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Nutella Day Smoothie

February 5th, 2013

I managed not to miss Nutella Day this year! I’m so very proud of myself – I even managed to get some Nutella into my belly for breakfast, rather than suddenly remembering at nine o’clock at night. Well done, me.

This may not be the healthiest of breakfast smoothies, but it’s mighty tasty and kept me full right up to lunch.

Nutella Day smoothie

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1 big spoonful of Nutella (1 tbsp or more)
1 very ripe banana
1 1/2 cups almond or skim milk

Blitz everything in the blender until smooth.
Serve and smile.  :)

Coconut Layer Cake

May 17th, 2011

This year was my first mother’s day with only one grandma.  Since it was also that same grandma’s birthday two days after the holiday, I decided to throw a special little party for her, my mom and my godmother.  Coconut is my grandma’s absolute favourite, so I scoured my cookbooks and the internet for just the right dessert.

Coconut Layer Cake

Everyone came over for afternoon tea and I served a fancy coconut layer cake with tea or blueberry lemonade.  The cake recipe came from Martha Stewart and the lemonade recipe can be found below.  The cake was a two day preparation, but still simple enough for a layer cake.  I’d never made seven-minute frosting before, but was quite pleased with how easily it came together and how lovely it looks once spread over a cake.  Turns out it was my great-grandmother’s signature icing, so maybe I have it in my genes.

Coconut Layer Cake

Blueberry Lemonade

1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 – 1/2 cup berry sugar
1 large bottle spring water

Using a blender, liquify the blueberries in lemon juice.
Add the sugar, starting with a 1/4 cup and increasing to taste.
Pour the blueberry concentrate into a large glass pitcher and top with spring water.

Hail Caesar, eh?

July 5th, 2010

Ah, Canada Day weekend.   The best weekend of the year for sitting out on the deck and letting the afternoon drift by.  Good thing I had just the drink in mind to keep my hydrated during all that lounging about:


The people in charge of the press for the Caesar’s 40th anniversary asked me if I would like a kit sent to me for the Canada Day weekend. I said sure, thinking it would be a small box with the hot sauce and other fixings. Instead, the delivery guy showed up with this:

Caesar kit

Which was filled with all this:

Caesar kit

It also came with a recipe for a variation of the classic Caesar recipe, the Bay Street Bracer.  Hence the cucumber.  It’s a nice switch-up from the usual, and the cucumber actually give the drink a brighter, more refreshing taste than a celery stick.  Much appreciated on a hot day, and since I think we’re in for a lot of those this summer, I have a feeling I’ll be spending plenty of time on the deck with friends and one of these time-honoured Canadian drinks.

Making Coffee the Old-School Way

April 14th, 2010

My city was hit with a massive spring snow storm yesterday night.  The power was knocked out across the grid, leaving us without electricity, water or heat.  The good part of all this was that the library declared a snow day, so I didn’t have to go to work.  The bad part was when 10am rolled around, and we wouldn’t be able to get coffee from our usual drip machine.  The electric coffee bean grinder was also out of commission.

Enter some 19th century technology:

How to make coffee without any power

My mom and I took turns twirling the handle of the old Peugeot coffee mill while my dad boiled water on the barbeque’s propane burner.  We poured the hot water through a filter over the coffee pot and once it had drained through, we sat back and enjoyed our snow storm brew.

Claire’s summer cocktail

June 2nd, 2009

Summer cocktail

My sister tossed together a couple of these drinks last night. Perfect for drinking on the patio in an adirondack chair. There are no quantities – just mix as desired.

shot or two of mango rum
shot or two of coconut rum
pineapple juice
mango to garnish

Pour the rum and the pineapple juice over the ice in a cocktail shaker.
Pour into glasses and garnish with a wedge of mango.

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