Ancient Grains: Amaranth

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Amaranth is one of nature’s best kept secrets. An ancient grain that possesses all eight essential amino acids and one of the highest levels of protein of any grain (although technically the tiny little beads typically referred to as amaranth are the seed of the amaranth plant, not an actual grain). The tiny seeds are also an excellent source of iron, with a serving of only 3 tablespoons providing 25% of your RDA of iron. A good source of fibre and calcium, this toothsome little grain is also a good source of Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C. It’s free of trans fat, gluten, cholesterol and vegan to boot!

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Boxing Day Brunch At Home

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Having Christmas land on a Thursday is the best, especially if you have the 26th off, that means it is time for a Boxing Day Brunch and the star of the brunch should be a delicious stack of buttermilk pancakes. If you do have to work on the 26th you still have the whole lovely weekend to enjoy your gifts from Santa while digging into fluffy pancakes glistening with maple syrup. Continue »



Grapefruit Cocktails for the Holidays

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As James Beard award winning cookbook author Jennifer McLagan pointed out today – we’ve got white grapefruit in the store. White grapefruit isn’t as sweet as the Ruby Reds we’re used to. It has a pleasant astrigence and bitter tang. Think of it as the pink grapefruit’s sophisticated big sister.

We thought we’d take the opportunity to share some downright delicious grapefruit cocktails with you. They’re perfect for the holidays when you’re surrounded by fatty, salty overindulgent meals and inundated with chocolates and candy canes. These cocktails will refresh the palate and give you a jolt of vitamin C at the same time, which is always welcome at this time of year.  Continue »



Chopped Liver Love

 

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It’s Hanukkah, the time of year when everyone is braising briskets and frying latkes. The humble chopped liver is a dish that deserves some time in the spotlight. Not to be confused with pâté, chopped liver should never be smooth, it is a rustic dish and should always be chopped by hand – just like Bubbe used to make it. Continue »



Garden Colour: Matchy Matchy Makes Curb Appeal

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A “doubled colour” effect when the house colour matches garden material, like this yellow magnolia.

Does the garden shrub match the drapes, er, shutters? Or even a door? Let’s hope yes! Garden elements, like colours of flowers, shrubs or trees doubly compliment your front yard curb appeal when you provide a matching paint colour. It’s a effect that guarantees a pleasing colour harmony on your front step.

There are many effective examples of harmonious paint and plant pairings. Consider orange daylilies, or a Japanese Maple with orange bark against an orange door. While these opportune colour pairings may only last part of the season, they are worth keeping in mind when selecting either house paint or plants. This yellow magnolia comes into bloom with a sunny cheerfulness in early spring and warms the whole corner. The yellow flowers wouldn’t have the same satisfying effect against red brick.