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March 29, 2015

Hibiscus Panna Cotta With Raspberry Sauce

I’ve lived in Canada most of my life so I really don’t expect it to actually be spring even when the calendar says it is.  But we’ve had hints here and there; just enough to whet your appetite.  The days are longer so we don’t have to walk home in the dark anymore.  The bright sunshine makes you think it’s warmer than it is.  I even saw some buds on the trees the other day.  

March 03, 2015

Candied Maple Bacon

When Lisa goes vegetarian in The Simpsons, her dad keeps asking her what she won’t eat.

“What about bacon?”
“No”
“Ham?”
“No”
“Pork chops?”
“Dad, those all come from the same animal!”
“Haha, right Lisa, a wonderful, magical animal…”

It really is a wonderful magical animal, but what is even more wonderful and magical is how we can transform pork belly into bacon.  Actually there’s nothing magical about it, it’s just science!

February 20, 2015

Pizza Grilled Cheese

When I was young my mom used to make us this snack that was pizza toppings on white bread baked in the oven.  The bread would toast around the edges and sometimes you would get that cheese that would melt down and brown up.  We loved it.
  

February 13, 2015

Hinterland Ancestral 2014

Looking for a bubbly to drink on Valentine’s day?  The answer is Hinterland Ancestral. 

It shocked me as it came out of the bottle.  Is it really that pink?  It even smelled pink as I brought the glass up to my face, the bubbles tickling my nose.  It smells like a field full of ripe strawberries, warmed by the summer sun.  

The initial impression is a tart bite on the tongue with small lively bubbles, but it soon opens up with sweet berry and sour cherry flavours.  The finish is long and tart, reminiscent of a ripe pineapple. 

Yes, it’s electric pink, but it’s not at all tacky.  It just says “love” really really loudly.
  
I wish this post was sponsored by Hinterland, but alas, these are just my humble opinions. To purchase your own bottle of Ancestral or other Hinterland sparkling wines, visit www.hinterlandwine.com.