Monday, August 3, 2015

Chanterelle Mushrooms - A Breakfast Feast!

Have you ever eaten chanterelle mushrooms?
Information can be found here.
Recently my brother visited, bringing along some freshly picked chanterelles, and while we attended church, he prepared a delectable lunch for us....lovely omelets filled with mushrooms.
The chanterelles were lightly sautéed in butter...
The egg mixture was prepared...eggs, green onions, parmesan cheese, and a dash of cream..
And then...the finished plate!
Bacon was crisp, and the toasted Italian bread was just perfect!
I felt truly spoiled!
 
 
 
 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Tea Time - Strawberry Pie

Fresh-picked strawberries are so tasty!
I saw a recipe for strawberry pie and tried it out.


Tea is always better from a fine china cup!



Sandi hosts a tea themed party every week.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Friday Flowers May 29

Lilacs, tulips, lungwort, Solomon's seal


Monday, May 18, 2015

Tea Time- May 18, 2015 - with SnOw!

Victoria Day is usually the weekend we Manitobans head for the campgrounds and cottages, or have that  longed-for family picnic. Not this year! We have had strong winds, and rain changing to sleet and snow. So it might be a good idea to do a little baking...
I found a recipe for a simple cheesecake with a hidden fruit surprise in the filling.
 

 
I assembled the ingredients. I made a bing cherry filling using frozen cherries.
 

The recipe size was just right for my heart shaped spring form pan.
Time to steep a cup of fruit herbal tea and leaf through a copy of a summer-themed magazine and pretend we don't have snow on the ground!
The cup and saucer is Shelley Blue, one of my favorites.
 
Enjoy your day, wherever you are, and thanks to Sandi for hosting the weekly tea time. For more background on Victoria Day, Sandi has explained it very well.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

PREPARING FOR EASTER - BROWN EGGS, ETC

Our tradition is to dye eggs using onion skins. I used a combination of yellow and red onion skins.
There is always an amused reaction when I go through the till with a bag of skins only!
 ....And the table is almost ready!


Happy Easter to all! The Lord is risen!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

PREPARING FOR EASTER -REMINDERS

Symbols of Easter in white chocolate:
The bunny was purchased, and I made the lamb in a mold...
 
My bunny accessories are not Easter bunnies, but rather a reminder of the many rabbits we have around our garden, and how much we enjoy them....
The lamb is a reminder of the Lamb of God , who took away the sins of the world...
 
Tulips are also a reminder of the spring season....this mug is a favourite!
 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

PREPARING FOR EASTER - PYSANKY

On Monday, my daughter treated me to an Easter Egg decorating evening at her church. We learned the art of decorating Ukrainian Easter eggs, or"'Pysanky".
The tool used is a stylus which consists of a copper-wrapped thin funnel attached to a wood dowel.
 

The stylus is heated over a candle flame, then beeswax is scooped into the funnel. It is reheated and the wax is then drawn on a clean white egg using the pointed end of the tool..


 After any areas to be left white are covered with wax, the egg is dyed in a light  coloured dye.


 The process is repeated...Heating, scooping, drawing with wax, dipping in progressively darker dye, etc., until the desired effect is achieved.


The wax is then melted off using the candle flame or a heat gun and left as is, or lightly varnished or oiled.

Some photos of eggs from my collection...all except one were given to me by my Mom. The one looking worst (in the bottom photo) is my attempt on Monday!...but what a lot of fun we had!