This is my pumpkin. It is dedicated to everyone who is an 80’s baby like me. I like to call it “ET iPhoneHome”. My boyfriend said that kids trick or treating at our house wouldn’t get it. And I say? It doesn’t matter. Their parents will get it, and I think it’s freaking genius!! In my head at least. Happy Halloween everyone!!
One Friday night, not too long ago, I decided to make a chocolate cake to bring over to a friend’s house for the evening. I armed it with vanilla bean ice cream, and a farm-fresh raspberry puree from raspberries I found at the farmer’s market. It was pretty good, but nothing over-the-top.
Then, with so much of the cake leftover, I decided to try making a trifle. I layered the cake (chopped into 1 inch cubes), with chocolate pudding, vanilla whipped cream, strawberries, and chocolate whipped cream. Can you say YUM! I served it up at my friend’s house the next night after dinner. My friend even let me use her actual trifle serving dish. It was awesome. And we all ended up with a major sugar high!
Great way to use leftover gluten free chocolate cake? Yes. Great for the diet that I’m trying to be on, or lactose intolerant in me? No. But good, even still!
My friends Erin & Todd got married this month in a beautiful Okanagan orchard-themed wedding. The wedding took place naturally, on a sprawling orchard, complete with an English garden and adorable house in the background that made me feel like I was on the set of Anne of Green Gables. Everything was thoughtful and sweet, right down to the name place cards shaped as leaves and atop green apples. Now… getting on with the food!
Todd & Erin’s Wedding Menu
Can you tell that my good friend Erin has an amazing taste in food? Much of the menu was gluten free and locally sourced. This was the most amazing wedding food I’ve ever experienced, and very allergy friendly. Erin has many allergies on her own (gluten not included), so she chose a Details Catering from Waterfront Restaurant & Wine Bar (a small but infamous restaurant is Kelowna) that is known for being allergy aware. The menu was full of many real foods, most of which were naturally gluten free (I can eat!), and egg/dairy free (the bride can eat!)
Pre-dinner cocktail. Canapés
- Grey Goose Vodka-spiked lemonade with fresh local raspberries Gluten Free!
- Smokey Eggplant Caponata with Focaccia Crostini (on a rice cracker for me!) Gluten Free!
- Fresh Halibut Ceviche with Crisp Corn Tortilla Gluten Free!
- Prosciutto wrapped apricots with goat cheese cream Gluten Free!
- Fresh local spinach with organic strawberries and a balsamic, tarragon pepper vinaigrette Gluten Free!
- Spice chick pea, red pepper and potato salad, Arlo’s Honey and fresh lime Gluten Free!
- Asparagus risotto, Carmelis Lior cheese, fresh mint Gluten Free!
- Fresh made focaccia
- Local free range chicken with grainy mustard jus Gluten Free!
- Grilled AAA N.Y. striploin, cabernet sauvegnon jus Gluten Free!
- Penne noodles with housemaid pancetta and basil pisto
- Roasted new potatoes with rosemary and caramelized onions Gluten Free!
- Local baby carrtos with dill Gluten Free!
- Grilled asparagus with lemon butter Gluten Free!
- Flourless chocolate tart with local raspberry and vanilla whipped cream Gluten Free!
- Blueberry and white chocolate cheesecake
- Lemon panna cotta with bayberry gelee Gluten Free!
- Kootany Alpine Cheese Co. Organic Nostrala, Triple Island Gouda, Carmelis Misty, Fresh Fruit Gluten Free!
You know when you buy fruit, and it tastes okay, but nothing close to what it could taste like? Juicy, perfectly ripe and in season, and full of flavour? Well, I bought a watermelon last week that wasn’t quite living up to its potential, so I thought I’d show it a second calling-watermelon salad.
I keep seeing watermelon pop up everywhere this year – it’s on fire like pomegranate and acai berries have been in years past. And searching for the perfect salad recipe (read=easy, flavourful, not too many ingredients), I stumbled across this one from Paula Deen.
Best of all, I got to use all that mint growing in my garden. I’ve been trying to keep up with the mojitos, but mint grows like a weed!! In the most pleasant way of course. Whenever I’m feeling stressed lately, I go to my garden and rub mints leaves between my fingers to release their sweet aroma. Now that’s real aromatherapy!
Okay, back to the recipe: don’t even try to make this with dried mint. Fresh mint, or even fresh frozen mint, fine. But you won’t get the effect by going for the dried stuff.
So.. just step away.. from the spice cabinet. And buy some fresh mint! You can always use the leftovers in mojitos or in sparkling water with lemon. Bonus points if you’re already growing the stuff! Continue reading
Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop should be a must-eat for any Celiacs visiting Vancouver, BC. Not only am I constantly impressed by the service (with a smile!) at Joe Fortes, the food is amazing too, with lots of gluten free options! Plus, any restaurant good enough for Anthony Bourdain (yes, he was at the table next to ours!), is a restaurant worth checking out!
Most recently, I went to Joe Fortes as a part of a bachelorette party. It’s my friend’s favourite restaurant, and they are able to cater wonderfully to her crazy allergies too – tomatoes, dairy, eggs, and more. For the bachelorette, we rented out the rooftop patio at the restaurant. Amazing! If you’re ever getting married in Vancouver, check out their beautiful rooftop garden area, just adjacent to the patio!
To top everything off, I received a handwritten note in the mail yesterday, from our server. Maybe they do that for everybody who fills out a comment card, or maybe it’s because I told Richard, our server, that I wrote a gluten free blog! Note: I only tell people this because I feel like they’ll be more careful to avoid cross-contamination, which I’m very paranoid about!
Check out some of the highlights from the night below!
A fabulous night and a great restaurant with spectacular service, an allergy-aware kitchen, and a rich history in the city of Vancouver. Check out their website here, or go straight to the menus here!