Cream and Sugar, yes please!

Cream and Sugar

Cream and Sugar

Here is a sweet new blog I recently discovered, called CreamandSugar.ca. They have a creative concept, not to mention a fabulous title,  where two bloggers, with two different lifestyles, from two different cities collide under one URL sharing their love of food.  One blogger is from Edmonton, who brings the sugar, and the other is from Vancouver, and brings the cream. Sweet.

I just saw the heavenly looking post titled salted white chocolate oatmeal cookies – I know what I’m baking next!

And I particularly love Cream’s “solo suppers beyond cereal” series, and Sugar’s “dinner for two and a half” series.  Brilliant posts, and their titles are catchy. The fun dual content, great photos and array of recipe ideas makes this food blogging tale of two cities worth bookmarking…

PS. These ladies Facebook and Tweet too!

Dirty Apron: a Vancouver Foodie Bucket List Must!

Dirty Apron Cooking School

Dirty Apron Cooking School: 540 Beatty Street, Crosstown, Vancouver BC

I joined a mini-class at Vancouver’s Dirty Apron Cooking School for an upcoming SHAW TV holiday segment, and I certainly felt like a culinary pro! Their cooking school is designed to make everyone feel that way – be a kitchen pro for a day.

First we received a lesson from the Chef on how to make a fun holiday-entertaining appetizer – then we made the same recipe ourselves using their kitchen stations.

My experience was incredibly fun and I dub this a Vancouver Foodie Bucket List must!

The classroom set up reminded me of being in highschool home-ec class, with the demonstration mirrors above the Chef station, and the personal instruction provided to us as we made the recipe on our own.

Learning new things in the kitchen is a top pass-time of mine, and here I learned some new basic knife skills and techniques for preparing the recipe ingredients – I loved every minute of the class. The surroundings were professional and it felt like we were on a food tv set: I was giddy over the gourmet kitchen experience!

Kitchen classroom work stations

Kitchen classroom work stations

Once the Chef’s interactive cooking demonstration was complete, we manned our stations to find everything portioned out for the recipe – just like on tv! Each station is equipped with all necessary tools, pans, and fun kitchen accessories.

My heart raced with excitement as we began by cutting our onions for caramelization. I’ve chopped an onion dozens of times before, at home, but here it became an adrenalin rush for me – I am an foodie-anomaly though!  I was excited to be in the kitchen setting, fitted with my apron and hand towel tucked into my side – we cooked up a storm! And then we feasted!

My first puffed pastry tart, after the first bite:

Savoury goats cheese pesto puff pastry tart

Savoury goats cheese pesto puff pastry tart - garnished with rocket, tomatoes, cheese, walnuts, and drizzle of olive oil.

A tasty tart - perfect for holiday entertaining.

A tasty tart - perfect for holiday entertaining with rich colours of green and red...

At the Dirty Apron Cooking School you’ll WATCH, LEARN, COOK, EAT, and really HAVE FUN! I recommend their classes are for everyone, and they make great gifts too because anyone can participate : from amateurs to culinary-enthusiasts!

Stay tuned at Shaw Express for their holiday entertaining segment from the Dirty Apron Cooking School.


#30 – Without a doubt, read SCOUT.

Scout Magazine: Gluttony Blog

Scout Magazine: Gluttony Blog

For my final blog or bust share #30, I am delighted to spread the word on Scout Magazine – for many, the site really needs no introduction….

Andrew Morrison is the master mind food-writer behind this site, along with several contributors, and his content has grown to cover more material now than just food. But the Gluttony blog section of his magazine is the bookmark of all restaurant-news-bookmarks to have in Vancouver. Through my journey over the past several months, I have heard about Andrew’s site on many occasions.  He is known for being in the know on Vancouver’s food scene; if it’s new in town, re-opening, or re-invented – Scout Magazine has it covered.

So, without a doubt, read Scout!

#24 – Vancouver Breakfast Lover’s Bookmark this Baby!

I love breakfast. Yes I do, and just in case you read that too quickly for my own comfort, I repeat: I love breakfast.

It does not get much better than enjoying a hot breakfast on a cold rainy day, with some quality coffee or hot tea – as you choose – and feeling energized to start your day. From cold cereals, to hot cereals; to yogurt and fruit combos; or cream of wheat (a childhood favourite of mine); to pancakes, or waffles with whipped cream; or eggs, country potatoes and grilled sausages; french toast and fruit salad; breakfast burritos; omelettes or frittatas; I could easily go on…  But in the interest of time, I’ll leave you to finish the breakfast-brainstorm to suit your personal cravings.

As I close in on the final days of my blog or bust challenge, I realized I have yet to share a blog that focuses purely on one meal, for example, ummm, breakfast!?

ATTENTION Vancouver foodies and fellow brunch lovers, unite here, and bookmark this blog: Breakfast in Vancouver. Blogging about weekend breakfast adventures since June of 2007, this blog covers it all and archives (with a map too) so you can reference anytime you want to find a new brunch around town.

I am quite excited to share this blog with you because it just makes me smile. Breakfast in Vancouver even includes one of my personal favourites in Whistler, The WildWood Bistro, proving to me that this breakfast blog is of sound quality!

Whoever you are, that created this magnificent blog, Beyond the Dough thanks you!

Breakfast in Vancouver

Breakfast in Vancouver