Friday March 7 2014
The first in our series of Friday date nights. Every other week we will feature recipes and tips for creating a themed meal for two. Forget re-heating last night’s leftovers— make tonight a special night!
Our theme for date night this week is Marrakesh Nights. Set a cool, mellow Middle Eastern vibe with opulent decorations and fragrant dishes for a romantic dinner for two. Taking time and care to prepare your meal and space is definitely worth it, and is often more economical and enjoyable than going to a restaurant.
A typical Moroccan meal usually starts with hot or cold salads, followed by a tajine, a slow cooked savoury stew that you make in a clay dish of the same name. A lamb or chicken dish is then served, followed by couscous with vegetables.
Of course, you don’t need to follow a traditional meal structure for your date night, but creating an authentic feel adds a nice touch! Plus, ready-made spice blends like What’s For Dinner? Tajine, will add tons of flavour, without a ton of cost.
Simply follow our menu or create your own Marrakesh buffet for an indulgent night in:
Infuse your Mojito with fresh berries or cucumber for a delightful twist!
A traditional dipping dish with amazing flavour and aroma. Dip warm flat bread in olive oil, then press into Dukkah.
Tajine is a beautiful, fragrant, flavourful chicken stew with chickpeas and lemon.
Satisfy your chocolate craving with this quick and easy low-fat snack cake. Garnish with fresh berries or a little whipped cream!
We would love to see your take on a Marrakesh Dinner for Two. Share your photos with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Sunday March 2 2014
Spring Break is great opportunity to bond as a family and to have a little fun in the kitchen! Worried about keeping the kids entertained all week?
Here are our Top Ten activities to do as a family:
Kids of all ages love tacos! They are a great way to teach the importance of choosing a healthy balance of food groups. So put on some mariachi music, set up a DIY taco bar with toppings and let the fiesta begin! Try our What’s for Dinner? Taco Recipe Seasoning Mix, or any of our other What’s for Dinner? meal solutions for a super quick and delicious dinner!
Prepare a selection of dips and have a tasting party. Your kids can be the judges and rate their favourites. (Psst… you can get your favourite dips for only a toonie this month!)
Days off are meant for baking, and you can freeze your finished product and have healthy snacks ready for the rest of the month! Try making homemade granola bars – they are as delicious as the store-bought variety, but you control the ingredients! Great for school lunches. Or make these Peanut Butter & Chocolate Popcorn Bars in only 4 minutes!
Kids will enjoy choosing what filling they want to roll in, whether it’s chocolate spread, cheese or a yummy Dip. All you need is a sheet of puff pastry (PC Butter Puff Pastry fits perfectly in the Appy Maker!) and your favorite toppings.
Get your hands dirty and make your own pizza! Use this recipe for homemade dough. Let it rest, then decorate with a mix of your favourite toppings! While you are at it, throw in a bit of science and teach your young ones about the cool effects of yeast in dough.
Build an awesome pillow or blanket fort, snuggle in and watch your favourite movie. Of course, no movie day is complete without snacks, so serve fun finger foods like homemade 4 Minute Potato Chips and 2 Minute Popcorn. Top with your favourite seasoning!
Not just for invisible friends anymore! Have a fun and fancy tea party with delicious (herbal and decaffeinated) tea and tiny finger foods. Find our handy guide to hosting your own Tea Party here.
Not rushing off to school means more time for making big, delicious breakfasts! You can prepare waffle batter the night before. Then simply dollop into molds and bake in the morning, to wake up the house with the scent of fresh, syrupy waffles. Then top with all your favourite ingredients!
Mini doughnuts are perfect for little hands! Prepare easy chocolate or vanilla doughnuts in the Mini Doughnut Mold. Bake and let cool, and then go wild with the decorations! Try making coloured frosting or using sprinkles and decorating sugar! Prep Bowls keep your toppings organized and clean.
Even though it’s Spring Break, it may still be chilly outside, especially here in frosty Canada. Warm up by making this classic homemade hot treat: Hot Cocoa! Mix it up by adding marshmallows or a dollop of whipped cream, or you can make it with tea for a neat twist!
