Sunday, Dec.8th, 2:30-6:30pm
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Sunday, Dec.8th, 2-4pm
300 years after the reign of King George I, Puddings Matter presents a heritage version of his favourite dessert. The King George Christmas pudding brims with luscious vine & exotic dried fruits and peels. George I's love of decadent desserts earned him the nickname, "The Pudding King", and Puddings Matter honours his legacy with a traditional Christmas pudding fit for royalty.
The traditional Christmas pudding of Dickens and Downton Abbey lore is something most of us have never tasted or maybe never even seen. Michele Chandler and Sue Buchanan decided to change all that. One pudding at a time.
When December in the city is gloomy, there’s no snow on the ground, and the sun disappears at four o’clock, Allan Gardens is a favourite winter destination. The Christmas Flower Show at Allan Gardens Conservatory does more than get you in the holiday mood. As soon as you walk in the door, the scent of flowers and thousands of growing things soothes your spirit. As you walk through the winding paths, a non-stop display of greenery and flowers unfolds.
Right now, the show boasts a sea of poinsettias, massed in bands of colour: pinks, white, scarlet red and deep wine. I’ve ever seen so many poinsettias in one location, there are absolute rivers of them. If you’ve ever been underwhelmed by a single “office poinsettia” in a pot, do yourself the favour of experiencing them this way: They’re really at their best in this kind of abundance.
Other seasonal flowers brighten the space too. Delicate white, pink and red cyclamen flowers shimmer over whorls of patterned leaves. Paperwhite narcissus flowers perfume the air. Tiny orange globes of Solanum pseudo capsicum make an unexpected colour contrast with the pinks and reds. The way the floral designers combine plants is constantly surprising. I kept finding new colour and texture combinations everywhere I looked.
Topiaries and obelisks in Victorian themes, and evening candlelight add to the charm of the show. In the main palm room, a special display of green people sporting gorgeous duds made of succulents and moss stand next to a grand piano. Come often, every time you visit it’s likely to be a bit different, with new plant varieties coming into bloom. Admission is free. The show runs till January 12th.
Challah bread is divine. So rich and buttery, delicious as toast, as French toast, as bread pudding, in the supporting role on a meatloaf sandwich. Hannukah is here and that makes me crave challah more than usual. Also, it’s freezing out and my favourite way to heat up the house is to bake a lot of bread. Here are a whole bunch of challah recipes that I love. Continue »
Mustard, in its many forms, has been a staple in the civilizations of the world for thousands of years, for medicinal purposes as well as cuisine It has been used for good, (hot dogs) for evil (mustard gas), and is featured in religious and cultural idioms ranging from the parables of The Buddha and Jesus Christ to the suspicious and bellicose antics of Colonel Mustard. Gold, it is said, is the eternal element, and mustard, it seems, is the eternal plant.