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What your Eyebrows say about you.

What your Eyebrows say about you.

Have you ever thought about what your eyebrows say about you?  Some of us are born with the perfect set of brows, but most of us are born with either too much or too little hair, or too dark or too light.  Luckily, women can…

How to Make Honey Lemon Green Tea

How to Make Honey Lemon Green Tea

My friend introduced me to this Honey Lemon Green Tea and I simply love it.  It is very simple to make. 1.  Add boiling water and green teabag to a pot. 2. Add lemon slices to the pot. 3. Add honey (1 tablespoon per cup)…

5 Exciting Beef Stew Recipes

5 Exciting Beef Stew Recipes

Diversity in Canada means that we have many more exciting ways to cook our beef stew.   Immigrants from different countries have different ways of tackling the beef simply by varying the ingredients and spices.  Here are 5 beef stew recipes from different countries.

1.  Kenyan Matoke Beef Stew – I learned about this dish from our French intern who told us her favorite dish made with plantain.  Plantain is used instead of potatoes and is simmered until soft but not mushy.  It is a starchy food and thickens the sauce. Kenyan matoke beef stew

  1. Indonesian Beef  Curry Stew – The variation is in the spices used.  Cooked with sweet soy sauce, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and garlic, this stew is best served with rice.

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3.  French Burgundy Beef Stew  is a hearty stew made with red wine, onion, celery, parsley, mushroom,  basil, garlic, and bay leaves.  Carrots, potatoes, peas and mushrooms are common vegetables added to the stew.

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4.  Spicy Chinese Szechuan Beef Stew cooked with soy sauce, red chili and garlic and vegetables such as turnips, carrots, water chestnuts and Chinese mushrooms.

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 5.  Filipino Mechado Beef Stew is cooked with soy sauce, tomato sauce, bell peppers, bay leaves potatoes, peas and carrots.  Optional ingredients are okra, sweet potatoes or string beans depending on availability of ingredients.

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These are just some of the variations. There are many more, such as the Hungarian Beef Goulash, Ethiopian Beef Stew made with Berbere spice mixture and served with flatbread.

Canada as a place of immigrants provide us with a rich food culture.  The choice of many good ethnic restaurants in Canadian big cities is something that we all are proud of and enjoy so much.

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8 Tips towards making that perfect Beef Stew

8 Tips towards making that perfect Beef Stew

Beef stew in all its different variations is a favorite Canadian dish for several reasons.  First, it is ideal for freezing and storage and can thus be prepared ahead.  Whether it is for a family dinner or a group function.  Second, everybody loves beef stew. …

Island Getaways in BC – Bowen Island

Island Getaways in BC – Bowen Island

Island Getaway in BC – Bowen Island lies only 20 minutes away by ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver.  It has a population of only a little over 3,500 people.  This little island is within easy reach of most Vancouverites.  There are no…

Parks Canada Equipped Campsite Program Provides Tents for Campers

Parks Canada Equipped Campsite Program Provides Tents for Campers

Want to do camping this summer but do not have the equipment?  Parks Canada has just launched an “equipped campsite” program at 9 national parks, using equipment donated by Mountain Equipment Co-op.

Basic camping equipment such as tent, sleeping pad, kitchen shelter, lantern and cookset will be provided.   This program is offered at 9 natiional parks throughout Canada.  This should appeal to international travellers as they will no longer need to purchase equipment.   Check this link for more details on what is provided and what you need to pack.

For those who would like a more luxurious accommodation, the OTenTik camp accommodation is also available.

“The oTENTik tent offers a unique blend of homey comfort and a taste of outdoor adventure. It’s a unique concept for visitors to enjoy camping with the comfort of a bed and a campsite already set up and ready to go. Each unit includes three beds and can accommodate up to six people.”

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For more information about the OTentik accomodations in Canada Parks campground, click here.

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Year of the Horse

Year of the Horse

Year of the Horse in the Chinese Zodiac comes every 12 years. 2014 was the year of the horse, and the next turn will be in the year 2026. You will see symbols of the horse everywhere including IKEA the Swedish furniture store.  Chinatowns around…

Asian Ginger Sesame Roasted Quail

Asian Ginger Sesame Roasted Quail

Asian Ginger Sesame Roasted Quail recipe is very popular among Chinese-Canadians.  In act, humans have been eating roast quails for over 10,000 years.  Quails are one of the top 10 ancient food for Egyptian Pharoahs.  It is believed that quails are already popular food around…

Gluten Free Sri Lankan Hopper

Gluten Free Sri Lankan Hopper

Canada is a country of immigrants, and thus enjoy the food diversity of its immigrant population.  One such country is  Sri Lanka, which has long been renowned for its spices.

Since ancient times, traders from all over the world who came to Sri Lanka brought their native cuisines to the island, resulting in a rich diversity of cooking styles and techniques. Sri Lanka’s cuisine mainly consists of boiled or steamed rice served with curry. This usually consists of a “main curry” of fish, chicken, pork or mutton (typically goat), as well as several other curries made with vegetables, lentils and even fruit curries.

The photo here  features Sri Lankan Hopper by Kanthi Randeni. Our gluten sensitive readers will be happy to know that Hopper is gluten free, as it is mainly made with rice flour and coconut.   Hopper is a food native to Sri Lanka, served mainly for breakfast or dinner and often accompanied by lunu miris, a mix of red onions and spices.  There are many types of hoppers including egg hoppers, milk hoppers, string hoppers, and some other sweeter varieties.

fusion-cuisine-by-kanthi-randeniFor those who would like to try out Hopper, check out Kanthi Randeni’s recipe book called “Fusion Cuisine” which is available from Amazon.  “Fusion Cuisine”  features recipes that Kanthi developed over the past 25 years.  Kanthi is a vegetarian, so the book is a collection of vegetarian recipes. She uses a great variety of vegetables, herbs, sea foods and exotic fruits in her own unique creations. Texture, flavor and color are the dominant features of her presentations. Additionally, the health benefits of each ingredient used in these recipes has been alphabetically presented, with color photo and benefits described and backed up with references. This book will appeal to working couples because all these recipes can be prepared in advance allowing their preparation on weekends for the week ahead. The dishes can be frozen and reheated without losing flavor or texture.

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