How will you be spending your Spring Break? Share your photos with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Thursday February 27 2014
Channel your inner Lord or Lady this season and host a delightful, old-fashioned tea party. It’s easier than you think! All you need is a selection of fine teas, teacups and a tea pot, assorted finger foods, and of course, delightful company!
The theme is up to you – tea is so versatile that you can change it up to fit your mood. A trendy, modern tea party could feature more elaborate hot beverages, such as tea lattes, or the very popular London Fog.
We decided to go with an elegant, Downton Abbey-style tea party, with tasty treats and simply beautiful décor. We think Lady Mary would be proud.
Tea Time Recipes
After Ate Oatmeal Coconut Squares
Luscious Lemon Curd Doughnuts
Crème de la Crème Tea Cookies
Rise & Shine Tea-soaked Raisin Bread
We would love to see your version of a tea party! Share your photos with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Monday February 24 2014
Think outside the wine bottle this year and wow your friends with your Oscar-winning mixology skills!
Infusing cocktails with tea is the latest trend at the hippest metropolitan bars around the world. Now, you can easily bring that incredible flair and taste to your Oscar-night party, using some simple tricks.
Keep your drink cold and fresh and reach for large ice cubes instead of your standard cubes from a tray. Larger cubes will melt slowly, which means they won’t dilute your hard work, even into hour 3 of the show! Try our Silicone Iceberg Mold, which makes 6 large ice cubes.
Did you know: you can freeze juice or berries into your ice cubes to add a subtle release of extra flavour and a neat twist to your cocktail!
There’s nothing confusing about infusing! Add colour and flavour to your choice of spirits (vodka, rum and gin work best) using our line of teas. Simply add 2 Tbsp of tea to 1 ½ cups of liquor, shake well, and let sit for at least 24 hours. The longer you let the mixture rest, the stronger the flavour will be.
Strain out the tea leaves when finished, and store in a Cruet. Easy! Your favourite mixed drinks are taken to a new level.
Certain mixed drinks, such as a Tom Collins or Pink Lady Cosmos, use simple syrup as part of the recipe. Simple syrup is very easy to make, and a perfect way to include tea flavour in your beverage. Simply stir 2 Tbsp of tea into the water and sugar and cook over medium heat until it reduces. Let it cool, strain, and voila! It’s ready to sweeten your cocktail.
Introducing Epicure’s Citron Sencha Green Tea in its breakout role as Best New Cocktail Mixer. Your guests will love this lemony tea twist on the classic!
Make your tea-infused drinks using our Really Simple Cocktails Collection — voted Best Bar Collection in a Supporting Role! It has everything you need to be your own bartender, plus an exclusive recipe booklet full of delicious drink ideas. Please enjoy responsibly.
Find more Oscar-worthy snacks and cocktails on our Pinterest board, and share your recipes and photos with on Facebook!
Monday February 17 2014
February is all about meals made with love, whether it’s for one, two, or for the whole family. We’re dreaming of a hearty Classic Roast Chicken dinner with all the fixings that doesn’t take all day to make!
There are plus sides to roasting your chicken: roasting is the best way to lock in all the juices so you don’t end up with dry meat, plus you get that perfect crackling, crispy skin on the outside. Cook one large bird for dinner, and you’ll have enough leftovers for sandwiches the next day.
Aromatic herbs like rosemary, thyme, and garlic, with hints of lemon and pepper pair well with roast chicken as they bring out the natural rustic flavours of the bird. Epicure’s Roast Chicken Seasoning is your one-step secret to perfect homemade roast chicken.
Roast your chicken with hearty vegetables like carrots or parsnips, plus some onion and lemon, and serve on the side for an incredible one-dish dinner. This recipe is simple, but so tender and juicy – it will become your weekend staple!
The Take 5 Roast Chicken Dinner Bundle is your step-by-step shortcut to the classic roast chicken dinner with all the sides. You’ll save time, money, and energy with five versatile products and the exclusive Recipe Booklet.
Is it roast chicken night at your house? Share your recipes and photos with us on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram & Twitter.