Gastronomy & Recipes: Pumpkin Pie Waffles with Coconut Whipped Cream

Fall is my favourite time of year. I love the colours of the leaves, wearing fuzzy sweaters, layers and knee-high boots, and of course all things pumpkin! Since becoming lactose-intolerant I've had to source new ways to enjoy my favourite seasonal dishes, including pumpkin pie (as most pumpkin pie recipes call for condensed milk). Fortunately with Gay Lea's Real Coconut Whipped Cream I'm able to enjoy whipped cream atop any and all lactose-free pumpkin recipes I can find. Recently while at the grocery store, I came across a carton of pumpkin pancake mix, which made me think about how delicious pumpkin waffles would be! I mean who doesn't love waffles, right?! But many boxed or premixed products contain dairy (along with many other not so healthy ingredients) so I opted to make my own recipe. Here's how to make my "Pumpkin Pie Waffles" from scratch.

Here's What You'll Need... 

(Makes 4 waffles)

Garnishes

*You'll also need a waffle iron, a large mixing bowl for the batter, whisk, ladle, measuring spoons, measuring cups and spatula(s).

Gay Lea   has an amazing selection of   whipped creams   both dairy and dairy-free! 

Gay Lea has an amazing selection of whipped creams both dairy and dairy-free! 

Their newest & limited edition, Dark Chocolate Caramel Whipped Cream, adds decadence to any dessert!

Available at Longos, Metro, Sobeys and Fresh Co. in Ontario.

Available at Longos, Metro, Sobeys and Fresh Co. in Ontario.

Directions

1. In a medium-sized bowl combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, light brown sugar and pink Himalayan salt), then mix together. 

2. Add the remaining ingredients to the dry ingredients bowl (pumpkin pie filling, eggs, cream and vanilla extract), and whisk together.

3. Turn the waffle iron on, spray with coconut oil spray and pre-heat.

4. Add the batter to the waffle iron using a ladle and cook for approximately 2 minutes until golden brown.

Top with your favourite syrups, whipped cream and additional garnishes.

Trust me these waffles will change your life!

Happy Fall, friends!

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Until next time… Enjoy!

Sincerely,

Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Campaign and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own. Product is available in Ontario only, at most major grocery stores (except No Frills and Walmart).

Gastronomy & Recipe: Charcuterie Platter

As the summer is quickly drawing to an end, I am trying to spend as much time as I can enjoying my balcony! I'm a huge fan of entertaining friends and family, as well as preparing elaborate but healthy meals for my boyfriend and I. And we enjoy many a nights dining and enjoying drinks on our balcony during the summer (which is most definitely why I had so much fun redecorating our balcony this summer)! 

It has to be said, I absolutely adore charcuterie platters! I am a huge foodie, but not a big eater, preferring snacking and grazing, and tapas or light Parisian inspired meals consisting of red wine, cheese and a fresh baguette. And with tapas styled meals, antipasto and charcuterie platters, presentation is just as important as taste. I like that! I feel inspired as I stare at a blank serving platter and don't know how it will turn out until the very last item is placed. It's like art. Here's my latest charcuterie masterpiece featuring some seriously delicious Salerno and Ivanhoe Cheese from Gay Lea. I have to admit that incorporating Ivanhoe cheeses into my platter had me feeling a bit nostalgic. You see, I grew up not far from the Ivanhoe Cheese factory and attended highschool in Madoc, ON before settling in Toronto. I've never been to the factory, but I know that you can visit and watch their artisan and speciality cheeses being made live from inside the Ivanhoe Country Store! Pretty neat, right!?

See below a list of ingredients, so you can be inspired to make your very own charcuterie!

Here's What You'll Need...  (Listed as displayed from left to right, top row then bottom row)

*Feel free to get creative and add or substitute items with things such as figs, cherries, tomatoes, nuts, sliced hardboiled eggs, tapenade, compote, a freshly sliced baguette, etc.

You'll also need:

Cheers from the balcony! ENJOY! 

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Until next time… Enjoy!

Sincerely,

Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Campaign and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own. Product is available in Ontario only, at most major grocery stores (except No Frills and Walmart).

Gastronomy & Recipes: Lactose-Free Matcha Latte

Those that know me, know that the only thing that gets me out of bed in the morning, is the allure of a warm (and caffeinated) beverage. So when I became lactose-intolerant I made sure to figure out ways to ensure that my morning routine would go unaltered (as much as possible). Whether I'm making coffee, cacao hot chocolate or a latte, I need my milk. Fortunately Gay Lea's lactose-free Lacteeze milk tastes just like regular milk and much to my surprise and excitement, it frothes just like regular milk too! {Morning crisis averted! YAY!}

One of my favourite morning beverages is a matcha green tea latte. It's surprisingly easy, and has many health benefits including being rich in antioxidants. And Gay Lea's Lacteeze milk is an excellent source of calcium and Vitamin D - A great way to start any day! 

Here's What You'll Need... 

You'll also need:

Directions

1. Boil the kettle. 

2. Add the desired amount of matcha green tea powder to the flat bottom bowl. Set aside. (Tip: Sift it using a small mesh strainer for better results.)

3. Add 100ml of boiling water to the bowl with the matcha powder.

4. Whisk for 2 minutes using the bamboo whisk. Then pour mixture into the mug you wish to drink from.

5. Add 150ml of Gay Lea's 2% lactose-free Lacteeze milk to the electric milk frother and froth. Slowly pour frothed milk into the mug with the matcha mixture. Sprinkle with a pinch of matcha powder and add sweetener if desired. Then ENJOY!

