Nothing beats a fresh tree ripened peach in the summertime. Peaches are a versatile fruit that shine in desserts and can add complexity to savoury dishes. We love this dessert created by Chef Tony Rondow at a recent cooking course at Lucky’s Liquor Store; a wonderful marriage of savoury and sweet. Ripe and juicy peach slices marinated in gin, mint and lemon juice are layered on a slice of baked creamy brie cheese.
Berries, cherries, peaches or grapes. What’s your favourite summer fruit? Post your answers below!
What do you get when you mix lavish meals, new friends, wine, seminars, swag, a mixology class gone awry, more food, and a visit from the infamous green fairy? IFBC! The International Food Bloggers Conference is the mother of all food blogger conventions. This year’s festivities took place in Portland, Oregon, one of the most exciting food scenes in the US. Meaghan made the treacherous 15 hour journey spent on on ferries, busses and public transit to attend this whirlwind event. While we don’t want to spoil the surprise, we just had to share this teaser. Taken at one of Meaghan’s favourite seminars; a food photography workshop hosted by Andrew Scrivani of The New York Times. Continue reading →
What could be better than a big bowl of poutine? How about this artisan poutine from Danforth Deli made with roasted potatoes, sweet peppers, & onions topped with fresh local cheese curds and smothered in red wine reduction beef gravy. Now that’s comfort food at its finest!
Why should the entrée get all of the attention? Salads are usually confined to the sidelines, so we decided that it should be the star of this week’s fab food photo. A nice crisp, cool Greek Salad on a warm summer evening is a perfect light meal if you ask us! Also known as summer salad, this colourful Greek staple is a combination of juicy tomatoes, crunchy cucumber, crispy red onions, Kalamata olives, bell peppers and crumbly feta cheese. This delectable Greek salad comes courtesy of Aladdin’s Café in downtown Nanaimo, one of the best in town!
Time to refill the propane, dig out the bag of charcoal and clean off those bbq tools folks. It looks as though grilling season may finally be upon us! I’m sure we all know a couple backyard chefs who are pretty thrilled with this change in the weather. So to all you grill masters out there, this weeks photo is for you. We also wanted to take this opportunity to mention the first ever Nanaimo BBQ Festival coming up next weekend, and we’re pretty excited to have our own Ayaka Nagata competing in the rib eating contest. We are still hoping for some more competition, especially of the female variety. If you’re interested in signing up, or if you would like to donate to the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation in our name, you can find more info here.
James Bond eat your heart out! These delicious concoctions courtesy of Corner Lounge on Commercial St. are colourful as they are vibrant. Mr. Bond however brings up a very compelling debate. When it comes to cocktails what’s better: shaken or stirred? Continue reading →
Tamago, a sweet, fluffy Japanese omelette comes standard on any sushi menu. Flavoured with soy sauce, sake, sugar and mirin (sweetened rice wine), it is traditionally served after the main course as an end to the meal. If you’re like us however (or more specifically Meaghan) tamago is ordered in abundance as a main, part of a lavish sushi spread. Tamago is a great option for vegetarians, pregnant women, and non-fish lovers alike. It is said that you can tell the caliber of a sushi chef by his tamago. So if you’re curious to know how your local sushi restaurant stacks up, this piece is a must order. Continue reading →
There are many interesting dishes that come out of our kitchen late at night under the cover of darkness. Our most recent experimental creation were these chocolate covered pretzel peanut butter cookies. The idea spawned out of a late night hankering for something savoury and sweet. When paired with a cold glass of milk, these chewy confections make an ideal late night snack.
What’s your favourite midnight snack? Post your answers below.
Our french press coffee pot met its untimely end this morning. It’s been an extremely sad day in our household as we mourn the loss of our faithful companion. This week’s fab food photo is dedicated to you bodum, you’ll be sorely missed!
Pecan pie is one of those desserts that conjure up mouth watering memories of the holidays. Sure it has a bit of a bad reputation (there are a lot of terrible pecan pies running around out there) but when made right they can be downright delectable.
Old fashioned, chocolate, or bourbon? What’s your favourite variety of pecan pie?