Monthly Archives: August 2013

Rustic Peach-Cardamom Tart

I first started making rustic tarts like this in my university days, when I didn’t own a pie plate or rolling pin; I still enjoy making them because they are so pretty. With its freeform, sweetened shortcrust pastry, this peach … Continue reading

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The Flying Banzini prepares to take off – a new resto sneak peek

There’s been a bit of a buzz in the air in my Ottawa neighbourhood over the past few months as extensive renovations have transformed the former Collected Works bookstore on Wellington West into a restaurant. As The Flying Banzini has … Continue reading

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Grilled Peach Bellini

First concocted decades ago at the iconic Harry’s Bar in Venice, the Bellini is a delightful cocktail that has a pleasing taste and pretty appearance. Traditionally made with fresh, raw peaches, this version boasts a unique flavour as the peaches … Continue reading

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Grilled Corn, Zucchini and Carrot Salad with Lime Dressing

There’s something irresistible about the flavour of farm-fresh vegetables that have been cooked on a grill. The natural sweetness of the veggies seems somehow enhanced by this method, and the slight smoky notes offer a lovely counterpoint. When I first … Continue reading

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Patio Party for 10 people for $100

When one of Ottawa’s TV stations challenged me to pull together a patio party for 10 people for $100, I eagerly accepted. Trust me – it’s really not that hard to entertain on a budget – it just takes a … Continue reading

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Jalapeño and Chive Cornbread

My mother made cornbread often when I was growing up, although she called it johnnycake. I think she served it because it’s an inexpensive yet tasty way to fill up a large, hungry family. I still love cornbread for many … Continue reading

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Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Do you ever have those moments where you taste something fantastic at a restaurant and you just want to rush right home and try to replicate it? Happens to me all the time. Which is a really good thing, because … Continue reading

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