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Chili Chocolate Torte

For the Amber Approved Magazine winter edition, I decided that a sweet and spicy dessert was in order and my chili chocolate torte came to be. The spice and cocoa will get those endorphins going in no time! As an added bonus it is dairy AND refined sugar free.

Ingredients: 

3 ounces of dark chocolate (I prefer to use enjoy life foods as they are certified gluten and dairy free)

½ cup of cacao powder (not to be confused with cocoa powder)

½ cup of coconut sugar

1/2 cup of coconut oil

1-teaspoon sea salt

¾ teaspoon of cayenne pepper

3 eggs

Method:

  1. Prepare a round 8 inch cake pan by greasing with a little coconut oil and lightly dusting with some cacao powder, preheat your oven to 300 degrees
  2. Over double boiler melt your dark chocolate and coconut oil together over medium heat.
  3. Once coconut oil and chocolate are melted, remove from heat and let cool for 1 minute, then add in your eggs, cacao powder, cayenne pepper, salt, coconut sugar, and whisk until the mixture is nice and smooth.
  4. Pour into your prepared cake pan and allow to bake on the middle wrack for about 25-30 minutes
  5. Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes and the flip out onto a wire wrack to finish cooling (this can be served warm if desired). Top with a light dusting cacao powder and serve.


    photograph courtesy of Alexandra Borovsky 

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6 Christmas Markets to Visit This Holiday Season

Christmas is my favourite holiday season, the sense of community mixed with all of the warmth and buzz throughout the city is intoxicating. So this year I have decided to bring you all a series of holiday related features that will be sure to bring anyone some cheer!

My first feature is a list of my 6 Christmas market picks for the holiday season! These are always a lot of fun because they host an array of handmade items and you can find some really neat christmas gift ideas or decor, can’t make one of them? some of them have multiple dates they are running! 

  1. MillarVille Christmas Market 
    November 10th-13th – With so many fun activities (some of which include sleigh rides) there is so much to love about this christmas market. I have gone to this market several times over the years and am never sorry I did! Adult admission is $5 dollars/person, children under 12 and people over 65 are free of charge. for more information visit their website here.
  2. Okotoks Christmas Festival 
    November 11th-13th – showcasing tons of artisan crafts, and photos with Santa, this is truly a great kickoff to the season and a wonderful place to get a head start on your holiday shopping. $5 dollars per person to enter, for more details check out the website here
  3. Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market 
    November 18-20 | November 25-27 | December 2-4 – this is one of Alberta’s largest christmas market with it boasting over 250 vendors and joyful entertainment to get you into the christmas spirit. This is one not to miss out on. Tickets are required so be sure to check out the website by clicking here. 
  4. Canmore Christmas Artisans Market 
    November 19-20- I am always looking for a good excuse to get away to the mountains and this is one of them! With 75 local vendors this is a christmas market not to miss, fit it in on a visit to Canmore’s 100% gluten-free restaurant the Wild Orchid Bistro for a wonderful gluten free date! tickets are $3.00 for more details clicks here
  5. Bridge land Riverside Farmers Market: Holiday Edition
    November 18- 19 – fresh food, crafts, jewellery, photo booth, cards and more hand made goods. Free to enter but food bank donations will be accepted find more information here
  6. Market Collective Cheer
    November 25-27 | December 2-4 | December 9-11 | December 16-18 – this is one market not to miss and with so many dates to choose from there is no excuse to check out the Market Collective Cheer at the Chinese Cultural Centre. Food, Art, Music, Bath & Body and SO much more. For more details visit their website here.
     

    Thank you so much for reading, and please stay tuned for each Wednesday from now and until December 21st there will be more holiday recipes, tips, tricks and much more! 

Herbed Pork with Roasted Veggies 


Fall is such an amazing season to experiment with thyme, rosemary and garlic and root vegetables! I love this recipe because you only need about a 1/2 the butternut squash and you can freeze the other half for a future recipe or soup! I always make this in a foil pan for easy clean up! This recipe is easy peasy and the pork is tender and delicious!

Enjoy!

