Friday, 20 June 2014

Earls Summer Patio Party

last night i was asked to be a VIP guest @ earls 'summer patio party' to celebrate the launch of their new summer menu, a task i take pretty seriously, excitedly, and with a date in tow.

although mother nature didn't particularly feel like cooperating and must have missed the menu about summer=sunshine=patios, we still managed to get a taste summer as we dined inside on bold & fresh flavours while sipping on refreshing spirits.   it also helped that a lively vibe filled the place, the tunes were cranked, and the umbrellas were brought inside.

here are just a few of the seasonal items that we selected to try.  in my next life i'm going to request a larger stomach so that i can sample all of their dishes, but in the meantime it just means another trip back to earls to tackle the remaining items.  #patiotimewithfoodandfriends

cabin fever |  crown royal, tawny port, ginger, pineapple, fresh lemon + moondog bitters

lychee lemonade |  smirnoff vodka, lychee liqueur + fresh lemon

los cabos chicken tacos |  spiced tomato poached chicken, cheddar and jalapeño jack cheese, avocado corn salsa, cilantro, valentina hot sauce, white corn tortillas

bbq pork buns |  hoisin hot sauce, cilantro, roasted peanuts

champagne berry spinach salad |  seasonal berries, avocado, goat cheese, red onions, toasted almonds, champagne vinaigrette, grilled chicken

prawn + quinoa salad |  avocado, feta, strawberries, candied pecans, citrus honey vinaigrette

a huge thank you to earls for the invitation.  summer patio season is officially on, and i look forward to spending most of mine on yours.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Blueberry Rhubarb Pie

because i know you can't get enough rhubarb...

or is it that i can't get enough rhubarb?

or is it i just keep getting rhubarb gifted to me, in exchange for transforming it into a dessert and then sharing said dessert.

friendship is a beautiful thing

Blueberry Rhubarb Pie

2 disks of pie dough (homemade or store bought, or secret family recipe)
2 1/2 cups rhubarb, chopped
2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
3/4 cup sugar
4 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp butter, cut into small pieces

milk & sugar glaze

preheat oven to 425F
in large bowl toss rhubarb, blueberries, sugar, and flour, until evenly coated.
place bottom crust in 9-inch pie plate.
add rhubarb mixture and top with butter.
roll over with 2nd pie crust and crimp edges.  brush with milk-sugar mixture and vent.
bake for 15 minutes on lower rack of oven.  lower heat to 350F and continue to bake for 55-60 minutes.
if edges begin to brown too quickly, cover with tinfoil.
remove from oven and allow to cool.  (the juices will thicken to longer it sits)

Monday, 16 June 2014

Kelowna Weekend

this past weekend mr. handsome and i boarded a plane with some amazing friends (J + K) and headed west to see an equally amazing couple (M + B) tie the knot.

here is a look into our action packed weekend of wine tours, weddings, fruit stand visits, and all things food.

best wishes for a wonderful life together M & B

"once in awhile,
right in the middle of an ordinary life, 
love gives us a fairy tale."
~ anonymous ~

our eats:

caesar salad |  double smoked bacon, sundried olives, herbed breadstick

 'codfathers' walnut crusted steelhead trout |  polenta gnocchi, beets, turnips, asparagus

 cheese burger |  grass fed bef, rjb 'real' relish, mayo, potato bun, farmstead cheddar, baked fries

grilled bc salmon 'blt' |  anise toast, pancetta bacon, black fig chutney, baked fries

'double r' ranch thick cut striploin |  roasted potatoes, troller ham crunch & sour cream, vegetables, happy days chèvre & peppercorn sauce

white chocolate cheesecake |  blueberry preserve, shortbread

 creme brûlée |  vanilla espresso 

       lemon curd mousse tart | amaretti cookies, blackberries

 classic eggs benedict |  free run eggs, two rivers kassler ham, potatoes, hollandaise sauce

spring salmon 'nicoise' salad |  potato, pickled beans, quail egg,  red russian kale, preserved tomato dressing

 meyer lemon chiffon |  earl grey buttercream, poppy seed glass, london fog ice cream, house made marmalade

thanks for the lovely weekend kelowna.  xoxo.
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