Spend time with her Most mothers just want to spend quality time with their kids on Mother's Day (no bickering!) and there's nothing better than making a memory together. Rather than wrapping up an item, try to think of something you can go out and experience together. Take her to her favourite restaurant or to an art exhibit or to walk the halls of a museum. She'll get to see something new and spend time with you at the same time. Lucky lady!
Spoil her Mother's Day is all about Mom, so make sure you choose a thoughtful gift -- something she would never buy for herself. She may say she doesn't need new perfume, but that doesn't mean she doesn't want it. Think about something you know she'd like to have, but wouldn't splurge on for herself. She'll be tickled that you got it for her, even if she says it's too much!
Keep it simple While you might be tempted to invest in a great new gadget or upgrade something she already has, try not to gift your mom with something she'll have to sit down and learn (or re-learn) how to use. That can start to feel like a chore, which is exactly the opposite of what you want to achieve. Look for a straightforward, thoughtful gift that she can use right away without any work or extra effort.
The exception to this is if your mom specifically asks for something with which she's unfamiliar. If you do pick it up for her, unwrap it together and figure out its ups and downs as a team.
Most importantly, on Mother's Day, remember that it's the thought that counts and that moms always recognize our best intentions. Remind her how much you love her and she'll be thrilled.
While we don't need a holiday to enjoy our favourite Chinese-inspired dishes, we can't wait to join in the celebrations with these delicious recipes.
The Year of the Rooster begins on Saturday, January 28, and lasts until February 15, 2018. This holiday is also called the Lunar New Year, and is celebrated not only in China, but across Asia and around the world in countries like Canada, where Chinese Canadians number more than a million — one of the most common ethnic origins in our multicultural mix.
There are a number of traditional dishes served during the celebration that are meant to be auspicious. Noodle dishes are especially important, as long noodles are a symbol of longevity. Dishes that cook a whole animal (such as a fish) signify the beginning and ending of the year, and the head and tail are usually displayed intact on the serving dish. Dumplings can signify prosperity, and oranges, representing luck and wealth, are a great way to round out a meal.
Here are some of our favourite traditional and reinvented recipes that we'll be cooking up this year to join in the festivities. Gung Hei Fat Choi!
Traditionally served during the holidays and Chinese New Year, these crumbly melt-in-your-mouth cookies have three layers of almond flavour. Ground almonds add a hint of crunch, almond extract lends a sweet aroma and whole almonds make for a pretty garnish.
This Chinese classic gets a wholesome makeover by replacing the meat with loads of fresh vegetables. Korean hot pepper paste isn't traditionally found in ma po tofu, but it adds a nice kick. Look for it in the Asian section of your grocery store, or substitute with one teaspoon of sriracha.
“This is my take on a wintertime favourite that's served in my childhood home,” says Food specialist Irene Fong. “My dad loves this braised beef with noodles, but it's just as good served over rice.” We've used brisket here because it's unbelievably tender when braised.
The thick meat sauce on these noodles is a bit like an Asian-style Bolognese. The cooked noodles tend to stick together if they stand for a while, so mix the sauce into them and eat right away for the best texture. For a twist, serve the sauce over rice with a side of steamed bok choy.
Guest post by Jamie Anderson Tired of your kitchen towels falling on the floor? These crocheted towel toppers keep towels firmly in place on your oven door handle. And the bonus is that they’re also easy to make! If you’re new to crocheting, this is a great project to start with. Or, if you do crochet, but find yourself constantly miscounting stitches (like me), this pattern is very forgiving.
Here’s what you’ll need: A tea towel, cut in half across the width (The other half will make a second crochet topped hand towel if desired) Any worsted yarn, any colour A yarn needle 4.5mm crochet hook A large button
To prepare the hand towel for crocheting, follow these steps: Step 1: Fold the outside edges of the tea towel to the back so that the two sides meet in the centre. Step 2: Cut about an arm’s length of yarn. Tie a knot at one end and then thread the yarn needle. Step 3: Pull the needle through the left fold of the tea towel from the back side—this will hide your knot. Step 4: Now stitch across the top of the towel. Pull the needle through the layers, back to front, insert the needle into the loop you’ve created and pull taut. Continue stitching across the towel to the right fold. There is no correct number of stitches. I used 25 in my design, but more importantly, the stitches should be evenly spaced. Step 6: When the end of the towel is reached, tie on your ball of yarn to the piece of yarn you’ve been working with.
Now you’re ready to start crocheting: Rnd 1: Single crochet (sc) across towel, turn. (For tips on how to complete a single crochet, click
here.) Rnd 2: sc across, turn. Rnd 3: sc across, turn. Rnd 4: Crochet 2 sc, then do a single crochet decrease (dec)—this reduces two stitches to one. (To learn how to do a single crochet decrease, click
here.) Repeat sc, sc, dec, until you reach the end of the row. Turn. Rnd 5: sc across, turn. Rnd 6: sc, sc, dec, to the end of the row, turn. Rnd 7: sc across, turn. Rnd 8-12: Once you reach your desired thickness of the front flap (6 or 7 stitches across), continue to do 5 rnds of sc. Rnd 13 (Part 1): To create the buttonhole, crochet three sc, turn. Rnd 14-16 (Part 1): Crochet 3 sc on top of previous row, turning after each rnd. Tie off yarn when finished. Rnd 13 (Part 2): Reattach yarn on the other end of rnd 12, opposite the sc from rnds 13-16. Crochet 3 sc, turn. Rnd 14-16 (Part 2): Continue to crochet 3 sc on top of previous row, turning after each rnd. Rnd 17: sc all the way across, attaching the two sides in the middle with a
slip stitch (ss) to finish the buttonhole. Test to ensure the button fits. Rnd 18-19: Crochet two rnds of sc, turning after each row. Rnd 20: sc across and tie off at the end.
