April 11, 2015

Lavender Honey Baklava

We had a Game of Thrones Finale party last year where I tried to make snacks that corresponded to the regions of Westeros.  (Incidentally, Season 5 premiere on Sunday... excited!!!) I had meat pies for Winterfell, lemon tarts for King’s landing, and baklava for the desert lands of Essos.  I didn’t actually make the baklava then.  We bought it from Paramount, a Lebanese and middle eastern Arabic restaurant that has the best fresh pita bread and hummus.  It was so good, a mouthful of buttery, sweet, melt in your mouth pastry. 

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?”
“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.