Essential Pantry Ingredients: Powdered milk

 

Powdered milk in your hot chocolate - how tantalizing!

Powdered milk in your hot chocolate – how tantalizing! Seriously…

 

Having a secret stash of powdered milk hidden in your cupboard is not exactly sexy or exciting; it’s not like having a bottle of rare brandy stashed away only to be broken into on special occasions. Few of us have heard the words, “Time to break out the powdered milk!” when celebrating. But instant powdered milk, most often the fat-free or “skim milk” variety is a healthy, handy and helpful foodstuff that has a place, if not in our hearts, at least in our cupboard.

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Rooting Your Own Mint

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Rooting mint in a small decorative vase.

There’s nothing like having fresh mint on hand, and I don’t know about you, but when I buy a bunch of mint, I tend use it a couple of times for a specific recipe, or to add to the best gin and tonic recipe anywhere.

Best Gin & Tonic Anywhere

Mix up whatever ratio of gin and tonic you prefer, with ice cubes.

Add to it, a generous squeeze of fresh lime, a couple of slices of cucumber, and a mint leaf or two. Swirl. Enjoy the taste of summer.

But after making my gin and tonic or whatever, I generally toss the remaining mint bunch into the fridge where it often dies because I forget it’s there. Pulling a squishy bunch of decaying mint out of the fridge is always sadness-inducing. And the last thing we need is more sadness in January, the month that contains the most depressing day of the year, Blue Monday.

Fresh mint showing root development.

Fresh mint showing root development.

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Canadian Favourites: Stoned Wheat Thins

 

 

Hey Girl...I'm still Canadian

Hey Girl…I’m still Canadian

Canada is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year, and we thought we’d have a look throughout the year at a few products that we’ve either grown up with or are identifiable as Canadian. There are lots of items out there that have stood the test of time and have been gracing our tables for generations. Maybe the company that originally made them has been purchased by an international conglomerate, but we still call them our own. Sort of like our favourite movie stars. Continue »



Essential Kitchen Gadgets: The Microplane

 

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The microplane is such a useful tool in the kitchen that it almost seems insulting to call it a gadget. We probably use ours every day, for fine grating and zesting everything from garlic cloves to nutmeg. Microplane  is actually a trademarked name of Grace Manufacturing Inc, an American company that specializes in steel tools for etching and grinding and woodworking, so it makes sense that they would come up with this indispensable tool. Continue »



Sandra’s Piri Piri Sauce

 

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Today we are looking at an item in our pantry that is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and nut-free, no salt, sugar or preservatives are added; it is all natural, it is made in Toronto, and when it comes to transforming your dish from simply delicious to sublime, it makes all the difference. Continue »