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The Canadian

16 Jun


This is Steinhart Distillery‘s recipe.

  • 2 to 4 ice cubes
  • 250mL of milk
  • 30mL of Maple Vodka

In a 300mL or larger glass, mix all three ingredients. Enjoy!


A Sunset Tonic

10 Jun


  • two to four ice cubes
  • 250mL of orange juice
  • 30mL haskap cassis*

In a 300mL or larger glass, mix all three ingredients. Enjoy!

*The cassis that I used was from Steinhart distillery.

Steinhart Distillery

5 Jun

The award winning Steinhart Distillery is located in scenic Arisaig, Nova Scotia. They are known for their high quality richly flavoured gins and vodkas made from local ingredients and traditional European distilling processes.  If you are in the neighbourhood, Steinhart offers tours, samplings and tasty German fare such as schnitzel and potato salad. If you are not in the neighbourhood, their vodkas and gins can be purchased online.


Inside Steinhart Distillery.


Some of Steinhart’s unique flavours include Haskap Cassis, Blueberry Gin and Maple Vodka. These can also be used as sweet liqueurs to garnish vanilla ice cream. ūüôā


Chocolate Milkshake (Light Version Available)

12 Mar
Two chocolate milkshakes garnished with chocolate syrup swirls.

Two chocolate milkshakes garnished with chocolate syrup swirls.

  • 1 cup mlik
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
  • 1.5 cup vanilla ice cream

Serves two. Adjust quantities to suit your own preferences.

1. Add all ingredients to a blender.

2. Whiz on high until thoroughly combined.

3. Pour into two tumblers and drizzle a swirl of chocolate syrup on top as a garnish.

Healthier version: replace half the amount of ice cream with frozen yogurt, use skim milk, add a banana and/or a handful of frozen fruits (strawberries, blueberries, peaches, etc.).

Hot Cocoa

20 Nov

Hot cocoa.

The following recipe makes one mug of steaming hot cocoa.

  • 1.5 cup skim milk
  • 1.5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1.5 tbsp sugar (brown or white)
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • a tiny splash of pure vanilla extract
  • a few marshmallows for extra sweetness

Milk with cocoa powder, vanilla, sugar and cinnamon simmering in a pot.

  1. Add all the ingredients (except for the marshmallows) into a pot and bring to a boil. Stir often as milk burns rather easily.
  2. Pour hot cocoa into a big mug.
  3. Add in a few marshmallows.
  4. Sprinkle a tiny amount of  cinnamon on top of the marshmallows.
  5. Let cool for a few minutes before taking the first sip.

Fizzy Lemonade

28 Aug

Homemade fizzy lemonade.

  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 cups carbonated water

1. In a tumbler or jar, combine the lemon juice, honey and carbonated water. Stir well.

2. Feel free to adjust the quantities of lemon juice, honey and water to your own preferences.

Two lemons and a jar with honey.

Fizzy lemonade.


23 Nov

A 946mL carton of plain Kefir, $3.99 (CDN).

I would describe  Kefir as a drinkable yogurt. Kefir tastes a lot like plain yogurt and has a thicker consistency than milk.  I enjoy Kefir as a richer and more flavourful alternative to drinking a glass of milk or soy. It is also packed with healthy bacterias, vitamins and minerals. I often have it with savoury phyllo pastries (such as tiropita, spanakopita, or burek) or mixed with cereal, fresh fruit and/or granola.

Kefir is more common in Europe than here in North America and it usually isn’t available at a regular grocery store. ¬†This bottle was purchased at a specialty store (Vincenzo’s) that supplies foreign products and brands. ¬†If you’re looking to try new foods, Kefir is an unique, healthy, versatile and inexpensive choice.