Recipes

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How to Make Creme Fraiche

Look what I did! Pretty isn't it? This is just my maple squash soup and a drizzle of crème fraîche. I got so excited by the possibilities, I played with my food. While the heart was fun, it was a bit on the simple side. So I...

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Ginger Ice Cream Pie

I live in the birthplace of Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. I learned his poem In Flanders Fields in Grade 5. I still know it by heart, and it still makes me cry. Tonight, Andrew will give a lecture on the horrific battle of Passchendael. We...

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Mulligatawny Soup

When I first heard of Mulligatawny soup, I had no idea what it was. The name sounded Irish to me. I envisioned a simple stew-like dish with hunks of long-simmered beef, thick rounds of overcooked carrots and potato wedges that would fall apart en route...

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Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

Oh the irony. The moment I perfect homemade chicken broth I head to bed with sinus congestion and a sneaky case of fatigue. You know the kind -- where you're well enough to feel guilty about lying in bed, but having hauled yourself half way...

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Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

Oh the irony. The moment I perfect homemade chicken broth I head to bed with sinus congestion and a sneaky case of fatigue. You know the kind -- where you're well enough to feel guilty about lying in bed, but having hauled yourself half way...

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Perfect Chicken Stock

Sorry if you were expecting another art shot. I chose this brightly coloured pottery bowl to illustrate how clear chicken stock should be, not tantalize you with a new soup. I have a confession. Until recently, I didn't understand the fuss about homemade stock. No wonder....

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Black Bean Soup

When I lived in Australia, I craved this soup. Really badly. I'm not sure if it was a classic case of wanting what you couldn't have or simply a tasty way to make it through the surprisingly chilly Australian winter. All I know is that I...

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Baked Apples

Baked apples are very easy to make, but a challenge to photograph. If you try to take a picture while they're piping hot and beautifully plump, the steam fogs the camera lense. If you wait until they cool, they look like they were left on the...

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Italian Dessert Week – Zabaglione

This dessert furthers my theory that Italians like to keep their hands busy. Zabaglione is no make-ahead time saver. You're frothing like a mad fiend right up to the moment of serving. And it takes a good 10 to 15 minutes of uninterrupted whipping to...

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Italian Dessert Week – Baci Brownies

Baci chocolates are one of my all-time favourite treats. Not only do I get a mouthful of a beloved flavour combination -- chocolate and hazelnut -- each candy comes with a little love note. How wonderfully Italian. So when I saw the recipe for Baci Brownies...

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