18 Aug 2019

Savage Rose

How does this cocktail sound? In Bloom, created from Pisco, Aperol, Raspberry, Rose, Grapefruit and Lemon.  In Bloom even comes with its own quote. ‘ Be as broad as the Earth, find yourself with open arms and you shall not be limited.’ This Flowers + Trees cocktail is one on

11 Aug 2019

The Butter Tart Challenge

It’s like one of those bare bones recipes from Paul and Mary’s technical challenges. Make the dough and prove. Make the filling with all the ingredients, apart from the baking powder, then rest. But this isn’t The Great British Bake Off. This is 1900 Canada and Mrs. Malcolm MacLeod is

30 Jul 2019

Salted Rose Caramel Cardamom Hot Chocolate

For all those who agonize over which flowers to put in this corsage or that bouquet, the Victorians offer guidance. Inspired by floral symbolism in Turkey, Queen Victoria’s charges created book after book outlining the Language of Flowers. In her 2011 recreation of these early guides – A Victorian Flower

12 Jul 2019

Bitter Orange Negronis

It’s a battle between the Count and the General. Who invented the Negroni? Drink historians tend to come down on the side of the Count. Count Camillo Negroni was a rodeo clown who gambled and taught fencing once his days in the Wild Wild West were through. Word has it

30 Jun 2019

13 Canadian Food Inventions

If you are hiking in the deep woods and want to avoid a grisly bear encounter, the advice is clear: make lots of noise to let them know you’re coming. Avoid areas with fresh bear tracks and droppings. Keep your pets at your side and leave the bacon and fish fries

14 Jun 2019

Let Rosie Feed You

If you’re feeling peckish, you’ll find no shortage of temptations at Butter Bakery on 37th and Mackenzie. The sweets on display – cookies, cakes, loafs, cupcakes – are endlessly tempting. What’s it going to be today? Birthday Cake sandwich, Ginger snap, Snickerdoodle, Bajillionaire Bar, Butter tart Bar, Black Bird cake?

28 May 2019

Jamaican Bananas + Gin Fizz for Satchmo

“Every time I close my eyes blowing that trumpet of mine,” Louis Armstrong said, “I look right into the heart of good ole New Orleans. It has given me something to live for.” At the heart of Satchmo’s New Orleans was delectable food. He ‘never forgot the aromas of the

12 May 2019

Desserts For Mum

Happy Day to all those who are celebrating being mothers and having mothers. And a peaceful day to those who are spending the day thinking of beloved mothers passed. For those venturing into the kitchen to say it with homemade sweets, here are a few beautifully instructive videos. . Box

05 May 2019

The Nanaimo Bar Trail

The West Coast Trail not your thing? Point your boots towards a tasty alternative: The Nanaimo Bar Trail. From Lantzville to Cedar to Gabriola Island, see how many different spins you can find on this most famous of Canadian treats: Nanaimo bar classics, cheesecakes, ice-cream, cocktails. And wherever you land

19 Apr 2019

Goat Cheese Quiche

‘In France, milk is for infants, and a glass of milk with the meal is inconceivable – except to a much publicized former French premier.’ ‘The French don’t like vegetables. This is why they make them taste so good.’ It’s one of the best things about reading old cookbooks –