Friday, 23 March 2018

The Meteor

This lovely chartreuse cocktail is atmospheric and has a sweet anise taste, that will rocket your cocktail repertoire. 

The Meteor 
makes 1 cocktail

1/2 oz rye or bourbon whisky
1/4 oz Italian vermouth
1/4 oz absinthe (or absinthe substitute)

Stir all the ingredients together. Serve in a cocktail glass. 

Have a great weekend everyone! - JD 

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Pineapple Carrot Zucchini Loaf

Spring has sprung and this super moist loaf with a subtle spiced flavour; is delicious on it's own or with a cup of tea.  

Pineapple Carrot Zucchini Loaf

3 cups of unbleached all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 cup chopped walnuts
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups coconut sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons maple extract
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup grated carrots
1 can of crushed pineapple, well drained

Preheat oven to 350ºF (170ºC). Grease and flour two 9x5 inch loaf tins. Line the pans with baking parchment paper. 

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl. Stir in the chopped walnuts and set aside.

In another bowl beat the eggs together with the coconut sugar, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and maple extract, until smooth. Stir in the dry mixture until just moistened, then fold in the zucchini, carrots, and pineapple just until combined. Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared loaf tins.

Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the loaf comes out clean, about 50 to 60 minutes. Cool in the tins for 10 minutes, then remove from tins and finish cooling on a wire rack before slicing.

Notes: I only have one loaf tin therefore I made 12 muffins with the remaining batter. 

Hope everyone had a great weekend! - JD 

Friday, 16 March 2018

The Irish Cocktail

The Irish cocktail is smooth with a long, strong finish with many ingredients at play. This would be a lovely pre-dinner cocktail or an evening cocktail where one is quite affable.  

Irish Cocktail
makes 1 cocktail

2 oz Irish whiskey
1/4 oz Absinthe
1/4 oz Triple Sec
1 bar spoon Luxardo maraschino
1 dash Angostura bitters
Lemon twist for garnish
Olive for garnish

Add the Irish whiskey, absinthe, triple sec, maraschino and Angostura bitter to a mixing glass. Fill with ice and stir until well chilled, about 20 seconds.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and or olive. 

Have a great weekend everyone... and Happy St. Patrick's Day! - JD 

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Food Photo of the Day ~ Shamrock Sugar Cookies

As some of you know St. Patrick's Day is this weekend and we have been busy making and baking shamrock sugar cookies. Splashes of green sugar and bright rainbow sprinkles enhance these festive cookies to bring the luck of the Irish to you and your stomachs.

Plenty of sunshine and infinite blue skies here. Hope everyone is having a good week so far. - JD   

Tuesday, 13 March 2018


This was my first time making Tourtiere and there are plenty of recipes with a few alterations. It is my understanding that a traditional tourtiere recipe does not have potatoes; the addition of potatoes makes for a dense, thicker Tourtiere. This is one of my daughter's favourites and I received a double thumbs up from not only her, but my son and my husband. My son thinks the more seasoned a tourtiere is the better and he also added his final touches by creating the vent design on top of the pie.   


1 Ib ground pork
1 lb ground beef
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup water
2 or 3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon mixed spice or all spice
1 teaspoon summer savoury
1 teaspoon sage
1/4 teaspoon pepper

*other seasonings to use, thyme, oregano, or cinnamon

2 homemade pie crusts or 2 ready made pie crusts 

Preheat oven to 450ºF.

In a large sauce pan combine the ground pork, ground beef, onion and the water. Mix well. Cook covered over low medium heat until the ground pork and beef are cooked through, stirring occasionally.

Place the peeled and quartered potatoes in a medium saucepan; cover with water and boil until just tender. Drain and give them a rough mash. Add to the cooked meat mixture. 

Remove from heat and add the salt, mustard powder, mixed spice, summer savoury, sage and pepper. Mix well to combine the meat, potato and seasonings. 

Roll your pastry out and line a 9 inch pie dish with it.

Fill with the meat mixture. 

Roll the other pie crust out. Cover the top of the pie with it. Roll or pinch the edges. Press down the edges with the tongs of a fork. Then cut several vents on top. Brush with an egg wash and place in the pre-heated oven for about 20 to 25 minutes or until nicely golden brown.     

Notes: Normally Tourtiere does not have the addition of potatoes therefore you may omit them, if you wish. You may also wish to tweak the amounts of the seasonings according to your taste. I made one large pie, as I do have a deep pie dish and a large quiche baking dish, I used the large quiche baking dish and made two patches of pie pastry to accommodate.   

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Warmer temperature came our way again, I know it is just a tease; however we will take it! - JD 

Friday, 9 March 2018

Lonsdale-Hands Pile Driver

An exceptionally smooth cocktail, the Lonsdale by Richard Lonsdale-Hands a British Industrial Designer, denotes a "for adults only" singular dry cocktail. One is definitely plenty!  

Lonsdale-Hands Pile Driver
makes 1 cocktail

1 oz gin
1 oz sherry
1 oz vodka
1/4 oz Cointreau

Shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and serve in an old-fashion glass. 

Have a great weekend everyone! - JD 

Monday, 5 March 2018

Food Photo of the Day ~ Summer Fruit Crumble

Over the past few days the snow fell on E-town nonstop. Regardless of how beautifully pristine white everything became, thoughts of summer ran through our heads. Remembering all the fresh fruit I had stashed away in the freezer I decided to make a summer fruit crumble; which consisted of rhubarb, blackberries, strawberry, blueberries and of course, I added some fresh apples. Summer was in our thoughts and in our stomachs very comfortably as the snow gently fell outside. 

Hope everyone had a great weekend! -  JD