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My apologies and a soup recipe

If, when you click on this post, you wonder, "What on earth is that smell?" it's me. Almost 24 hours since our Greek meal on The Danforth and I'm still reeking of garlic. No wonder the kittens are keeping their distance. I smell so strongly, I...

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Baked, not fried

I thought I knew all the deep fried options available. Our local Scottish-themed pub serves deep fried Mars bars, the 2006 State Fair of Texas drew crowds and headlines for serving deep-fried Coca-Cola, and Indiana upped the ante the following year with deep-fried, chocolate-dipped strawberries....

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The $25,000 dessert

Think Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee at your local romantic restaurant is overpriced at $12.50? Try dishing out $25,000 for a frozen chocolate mousse. No, that's not a typo. Coming in just above the price of a fully loaded Prius is the Frrrozen Haute Chocolate. And...

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You shouldn’t have. No really…

If you're like me you have dozens of little jars hiding in the pantry cupboard. They arrive in lovely gift bags around the holiday season and simply stockpile. While they sound too good to eat - Grand Marnier marmalade, raspberry merlot jelly, ginger and cognac...

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Breakfast, Canadian Style

Ten-year-old Nicholas and his family are coming to visit from Australia. Being fresh out of Vegemite, I was a bit worried about what to give him for breakfast. While his parents assure me he's easy to feed, after hearing his enthusiastic request for pancakes, I'm...

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Ugly Appetizers: Tasty Tapenades

I'm constantly amazed that my tapenade rolls are popular. Yet despite their appearance, they disappear quickly at parties. Frankly, if someone offered me what looked like a flaccid sausage roll with puce coloured filling vomiting from the sides, I'd pass. But good cooks garner faith,...

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Lassi Comes Home

While I love Indian food, I always struggled with the accompanying beverage choices. I don't like beer, wine doesn't complement curry (not matter what the wine matching wheel from the LCBO says) and water is just too plebeian for the rich mixture of spices. The...

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Ultra-Feminine Pad Thai

I recently stumbled upon a website that claims to analyse writing. Using an elaborate algorithm, it determines the writer's sex. Just plug 500 or more words into The Gender Genie, click "submit" and see if your linguistic skills match your hormones. As usual, I've managed...

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Had you worried?

For those of you who know my accident-ridden history, breathe easy. My recent snowboarding venture isn't responsible for my silence. I've just been busy. Very busy. "Doing what?" you say. I'm so glad you asked. If you have a couple of minutes to spare,...

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Super Bowl Sunday Scones

No fan of football, I usually spend Super Bowl Sunday hosting a civilized English tea to counteract the intolerable testosterone levels. Relish Magazine liked this idea and published my article, Tea, Anyone? in their current issue. For copyright reasons, I won't post the recipe here, but...

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