20 July 2014

A Light Spiralized Greek Salad with Lemon and Feta

There are spiraled pea tendrils one of natures works of art….
photo from The Cilantropist
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12 July 2014

Galette aux Fromage de Chevre et aux Tomates for an Etherial Night at Diner en Blanc

Galette aux Fromage de Chevre et aux Tomates (Photo from Dina Honke)
It's one of France's greatest exports next to baguettes, Godard movies and Thierry Henry. On an ethereal night hundreds of people dressed elegantly in white, converged at a secret location, shrouded in mystery, setting up miles of white fold-up tables draped in white crisp linens and topped with sparkling crystal soon to be filled with local wines. White plates and silverware were set, table decorations arranged from candles to candelabras. Our senses were heightened and we were more than ready for a highly anticipated evening at Diner en Blanc - OkanaganThe stage was set, candles flickered and nature and history created the backdrop, a kaleidoscope show of colour in the fading light as a sea of white revellers loomed before us. 
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2 July 2014

Let's Have a Beach Blanket Picnic and Share Some Cherry Peach Sangria

Cherry Peach Sangria (photo from My Recipes)
Welcome back to this months Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club where we continue our celebration of delicious food on the "lighter" side. We always appreciate you joining us for this event where we get together on the first Wednesday of every month to create a delicious meal from appetizers to dessert with a theme in mind. Ultimately our love of food, blogging and our commitment to a health conscious lifestyle is what has brought these ladies and one gent from Canada and the United States ( joining east and west and north and south) together.

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29 June 2014

Celebrating Summer with a Peppery Arugula Risotto and an Encore of Risotto Cakes


Arugula Risotto
When I think of rice I usually envision something stir fried or steamed from our nearest Asian restaurant.  But then again Italians have been growing rice for a very long time and have developed their own unique ways to prepare it. Rice was introduced to Italy from Arabia via Sicily and parts of the Southern mainland in the late Middle Ages. It was proven best suited to the vast marshy regions of the Po Valley. Here it was enthusiastically adopted by the residents of the Veneto region, Lombardia and Piemonte. Thanks to the Arabians we now have one of the best comfort foods on the planet!!!

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21 June 2014

Summer is Here with Caprese Chicken


Caprese Chicken
The first day of summer brings to mind sunkissed tomatoes, fragrant basil and freshly plucked greens. This simple Caprese Chicken takes full advantage of the season.

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. ~John Steinbeck
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17 June 2014

Mesmerized by Spot Prawns with Sorrel Aioli from Cuisine du Terroir Dinner


Court Bouillon Poached Spot Prawns with Sorrel Aioli
Here in the interior of British Columbia we herald in Spring with tender local asparagus, freshly shelled peas, and crimson stalks of rhubarb but as we usher in the warmer weather and move into the "dog days of summer" we have dreams of sharing a plethora of local bounty at sun-dappled long table dinners with kindred spirits. We headed on our first adventure of the season to one of the sold out Cuisine du Terroir dinners at God's Mountain Estate in Penticton. "Close your eyes and envision one long communal table, laid out under the stars, on a secluded bluff overlooking one of the oldest Riesling vineyards in the Valley and the shimmering Skaha Lake. In the background, a rambling, whitewashed bed and breakfast full of nooks, crannies, roofless rooms and stuffed armadillos that could be taken straight out of my photo album of a timeless trip to Santorini."
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15 June 2014

Celebrate Fathers Day with a Spinach Strawberry Salad with Burrata from My Garden Footprint


Spinach Strawberry Salad with Burrata
 As a child strawberries became synonymous with the "Strawberry Social" fundraiser we attended in elementary school. We would get all "spiffied" up and head to the school as a family. Part of the strawberries appeal is that it's arrival marks the beginning of summer. Strawberry shortcake brings memories of lazy summer days, warm sunshine and childhood pursuits.
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12 June 2014

French Potato Salad Perfect for Summer Picnics


French Potato Salad
Oooh la la!! This simple potato salad from Canadian Laura Calder is a must for those summer picnics.


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8 June 2014

Coconut Brown Rice Pudding with Maple Syrup and Fresh Berries for Slow Sundays



Coconut Brown Rice Pudding with Maple Syrup and Fresh Berries

 Bonjour. Welcome back to my kitchen my friends where I indulge my culinary cravings and experiment to my hearts content. On a warm, sunny morning like today I continue to embrace our S-l-o-w Sunday feature here at More Than Burnt Toast with the birds chirping their morning song in the maple tree outside my window.  I hope you'll pull up a cozy chair and join me for a comforting breakfast. I have a place set for you at my table. Let me make you a steaming mug of chai tea or your favourite "joe" and a virtual breakfast just as you like it.
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4 June 2014

Celebrate a Farmer with the Cooking Light Supper Club's Falafel Stuffed Eggplant


Falafel Stuffed Eggplant with Tahini Sauce and Tomato Relish
Welcome back to this months Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club where we continue our celebration of  Spring. We always appreciate you joining us for this monthly event where we get together on the first Wednesday of every month to create a delicious meal from appetizers to dessert with a theme in mind. Ultimately their love of food, blogging and their commitment to a health conscious lifestyle is what has brought these ladies and one gent from Canada and the United States ( joining east and west and north and south) together. Our very first ever Virtual Supper Club was originally sponsored by Cooking Light magazine and although the faces may have changed since its birth in 2009 we have always had a love for Cooking Light magazine which has an emphasis on healthy eating and living. Moving on to its 5th year this is a team effort where we continue to share a love for healthy eating and living. We look forward each month to strengthening our bonds, and enjoying each others company virtually. The party goes on for days!!

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