Dec 03

Recipe: Sparkling Pomegranate Citrus Berry Punch

Sparkling Pomegranate Citrus Berry Punch

Greet guests with a beautiful and fragrant holiday cocktail. This punch can be prepared in advance, allowing for easy serving during celebrations. It’s the perfect way to entertain your guests when you are busy preparing the food for your dinner or party.

The punch looks magazine-ready with sliced orange rounds, fresh green mint and bright red pomegranate seeds. Tom Filippou, executive chef for President’s Choice Cooking School, shares more tips on how to elevate this recipe.

“It’s best to rub the mint gently with your fingers to release the oils of the herb. By bruising the mint, you’ll bring this punch to life with flavour.”

Find the recipe for Sparkling Pomegranate Citrus Berry Punch here.

Dec 03

Recipe: Chocolate Orange Brioche Bread Pudding

Chocolate Orange Brioche Bread Pudding

This holiday, whip up this rich and delicious brioche pudding that features a soft and buttery sweet loaf made in France that is hand-braided before baking for European-style flavour and flair.

“Toasting the brioche in the oven is a key step to the recipe. It helps to dry out the bread, which makes it even better at soaking up the custard for a moist, cake-like texture,” shares Tom Filippou, executive chef for President’s Choice Cooking School. “To make this more indulgent, serve it with vanilla bean ice cream or freshly whipped cream and garnish with a sprinkling of dark chocolate shavings.”

Get the Chocolate Orange Brioche Bread Pudding recipe here.

Oct 25

Autumn Mix

Here’s my 2017 Autumn Mix, inspired by love and leaves and Halloween. 💕

Listen to the mix here.

Sep 17

Kunstglaser: Stained Glass Meets Modern Art

Kunstglaser: A Breakwater Original

When you don’t love, don’t do it. And when somebody says, ‘Nobody can do this,’ then I say, ‘hey, my name is Nobody.’

Norbert Sattler is a master stained glass craftsman living Pleasantville, Nova Scotia who creates amazing modern glass pieces in conjunction with artists.  In this film Sattler shares his work space with us, discusses working with glass, and we get to see how he collaborates his craft with Toronto artist Sue Obata.

The short film was directed by Ben Proudfoot of Breakwater Studios with cinematography by David Bolen.

Filed under Crafts.

Jul 30

Suzanne Ciani: A Life in Waves

Suzanne Ciani

Even if you’re not familiar with the name Suzanne Ciani, the odds are very likely that you’ve heard her work.  She was born in 1946 and by the early ’70’s, she had become a true innovator in electronic music, working heavily with computer generated sounds and synths.  She has produced several electronic new age albums over the years, but she is perhaps best known for her music and sound effects using a Buchla Analog Modular Synthesizer for television shows, movies, bands, video games, and scores for corporations and advertisements, including the Coca-Cola open & pour sound.

filmbuff and Window Pictures have a new documentary on Suzanne Ciani, A Life in Waves, which will start showing in theaters this August.  Here’s a trailer:

Jul 11

Trailer: The Trip to Spain

When it was released in 2011, I found The Trip wonderfully entertaining and it remains one of my default go-to movies to this day. The Trip and its sequels are essentially a compilation of highlights from the BBC show. In The Trip, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon explore the English countryside as in search of good cuisine as food reviewers for The Observer. They exchange quips, find interesting locals, and explore foggy, magnificent British landscapes along the way.

Better yet, The Trip was set to a pensive soundtrack of Michael Nyman with a bit of Joy Division, which was perfect for the setting.

Following The Trip came the sequel, The Trip to Italy, and while they used much the same formula as the first, it was satisfyingly enjoyable. The subtle humor that the two can’t help but to convey makes this series worthwhile, again and again.

The next, The Trip to Spain, will be released in theaters on August 11th.

After jaunts through northern England and Italy, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on another deliciously deadpan culinary road trip. This time around, the guys head to Spain to sample the best of the country’s gastronomic offerings in between rounds of their hilariously off-the-cuff banter. Over plates of pintxos and paella, the pair exchange barbs and their patented celebrity impressions, as well as more serious reflections on what it means to settle into middle age. As always, the locales are breathtaking, the cuisine to die for, and the humor delightfully devilish.

 

Jul 11

Mister Ghost’s June 2017 Parcel – Kitschy Mermaid Beach Party!

This month Mister Ghost’s Highly Enviable Monthly Parcel of Simple Yet Amazing Wonderments is mermaid themed!  Ironically in the last month, Mermaids have been circling around me.  I recently stopped in a shop called “Columbia Mermaid” and met a real life mermaid.  Laura, who runs said mermaid shop, has been surrounded by mermaids her entire life.  Because of this she opened a shop that specializes in goodies for the mysterious ocean dwellers.  Since that time, I have been surrounding myself with mermaid things – mermaid glitter, mermaid oracles and painted my toes like mermaid fins.  The universe sent this parcel right on time to add to the mermaid mystery that is my currently in my life.

Read the rest of Mister Ghost’s June 2017 Parcel – Kitschy Mermaid Beach Party!

Jul 11

Achieve Glowing Skin with Homemade Honey Recipes

Between chlorine from pools and the sun’s UV rays, summer can be a damaging time for your skin. But you can easily restore your natural glow with a popular secret ingredient among do-it-yourselfers for soft, supple skin and shiny, healthy hair — honey.

Find recipes here…

Jun 25

Kedr Livanskiy – “Ariadna”

Kedr Livanskiy has a lovely new track, “Ariadna,” from the album of the same name which will be out September 8th.

Kedr Livanskiy – “Ariadna”

Jun 10

Essential Oils to Relieve Common Problems

There are many types of essential oils available at your local health food store, but what exactly can you do with them?

Find essential oil remedies for tight muscles, reducing stress, and treating those summer bug bites here.