My 8th Blogiversary: Rhubarb Walnut Marmalade

Eight years ago today, on a June 14th 2007, I posted my first blog post ever on Cheap Ethnic Eatz. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined this blog would still be online after so many years. This post is number 926! And I cannot believe I am only 2 years shy away from double digits! This year I will celebrate with a special and sentimental Rhubarb Walnut Marmalade.

I am forever thankful to my family, friends, coworkers and all of you online for reading my posts, eating my food, help preparing it with me and leaving your cherished comments. I could never express enough my gratitude for each time you take a minute and come visit me here.

marmalade before and after

Tasty reading ahead, KEEP GOING… →

The Gift of Presence #givepresence

I have been thinking about the holidays and my lists are done, but I have not started anything in preparation yet. Honestly I am a little overwhelmed by the holidays this year it seems. I really need to take a step back and breath.

And it is as if Lululemon heard my call when I found out about their awesome new campaign: give presence!

We forget that this time of the year is about getting together and spending time with our families. Not just being with them but taking in their presence and giving yours back. Spend time with your neighbors too and why not get involved in your community.

It is a great reminder to put all you phones, laptops and Ipads away. Disconnect from the noise, inhale and just exhale, breathe.

Check out the #givepresence global movement all over the internet and watch this great little video reminding us to reconnect with our loved ones.

This was a sponsored post brought to you by Lululemon.

New Year with Family

I know I am a week late! Everyone else with a food blog and that idea has done it already. But I will do a show and tell of our New Year’s family amazing pot-luck spread. I am salivating just at the thought of my first bites! Can you guess what I made? I brought 2 dishes. Enjoy!

Starting with the meal…

The Whole Spread

Orzo Salad with red onions, green peppers, cilantro and pomegranate seeds

Pita Egg Salad Sandwiches

Mustard Seed Sausage

Sauteed Shrimps with a Beet Ginger Dip

Tourtière - traditional Québecois meat pie

Feta and Cranberry Tortilla Rolls

Artichoke Quiche Squares

Artichoke Quiche Squares

Beet and Apple Salad

Next of course are the many desserts…

Crisspak

This dessert may not be the most impressive visually but its a tradition in my family and so good!

Inside the Crisspak

It’s basically chocolate wafer thin cookies layered with whip cream.
You make it a day ahead so the wafers soften.
I know of no one else who makes this, not even sure about the spelling of the name.

Sugar Pie

Macarons

Macarons

A Fruit Salad fit for foodies

Fruit Cake, of course!

And as a nibbling finally…

A lovely cheese platter