We like to enjoy our granola morning with some Prosecco and orange juice! And adding fresh blueberries is the best!
8 cups rolled oats (you can mix with rye flakes or barley)
1 cup of sliced almonds
1 cup of chopped dates well packed (found in Iranian stores, they are also pretty Inexpensive)
2 ripe bananas
½ cup of water
1 tbsp of real Vanilla
Combine oats and almonds in a large bowl. Whiz dates, bananas, water and vanilla in blender. Add to the wet ingredients to the oats and almonds. Mix well together.
Spread on a cookie sheet (you may need 2 cookie sheets)
Bake at 225 approx. 90 minutes, stirring every 30 minutes until golden and dry. If not quite dry turn the oven off and leave pans in oven to complete drying.
Add dried fruit if desired.
Store in airtight container to enjoy on Christmas morning.
Enjoy these Champagne style selections at your festive gatherings!
Summerhill - Cipes Brut, BC - $26.95
Hungaria Grande Cuvée, Hungary - $15.95
Try these Sparling Wines
Oyster Bay - Sparkling Cuvée Rose - $24.99
Mumm Napa - Brut Prestige $25.99
Christmas Baking Traditions
Nothing says Christmas like cookies and baking! The Christmas season in our test kitchen invokes family memories and the sharing of culinary favorites. Now is a time to take a moment to acknowledge that what you are doing extends far beyond cookies and treasured family recipes, and appreciate the simple joy that our special recipes bring. Comfort and Joy!
We asked our readers to share their favourite food items - the holiday “must haves” for deliciousness. The kind that your family would protest about, if not served at family gatherings, or on holiday morning or in the “cooke tin” during this snuggle in sharing time of year. Thank you to our contributors for sharing your traditions, that create this simple and special form of happiness.
We hope you enjoy these recipes.
These selections come with a WARNING - One taste may lead to another!
Winter comfort is often associated with the kitchen, including the foods that make us feel warmed, nurtured, and sometimes indulged, especially during our festive celebrations.
This edition of Howe Delicious features a "repertoire of deliciousness" from Lions Bay residents who have generously shared their family favorites for the holiday season.
Enjoy the truly Canadian ritual of Tourtière and all the trimmings.
For the morning time, there’s a no fuss granola to appreciate with fruit and a little bubbly, and a special traditional strudel tale.
And, oh the treats and the sweets including Nanaimo Bars, Secret Fudge, Ginger Shortbread and other tempting favorites to add to your baking list!
We raise a cheer to the cooking and sharing of Christmas treats.
May the recipes … and their results, add a special meaning as you celebrate with family and friends during the holiday season.
This traditional salad normally served with chicken is the perfect foil for wild wonderful spotted prawns. Prepare all the ingredients before you start cooking the prawns. Makes 6 to 8 servings
1 head iceberg lettuce
16 to 20 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 avocado, sliced
It was the month before Christmas And all through the houseThe smells of baking were ambrosia...
It was 1975 in Argenta at the north end of Kootenay Lake. It was to be our third Christmas together and Bill, our blended family of three children, Scott, Caitlyn, and Heather — then 10, 8, and 6 years of age — and I were busy preparing. I baked cookies to package up as gifts for our friends and neighbours, with our kids helping to decorate the baked goods, and Bill bringing in wood to keep the cookstove piping hot.
As he added the wood to the wood box, Bill sighed and said, “My mother always made apple strudel for Christmas. It was a family tradition.”
When I was growing up, this is the proverbial punch that was served at parties and family functions, from baby and bridal showers (mine included!) and at all seasonal events. My mom’s best friend Rita Hogan shared this recipe with me from New Brunswick. This punch tastes equally great with both the grown up and child friendly versions!
2 L ginger ale
1 can pink lemonade (frozen)
1 bottle sparkling wine, chilled (or nonalcoholic sparkling cider, such as Martinelli’s)
Maraschino cherries and juice
In a punch bowl, stir together ginger ale, pink lemonade and sparkling wine. Add a dash of juice from the cherry jar and toss a few cherries in the punch bowl. Use a frozen ice ring or cubes to keep punch cold. Tasty as an alternative for bubbly toasting.
Tourtière is a meat pie originating from Lower Canada (now Quebec). There is no “correct” filling, it is made using available, local ingredients; usually finely diced (minced) pork and/or veal, or beef. Wild game is often added to enhance the flavour and in coastal areas fish is used as the main ingredient.
It is a traditional French-Canadian dish served by generations of French-Canadian families throughout Canada and bordering areas of the United States. In the New England region of the US, late 19th and 20th century immigrants from Quebec introduced the dish.
It is a traditional part of the Christmas Eve réveillon de Noël and New Year's Eve meal in Quebec, but is not exclusive to that area. The name derives from the vessel in which it was originally cooked, a tourtière.
With Rob's family heritage from Quebec and New England, we come by this tradition honestly. We usually serve the pie with the choice of 3 relishes: a tomato relish, Major Greys Chutney and Crosse & Blackwell's Branston Pickle.
It's a rich pie, so a light side salad is all the meal needs and that helps us save room for Rob’s Indian Pudding.
We hope you enjoy!
This family fun favorite recipe, is a step up from S’Mores (love the smores!) and easy to prepare for your backyard BBQ. It's quick, fun to make, scrumptious and sure to be a crowd pleaser!
The Howe Sound and Georgia Straight region is home to an international favorite seafood, the BC spot prawns. The spot prawns are the sweetest most succulent of all shellfish, revered by chefs and thousands of people who make culinary pilgrimages to spot prawn festivals across the West Coast.
We are lucky, living on Howe Sound to dine on these special crustaceans! There are 40 species of shrimp harvested worldwide (seven on the West Coast) but it is the BC spot prawn that generates the most excitement for both the flavour and texture,
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