In 11-x-7-inch (2 L) glass baking dish, whisk together wine, garlic, peppercorns and oregano. Add ostrich, turning to coat; cover and refrigerate allowing to marinate for at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours, turning occasionally.
In skillet, melt butter over low heat; cook shallots, stirring occasionally, for about 7 minutes or until softened. Increase heat to medium-high. Add stock and cranberries; bring to boil, stirring to scrape up brown bits from bottom of skillet. Boil gently for 8 minutes or until reduced by half.
Remove ostrich from marinade; discard marinade. In skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add meat and sprinkle with salt ; cook, turning once, for 3 minutes or until browned on outside and still very pink inside. Transfer to platter. Serve sauce over top.
Add festive flair to this long-standing favourite cocktail with a bottle of sparkling wine. It's the perfect way to ring in the New Year, but is equally delicious any time of year.
Portion size6 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: January 2015
fresh mint leaves
per serving: about
Saturated fat0 g
Total carbohydrate11 g
Reserve 1 lime; cut each of the remaining limes into 6 wedges. In large glass measure, use muddler or handle of wooden spoon to muddle together lime wedges, Simple Syrup and mint sprigs. Stir in rum; cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Strain into pitcher; stir in wine.
Thinly slice reserved lime; garnish pitcher with lime slices and mint leaves. Serve immediately over ice.
Browning the chicken and cooking the biryani in the same pan keeps cleanup to a minimum and infuses the rice with flavour.
Prep time20 minutes
Total time45 minutes
Portion size4 servings
bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
onions, thinly sliced
sodium-reduced chicken broth
Per serving: about
Total fat21 g
Saturated fat6 g
Total carbohydrate42 g
Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 tsp salt and pinch pepper. In Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat 1 tsp olive oil over medium-high heat; cook chicken, turning occasionally, until golden, about 7 minutes. Transfer to plate.
Drain all but 4 tsp fat from pan; cook onions over medium-high heat, stirring, until golden, about 6 minutes. Stir in broth, rice, thyme and 1/4 tsp salt, scraping up browned bits; bring to boil.
Arrange chicken, skin side up, over rice mixture. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed and chicken is no longer pink inside, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, for 10 minutes before serving.
"Hummingbird cake has the crushed pineapple, nuts and spices you'd find in carrot cake, but instead of shredded carrots, the batter is studded with diced bananas. A swirl of cream cheese icing is all you need on top, but if you really want to knock everyone's socks off, top your cupcakes with our Pineapple Flowers, attaching the banana chips and pecan halves with dabs of icing." — Annabelle Waugh, Food director
Portion size24 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: January 2016
Cream Cheese Icing:
each baking powder and
1 1/2 cup
per cupcake: about
Total fat22 g
Saturated fat6 g
Total carbohydrate48 g
Cupcakes: In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. In separate bowl, whisk together brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla until smooth; pour over flour mixture. Stir just until moistened. Fold in bananas, pineapple and pecans.
Divide batter among 24 paper-lined muffin cups. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until cake tester inserted in centres comes out clean, 23 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely in pan. (Make-ahead: Transfer to resealable freezer bag; freeze for up to 2 weeks. Bring to room temperature before continuing with recipe.)
Cream Cheese Icing: In bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until smooth; beat in vanilla. Beat in icing sugar, one-third at a time, until smooth. Pipe or spread icing onto cupcakes. (Make-ahead: Cover loosely with plastic wrap; refrigerate for up to 1 day. Bring to room temperature before continuing with recipe.)
Garnish: Top each cupcake with 1 banana chip and 1 pecan half.
Pineapple Flowers: Using chef's knife, trim top and bottom from 1 large pineapple. Slice off skin, following contour of pineapple. Using vegetable peeler, remove any remaining eyes. Lay pineapple on its side; slice crosswise into scant 1/8-inch (3 mm) thick rounds. Arrange on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Bake in top and bottom thirds of 225°F (110°C) oven, turning pineapples once and switching and rotating pans every 30 minutes, until leathery and lightly darkened around edges, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Press slices into muffin pan wells. Let stand for at least 12 hours.
Look for matcha powder (ground green tea leaves) in Japanese specialty stores or the tea section of grocery and bulk food stores. For a polished end-result, make sure the fudge is completely set before slicing.
Portion size36 servings
Credits :Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2014
sweetened condensed milk
roasted and chopped
per piece: about
Total fat6 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate14 g
In heatproof bowl set over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, heat together chocolate, condensed milk, matcha powder and salt, stirring, until melted and smooth, about 5 minutes.
Scrape into parchment paper– lined 8-inch (2 L) square cake pan, smoothing top. Sprinkle with pistachios, pressing gently to adhere. Refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours.
Lift out onto cutting board; using hot knife, cut into squares. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.)
Tip from The Test Kitchen: For perfect squares of fudge, make sure it's completely set before slicing. Run a thin, sharp knife under hot water and dry between each cut for a smooth, polsihed finish.