February 28, 2011

the chicken channel



Introducing the latest addition to the exciting ambient channel lineup over at Rogers which includes the sunset channel, the cottage channel and the aquarium channel:  the rotisserie channel presents all chicken all the time.  

Thanks to the good folks at Swiss Chalet and Rogers Cable we now have an entire channel devoted to chickens roasting on a spit.  If you're not part of the Rogers cable empire, not to worry - you can watch poultry in motion online.

And they say there's nothing good on TV anymore!

February 25, 2011

in loving memory


On February 16 our dear friend passed away.  She was 51 years old.   A devoted wife and mother and an active participant in her church and in charity work, she dedicated her life to helping others.

Her daughters and siblings spoke eloquently at her funeral, remembering the countless ways that she had let them know that they were loved.  She was famous for her chocolate chip banana muffins, a favourite with her children, and I couldn't think of a better way to remember our friend than to make a batch of my own.

My dear friend, may you always walk in sunshine.

February 23, 2011

fruit cocktail cake


When was the last time you used tinned fruit cocktail?  I can honestly say I can't recall - I mean, really, doesn't everyone eat fresh fruit now?  Fruit cocktail is so Betty Draper - I felt a little ashamed putting it into my cart at the grocery store, hiding it under all of the fresh veg, finally forced to reveal it in the checkout line, convinced that the cashier was judging me.  But like Betts it's a classic and now has a rightful place in my pantry thanks to this cake.

Fruit cocktail cake is a recipe from the Best of Bridge series of cookbooks (this recipe is from the Royal Treats for Entertaining volume).  Reading these cookbooks transported me right back to the 1950s when an evening of bridge was absolument de rigueur for the country club set.  With the current popularity of Mad Men, it's time for these bestselling cookbooks to make a kitschy comeback in the modern kitchen.

The fruit cocktail cake is a winner, not much to look at but so moist it reminds me of sticky toffee pudding or a soaked rum cake.  And it's even better the next day.  Perfect for kicking it old school with an evening of bridge...or a Mad Men marathon.

February 3, 2011

year of the rabbit


Time to dust off your bunny slippers and ring in the year of the rabbit!

The rabbit is said to bring stability, a time to catch your breath and calm your nerves.  According to Chinese astrologers, 2011 will be a quiet year, bringing peace and diplomacy, and a renewed focus on family.  After the turmoil of the last few years, that is music to my ears.

So, from the bottom of my heart, welcome rabbit and Gung Hay Fat Choy (may prosperity be with you)!

February 2, 2011

the morning giggle

Oh how the rest of Canada loves to make fun of Toronto...