Using the yarn needle, attach the button where it looks best. (I placed mine between the third and fourth round.) Also make sure the strap is big enough to loop around the handle of your oven door.
There are so many reasons to bake a cake—birthdays, family get-togethers, office potlucks—and no dinner really feels complete without a dessert or something sweet to end the meal.
Everyone is familiar with the retro
pineapple upside-down cake, topped with rings of pineapple baked in a brown sugar glaze with a moist and tender cake below. But upside-down cakes don't have to be limited to just pineapple. Apples, pears and berries all make delicious and beautiful cake toppers. Take time to carefully arrange the fruit; once flipped over, you will be rewarded with a spectacular dessert!
Upside-down cakes need to be inverted shortly after they come out of the oven or the fruit may stick. Place serving platter right side down on top of the cake. Using oven mitts, hold the sides of cake pan and platter together; carefully flip cake onto the serving platter.
Upside-Down Buttermilk Pear Cake Delicate slices of pear and a rich, gooey caramel sauce are the crowning glories of this moist and tender cake. If any of the caramel and pear topping sticks to the pan, just use the tip of a sharp knife to scrape it back onto the top of the cake.
Photography by Ryan Szulc
Raspberry Upside-Down Cake Flip over this summery cake to reveal jewel-toned raspberries, the perfect treat when fresh berries are in season. Sweet caramel enhances the juicy fruit.
Photography by Jeff Coulson
Mini Berry Bundt Cakes These cute raspberry-swirled cakes only reveal their pretty design once they are flipped over. Dusted with icing sugar, they make the perfect addition to any
Photograpy by Jodi Pudge
The Ultimate Tarte Tatin Apples, slowly caramelized in butter and sugar, sit proudly atop this classic French upside-down tart. Traditionally, this tart is baked in a heavy cast-iron pan. Clean and season your pan well to get rid of any savory flavours before baking up the
Photography by Jeff Coulson
Sticky Caramel Apple Buns These sticky caramel buns—with a hidden apple filling—will make ordinary cinnamon rolls seem boring. You wouldn't even know the dough has a bit of whole wheat flour! Don't wait too long before flipping these buns; the caramel will stick if it gets too cold.
Photography by Jeff Coulson
Caramel Topped Semolina Cake Sweet caramel surrounds this moist and dense flan-like cake. Not many cakes are made with breakfast cereal, but this one uses wheat semolina (a.k.a. farina), traditionally cooked up in milk for
Photography by Jim Norton Looking for more dessert inspiration? Check out our
Baking and Desserts page
Featuring Emma Stone, Amy Adams, Meryl Streep and more!
Pair red carpet veterans such as Amy Adams and Emma Stone with fashion’s newest “it girl", Ruth Negga, and you’ve got yourself a highly entertaining awards season. It all culminates with Hollywood’s biggest night, the Academy Awards, and we’re on pins and needles to see which fabulous gown the Oscar-nominated actresses will wear. Here are some recent runway looks that we would love to see have their own red carpet moment.
Although Adams isn’t nominated for her role in the sci-fi box office smash, Arrival, the movie itself earned eight nominations, including best picture.
Adams almost always strikes all the right notes on the red carpet while favouring Veronica Lake waves and body-conscious gowns in a jewel tone hues.
We think the 42-year-old will go for something a little more subdued because of the lack of a nomination. We’re banking on a black staples column gown, similar to this Armani Privé beauty from the spring/summer collection.
We’re keeping a close eye on the Ethiopian-Irish actress who's been nominated for her portrayal of Mildred Loving in Loving. Negga wowed us all at this year’s Golden Globes when she showed up in a fitted silver sequined Louis Vuitton gown, complete with a gold centre zipper.
Although we haven’t seen a lot of her at big fashion events, from the looks of things she’s a risk taker and she adores a good embellishment such as lace, beading or sequins. We’re thinking she’ll show up in something covered in lace with glittering embellishments, like this gown from Givenchy pre-fall 2017.
Nominated for best leading role in LaLa Land, Stone is the favourite to take home the little gold man, along with slaying it on the red carpet.
Not only does she always nail it on the big screen, but her gown and hair and makeup selections are always top notch. But the best thing about Stone’s red carpet style is she’s never boring, always shaking up her gown and designer selections. This award season alone we’ve seen her in Chanel, Valentino and Alexander McQueen. We’re feeling a floral vibe with a wee bit of colour and tons of tulle, like this Zuhair Murad gown.
This year Streep became the actor with the most Academy Award nominations ever—her nom for Florence Foster Jenkins bumps it up to 20! Meaning, she broke her own record.
Though Streep is much more known for her acting chops than her red carpet moments, she’s always true to her own esthetic. She's been spotted wearing Givenchy at the last few red carpet events, but we think she’ll try something else, something dramatic and simple, like this cape-back silky gown from Valentino.
From architectural masterpieces to classic old Hollywood glamour, the Academy Award winner and nominated (this year for Jackie) star has had some stand-out red carpet moments.
At the Golden Globes this year the expectant mom breezed onto the red carpet in a vintage-esque sunny Prada gown. Portman channelled Kennedy Onassis with a modern take on the former first lady’s iconic bouffant, classic makeup and wore a dress similar to a yellow frock that she once wore to the Metropolitan Opera House in 1975.
Although she’ll likely be wearing a custom gown because of how far along she is in her pregnancy, we think it will be less saturated and more glittery, something with an empire waist and a centred slit, like this sequinned-embellished georgette Zuhair Murad gown.
Williams, who is nominated for best-supporting actress for her role in Manchester by the Sea has been owning the red carpet all season long. She’s the current celeb spokesperson for Louis Vuitton so we know she’ll likely be clad in one of the French fashion houses gowns.