Indian Hand Pies


I am usually so focused on the main dishes when I make an “Indian Feast” that I never really think about appetizers.  For our last dinner, I had every intention of making these Curry Beef Pies (or Indian Hand Pies as G likes to call them) but because I couldn’t find any of the pre-made […]

What to feed surprise guests part 2

When in doubt, throw together an Indian Feast!

Last week we had a bit of a social media experiment involving Twitter and Facebook. The results were so overwhelming that we had to split it into two stories. We asked our FB friends the question: Surprise guests are arriving in 30 minutes. What is your go to appetizer from items already in your pantry? […]

What to feed surprise guests


We all have them, the friends/family who drop in unannounced “just to catch up”. No matter that you are shuttling kids to and fro or are in the midst of a reno, or maybe even a round of coitus, they just drop by. As a gracious host, you would never tell them to eff off. […]

Brown Ale Sliders


We had a big, long weekend family BBQ last night and there was a special request for some of our infamous sliders. As we had a pretty full menu of ribs and chicken on the go, we decided to put out some sliders as apps. We put together some of the Cabernet variety and while […]

Food porn: Rustic garlic bread pizza

Rustic garlic bread pizza

I hate to sound like a total knob, but the discovery of home made pizza dough at 43 years of age has been somewhat of an epiphany for me. Last week I found a simple variation for garlic bread pizza courtesy of Jamie’s Italy. So simple: Toss your dough to the size you want. Brush […]

BBQ Grail goes Red Hot


I truly think I might truly explode with envy! Not only did Larry Gaian conjure up the MOINK Ball, but he has now taken them to a whole new level. I’ll summarize here: Take a pre-made, store bought meatball, wrap it in bacon. BBQ. Glaze with melted Red Hot candies! Now I understand how freaky […]

Red Pepper Corn Muffins

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, our last dinner party was themed “Touched by Fire”.  G spent the entire night (and I mean entire night) smoking a pork shoulder for pulled pork.  He woke up every couple of hours throughout the night to tend to the smoker.  I was afraid that the neighbours would […]


So, I’ve come to think that there are, indeed, some benefits to eating (at least some) raw and/or vegan foods. Firstly, after seven days, I’m feeling really good – don’t really miss meat or, more importantly, cheese (granted, I did a bunch of research and preparation, but still thought I’d be freaking out by now). […]

Easy apps: Crostini


Appetizers. Far from a food course, they are often what sets you apart as a superstar in the kitchen. Unfortunately, this need to create a spectacular first impression often drives otherwise sane people to attempt the most insane creations. Remember my wannabe Food Network Chef, some of the best food on the planet is simple! […]

More Pizza Boats for a road hockey party


The weather this Spring has been excellent and that means that activities like end of season hockey parties are being held outside already. Today’s party is a road hockey get together. What could be more Canadian than beer, food and road hockey? It is also a pot luck and we were trying to think of […]