Sitting Pretty Buttercups on Sand Tarts

Pennsylvania Dutch Sand Tarts are traditional Christmas sugar cookies know for their thin and crisp texture, and a light dusting of cinnamon. Yet they remain delicious and should be enjoyed year round!

OK let me here it! I know you are confused. “But Evelyne we are in May, Christmas is 7 months away. Why are you talking about these cookies?” Well they are my inspiration for this month’s Food ‘n Flix movie, The Princess Bride. And they would be perfect for Camper’s Christmas on June 25th. 😀 Sand and sugar were stuck in my brain after I saw the movie. How many recipe do you know that come from the concept of sand? This eventually blossomed into sand tarts, all topped with a buttercup in honor of the Princess Bride herself!

Buttercups on Sand Tarts

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Easy Peasy Homemade Green Almond Liqueur – UPDATED

Green Almond Liqueur is a whole new kind of awesome with an aromatic but bittersweet flavor! I will show you how easy it is to prepare this liqueur with unripe almonds.

Apr 16 2017 – Wishing you all a very Happy Easter Day! For those of who you do celebrate, hopefully you are surrounded by family at a splendid dinner table. Easter also means Lent is over, if you observed it. In honor of being allowed to bring back a few nice vices into your routine, I offer you a naughty recipe to wake up the bootlegger in you with a homemade Green Almond Liqueur.

Update: May 22 2017 -It has been 6 weeks and the liqueur is now bottled – NEW VIDEO below!

green almond liqueur

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Jordanian Arabic Coffee: perfection in a cup

Learn how to make a perfect cup of Jordanian Arabic Coffee, a black cardamom-flavored coffee, a must to offer to guests as a sign of respect and hospitality.

It’s time for the MENA (Middle Eastern & North African) Cooking Group. This monthly group has for goal to help us discover the culture and cuisine of the countries found in these parts of the world. Each month we get three proposed recipes from the country of the month and the members pick one dish to make. This month we are going back to Jordan and we will make a Jordanian Arabic coffee.

Jordanian Arabic Coffee

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Spicy Beef Noodle Soup with Chinese Hand Pulled Lāmiàn

This Spicy Beef Noodle Soup, with homemade hand pulled noodles, will leave your tummy happy and your taste buds dancing with a fragrant broth packed with garlic, star anise, ginger and numbingly warm Sichuan peppercorns.

One of the dishes on my China travel bucket list was a Lanzhou Beef Lamian soup. I saw so many videos about lamian, aka hand pulled noodles, I was dying to taste them. It is said that for a person to be considered a master at lamian, they should practice the craft for about 10 years. When I finally got my bowl I was blown away by the soft and silky feel of the noodles and the lovely broth. I could see a lot of love and technique went into making the lamian. I had to try my hand at it and I chose a lovely  spicy beef noodle soup to accompany these flat hand pulled noodles.

Spicy Beef Noodle Soup

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Eat your way through Montreal’s 375th anniversary

Did you know that 2017 is Montreal’s 375th birthday? If you ever wanted to visit Montreal now is the time! Plus the city’s calendar is jam packed with food events!

Today is my birthday !!!!!! And Montreal is turning 375 to this year. Since it is my birthday I want to give you all a gift: an invitation to come visit Montreal this summer…maybe we can break bread together too? Montreal’s 375th activity calendar is jammed packed for the entire year and summer also means it is time for so many annual food events which will serve up an extra slice of oomph to celebrate. Here are some of my favorite festivals…

Montreal's 375th estival International de Jazz

International Jazz Festival

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Simit Rings: the Turkish breakfast bagel

Turkish Simit Rings make for a wonderful breakfast option, a bit like our bagel. Each twisted circular bread is dipped in a sweet water and then encrusted with sesame or other various seeds before baking.

How many spices can you name off the top of your head? Even better, how many spice do you own? If new spices where on my shopping list I would love to make sure to find a store like the one Vassilis owns in the movie A Touch of Spice, in beautiful Istanbul. But for this Turkish Simit Rings recipe I would rather ask for his very best sesame seeds.

Simit Rings

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No Crust Asparagus Quiche for Spring

Nothing says spring like a lovely asparagus quiche for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This one really cuts down on the calories too, but not the flavor, by omitting the crust. And it’s gluten-free!

Serendipity: the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. That is pretty much how I feel today! A fab group of fellow Canadian food bloggers and I are sharing Spring recipes with you all today. And for some crazy reason, it is sunny and the temperature is going to climb to an unusual high of 23 C as well.  Pretty great timing and it just makes me want to spring into action and enjoy a slice of this delicious No Crust Asparagus Quiche!

No Crust Asparagus Quiche

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