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  • Dare I dream? My Christmas wish list Dare I dream? My Christmas wish list

    Dare I dream? My Christmas wish list

Dare I dream? My Christmas wish list

If money was no object, if time was limitless, if I had my own butler to cater to my every whim, my Christmas wish list would look something like this. But one can dream. Should any of you deign to cross any of the following off my list, however, don’t let me stop you.   Honey and granola Pret PotPret a Manger’s runny honey, granola and yogurt Pret Pot was the snack I grabbed on the way to Angel tube station when living in London. Since my return, I’ve tried to recreate the Pret Pot with Ace granola, Liberte yogurt, and clover honey. But it’s not quite the same.   Ladureé caramel au beurre salé macaronsNot to be confused with the coconut macaroon, the French macaron is a refined bite of heaven. Delicately crispy on the outside, decadently gooey on the inside, Ladureé is famous for its macarons. No trip […]

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  • Top 5 treats you can make, and what not to share! Top 5 treats you can make, and what not to share!

    Top 5 treats you can make, and what not to share!

Top 5 treats you can make, and what not to share!

Handmade gifts are a heartfelt way to pass on the sentiments of the season, especially when they’re edible. And best of all — they’re budget friendly. Cater to the culinary cravings of your friends by reading my story about CTV.ca’s top five edible gift ideas for the holidays. Find out more in CTV.ca’s annual holiday guide: http://www.ctv.ca/holidayguide2008/.

  • Red-and-green speckled Christmas salt Red-and-green speckled Christmas salt

    Red-and-green speckled Christmas salt

Red-and-green speckled Christmas salt

  This year for Christmas I am making baskets. I’ll be writing a story about it for my employer, so I’ll link to that once I am done.In the meantime, though, check out one of my basket items. There’s something about these mini jars of salt that makes me want to break into song (“What Child is This”) and sit in front of a fire with some mulled wine. The speckles of berry-red peppercorns and fir-green peppercorn are gorgeous against the salt crystals, and a couple of star anise give the jar a dash of exoticism. I’ve adapted a recipe from Nigella’s new book “Nigella Christmas.” Her recipe calls for sea salt, red peppercorns, crushed red chili peppers, with the option of star anise. I’ve slightly adapted her recipe for my purposes, using star anise, red and green peppercorns and kosher salt instead. It’s this simple:Sterilize your jars (This is […]

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