We spoke (and ate) with one of Canada’s favourite celebrity chefs, cookbook authors and restaurateurs about eggs and one of this season’s biggest trends in holiday entertaining.
Turns out, even top notch celebrity chef (and new mom!) Lynn Crawford is looking for new ways to celebrate with friends and pull out the entertaining stops and still find time to cook her signature dishes—all without going crazy. The solution? Brunch. This beloved morning meal might just be the new cocktail party for entertaining this holiday season.
“Making brunch doesn’t have to be complicated,” says Crawford. Given the trend of simplifying and streamlining, it makes sense that some of our cooking and entertaining styles shift from night to day. Hosting or going to brunch “doesn’t eat into your day,” says Crawford, and it still gives both parties those extra pre-party hours everyone covets. If you’re cooking brunch at home, Lynn advises to pick dishes that can easily be made ahead of time or whipped up quickly, like her Spicy Chorizo and Tomato Frittata with Pepper Jack Cheese, which she had breezily mixed together moments before we arrived for this interview.
Since we’re all looking to trim budgets, brunch is an affordable option that doesn’t skimp on flavour or fun—since it’s a shorter window of time, you tend to eat and drink way less. But, that doesn’t mean the menu will be boring, and don’t worry, there’s plenty of room for cocktails, too! Brunch is a moveable feast and can be as intimate or jam-packed as you want. Lynn recommends starting sometime after 11:00 A.M. but cautions that brunch isn’t something you should ever have to set an alarm for.
Try Lynn’s make-ahead frittata:
Preparing this delicious frittata during the holidays has become a Crawford Christmas tradition. It is a perfect dish for brunch, lunch, dinner or even a late night snack on cold snowy nights. Frittatas can easily be made ahead of time, saving you from spending the whole night in the kitchen. Plus, they’re great to make for a potluck dinner—this recipe will feed a crowd and the dish is easily transportable.
SPICY CHORIZO & TOMATO FRITTATA WITH PEPPER JACK CHEESE
8 large eggs
¾ cup heavy cream
1 tsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 yellow pepper, finely diced
2 chorizo sausage, casings removed
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
½ cup pepper Jack cheese, grated
¼ cup parsley and cilantro leaves
Preheat oven to 375*F. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and cream together and season with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium high heat. Add the garlic, onion, peppers and chorizo. Cook for 4-5 minutes until the onion and peppers are soft and the chorizo is completely cooked thru. Add the eggs and tomatoes and stir together. Sprinkle the cheese on top and place in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes until egg has set and cheese has melted. Top with cilantro and parsley leaves.
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Discover six tasty and versatile superfoods for people with diabetes.
Today, 11 million Canadians live with diabetes or prediabetes and one in ten Canadian adults die from diabetes complications.
When discussing diabetes, there are two categories to consider: type 1 diabetes (insulin-dependent diabetes) and type 2 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that stops the body from producing insulin. This disease process accounts for only 10 per cent of all diabetics.
About type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes and occurs when a person's body either does not produce enough insulin or develops a resistance to insulin (that is, they no longer feel their insulin response).
In addition to having a genetic predisposition to type 2 diabetes, being overweight and having a sedentary lifestyle are major contributors to developing the disease.
One of the key approaches to controlling and even helping to reverse type 2 diabetes disease involves selecting an. It is critical to choose carbohydrates that don't spike blood sugar, as well as lean proteins and essential fats that help to stabilize blood sugar and promote weight loss.
Here are six suggested superfoods that are healthy choices for people with type 2 diabetes.
6 superfoods for people with diabetes
Raw almonds offer the perfect mix of monounsaturated fats and magnesium, a mineral that has a role in carbohydrate metabolism. A deficiency of magnesium may worsen insulin sensitivity. Other sources of magnesium include Swiss chard, pumpkin seeds and spinach.
In addition to being rich in vitamin E, avocados are also chock-full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Research has shown that diets filled with monounsaturated fats and low in starchy carbohydrates are associated with greater insulin sensitivity -- ideal for those who have type 2 diabetes.
