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When the weather gets cold, we take the time to gather our thoughts and play around the kitchen. Lately we have been playing with a new delectable concept, inspired by Dominique Ansel, we call the ‘cookie shooter’.

The challenge was to create a milk shooter that you could also eat. After many trials, we made it happen!

You might wonder, why merging cookies and milk? We say because it’s the best of both worlds. You get to drink milk straight from a cookie shooter and then eat the shooter! We can see this being a big hit for Bar Mitzvahs and even late night stations at weddings.

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What we love the most about the cookie shooter, is that when you eat it, you still get some of the flavour from the milk and just a touch of moisture that ties everything together.

Like we mentioned in the title, this is a concept and we are still working on refining some details. What do you think? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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The Oscars are on the horizon and this year we couldn’t be any more excited! Which movie are you rooting for? Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, Twelve Years a Slave? So many good films to choose from! 

The awards are often a good opportunity to root for your favourite actors and get together with your friends. To make your evening extra special, there are a few things you can do:

Keep it simple, go for Finger Foods

When it comes to watching TV and eating, an elaborate dinner is not the best choice. The idea is to keep your guests full and interacting with the show. A good assortment of finger foods will keep your guests full, and not to mention the fact that a good display of hors d’oeuvres adds a classy touch to any party. 

Follow this link for some culinary inspiration

Have a themed Cocktail

You have stocked up on popcorn, now what? Time to make a few rounds of a delicious cocktail to enjoy through the night. The Oscars call for something decadent, why not go for champagne or spruced up margarita. 

Find some fantastic cocktail ideas here 

Make it a game night

Sometimes the broadcast has its dull moments. Why not plan on a game? There are many places where you can get free printable ballots. Get your friends together and have a pool. Cast your votes and by the end of the night, the person with the highest score wins the pool.

This winter has been particularly grim with Arctic temperatures and considerable amounts of snow. Don’t lose your hopes we are getting close! These are the final days of winter and patio season will be here before you know it.

For us this is an exciting season of transition. We switch from hearty meals to lighter dishes and we get to experiment with different ingredients.

Here is a list of ingredients you should keep on your radar:

Fiddleheads

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This funny looking vegetable has a sweet like flavour and crunchy texture. You can eat them with a bit of lemon juice and a pinch of salt, or you can also sautée them in butter. Regardless, they are going to taste great. Add them to your salad or your next risotto dish.

Apricots

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One of our favourite tastes that we look forward to in spring time is apricots. Sweet and luscious - they open up many culinary possibilities. Apricot chutney with spring lamb or just add them to your favourite salad for a little bit of a sweetness.

Spring Peas

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What we love the most about spring peas is that they are the perfect complement for almost anything. Add them to your salad, pasta, rice and even make soup. Tasty and colourful - this one of our executive chef’s favourite spring items.

Radishes

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Crunchy and red, radishes can spruce up any salad with their sweet, pungent taste. Also, you can add a touch of lemon and simply eat them on their own. They make a fantastic spring finger food.

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 We’ve been working on revamping our blog and brewing up some ideas for new dishes. 

Chef Roshan has been working on this beautiful and mouthwatering trio plate:

  • Dry aged beef with poached wine cantaloupe pears
  • Baby lamb kofta on a spiced mini pita
  • Pan fried gnocchi topped with duck breast

To answer the first question on everyone’s mind, yes it does taste as good as it looks!

Chef Roshan had to go off the grid when he was conceptualizing this dish. This was specially crafted for a birthday celebration and the main idea behind the event menu was to create something luxurious but at the same time appeal to a large crowd.

The gnocchi paired with the hearty flavour of duck breast create the perfect balance and add the warm comfort food component to the dish. The cantaloupe and dry aged beef is a combination inspired by cantaloupe and prosciutto but taken a level further. Last but not least, the baby lamb koftka adds an element of familiar flavour to the whole dish.

What do you think? Leave a comment

Valentine’s day is the time to swoon over your honey with flowers, chocolates and of course a romantic dinner for two. If you want to avoid the hassle of dinner reservations and long waiting times, why not enjoy dinner at home?

We spent a long time on pinterest looking for inspiring recipes (so you wouldn’t have to) and this what we found. Bon appétit  and Happy Valentines day! 

Mustard - Crusted Lamb

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The bold flavour of mustard is the perfect complement for a hearty lamb. They say a good meal is the way to someone’s heart and this dish is guaranteed to win your significant other over!

Stuffed - Noodle Soup 

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Feeling more like a warm bowl of soup to fight this cold weather? This delicious homemade ravioli soup is the perfect start of a romantic night.

Pasta with Chorizo and Mussels

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We could not be talking about Valentine’s day food without mentioning a pasta dish. The chorizo and mussels add a delicious Spanish touch, not to mention the fact that mussels are also an aphrodisiac.

Steak au Poivre

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Last but not least you can’t possibly go wrong with steak and let alone a classic dish like Steak au Poivre. Roast fresh vegetables, open a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon for the perfect pairing and voilà dinner is ready!