Guess Who Is Coming To Dinner?

Mom doesn’t come over to dinner often since she lives a few thousand kilometers away like on the other side of the country. So my mind is a buzz to get ready for her arrival.  You know how when you host a dinner party or event in your home it becomes a great motivator to tidy up, extra tidy up, put away the little piles of things that are every where to make everything seem orderly, organized and beautiful! Well with mama coming this motivation of clean up is on steroids. Time to vacuum the baseboards wipe all the  nooks and crannies ugh even dust those blinds……then tackle the kitchen. Mom is a fabulous cook (thanks mom for the education and inspiration) and still enjoys cooking very much to this day be it for herself or her lady friends.  They have rockstar picnics among other delights. This will come in handy since having my own business of a Personal Chef is a full time, read 7 days a week job, we will spend a great deal of time in the kitchen. So I am looking at my pantry with a critical eye, bracing myself for the clean out. I can’t wait to have my mom in the kitchen, her cooking style is creative, efficient done with ease and the results are always amazing! Her energy and knowledge of all things culinary will be inspiring and the great motivator to bring it all to you!  ...

A Way Of Life

Even if we want to avoid the rhetoric it’s hard not to. Every magazine, show, topic is screaming at us to slim down, gear up and get better! Good advice in theory but I don’t like the “practice” part. I suggest we relax, open our cupboards and take stock. We are all well informed and know what is good for us and what isn’t.  Purge the poor choices in your pantry and make some simple smart changes. Start from there. My Everyday Gourmet Personal Chef Services in Toronto can help you too. We’ll cut sodium, sugar, preservatives by using whole ingredients. Real flavour,  freshness and layers of taste will wow you. It’s a good...

Good Day

Today was a good day, an efficient day. A day of organization, structure and health. After working most of the day it was time for my oh so satisfying hot yoga class. More cleansing, work and reward and to top it off was a meal that I have been craving to make. After several days of Thanksgiving feasts provided to me by friends and family and not a whole lot of moving other than to get up and refill my glass…..”de-tox tofu” was on the menu tonight. I actually came across the recipe while trying to up the ante with tofu recipes, as much as I love the stuff creativity is required to keep you coming back. This recipe is a keeper, so simple yet so satisfying. I started my food prep and was preparing the elixir which makes this dish especially yummy, nuoc cham, a Vietnamese sauce, sweet, spicy, perfect. So I opened my fridge to root around the crisper for a chili pepper, I knew there were some actually they had been there for a while….and well, groan, the time had come! The time I had encountered already several times lately……the dreaded cleaning out of the crisper, not just tossing sad remnants but the pull them out, clean them out, hot sudsy water time. It’s required every once in a while even when you are an organized clean freak like me…. Done! Dinner is almost on the table and the crispy tofu with sauteed mushrooms and ginger garlic spinach and brown rice will be like dessert to a cleansing and rewarding day. Bon...

Transition

Transition! There is no escaping yet, especially on the 1st day of school. Even though my “little ones” are well on their way and I do not have the profound experience of 1st day of school “itis” I can still feel the effects. Whether it is the increased din and activity on city streets or a change in the weather, sometimes you get both, sometimes not. This year I got the extra impact from weather, Mother Nature did her little dance last night and took us from hot and humid to fresh and breezy, nice work mama! Now for transition, now it makes sense and helps things along. If you know me you know that I love my food, my peeps and a “transition” piece of clothing from season to season. It’s especially hard not to bring fashion into the mix when changing from Summer to Fall for this year my transition piece is my “Early Harvest” skirt, ruffles of knee length soft brown suede, it’s perfect. I introduced it a few weeks ago on some cool summer nights much to the chagrin of summer lovers. Now I can focus on menu transition. I will continue to use the grill for as long as possible, it is actually used and loved throughout the year including the middle of winter which definitely requires an outfit as well. Usually I grab the closest pair of winter boots my son’s mens size 13, a coat, brush off the snow and watch the thermometer rise from standing inside the house….but for now I will implement small changes, like this idea for tonights side...

Yes I Can!

There is a first time for anything and this “first” was tackling a gorgeous crate of peaches and attempt to can them. Something I have never before tried but I figured with the resident experts around me and the advent of google I had a fair chance of turning these luscious peaches into Christmas gifts. After reviewing several canning sites and re-reading over and over again to make sure I didn’t miss a crucial step I set up shop. Shhhhh everybody, mom’s focussing and really doesn’t want to blow it. It was a fairly meditative process until the last step, sealing up those jars and waiting for the 12 – 24 hours to see if they had sealed properly. A little stressful, at one point in the night I heard the beloved “ping” the seal of approval. The next day my son told me he had heard a ping or two!! Woo hoo I could at least count on 3 out of 12 attempts. It’s all in the journey I kept saying to myself, “at least you tried Linda”. The end result was 11 out of 12 little soldiers....

Pie in the Sky

I found this image recently after another blissful sunny summer day. After a day of friends, water and unlimited sunshine the tribe headed out to have a bite to eat at a very special remote establishment. The surroundings were idyllic, rolling green pastures, sweet smelling country air, a restaurant with the best pizza pies ever, a few came by horse they were tied to the fences, indoor, outdoor seating was available we chose a picnic table outside, 3 pies that we swooned over and when all was said and done and we thanked our lucky stars for such an offering we then discovered the band playing a couple of songs in the amazingly cute (hot) loft inside. When it was time to replenish the wine it was then that I discovered this image. Made the day and night complete....