There's nothing better than a sunny day spent outdoors cooking on the barbecue. On weekends, I often find myself at the cottage rummaging around the fridge for anything I can throw on the grill. And because there is less pomp and circumstance around meals based on the grill, you get more time to savour with your guests.
A great spring dish is grilled asparagus salad with morels. Early spring will give you a quick crop of things like baby lettuce, asparagus and strawberries. Wild mushrooms also come into play -- as soon as we get the warm rains in April, you'll find morels popping up in the woods, followed closely by chanterelles.
Looking for the perfect wine to give as a gift this year? You're in luck! When it comes to wine, one (bottle) size fits all, doubles of the same wine are just fine, and it's easy for the recipient to re-gift. Ideally you know the person's taste preferences: full-bodied or light, dry or sweet, New World or Old World? However, if you don't have any of that information, here are 10 great no-fail gift wines that you can give. Cheers!
My love affair with Cava continues. Pale lemon green with lots of tiny persistent bubbles. The nose is clean and offers green apple, lemon, lemon zest, biscuit, pear. The palate is dry with lively acidity and noted baked bread. The length is medium on a crisp palate cleansing finish. Not overly complex but good quality and the price is right!
Today, viticulture is thriving in Ontario, with more than 180 wineries responsible for just over 70 per cent of total Canadian wine production, contributing an estimated $3.3 billion to the province's economy in 2011, many thousands of direct and indirect jobs, as well as $644 million in tourism and tourism employment, according to the Ontario Winery and Grower Alliance of Ontario.
When was the last time you saw a pregnant woman sipping a beer? If you are North American, the answer might be never. You might also be surprised to learn that in much of Europe, it's actually not unusual at all. Now, more and more women I know are choosing not to totally abstain from alcohol during their pregnancies. And everyone in their lives are completely losing their minds about it.
With the holiday season fast approaching many are thinking about having friends and family over for a dinner party. What better way to celebrate the season than having a swanky dinner party? With the dinner party in mind, we decided to check in with Toronto's home entertaining maven, Dee Brun, a.k.a., the Cocktail Deeva to solicit her advice on throwing the ultimate party.