Salads are great all year round but they are especially great in the summer for two reasons: One, because it's bathing suit season and eating light and healthy is a given, but secondarily and more importantly because it is wayyyy to damn hot to turn the oven on. Click the photo to get the recipe for each of the salad in my summer salad series.
Three Foragers Bee Co. gave me the opportunity to try out their product and I can't wait for you guys to check out the incredible recipes I made with their honey! I get very excited when brands reach out to me when their product is something I can genuinely get behind. Not only does their honey taste amazing, but it is also one of the most sustainable sweeteners for our planet. The honey they harvest requires no fertilizer, no irrigation and leaves no impact on the land.
Visit http://www.threeforagers.ca/ or your local Save on Foods to get your hands on some!
Click the photos to get the recipes for a strawberry honey tart or honey miso ribs. You won't regret it.
I teamed up with my good friend and certified holistic nutritionist Courtney Stuart Laurie from www.smartfuelforyou.com to bring you a couple of healthy and satisfying recipes to keep you on track for getting beach body ready! We made some Kung Pao zoodles as well as a raw matcha cheesecake that I urge you to try! Both recipes are gluten and dairy free for those of you with restrictive diets. Click on the images below to get the recipes! Unfortunately she's leaving me to move to Toronto but if you are need of some nutritional coaching she's always available online!
Just because I am blonde and blue-eyed does not mean I don't know how to get down with some Asian flavours. Dumplings are my number 1 favourite food so you will continue to see different versions of them added to the recipe index. Here's a collection of some of my favourite Asian appetizers to date from the archives. Click on the photos to get the recipe!
The holidays are all about indulging so I am of course going to participate (plus some). Here are a few festive treats that are wonderful to share with family and friends. Click the picture to get the recipe!
This past week I had the pleasure of collaborating with Mike Pigot, the executive chef from Home & Away. He helped me bring my brunch ideas to life and serve them up to all of you! Carrot cake pancakes and a crab cake Benedict are on the menu for a limited time. I've posed recipes (of course) but for all of you who don't feel like cooking you'll be able to order them at Home & Away December 3rd and 4th from 10am-2pm. All of their brunch menu items run for $13 and they also have great drink specials to accompany your meal. Book a reservation by calling 403.455.9789 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Aaaaaaand sweater weather is already in full swing. Here are a couple of recipes to warm you up and fill you up. Both of these are hearty meals that aren't going to leave you feeling lethargic. I hope you like them as much as I do!
In order to celebrate the official brand launch of Poko Popcorn I've decided to play around in the kitchen using one of my favourite flavours of popcorn: Jalapeno Cheddar. I've created a twist on a traditional southwest salad using popcorn in place of crunchy tortilla strips.
Pick up your popcorn at the Poko party official brand launch this weekend! The party begins Saturday October 15th at Market Mall Shopping Centre and goes from 11am-6pm. Samples, giveaways and a grand prize for a trip to Hollywood for an ultimate movie night experience are all up for grabs!
For more details on how to enter to win or to simply participate in the festivities visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/316096362089706/
I'm all about staying in and having wine and treats with girl friends over hitting the bar, screaming over loud music and suffering from major hangovers. My snack of choice for movie night? Popcorn - DUH! Poko Popcorn gave me the opportunity to try out their product and I’m very excited to share it with you. They use a superior kernel called Mushroom Popcorn that is air popped with no oils or chemicals. So many great flavours to choose from using real ingredients. My favourite part? They are a Calgarian company that I am proud to support.
Visit https://www.pokopopcorn.ca/ to find out where to get your hands on some.
I just love the ladies at Dote magazine so when they asked me to contribute to their blog again I was excited to share some of my favourite summer treats. Nothing says summer to me more than hot dogs and ice cream so here are my slightly more sophisticated versions. I present to you pretzel wrapped hot dogs with everything bagel spice and cheesy mustard dipping sauce for lunch and fresh peach and basil no churn ice cream for dessert. Taaaaa-Daaaaa! Head on over to www.dotemagazine.com/blog to see everything they've been working on
Last week I had the pleasure of working with Aaron Ellard and Zander Hamm, the creators of Sum Sum, a modern Dim Sum experience coming to Calgary for a limited time. They taught me how to make soup dumplings. Dreams do come true! The recipe is posted here for all the adventurous cooks out there. If you don't want to try to tackle these at home (and I don't blame you cause they are a b!tch to make) book your reservation for one of their 3 pop-up events taking place at Commonwealth Bar & Stage (731 10 Avenue S.W.). Please note no minors allowed!
I got a sneak peak tasting of the menu and it's unreal! Some of the menu items include: Soup Dumplings (aka xiaolongbao) + Szechuan Chili Eggplant + Togarashi Fried Chicken + Ginger Beef Won Tacos
Limited reservations are available by signing up to the newsletter via the website: www.eatsumsum.com (the newsletter will let people know when reservations open up, as they open and close at certain times) or follow them on instagram @eatsumsum
Calgary has some unreal pizza spots and this week we hit up Double Zero, have a feature pizza at Una and made our own too.
Visit Una from May 17th- 23rd for The Hungry Madames Pizza and $1 from every pizza goes to Mealshare to help feed those in need. This pizza has Bechamel sauce, rosemary ham, fior de latte cheese, fried egg and fresh parsley.
Thanks to Styleista who hooked us up with a great dinner for 2 Hungry Blondes (or 4 normal people) was delicious!
The Hungry Madams
When in India- Beth had the chance to cook with Mama. Mama thought that teaching Beth to cook might increase her chances of finding a husband (as most Indian women were married by 21 years old). Indian food is absolutely delicious, flavourful and full of oil- as most things that are so delicious are. Mama taught Beth the following lessons:
1. "cooking is mostly cleaning"
2. "any problems- you google"
3. "roti has no calories"
We are not convinced of all of these pieces of advice but did learn to make:
This week our focus is on our favourite foods: butter + bread. No one does it better then the Italians! This weeks recipes are: