Cider Cider-making is an old and noble tradition. You too can follow in the footsteps of Norman artisans and perform the nuanced ritual of turning fresh-picked fruit into alcohol. Or if you’re like me, you can cut a whole bunch of corners. Simpler even than using a kit to make […]

Stuffed mushrooms

Holly Stewart Holly Stewart This weekend we had a guest stay with us, and wanted to impress them with a delicious dinner. We decided to make maple and spice glazed carrots and parsnips, three cheese mashed potatoes, and stuffed mushrooms. The stuffed mushrooms are a particularly good option if you’re […]

Baked brie Having holiday bread and cheese withdrawal? Fear not. This baked brie is easy, oh-so-delicious, and guaranteed to disappear in 10 minutes or less. It’s served with caramelized onions and wrapped in puff pastry. If you don’t like onions, you can use cranberry relish and almonds, or even raspberries tossed […]

Peppermint Bark

Holly Stewart There’s no reason that peppermint bark can’t be enjoyed year round. Nor should Williams Sonoma have a monopoly ($30 per box) on this refreshing treat. The store-bought version has a layer of dark chocolate, a layer of white chocolate, and crushed peppermint candy on top. Adding peppermint extract […]


Monique Evans With the first real snowfall of the year, it’s officially time for warm holiday drinks. One of my favourites is hot mulled cider. The other night, I added peach juice to my regular recipe and it was oh-so-delicious. The proportions in this recipe are rough, so feel free […]

Spicy Stir Fry

Holly Stewart Growing up, my house had a fridge full of condiments. We had everything you could ever need to flavour your food, even when we hadn’t bought food to flavour. Despite the frustration that comes with a fridge that looks full but lacks actual substance, there is an advantage […]

Hot Chocolate

Holly Stewart Holly Stewart I was walking through the Milton-Park intersection on Halloween when it started to snow. I didn’t care that it was still October and that most people were roaming the streets in slutty costumes; I was in the mood for hot chocolate and Christmas carols. With Second […]