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Until next time… Enjoy!

Sincerely,

Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Campaign and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own. Product is available in Ontario only, at most major grocery stores (except No Frills and Walmart).

Gastronomy & Recipes: Angel Food Cake

Happy Canada Day, all my fellow Canadians!

Do I ever have a treat for you! I decided I'd make a festive dessert to celebrate and enjoy the long weekend... And when I think of summertime desserts the light and fluffy angel food cake, with fresh fruit and ample whip cream, is the first thing that springs to mind! And what better way to celebrate this great country than with an entirely red and white dessert!? 

As as some of you know by now, I have recently been diagnosed as lactose-intolerant and so angel food cake is a very safe and delicious dessert option for me that is completely dairy-free {happy dance!}. But coincidentally even before my diagnosis, angel food cake, specifically confetti angel food cake, has always been my favourite! 😍 

I've been very fortunate to discover and try some very tasty dairy-free & lactose-free products. But I have to admit it was quite a hurdle mentality as I've always been the girl that would go to the fridge and pour myself a large glass of milk... I LOVE dairy! And I'm even more fortunate that in my working with Gay Lea I can continue to use and feature great Canadian dairy products that are LACTOSE-FREE! That's right! Gay Lea has lactose-free products and let me tell you, they are yummy! I especially love their "real coconut whipped cream" that is made from REAL coconut cream and is entirely dairy-free, gluten-free & lactose free!

And it needs to be said, that it makes the perfect addition to this summertime dessert! The sweet and airy cake with the tart and refreshing berries is beautifully complimented with the exotic and tropical flare from the coconut whipped cream! This product is now a staple in my fridge! You've got to try it for yourself! 

Here's What You'll Need... 

Cake Batter 

  • 1 cup of cake flour
  • 1 3/4 cups of organic sugar
  • Pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 12 eggs (using only the egg whites, room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 tsp of cream of tartar
  • 2 tsp of organic vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup of warm water
  • confetti sprinkles (optional) 

Garnishes

*You'll also need a medium bowl for dry ingredients, large mixing bowl for making the batter, electric beater or KitchenAid standmixer, angel food cake / bundt cake pan, measuring cups and spatula

Directions

1. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees. 

2. In a medium-sized bowl combine the flour, half the amount of sugar and salt, then mix together. Set aside. (Tip: Sift the flour as you add it to the bowl)

3. Separate the yolks from the egg whites from one dozen eggs, you only need the egg whites. (FYI: I like to keep the removed egg yolks for hollandaise sauce) Combine the cream of tartar, vanilla extract and warm water with the egg whites in our stand mixer. Put the mixer on the slowest/stir speed for two minutes, then slowly increase speed as you add the remaining half of the sugar. Continue to whisk the batter until the batter is light and fluffy with medium soft peaks forming.

4. Slowly add in the mixture of dry ingredients, you set aside at the beginning, until fully combined with the egg mixture.

5. Optional - Add confetti sprinkles. (If you are crazy like me you will sort out only the select colours of sprinkles you wish to use... Don't do this.)

6. Add the mixture to an un-greased cake pan. 

7. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees until golden in colour.

8. Remove from oven and turn upside down on a plate or platter to cool for at least 4 hours. (The reason for cooling upside down is that because the cake is so light and fluffy it will collapse on itself if left right side up.)

9. After cooled, use a rubber spatula to loosen the cake from the sides of the pan and pop out onto plate. (Optional - Dust the top of the cake with icing sugar.)

10. Slice, plate, garnish and ENJOY! 

Mmm... Tastes like summer!

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Until next time… Enjoy!

Sincerely,

Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Campaign and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own. Product is available in Ontario only, at most major grocery stores (except No Frills and Walmart).

Gastronomy & Recipes: Crab Cakes & Delicious Dill Aioli

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 I don't know about you, but one of my all time favourite things about the warmer weather is eating and lounging on my balcony (along with patio-sitting). And some of the best types of foods to enjoy on a balcony/patio include seafood appetizers! ⚓️ I'm a huge fan of seafood apps and get them while patio-sitting every chance I get... Calamari, pan-seared scallops, sprimp cocktail, shrimp tempura and of course, crab cakes! Nom, nom, nom!

Now, no crab cake is complete without a refreshing aioli on the side, right? Check out my recipe below for a delicious dill aioli sauce to perfectly pair with either your homemade or store-bought crab cakes! The secret is Gay Lea's creamy, tangy sour cream... It makes the aioli silky smooth and decadent. Combine that with the refreshing fresh dill and the result is an aioli truly worthy of the rich flavoured crab cake. Try it for yourself... You're gonna love it!

Here's What You'll Need... 

  • 1/2 cup of lite mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup of Gay Lea Sour Cream
  • 2 cloves of garlic (pressed)
  • 2 sprigs of fresh dill (chopped)
  • 2 tsp of organic lemon juice
  • crab cakes
  • fresh parsley (optional)
  • lemon slices/wedges (optional)
  • additional sides and/or garnishes of your choice

*You'll also need a small bowl, measuring cups and spatula

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Directions

1. In a small bowl combine all of the ingredients and stir together. Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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2. After baking the crab cakes in the oven, plate and enjoy this tasty dish with whatever sides and/or garnishes you like, including the delicious dill aioli OF COURSE! #YUM

Bon Appétit!

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Sincerely,

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Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Campaign and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own. Product is available in Ontario only, at most major grocery stores (except No Frills and Walmart).