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Lara’s Vanilla Birthday Cake

Lara’s Vanilla Birthday Cake

It might not look fancy, (cake decorating is not my forte), but this vanilla birthday cake is luscious and incredibly delicious. I find purchased baked goods to be far too sweet for my liking, and  wanted to make a cake of medium density, mellow sweetness and true vanilla flavour. You can make this cake as a snack or dress it up with vanilla or chocolate icing and seasonal fruits for a fancy dessert. What better occasion to put a … Read entire article »

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Lara’s Post Workout Recovery Shake

Lara’s Post Workout Recovery Shake

We all appreciate a reward after a tough workout. Whether you’ve left it all at the gym today, or enjoyed a moderate, easier pace; what you eat before and after your workouts has a significant impact on muscle recovery and on your performance next session. These vanilla recovery shakes are smooth and creamy, and an absolutely delicious way to repay your body for all that hard work.  Ingredients: (makes 2 shakes) 4 ice cubes, 2 C milk, … Read entire article »

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Salmon Fit For A King

Salmon Fit For A King

Ever since I created this dish, my husband insists on having it once a week!   It is an explosion of flavour. I like to get fresh salmon from my fave fish monger, but in a pinch you can use frozen fish. Serves 4     Ingredients: 4 portions boneless fresh salmon 4 T olive oil 2 T fresh ginger, minced 2 T fresh garlic, minced 1 T dried parsley 1 generous handful grape tomatoes, whole 1/2 a small red onion, minced ½ C (Kellogg’s) cornflake crumbs, for coating … Read entire article »

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Greek Couscous Salad

Greek Couscous Salad

2 C water 1 C couscous 1 english cucumber, chopped 2 large tomatoes, chopped 1/2 red onion, diced 1 C Kalamata Olives, pitted 1/5 C feta cheese, crumbled parsley, to garnish  Dressing:  1/2 C Olive oil 1/4 red wine vinegar salt pepper   Directions: Bring 2 C of water to a boil.  When water is boiling, turn off heat and pour in 1 C couscous. Place lid on pot and remove from heat. Let stand for 2 min. Remove lid and fluff couscous with fork.   Pour couscous and chopped cucumber, tomato, … Read entire article »

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Monday Night Mojitos

Monday Night Mojitos

Just back from a Caribbean paradise, I am experiencing slight withdrawal from all of the exotic and wonderful foods I encountered.  One of my favourite drinks was the Mojito- a refreshing blend of rum, sugar, lime juice, club soda and fresh mint leaves. Since I often grow my own herbs, and because mint is one of the easiest to keep happy, it’s easy to have plenty of this fragrant plant on hand to make Mojitos. Note that for the best results, … Read entire article »

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Rob’s Curry Chicken Spaghetti

Rob’s Curry Chicken Spaghetti

Tired of traditional spaghetti? For a departure from the standard recipe, try something with an exotic flare! This recipe was given to me by a friend; and it’s a great example of fusion cuisine that you can try at home. Good curry powder is the key, along with fresh or powdered ginger, and honey, to round out the flavours. Serves 4 Ingredients: 4 tbsp olive oil; 1 package lean ground chicken; 1 green bell pepper and 1 red bell pepper; … Read entire article »

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How to Make the Perfect Steak

How to Make the Perfect Steak

There is a definite technique to making the perfect steak. Like most of the best “tried and true” cooking methods, this technique is French.  Whether you are using filet mignon or sirloin cuts, the following will ensure perfect results every time! Ingredients: Four 3/4″ to 1″ thick filet mignon or sirloin steaks; coarse salt;  olive oil Directions For Making The Perfect Steak: Serves 4: Take steaks out of the fridge for up to an hour before cooking. Preheat oven to … Read entire article »

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Beef Roast with Roasted Seasonal Vegetables

Beef Roast with Roasted Seasonal Vegetables

Few things are more welcoming than coming home to the smell of an amazing roast accompanied by seasonal vegetables.  This one could not be simpler to prepare! Serve with crusty bread and a nice Cabernet, and you’ll win some big fans at your dinner table!  Serves 4 Ingredients:   2lb sirloin tip roast; 1pkg sliced crimini mushrooms; 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into large chunks; 1 onion, coarsely chopped; 1/2 head garlic (cloves peeled); about 8 new potatoes … Read entire article »

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Lara’s Coconut Shake

Lara’s Coconut Shake

This is a real treat at the end of a long week! I don’t make it too sweet, but you can add more condensed milk if you prefer.  Serves 4. Into a blender, add 1 can coconut milk, 3C milk, 8  ice cubes, and 4 tbsp condensed milk.  Blend and enjoy! … Read entire article »

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Get Your Kids to Love Fish! Corn Flake Crusted Tilapia

Get Your Kids to Love Fish! Corn Flake Crusted Tilapia

Do your kids say “yuck” when you prepare fish for dinner?  Is their response “Well, I’m definitely not going to eat that!” Welcome to the club. Lucky is the parent who can boast that their child cheers when fish is what’s for dinner.  Fish is an important source of omega fats, which are crucial to brain development and immune function. Omega fats have been shown to reduce the risk of some cancers and cardiovascular diseases; and are useful also … Read entire article »

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