little cutie pies we scarfed back, it’s best not to put any more stress on his heart.

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Tiramisu Cheesecake, Espresso Glaze

In Island Life, Lessons From Cooking School, Recipes on April 10, 2010 at 7:35 am


Very few people will refuse a piece of cheesecake.  I have found this to be a universal truth — except when it’s not — like last week, when I hosted my first ever CHEESECAKE GIVEAWAY.

The long and short of it is that no one showed up.  And it was almost time for me to go home for the day — and I couldn’t take it with me.  No, no, no.  Howard and I had quite enough of this indulgent full-fat homemade mascarpone cheese filling, rum, ladyfinger crumb crust and coffee (espresso) extract glaze.

Next time, I won’t require the winner to tell me that “Island Vittles Rocks!”  I guess I found the limit of what Penderites will do for a free piece of cheesecake.

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Sunday Lunch – Fire Truck Birthday Cake

In Sunday Lunch on March 21, 2010 at 6:38 am


My version of a Betty Crocker Fire Truck cake.  Happy 2nd birthday Big Z!

Iced Irish Coffee

In Recipes on March 16, 2010 at 5:01 am


Some may celebrate with a green macaroon or cupcake, but ’round here, we pull out the whiskey on St. Paddy’s Day.

Join us won’t you?

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Coffee Ice Cream

In Lessons From Cooking School, Recipes on March 15, 2010 at 5:01 am

coffee ice cream

Ice cream is basically just a frozen custard.  Once you know how to make the custard, you can flavour it anyway your inspiration takes you.  This is The Lesson as taught to me by Chef P.

So let it be written.  So let it be done.

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Coffee Extract

In Kitchen Tips, Recipes on March 15, 2010 at 5:00 am


I found this little gem a couple of weekends ago while channel surfing.  PBS came through with an old Julia Child:  Lessons with Master Chefs episode.  I was actually about to move on, because it was a super complicated Viennese Cardinal Slice — not exactly my thing (to make — I’d eat it, but make it?  No.  Never).  But then the Chef, Markus Farbinger, said something about making coffee extract.  Julia was intrigued, I was intrigued.  I hit record on the PVR and sat back to learn something new.

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Sunday Lunch – Ricotta & Sour Cherry Tart

In Recipes on February 28, 2010 at 6:01 am


If Stephen Harper can shut down Canadian parliament for 2 months, then I can have dessert for lunch.

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