9th Blogiversary: my Cake Decorating Challenge

The art form of cake decorating can be intimidating to a novice. But even masters had to start with a humbling first cake. Learn in this post the basic tools needed and how to prepare your canvas for your creations.

Let’s eat a fancy decorated cake for my 9th blog anniversary! No, not one cake, let’s have two cakes! Here is a blog veteran tip: keep challenging yourself, make those hard recipes, try those scary cooking techniques. Today I will attempt to conquer one more personal kitchen nemesis: cake decorating.

Cake decorating lily of the valley

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Oven-Roasted Chicken Fajitas & Unique Book Gift Ideas

Reading is a great gift for the holidays and these unique book gift ideas are sure to put a smile on someone’s face and introduce a new hobby.

If you are a regular reader, you know I get lots of cookbooks and books to play with. Just love them! Are they not the best? I love looking at the pictures, finding recipes to add to my ‘must-make’ list, learning new techniques and discovering unknown ingredients. Finding unique themed books can open a whole new world of possibilities. So today I want to share a few finds: Persian dishes, jerky, coloring books and a matcha cookbook. If you are looking for original book gift ideas check out these titles below. I included the general description of the books and I added “my-2-cents”.

And you get a delicious recipe too: Oven-Roasted Chicken Fajitas.

Oven-roasted-Chicken-Fajitas

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Pick your own Squash in the Pumpkin Patch

This past weekend in Canada was Thanksgiving. Many families and friends gather around a wonderful meal, celebrating the bounty of the summer. In my family we throw in hard labor work: we close the cottage down for the winter. Thankfully we still find time to play.

The fall colors were at their peak and the scenery was absolutely breathtaking. On top of great food, the menu also included a gorgeous hike and a visit to a squash farm. Nothing says autumn like a stroll through the pumpkin patch at La Courgerie! No recipes today, just lots of great fall photos and a little squash crash course.

La Courgerie

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Fish Bone Broth: follow your gut

Did you know even fish bones are great to make a mineral and gelatin packed bone broth. Learn how to acquire and prepare a super healthy Fish Bone Broth.

Here we are with the final post of four articles that I wrote following my challenge to have a cup of bone broth a day for 1 month to see if it would help with my acid reflux condition, know as GERD. Actually I should say it is the final broth recipe post because I have shared with you all the various treatments I have tried. Did I manage to cure my gut issue in the end? Was the broth all that it lived up too? Keep on reading to find out!

As I mentioned in my last post, I was a little anxious about posting my last two recipes. These last two broths could be a challenge for many to make because I am using more graphic carcass parts! First off, I want to give thanks for all the amazing support I got from my readers for the lamb’s head broth. It certainly was not a recipe many of you would run out to the store and try but I loved all your encouraging comments. Thank you! This time we are going down the fish bone broth route with fish skeletons, whole with head, fins and tail.

a spoon of fish bone broth

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Lamb Bone Broth: follow your gut

Mineral and gelatin packed bone broths are so good for you and they taste wonderful. Today we will make Lamb Bone Broth but with a most unexpected bone segment, the head.

Soooooo remember back in April I had challenged myself to drink homemade bone broth every day for 1 month? And I blogged about it twice with recipes? And then I went on a cruise and life happened! Well I did indeed complete my 1 month challenge but somehow I never got around to post my two final bone broth recipes. Wait no more here is the third one and the fourth will follow in August.

I have to admit something to you to. I am a little scared to post the next two recipes. Why? Because they are – how should I say – graphic in nature when it comes to unusual animal carcass parts! The fish recipe is obviously made with fish skeletons but they are whole with head, fins and tail. Today’s bone broth recipe is made with lamb – a lamb’s entire head!

Lamb Bone Broth

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Pork Bone Broth: follow your gut

Not only are bone broths packed with minerals and gelatin, they are so good for you, taste great and if used in recipes the broth will take your dishes to the next level. Today we will make Pork Bone Broth.

If you recall, last month I made a bone broth from scratch for Food N Flix. When I found out bone broth if great for acid reflux, I gave myself a challenge to drink a cup of bone broth a day for a month. Many of you expressed an interest on my following up with this experiment; hence I invite you to enjoy my new Follow your Gut series.

Pork Ribs Bone Broth

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Two unexpect-egg cocktails: Green Tea and Apple Harvest Sours

You will crack in love for these two sour egg cocktails which are topped with a frothy egg white foam: Green Tea and Apple Harvest Sours.

The concept of using eggs in a cocktail may sound odd but you will love for the frothy white topping and the protein you will get from a boozy treat. Egg cocktails are nothing new, the most classic one being the Pisco Sour. Here are 2 modern drinks; a nice refreshing one with the taste of green tea and another with crisp notes of fall with apples.

Looking for a bit to eat with these luscious drinks? Here is an unusual quick recipe that will please the taste buds: Banana Cheddar and Cinnamon Pinwheels. Find it at the end of the post.

Green Tea Sour and Apple Harvest Sour

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