Last Thursday we had David Mair, the The Balvenie's global brand embassador, come to the test kitchen to lead us in a tutorial about whisky. Single malt whisky must be a good draw, as a number of the editorial staff attended!
At the tasting, we had the pleasure of sampling some of the best whisky Speyside has to offer.
We tried four different Balvenie whiskys, two 12 year old and two 17 year old. My favourite was the 17 year old sherry-cask scotch that you probably will not find in your liquor store because it was a limited edition. However, they were all smooth and delicious, each with their own distinct character. The other 17 year old was aged in a rum cask that gave it a bit of a molasses character - it was our food editor Gabi Bright's favourite.
Here is David, standing with web editor Colleen Tully, giving us a tutorial before we started to knock 'em back.
Me, Food Editor Gabi Bright, and Senior Editor Donna Paris enjoy the 17 year old sherry cask single malt.
We were also treated to a fondue made with whisky (Grant's Whisky was used, not the single malts we tasted) and caramelized onions that was a hit with everyone!
Here is the recipe for the fondue. It was served with bread cubes, boiled potatoes, and blanched veggies. We also had Scottish shortbread with our tasting. Shortbread and scotch is a taste sensation, so if you've never had it you must try it, yum!
Grant's Whisky Fondue
2 large onions, thinly sliced
1 tbsp butter
1 garlic clove, halved
1 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup whisky
1/2 lb emmenthal cheese, grated
1/2 lb gruyere, grated
1/2 lb brie, rind removed and cubed
1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
fresh ground pepper
Slice onions. Melt butter in a saute pan. Add onions and cook over medium heat, until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Rub garlic inside a large dutch oven or heavy bottomed saucepan. Discard garlic. Add chicken stock and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
In a bowl combine cheese with cornstarch. Toss to coat.
Add cheese mixture a handful at a time to simmering chicken stock. Stir in a figure 8 motion until cheese is melted, Continue with remaining cheese mixture.
Add whisky and caramelized onions. Stir to combine. Place in fondue pot and serve.
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Why make Valentines Day all about romance when Galentines Day looks so much fun. These famous ladies have stood the test of time, talk about friendship goals!
Whether it's characters from your favourite TV series, movies or real life celebrity friends that you may stalk on social media, everyone feels for the bond that these pals share. Some started as frenemies, while others co-stars, but there's no question that these duos are amazing together!
1. Penny Marshall & Cindy Williams
You probably know this pair better as Laverne and Shirley from the 1970s sitcom hit. This duo were the original BFFs and roommates, making us all hope for the day we moved in with our best friends.
2. Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin
Many friendships in Hollywood meet as co-stars and then become friends. For Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, their 40 years of friendship led them to starring in the Netflix comedy "Grace and Frankie" together.
3. Jennifer Aniston & Courteney Cox
From co-starring on one of the most notable sitcom series of the late 90s / early 2000s, to Jennifer spilling the details on babysitting Courteney's kids more than 20 years later, these girls have been besties ever since Friends and the world is so thankful.
4. Tina Fey & Amy Poehler
This hilarious pair have been best friends since their early 20s and have gone on to star in movies together, present awards to each other and host the infamous Golden Globes together, more than once!
5. Maya Rudolph & Kristen Wiig
These SNL alumni are a gut-busting duo that truly screams girl power. After their SNL days, they reunited for the 2011 female-packed comedy hit "Bridesmaids," playing on-screen lifelong BFFS.
6. Cameron Diaz & Drew Barrymore
These "Charlie's Angels" co-stars still have a friendship that is going strong! Both in their 40s now, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore continue to be the closest of pals and have done countless interviews praising each other.
7. Gwenyth Paltrow & Beyonce
This friendship pairing might seem a little random, but the adorable duo met through their husbands and have been incredibly close ever since. Even now, their children have play dates and brunches together, which makes us a little jealous of a toddler's social life.
8. Ellen Pompeo & Sandra Oh
Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang have been friendship goals since Grey's Anatomy first premiered in 2005. The on-screen best friend pairing put any viewer through an emotional roller coaster, so it was the best to find out these women are friends in real life too!
9. Naomi Campbell & Kate Moss
With over 25 years of friendship under their designer belt, these infamous models could possibly be the most high-fashion friend pair in the industry. Can you say power pair?
10. The Taylor Swift "Squad"
It is no secret that Taylor Swift has created the #squadgoals for this generation, as their get togethers and outings are splashed across every social media platform you can think of. You know the models and singers that are friends with Swift, but her squad also consists of Lena Dunham, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Uzo Aduba, and Serena Williams!
Warm up in style this winter with this super soft—and luxurious—alpaca yarn wrap.
Cuddle up with the Banff Wrap – an extra soft wrap knit in a luxurious alpaca yarn. The wrap is knit with two strands of Eco Alpaca DK yarn held together, and the ombre effect is created simply by alternating the colours of the strands – a lot simpler than it sounds! The large finished wrap is the perfect size to keep you warm from indoors to outdoors, fall to winter.
The Banff Wrap is knit in three sections – each one with a different colour combination. When you run out of yarn for one colour combination, you switch to the next. The instructions clearly explain how to switch between colour sections, so you can smoothly transition and avoid mistakes. If you desire a smaller or larger wrap, simply subtract or add stitches when you cast on, but it is important to remember that your cast on must remain an odd number.
