July 20, 2013

Summer eats and drinks

One of the greater pleasures of summer is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables and the various combinations of gastronomic delights you can develop. Here are some of my inspirations for summer eats and drinks. I’m reminded of the famous quote by Virginia Woolf which says, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”  So enjoy this summer, living well and dining well. Bon Appétit.

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summer salad

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crostini

Summer eats and drinks For more  meal ideas and for the links to these gastronomic delights, please check out my epic foodie board @ http://pinterest.com/epicmom/epic-foodie/

March 26, 2013

Quick and Easy Granola Crisp

In anticipation of my beach getaway, I’ve been trying not to stuff myself full of sweets. Can I tell you how difficult that is when you have an intense sweet tooth?  One of my favourite dessert is strawberry rhubarb crisp and lately I’ve been modifying the recipe to make it a bit more healthy and kinder to my waistline.  Bye bye for now butter, my old faithful friend; and a hearty hello to this low fat version of an old classic.  I call it my Quick and Easy Granola Crisp.  I hope you enjoy.

Crisp

INGREDIENTS
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 cup frozen mangoes
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 cup raisins
1 1/2 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 cups granola

topping

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Combine the frozen berries, mangoes and raisins then pour into an eight inch square baking dish.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the apple juice, flour, and pumpkin pie spice. Pour over the fruit. Sprinkle the granola evenly over the fruit and lightly press down.
  3. Bake until hot and bubbly, 40 to 45 minutes. Serve warm.

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Bon Appétit

September 18, 2012

Fantastic fall foods

I love fall foods! There’s nothing like eating a yummy, warm bowl of soup on a cold, rainy day. What about biting into baked butternut squash slathered in maple syrup or brown sugar. Fall foods are fantastic, just check these out.

Acorn Squash with Apple & Sausage Stuffing with Apple Glaze

 

Source: jamhands.net via Epic on Pinterest

 

Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Soup

Source: bonbonbreak.com via Epic on Pinterest

 

Squash in a squash boat

 

 

Apple Cider Caramel Cookies

 

Pumpkin based desserts

 

 

 

So what is your favourite fall food?  Leave a comment below to let us know!

July 29, 2012

Playful Grounds

As many of you know, my three year old starts kindergarten in September. She’s ecstatic about going to school, however we’re apprehensive about this big transition for our little girl. So when my friend Shy sent me an email about a ‘preparing your child for junior kindergarten’ workshop, hubby and I signed up right away.

The workshop was offered by Cherrie from NuBaby. She did a wonderful job giving us lots of information, tips and helping to ease our fears. She was so awesome that I did’t want to hoard the info for myself but had to find a way to share it with you too. So please check back in a few weeks for Cherrie’s top 5 tips for ‘preparing your child for junior kindergarten’.

The workshop was hosted by a local Toronto parent and tot hot spot called Playful Grounds. The owners are Tera and Davina. Davina was manning the shop when we arrived and she made us feel completely welcome.  The other parents hanging out there were super friendly, there were lots of toys for kids to play with and take it from me, the food was really great!  There was a good variety of different foods and drinks on the menu, including vegan muffins and cupcakes. On the main menu there were chicken pesto or vegetable paninis, Bagel and Lox (locally cured salmon), Quinoa salad marinated with cucumber, tomato and mint along with hand bagged teas, specialty coffees and even alcohol. From the mini menu, your kiddies can enjoy a cheese pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches with apple slices or nutella and banana sandwiches and they can add a Kiju Juice Box to their meal which comes in a variety of flavours. The presentation of the meals was also impeccable.

Let me ask you this, where else in the city can you walk into a cafe, park your stroller, go to a free informational workshop, enjoy a great tasting brunch with your family, have a pleasant chat with the other patrons and hang out with your hubby while your kids play independently? The answer is, only at Playful Grounds.

When we were leaving, my three year old asked, “Wow mommy, that was fun! When can we go back again?” Need I say more? Playful Grounds was a huge hit with our entire family and we’re sure it will be a huge hit with yours too!

Playful Grounds: 605 College Street

(416) 645-0484

May 28, 2012

Sweetie

Most of my friends know that I love pretty things, and I LOVE food.  So it’s no surprise that these delectable looking treats caught my eye.  Look at the artistry that has gone into the making of these baked goods!  When I see treats like these they inspire me to put on my apron and bake something fabulous.  It might not look as good as these incredible pieces of art, but it will taste just great.

Source: google.co.nz via Epic on Pinterest

Source: google.com via Epic on Pinterest

Source: google.ca via Epic on Pinterest

 

Source: google.ca via Epic on Pinterest

 

Do you have a sweet tooth?  If so, what’s your treat of choice?  Leave a comment and let me know if any of these yummy looking treats have caught your eye?