Ingredients 

1 pound of butternut squash peeled and cut into about 2 inch chunks

2 parsnips cut into chunks

2 carrots cut into chunks

About a pound of baby potatoes halved (or russet peeled and quartered)

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 teaspoon Salt

3/4 teaspoon pepper

Method:

  1. Toss veggies in a roasting pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Combine 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped rosemary (dried will also work) and 2 large cloves of garlic minced and 3/4 tsp of salt and 1 teaspoon black pepper and rub onto the roast.
  3.  Place roast in roaster with the veggies and cook at 450 degrees for about 45 minutes-1 hour or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Allow meat to rest 5-10 minutes before slicing

Pumpkin Loaf

I fell for pumpkin spice many moons ago and while many people have adopted fall as being the season of “pumpkin spice” I still had yet to really hone my own pumpkin spice bread recipe, that is until today!

In celebration of the first day of fall I decide to play with my family recipe for banana loaf, which I realized made the perfect base to play with, take out bananas, add in a little pure pumpkin puree, and a little unsweetened apple sauce and some pumpkin spice and you have the perfectly balanced spiced pumkin loaf recipe!

So here is the recipe for the perfect pumpkin loaf, enjoy everyone!

Ingredients:

2 cups of gluten-free all-purpose flour (Bob’s Red Mill really yields the best texture but you can substitute another kind, if the blend you’re using has xanthan gum added in already then omit)
3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup of coconut sugar (you can use white sugar, but I prefer the rich and deep flavour of the coconut sugar)
1/2 cup of chopped pecans
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup of oil (olive oil , vegetable oil or coconut oil will all do fine)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup of pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 3/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

Method:

  1. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients: flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder, and salt whisk to combine and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl cream eggs and coconut sugar together and then add oil, vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, pumpkin puree and apple sauce, stirring to combine.
  3. Add wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring them until just combined (DO NOT OVER MIX: gluten-free batters get tough when over mixed, keep it light)
  4. Fold in chopped pecans, and in a greased 9×5 loaf pan and put into a preheated 350° fahrenheit oven and bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the loaf comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack until completely cool.

Spicy Thai Red Coconut Curry

Fall is always a little chillier, the colours are inspiring though and there something about food that is spicy and whose colours match the fiery reds, oranges and yellows of Fall that I love. So it was time to mix it up with some Thai Red Coconut Curry.

After making this it dawned on me that some shallots, mushrooms or some shredded carrot would be phenomenal additions to this dish.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon of oil (I like coconut or olive oil)
1/2 small white onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic minced
2 inch nub of fresh ginger, grated
1/4 teaspoon of red chili flakes
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 of each, red and yellow bell pepper thinly sliced
1-2 tablespoons of Thai red curry paste ( I say 1-2 so you can adjust the heat as necessary as it can be spicy but since I love spice I always add 2, should you dislike spice, omit the red pepper flakes)
1 can of coconut milk (I prefer the full fat kind but low-fat would work too I am sure)
2 teaspoons soy sauce (ensure the kind you are using is gluten-free) this adds some seasoning and brings out the flavours in the dish quite nicely.
1 pound of thinly sliced chicken or shrimp
Basmati rice or rice noodles (rice noodles are my personal favorite, follow package directions to cook both rice or rice noodles)

**Basil, bean sprouts, crushed cashews or peanuts, and sriracha make for fabulous garnish and condiments.

Make it:

1. heat a large skillet or wok pan at medium-high heat and add in 1 tablespoon of oil and swirl to coat the pan.
**if using chicken or shrimp cook these in the pan first prior to adding in onions etc, and cook chicken until browned on the outside or for shrimp until opaque and pink on the outside, remove from pan before cooking the curry you will add these back in add the end).

2. add onion to the pan, decreasing the heat to medium and saute until the onion begins to soften and cook (4-5 minutes)

3. Add in minced garlic and ginger to pan and stirring, fry until fragrant (about 2 minutes), once fragrant add in the sliced red and yellow bell peppers (also to fry for 3 minutes)

4. To the pan add the Thai red curry paste and mix in with the peppers and onions and allow that to fry with the paste for about 2-3 minutes (frying the paste is something I learned from my mom watching her make curry with pastes my whole life, it allows the spices and flavours in the paste to be deepened and brightened.)

5. Add in 1 can of coconut milk to the pan, along with 1/2 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of sugar (I prefer a non-refined sugar such as coconut sugar, but white or brown sugar would also suffice).