Materials: - 7 Skeins of Americo Eco Alpaca DK (100% Superfine Alpaca) 100g / 262 yards (240 m) - 7 mm (US10.75) 24-inch (60 cm) circular needles - Yarn needle
Contrast Colour AA Eco Alpaca DK in a dark colour 3 Skeins
Contrast Colour AB Eco Alpaca DK, one strand of colour A and one of B
Contrast Colour BB Eco Alpaca DK in a light colour 4 Skeins
Note about the yarn:Eco Alpaca DK is available through Americo Original online and at select yarn stores. You can substitute for other DK weight yarns in your stash. Remember that you will need 3 skeins of one colour, and 4 skeins of a second colour.
Measurements: One Size – 67 inches (170 cm) in length and 23.5 inches (60 cm) in width
Gauge: 13 stitches and 17 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in garter stitch using 7 mm (US10.75) size needles or size needed to achieve gauge
K, k: knit
P, p: purl
CC: contrast colour
This pattern is knit using 2 strands of yarn at the same time.
Section 1: Colour AA
Using 2 strands of colour A held together, cast on 79 stitches
Purl 2 rows
Begin Seed Stitch Pattern:
R1: K2 *(p1, k1), repeat from * to last 3 stitches, p1, k2
Repeat row 1 until you have used up 2 full skeins of colour A.
*Note: As new colours are added, make sure that they are joined on the same side of the work in order for the stitches to look consistent on both sides.
Section 2: Colour AB
Add colour B to the 3rd skein of colour A and with 2 strands held together continue knitting until you have used up colour AB.
Section 3: Colour BB
Using two strands of colour B held together continue knitting in seed stitch pattern until you have enough yarn to complete the following:
Repeat row 1 once more
Knit 2 rows.
Cast off and weave in ends…and enjoy your beautiful new wrap!
Americo Original is a Canadian yarn company and online knitting shop that features a high-end selection of yarns, textiles, custom knitwear patterns and accessories. Only natural fibers, produced especially for us in the Andean highlands of South America are offered, including luxurious wools, llama, alpaca, organic and premium cottons, linen, silk and cashmere. Americo's one-of-a kind runway pieces and classic styles for the hand knitter are created in our design lab. Americo is based in Toronto, Canada and ships internationally from their online store: americo.ca/shop.
Dainty and flavourful, everyone loves to indulge in tiny bites of traditional tea sandwiches. Though they appear finicky to make, these tea sandwiches are easy to assemble and entirely make-ahead.
Pinwheel Sandwiches Trim crusts from 5 slices white or whole wheat sandwich loaf, cut Pullman-style. (Ask bakery to cut sandwich loaf horizontally, or Pullman style.) Using rolling pin, flatten slices slightly. Spread with 1/3 cup (75 mL) butter, softened; spread with filling.
Place 1 asparagus spear (or 2 baby gherkins) along 1 short end of each. Starting at asparagus, roll up tightly without squeezing. Wrap each roll tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour. With serrated knife, trim ends; cut each roll into 6 slices.
Makes 30 pieces. Pinwheel Sandwich recipe: Curried Egg Salad Triangle Sandwiches Spread 16 thin slices whole wheat or white sandwich bread with 1/3 cup (75 mL) butter, softened; spread filling evenly over 8 of the slices. Top with remaining slices, pressing lightly. Place on rimmed baking sheet and cover with damp tea towel; cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Trim off crusts. Cut each sandwich into 4 pieces.
Makes 32 pieces. Triangle Sandwich recipe: Ham Pickle Spread Square Sandwiches Make sandwiches as in Triangle Sandwiches above except use 8 thin slices white and 8 thin slices whole wheat sandwich bread. Cut each sandwich into quarters.
Makes 32 pieces.Square Sandwich recipe: Pimiento Cheese Spread Finger Sandwiches Make sandwiches as in Triangle Sandwiches above. Cut each sandwich lengthwise into 4 fingers.
Makes 32 pieces. Finger Sandwich recipe: Tuna Olive Salad
Choose the best-quality bread. Never serve end slices. Freezing bread before cutting and then spreading makes for easier handling.
Bread should be lightly buttered no matter what the filling. Butter should be at room temperature before spreading. Sandwiches will not become limp and soggy as readily if you spread butter right to edge of bread.
Cut crusts off bread with long, sharp knife after (not before) assembling sandwiches. This keeps everything neater.
Since tea sandwiches should be delicate, cut each sandwich into thirds or quarters or in half diagonally. Or use cookie cutters to cut into decorative shapes.
When it comes to women and our money, most of the surveys and reports we’ve read sum up our financial situation like this: we simply aren’t on a level playing field with men. It turns out women aren’t, for example, as confident in managing financial services, we’re often reluctant to talk about cash (it’s still considered taboo) and, no surprise here, we generally don’t earn as much as our male counterparts.
All of this got us thinking—is the relationship between Canadian women and our money as dire as it seems? To find out, we've created a survey that goes deep into the minds (and pocketbooks) of women across the country specifically to find out how you feel about all-things financial. Who pays the bills in your household? Have you ever asked for a raise at work? Do you know how much is currently in your savings account?
Take our survey and find out the results in an upcoming issue. Plus, one reader will win a $250 Visa gift card just for participating.