Love Love Food to participate in 3rd annual Tasting in the Glens

Join Love Love Food at the 3rd annual Tasting in the Glens on September 8th, 2012

Love Love Food will one of the food related vendors at the 3rd edition of Tasting in the Glens. This very well attended event for wine, beer and food enthusiasts will be held at the Metcalfe Centre (Fairgrounds) in Maxville, Ontario on September 8th, 2012 from 2pm to 7pm.

Love Love Food will be offering samples of many of our jellies and jams (and new ones too). Expect some delicious foodie surprises at this not to be missed event.

This event will bring together Ontario VQA wineries, microwbreweries, restaurants and caterers to offer guests a taste of their delights – this is a fundraiser in support of Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Tickets will be $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Advance tickets are ONLY available at the Alexandria and Maxville Scotiabank locations.

This year, the Glengarry Memorial Hospital Foundation is very pleased to be featuring:
RENATA CLINGEN, AWARD WINNING MIXOLOGIST

Renata will be creating her award winning beverages for all to enjoy – Renata currently resides and works in Toronto.

Don’t forget to buy your tickets early and see you on the 8th.

Love and Glengarry…

Mint Mojito

Cuba is the birthplace of the Mojito. This unique and very refreshing drink is perfect for this time of the year (it’s been very hot up here in Eastern Ontario). Many of you (like myself) have planted mint in their gardens, and yes now is the time of the year where it’s very abundant.. so why not incorporate it in this drink.

The Mojito has a great balance of sweet, bitter and tangy elements. The key is to muddle well my foodie friends. What is it to muddle you may ask? To muddle is to combine ingredients, usually in the bottom of a mixing glass, by pressing them with a muddler before adding the majority of the liquid ingredients.

You can also try adding in other fresh fruits when you muddle, and use their liquors or bitters to bring out their flavors.

Ingredients:

2 oz light rum
1/2 oz peppermint schnapps
1/2 oz vodka (or other lime vodka)
1/2 lime (about 4 wedges)
12 fresh mint leaves (chocolate mint works well too)
Ice
3 oz club soda
2 tsp sugar

In a highball glass, place the limes, mint and sugar.

Muddle together, but don’t break down the mint too much, otherwise, you might be sipping mint bits (yep, you’ll have mint leaves stuck in your teeth). If you don’t have muddler, use a wooden spoon, or the bottom of an ice cream scoop handle. The goal is to crush the juice from the limes, the sugar has the role of being an abrasive to the mint (releasing its fresh taste; the mint). To crush too much, the goal is not to dissolve the sugar, the liquids you add afterwards (and the stirring) will take care of this.

Then, pour in the alcohols.

I’ve heard of folks adding the ice at this point, I don’t because it makes the sugar hard to dissolve. What you want to do now is stir the mixture (don’t shake it because this will cause the mint leaves to breakdown (remember mint stuck in teeth…)

When the sugar is dissolved (after about 20 stirs, or when you look at the bottom of the glass and see no sediment), add lots of ice, and top off with the club soda (just to the top).

Stir to mix in the club soda, and drop in a straw and enjoy!

(You can also add a frilly little umbrella if …

Food & Drink – Spring issue

Food % Drink Spring 2012 edition from the LCBO.

You may want to get your foodie selves to your nearest LCBO because the Food & Drink Spring issue is now available. Reminder that they don’t last long on the shelf, it’s free and they only allow you to take one. After quickly perusing this issue I found some pretty amazing recipes. You’ll want to check out these (just to name a few): Irish Eyes (drink) and the Blackberry basil pie. Looking at this edition sure does make you feel like spring is just around the corner!

 

Love and Drinks!…

Food & Drink – Autumn 2011

The autumn edition of Food & Drink is now available at the LCBO. Hurry-in to get your copy, these run-out very quickly (literally).

Just yesterday when I walked in and saw that is was in the racks, I found myself practically running to get my copy. The drink featured on the cover looks very yummy! Here’s the recipe:

Orchard Mist

BY MICHELLE P. E. HUNT AND LAURA PANTER
(from lbco website)

To a cocktail shaker, add ¼ cup cran berries and ¼ cup sweet red apples, peeled and chopped. Muddle well. Fill the shaker with ice and add 1½ oz Calvados, ½ oz lemon juice, ½ oz to 1 oz simple syrup to taste (see TIP).

Shake sharply and strain into a goblet filled with crushed ice. Add a pinch of cinnamon and garnish with apple slices and whole cranberries.

TIP To make simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water, bring to boil, stir until sugar has dissolved. Once cooled, store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Love and Drinks…