Beans are loaded with vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins, calcium and iron. Black beans, lima beans, chickpeas and lentils are rich in fibre and protein, and therefore do not fluctuate a person's blood sugar. The soluble fibre found in beans also helps to reduce low-density lipoprotein ("bad cholesterol"), which can be a cardiac risk factor.
4. Cold-water fish
Cold-water fish, such as salmon, tuna and cod, are rich in lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Both protein and fat act as brakes that slow the entry of sugar into the bloodstream, which is an ideal scenario for type 2 diabetics. As well, protein triggers the secretion of a hormone called glucagon, which elicits fat loss.
5. Non-starchy vegetables
Non-starchy vegetables, such as broccoli, spinach, peppers, tomatoes and mushrooms, are nutrient-dense, calorie-light foods and are optimal for those who have type 2 diabetes. In addition to having very little effect on blood sugar, non-starchy vegetables are great "fill-me-up" foods that can be snuck onto the "free list" of foods that type 2 diabetics can enjoy as often as they like.
Oatmeal is a wonderful source of both soluble and insoluble fibre, and is therefore categorized as a superfood for those who have type 2 diabetes. When selecting oatmeal, you should avoid the instant oatmeal that is found in individual packages. This type of oatmeal actually spikes blood sugar and contributes to weight gain. Instead, try slow-cooking oatmeal, such as Irish or steel-cut oats.
Dr. Joey Shulman is the founder of the highly successful Shulman Weight Loss Clinics. For more information, visit drjoey.com.
'Tis the season for all things gingerbread. From dioramas to sweet treats, these gingerbread recipes will have your house smelling like Christmas in no time.
No ugly sweater party is complete without these themed cookies! The gaudier the better, so let the kids' imaginations run wild with endless candy and colour combinations.
Get the recipe: Ugly Sweater Cookies
This impressive gingerbread house is a treat to decorate. Use any leftover dough to make gingerbread people, animals and other decorations for your house.
Get the recipe: Gingerbread Diorama
Use silver dragées (hard edible candy decorations) to add a classy touch to these show-stopping ornaments.
Get the recipe: Elegant Gingerbread Ornaments
These sparkly ginger owls are an adorable take on gingerbread men. We've chosen to decorate with snowy colours, but there's enough icing for you to play around with different shades.
Get the recipe: Snowy Ginger Owls
Soaked in rum and layered with juicy cinnamon apples and vanilla custard, spiced gingerbread steals the spotlight in this holiday favourite.
Get the recipe: Gingerbread Apple Trifle
You will need a 23- x 17-inch (58 x 43 cm) cake board or other sturdy surface for the base. Having a few cottages means three sets of little hands can personalize their own houses, making it a great family project!
Get the recipe: Gingerbread Cottages
The combination of molasses, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and cream cheese icing gives these blondies an unmistakable gingerbread flavour, without being overly rich or sweet.
Get the recipe: Gingerbread Blondies
Designed to resemble crafty felt gingerbread men, the recipe yields half white and half brown cookies. Decorate with candies to resemble buttons, eyes and hearts as desired.
Get the recipe: Buttery Gingerbread Men
These ornaments are not only fun to prepare but also make beautiful gifts and decorations for the holidays.
Get the recipe: Stained Glass Gingerbread Ornaments
Enjoy these spiced confections on their own or take the flavour a step further by topping your latte with them—instant treat!
Get the recipe: Gingerbread Marshmallows
These gingerbread house façades are an easy alternative to the traditional gingerbread house. Decorating sugar adds sparkle to simple snow-covered rooftops, and candies add a fun pop of colour.
Get the recipe: Gingerbread House Cookie Ornaments
Buttery shortbread gets a warm hug from spiced gingerbread dough in this mash-up of two favourite holiday cookies. A nutty brown butter glaze brings the two flavours together.
Get the recipe: Two-Tone Gingerbread and Shortbread Cookies