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Traditional Mulled Wine

Traditional Mulled Wine

If you are looking for a festive drink to serve this holiday season, look no further than this recipe for my Traditional Mulled Wine. This sweet, spicy and warming drink is perfect for any holiday party! If you have never had mulled wine before, it is basically red wine that has been warmed with a variety of sugar and spices, often spiked with hard liqueur. Sounds dangerous right? It is! The exact recipe for mulled wine can vary depending on where you come from. Different recipes exist across Europe and throughout North American households. Key Ingredients You can use any dry red wine that you prefer. Since it is being simmered with spices, it doesn’t have to be high-quality or very expensive. I recommend using a Spanish red table wine for this type of recipe, similar to what you would use when making sangria. These table wines are easy to drink, low in cost, and still taste great. My recipe for Traditional Mulled Wine uses most of the traditional spices including cinnamon, star anise, clove …

Carrot, Ginger & Turmeric Soup

The holidays are upon us and that means there will be lots of treats and rich foods to indulge in. While these foods should be enjoyed this time of year (tis the season after all), we don’t want to let our waistlines get too out of control. To avoid this, I have come up with this delicious recipe for Carrot, Ginger & Turmeric Soup. Not only will it keep your waistline trim, it uses all fresh, seasonal ingredients and it will keep you healthy all winter long! The Inspiration Behind the Recipe This recipe was inspired by a recipe for Ginger & Carrot Soup that I found in Vitamix’s cookbook. I love my Vitamix and use it every single day. I honestly don’t know how I lived my life without one! While the Vitamix recipe is delicious, I find that it is a little too “fresh tasting” as the recipe directs the cook to add raw carrots to the blender. It has that fresh carrot taste, and isn’t sweet like carrots should be. So, I …

Soup Series: Wonton Soup

Hey there everyone! I am back again with another fantastic soup recipe for my #SoupSeries. I would say that this recipe for Wonton Soup is my quickest and easiest recipe in the series, but only if you do a bit of prep work in advance. Once you have the wontons all made (which is a tedious but highly rewarding task), this soup takes 15 minutes or less to cook from start to finish! How’s that for a quick and easy meal?! As I mentioned above, the wonton-making process can be a bit tedious but trust me, it is DEFINITELY worth it. I take a quick short-cut by using store-bought wonton wrappers, just for convenience, but other than that, everything else that is going into them is homemade. I really like making my own fillings because you know exactly what ingredients are going into the wontons and you know how fresh they are- something that you don’t always know when buying them from the grocery store. Plus, if you make them homemade, you can fill them …

Kabocha Squash Curry

As we can’t seem to shake the cold here in Vancouver, I have been making lots of hearty recipes to keep me warm and full. I honesty feel like a hibernating bear being on the eat, sleep, and avoid the outside as much as possible-train. To keep me full and warm this recipe for Kabocha Squash Curry is just the ticket. Kabocha Squash is a variety of squash that originated in Japan. If you haven’t had it before, it tastes like a cross between a sweet potato, a pumpkin and chestnuts. If that doesn’t scream “best winter vegetable ever”, I really don’t know what does. Kabocha Squash has a tough green or orange speckled rind (so make sure you have a sharp knife to cut it with), but you can actually eat the rind as it is very tasty and nutritious. After trying this squash for the first time it instantly became one of my top favourites (maybe almost as good as butternut squash!). In this winter-friendly curry, Kabocha Squash is stewed with warm, spicy South-East …

Broiled Grapefruit with Ginger and Honey

Over the past few days, it has been very cold, but we finally have sun! Like so sunny to the point that there’s not a cloud in the sky- very peculiar for Vancouver winters. Despite the cold, these days have me reminiscing of those beautiful, warm, sunny days of summer at the beach… and how I would give anything to be back there again. While the sun is still around, I am going to take full advantage of it’s positive, happy, summery vibes. I’m even going to increase the happy summer vibes even more with my delicious and healthy breakfast of Broiled Grapefruit with Ginger and Honey. Not only is grapefruit a lovely bright fruit that just screams happiness and summer, it’s also in season! #CitrusSeason 😀 Obviously, we can’t grow grapefruit in BC, but we can definitely import it from warmer countries to enjoy while they are in season. I had this breakfast for the first time at a cute little B&B in Victoria, BC a few years ago and I have been making it ever since. I …

Crispy Baked Spring Rolls with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

December is halfway over and by now, holiday parties are in full swing. My calendar is getting pretty full with parties with friends and co-workers and I am thinking of hosting a little party of my own. I admit, it’s got me a little stressed- you know with preparing host/hostess gifts, cooking food to bring, and of course, choosing the perfect party outfit (my outfit selection actually stresses me out the most). But hey, that’s the holidays! At least there is plenty of wine and cocktails to help me cope! If you have also been invited to attend or are hosting a holiday party this season, I have got you covered with my #AppyHolidays series. This Thursday I give you, Crispy Baked Spring Rolls with Sweet Chili Sauce. Don’t they look amazing? They taste good too! Now for me, the holidays aren’t complete without some sort of Asian food. I know… it’s weird. I think I may have this embedded in me since I used to work at M&M Meat Shops where we would sell hundreds of …