Peppermint Macarons

I’ve been trying to perfect the macaron for about a year now. Baking macarons is akin to parenting. It can be pure joy and bliss when everything comes together but, at times, it can also feel like a hair pulling experience; leaving you wondering why you ever embarked on the journey in the first place. Fortunately,…


Decadent Smores Brownies

I grew up spending many of our summer holidays camping throughout Canada and the US. Over the years, we camped in and around Ontario, from Toronto to the East Coast, from Toronto to the West Coast and from Toronto all the way down to Florida. In fact, my parents enjoyed camping so much that one of our two family cars…


Stove Top Truffled Popcorn

Next to dark chocolate, popcorn is my favourite go-to snack. I have fond childhood memories of watching the tinfoil on a Jiffy Pop container expand when my parents cooked popcorn on the stove. I’ll admit that, in my 20s and early 30s, I became fond of microwave popcorn because of its convenience but, over the past…


Barque’s Candied Bacon Recipe

Last December, we hired Barque to cater our New Year’s Eve afternoon party. Barque’s pork sliders were particularly tasty and featured pickled kohlrabi, hickory sticks, pommery mayo and candied bacon. When speaking with Erin, Barque’s Catering Manager, about the fantastic slider condiments, the topic of their yummy candied bacon recipe came up. Erin mentioned that the candied bacon…


Yuzu Marshmallow Kisses

When I was in NYC last year, I tried gourmet marshmallows at the Todd English Food Hall in the Plaza Hotel (see NYC’s Best Kept Secret – The Todd English Food Hall for my experience visiting and dining at the Food Hall last summer). Of the various flavours I tried, I really enjoyed the yuzu flavoured marshmallows. The yuzu…


BE INSPIRED by Chef Todd English

On my trip NYC this past summer, I visited the Todd English Food Hall (TE Food Hall) at the iconic Plaza Hotel. When I first heard about the TE Food Hall, I thought to myself, “how cool must it be to have a Food Hall named after you?”. In response to my rhetorical question, I say “pretty cool”….


Have Your Cake and Eat the Cheese Too

Jermyn Street in London is famous for its resident shirtmakers and gentlemen’s clothiers. The street is also the location of my favourite cheese shop in the city – Paxton and Whitfield. The store has been trading since 1797 which makes it Britain’s oldest cheese shop! The store front exhibits exceptional character and, in addition to a large variety…

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