6. Stir to combine and allow to simmer for 10 minutes (if using shrimp or another protein, this is when you would add it back to the pan to continue cooking and absorb some of the flavour)

7. serve over basmati rice, or my personal favorite rice noodles.

 

 

Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate with Whipped Coconut Cream

You can also read this recipe as well in the Amber Approved Magazine 2016 Fall Edition.

For the Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate:

This recipe is a single serve

Ingredients

1 cup of unsweetened almond milk

1.5 tablespoons of raw cacao powder

1 tablespoon of pure dark maple syrup (the darkest grade you can find)

1 teaspoon of Chai Spice (I really love The Silk Road Spice Merchant’s blend but any other garam masala will do here if you liked to make your own chai spice take 1 teaspoon each of cardamom, all spice, ground cinnamon, cloves and 2 teaspoons ginger)

1.5 tablespoons of semi sweet dairy free chocolate chips (I prefer enjoy life foods brand).

Method

 

  1. Take a small sauce pan and start to heat your almond milk over medium low heat
  2. After about 1-2 minutes add in your cacao powder, maple syrup and chai spice
  3. Whisking constantly to ensure the chocolate chips, cacao powder, maple syrup and chai spice have dissolved and the chips have melted and are well incorporated, continue heating and whisking until you’ve reached your ideal temperature.
  4. Once heated to your liking, remove pot from heat, and pour into a mug, top with coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of chai spice or cacao powder if desired (while not necessary the coconut whipped cream melts into the hot chocolate, making it even richer and creamier than before.)

 

Whipped Coconut Cream

Makes about 1-1.5 cups of whipped cream

*This recipe should be started a day in advance to accommodate the chill time of the coconut milk.

Ingredients

 

1 14-ounce can of full fat coconut milk (low fat will not do)

¼ cup of powdered coconut sugar (powdering your own coconut sugar is super easy, just toss it into a high speed blender or coffee grinder)

½ teaspoon of pure organic vanilla extract

 

Method

 

  1. Chill coconut milk overnight or for at least 8 hours prior, ensuring not to shake or tip the can to encourage the separation of the cream from the liquid.
  2. Chill a large bowl (stainless steel works best) for 10-15 minutes prior to making your whipped cream.
  3. Remove coconut milk from the fridge, being careful not to shake or tip your can and once the lid is removed, with a spoon, scrape the cream from the top of the can, into your bowl, leaving the liquid behind.
  4. With an electric mixer, start whipping your coconut cream at high speed, after about 30 seconds add in your powdered coconut sugar and vanilla, and continue whipping for another 2-3 minutes or until the cream has thickened, and soft peaks have started to form.

Spoon over your hot chocolate or any other dessert or beverage your fancy. This will keep for up to 3 days in a sealed container in the fridge.

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Photo Credit: Alexandra Borovsky 

REAP Calgary: 7th Annual Food For Thought at Hotel Arts

If this past year has taught me anything, now more than ever is the time to support our local businesses who need us as much as we need them (we are a community are we not?). REAP Calgary is making this easier and now yummier than ever and for the 7th year in a row will be presenting Food For Thought.

REAP Calgary, is hosting their 7th Annual Food For Thought an event they have described as a “feast for the senses.” As many of you may have deduced if there is an event in Calgary where fresh, local and delicious gluten-free food available then I will be there.

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I couldn’t be more passionate about the importance of appreciating and supporting the incredible local restaurants, chefs and producers we have here in Calgary so today, I encourage everyone to join myself and REAP Calgary in an afternoon of food, fun and community.

 

The event will take place Sunday, September 25th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Hotel Arts Calgary and your admission will include mouth watering, local food and beverage sampling from 22 vendors (and yes there will be gluten-free options).

Bring your appetite! Your admission includes delicious local food and craft beverages from:

And engaging displays from these community partners:

Tickets are available through eventbrite, and thanks to Meal Share, for every ticket purchased, Meal Share will provide a meal to a person in need so while you feed your stomach, you can also feed your soul and someone who really needs it.

Tickets are available as follows:

Adult tickets online are $35 and children are $15. People can also purchase a family pack (2 adults and 2 kids) for $90. 

to purchase a ticket please visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/reaps-7th-annual-food-for-thought-tickets-27164049403?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

For more information about REAP Calgary, and all of the incredible work they do for our community please visit them at: http://www.belocal.org

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