All posts filed under: Winter

What’s In Season: Citrus

It’s surprising that in the dead of winter, tropical citrus fruits are in peak season. With the high-quality imports of oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, clementines, lemons and limes, we can enjoy a taste of sunshine at a relatively low price. Truly, for us Canadians who can’t grow citrus en masse, citrus season is a real blessing. Varieties Sweet Oranges: The most common of all citrus fruits. From every day varieties such as Valencia and Navel to the exotic Cara Cara, oranges are sweet and juicy. The majority of oranges that are imported to Canada come from tropical regions such as Florida, California, and sometimes Australia and Brazil. While they are available year round, the most flavourful oranges can be bought from November to April. Mandarins, Clementines & Tangerines: Much smaller than a regular orange, these little gems pack a flavourful punch and are the perfect on-the-go snack. While these three may look the same, there are some differences in terms of their origins and flavours. Mandarin oranges originated in China (hence the name Mandarin) and have a sweet …

Winter Fruit Salad

Nowadays, it’s typical for every fruit and vegetable in the grocery store to have a passport. In Canada, this makes sense as the majority of the country is frozen during our long winters, which makes it difficult to grow food (other than what can be grown in a greenhouse). In reality, our fruit season is relatively short- from June to late October- depending on where you are in Canada and what you are growing…so thank goodness for imports! During this time of year, many fruits that are sold in BC and throughout Canada are imported from warmer climates- particularly from California, Florida, and Mexico. While these fruits aren’t local, we still need to eat fruit to get our vitamins and to stay healthy. This Winter Fruit Salad combines the most flavourful fruits of the season from all over the world together in salad form. In my fruit salad, I used oranges (Florida, USA), clementines (Spain), kiwi (New Zealand), pomegranate (California, USA), pears (Italy), and good ol’ Canadian apples (Okanagan, BC). Wow- fruits from three continents! …

Happy New Year // Eggs in Purgatory

Happy New Year, everyone! I am currently recovering from New Years festivities. I went pretty hard last night and I hope you guys did too. Just remember, it’s all in the name of celebrating a whole new year full of adventures! I have been excited for 2017 to start since January of 2016 (for many reasons) and I am so happy that it is finally here. The New Year offers a chance to start off on a clean slate and set your mind on what you are going to achieve this year in your life. I have many plans for this year. First is to get this blog rollin’. I’ve had some time off from my job these past few weeks and have rediscovered my passion for cooking and blogging. Believe me when I say I have been happy to share my recipes with you all… but I’m going to the next level in 2017. This means lots more content coming your way! Not only stepping it up with my recipes, but with bringing you …

Stuffed Mushrooms

December is here! Wow- where did this year though? I’m not complaining though…2016 was a complete disaster and the only thing we should remember is #Harambe. Anyways, I am very excited to announce that I have a fun theme for this month on Season & Serve. Every Thursday I will be posting a holiday appetizer recipe that uses seasonal ingredients that can be served at any festive party. And I have a hashtag for it…ready? #AppyHolidays! So cute and festive, right? Be sure to follow me on WordPress and on social media to keep up with these appy recipes plus other exciting and delicious late fall/ early winter meals. Now, to my first #AppyHolidays! recipe- Stuffed Mushrooms! They are the perfect little appetizer that your guests can pop right into their mouths and savour during a cocktail party or right before the big meal on Christmas Day. They are also very easy to make and can be served straight out of the oven or at room temperature- these stuffed mushrooms are fabulous either way! Servings: 12 …

Homemade Gnocchi

I don’t make homemade gnocchi just for anybody- so if you are lucky enough to get some, you are very special to me. Making gnocchi from scratch is a true expression of love. Just like love, gnocchi requires good ingredients, time, a bit of skill, and passion. It simply cannot, by any means, be fake, forced, or overworked. If all goes well, you will have soft, pillowy, pasta that seduces and pleases, that makes you feel like you are floating on a cloud (in this case, made of flour and potatoes) when you eat it. Take some time and show a special someone how much you care with this true labour of love. See the recipe here!