1 October 2014

A Wine Country Feast with Butternut Squash White Bean Soup

Butternut Squash White Bean Soup 

Welcome back to this months Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club where we continue our celebration of delicious food on the "lighter" side. We always appreciate you joining us for this event where we get together on the first Wednesday of every month to create a delicious meal from appetizers to dessert with a theme in mind. Ultimately our love of food, blogging and our commitment to a health conscious lifestyle is what has brought us all together.

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21 September 2014

A Foray into Mushrooms at the Fungi Festival with Paparadelle with Chanterelles

Chanterelles in Cilento
OK I am ready to conform. Break out the apples, the squash and the pumpkins. Autumn is bombarding all of our senses. The bright kaleidoscope of autumn leaves, the nip in the air, the sound of flocks of geese moving on. You can feel the changes at night. As the sun sets, a cool blanket of air gently rolls down the hill. And that, if combined with a few days of steady rains, means we are into the autumn mushroom season. I have waited patently all year for natures work to come to fruition in this symbiotic dance between trees and fungi.  Wild mushrooms, other than chanterelles, porcini and oyster mushrooms, are hard to find in retail stores which may lend fuel to foraging for your own. 

On a rare day off from work this past Saturday I could be found driving 2 hours north to the small community of Sicamous for the annual Fungi Festival. It has been on my radar for a few years but always the timing had been off with my work schedule. So this year I arrived at 11:30 and checked in at the Red Barn anticipating what the day would bring. At the very least I would get a little exercise on an aromatic walk in the woods since mushrooms need trees. I was not disappointed!
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14 September 2014

Savour Summer with a Caprese Burger with Pickled Tomatoes from Sunshine Farms

Caprese Burgers with Pickled Tomatoes
Walking through the farmers market this time of year, you can't help but realize that tomato season is still in full swing. Tomatoes are available all year round but it’s not until mid summer that they really come into their own. With the threat of frost in September the season is fleeting as we savour the last few days of summer and all the bounty it has to offer. The weather begs to differ with hot, sultry days and cool nights but things can turn on a dime.

What better way to celebrate my absolutely favourite fruit than with a Tomato Festival. When I mentioned to my worldly travellers where I was headed they had visions of La Tomatina in Spain . Although it is on my bucket list, this was a celebration of a different colour. And celebrate we did with an array of delicious and innovative little bites topped off with the piece de resistance freshly baked Margherita pizza from a wood fire oven for the first annual Tomato Festival at Sunshine Farm.

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3 September 2014

Mini Potato and Bacon Frittatas for the Virtual Supper Club


Mini Bacon and Potato Frittatas


Welcome back to this months Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club where we continue our celebration of delicious food on the "lighter" side. We always appreciate you joining us for this event where we get together on the first Wednesday of every month to create a delicious meal from appetizers to dessert with a theme in mind. Ultimately our love of food, blogging and our commitment to a health conscious lifestyle is what has brought these ladies and one gent from Canada and the United States ( joining east and west and north and south) together.
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1 September 2014

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting
I am sure that by now, if you don't have a garden of your own, your neighbours are stealing into your yard in the wee hours of the morning and leaving care packages of zucchini on your porch. Perhaps you are covertly picking the locks of your neighbours cars and leaving them in their baby car seats. This prolific vegetable deserves such special treatment. If this sounds all too true you have hit the mother load!!!

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27 August 2014

Summer Pasta Puttanesca Pugliese from The Italian Country Table

Pasta Puttanesca Pugliese
When sun drenched tomatoes hit our farmers market I am there at first dawn from the beginning to the end of the season. I wait with baited breath for the first thin skinned, sweet tomatoes to make their way into my kitchen. One of the first dishes of this season is a summer spaghetti of fresh tomatoes, basil, and minced garlic prone to subtle changes and sometimes interspersed with feta, ricotta or buffalo mozzarella. In the stifling heat of mid summer, when the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven, this "new to me" version assaulted my senses. This dish comes from the southern region of Puglia where my dreams of fresh tomatoes, garlic, olives, herbs, capers, cheese, and chilies converge. 
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10 August 2014

Summer Dreaming Begins with Heirloom Tomato BLT Panzanella Salad

Heirloom Tomato BLT Panzanella Salad
 Walking through the farmers market this time of year, you can't help but realise that tomato season has arrived.  Tomatoes are available all year round but it’s not until the summer that they really come into their own. When wandering you can literally feel the excitement at farmer’s markets and fruit stands all over the valley. Perfectly plump workhorse beefsteaks, pints of adorable cherry tomatoes just begging to be snacked on, and of course, the queen bee of the pack, the knobby heirlooms, in every shape and size imaginable, are just now making their noble debut.  The rich tapestry of colours, the diversity and depth of flavour, and the general beauty of the tomatoes provide an experience that your average grocery tomato just can't match. I wait all year for their arrival and now they are here!!!!!!

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6 August 2014

Summer Fruit Medley with Limoncello and Mint for the Virtual Supper Club


Summer Medley with Limoncello and Mint
Welcome back to this months Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club where we continue our celebration of delicious food on the "lighter" side. We always appreciate you joining us for this event where we get together on the first Wednesday of every month to create a delicious meal from appetizers to dessert with a theme in mind. Ultimately our love of food, blogging and our commitment to a health conscious lifestyle is what has brought these ladies and one gent from Canada and the United States ( joining east and west and north and south) together.
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20 July 2014

A Light Spiralized Greek Salad with Lemon and Feta

There are spiraled pea tendrils one of natures works of art….
photo from The Cilantropist
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12 July 2014

Galette aux Fromage de Chevre et aux Tomates for an Etherial Night at Diner en Blanc

Galette aux Fromage de Chevre et aux Tomates (Photo from Dina Honke)
It's one of France's greatest exports next to baguettes, Godard movies and Thierry Henry. On an ethereal night hundreds of people dressed elegantly in white, converged at a secret location, shrouded in mystery, setting up miles of white fold-up tables draped in white crisp linens and topped with sparkling crystal soon to be filled with local wines. White plates and silverware were set, table decorations arranged from candles to candelabras. Our senses were heightened and we were more than ready for a highly anticipated evening at Diner en Blanc - OkanaganThe stage was set, candles flickered and nature and history created the backdrop, a kaleidoscope show of colour in the fading light as a sea of white revellers loomed before us. 
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