Today at the office, we’re drooling over the recipes in Gordon Ramsay’s new cookbook, Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape: 100 of My Favourite Indian Recipes. Stuffed full of beautiful photography for foods that’ll make your tongue tingle, this cookbook is a foodie’s delight. Using flavourful ingredients and aromatic spices, Ramsay’s book makes cooking authentic Indian food fun and easy. Featuring over 100 recipes for everyday entertaining, quick lunches and healthy dishes, this book is a culinary treat.
We’re giving away three copies of this fab book! Want to win? Simply leave a comment below telling me about your biggest cooking disaster and I’ll pick my three favourite stories! Good luck!
Contest closes March 24, 2010 at 12pm EST. Open to all residents of Canada, except those in Quebec. Not open to any Transcontinental Media employees, their families, or any other persons with whom they reside.
PLUS: Check out these two wonderful recipes, excerpted from Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape: 100 of My Favourite Indian Recipes.
Recipe: Gordon Ramsay’s pomegranate raita
Recipe: Gordon Ramsay’s rosewater kulfi
For more information and to buy the book, visit amazon.ca.
Pump up the volume on sustainability — Magno’s AM/FM two-tone Wooden Radios are made with love (of the earth!) and a commitment to building sustainable jobs and forestry in Indonesia.
Based out of the small Indonesian village of Kandangan, the man behind Magno, Singgih S. Kartono, builds sustainable industry through carpentry and craft — the radios are made by farm labourers-cum-craftsmen in communities hit hard by declining agriculture.
Kartono fights for forests by raising community awareness (for example, by starting a tree-planting program with the local high school by making his radios with only locally harvested new-growth wood, and replanting every tree used by Magno).
“As a wood consumer, I feel morally responsible for replacing the wood I`ve used,” Kartono says. “Currently, Kandangan has almost no forest land. The population is about 4,000 people. If we were to employ the whole population of Kandangan, we would abolish unemployment but most important, for every [person] we employ, we`d generate more woods through our forest regeneration programs.”
Pairing retro charm with social and environmental sustainability, these radios are playing my tune!
Available at: www.ministryoftheinterior.net
Price: $235 small (5 x 7.5 x 3.75″), $295 medium (7.5 x 7.5 x 4.25″), $352 large (7.5 x 12.25 x 4.25″)
More Information: www.magno-design.com
It’s the same pristine white bone china you’ve come to expect from Vera Wang’s dinnerware for Waterford Wedgwood, but the doyenne of dreamy wedding dresses (and equally dreamy wedding registry must-haves) has a little fun with a new casual collection. These three new designs mark a radical shift away from her stately classics, and each one crystallizes a contemporary trend — arabesque ribbon, botanicals and ikat.
Vera Wang – Glisee
Vera Wang – Floral Leaf
(Based on one of Vera’s own watercolour paintings.)
Vera Wang – Ikat
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Eco-friendly stuff from top designer Amy Butler is fabulous but all too often just isn’t available in Canada.
That’s why we were so excited to see these lush, colourful 100% organic cotton blend towels at Bed, Bath and Beyond! They’re supersumptuous, with a lovely velour band to up the richness factor and come in Orange, Turquoise, Lime, Plum (from top).
The bath towel measures 30″ X 54″, the hand towel 16″ x 28″ and the washcloth 13″ x 13″. Machine washable.
Available at: www.bedbathandbeyond.ca
Prices: $18 (bath towel), $13 (hand towel), $8 (washcloth)
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Speaking of camouflaging your home tech, check out this fun update for unsightly cables. For flexible cables, there are tons of solutions for wrapping them up to hide them, but what about the old school ones that have a fixed shape? You know, the ones you find in old apartments and lofts that ruin the perfect look you’re going for.
Well, when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Try jazzing up stubborn cables with cute decals like these from PA Design. I would probably paint the cord the same colour as the wall as well, so that is blends in. Let’s be honest though — this is definitely a project you can do at home to save a few bucks and have fun with your space.
I`m getting ready to install new floors in my condo and I`ve been looking at the options at Tarkett. Tarkett offers a wide variety of flooring options: Fibrefloor, vinyl, laminate, wood and luxury tile.
I`m preparing to replace the laminate floor that`s currently in my condo with wood and while I`ve just begun looking at my options, below are the three colours/woods I`m considering … at the moment — these could change as I find more options! But for now, here are the three that have caught my eye. What`s your vote? Leave a comment and let me know! I need help deciding!
I’ve always meant to sit down and watch Walt Disney’s masterpiece, Fantasia. As a kid, the thought of a cartoon without dialogue was sacrilegious; but all those “films you must see before you die” lists grant it a top spot, so I figure they must be on to something. This latest bit of design news seals the deal.
The designers at York Wallcoverings — available in Canada through Crown Wallpaper + Fabric — looked to Fantasia for inspiration in developing the latest wallpaper collection for Walt Disney Signature. The verdict? Two very enthusiastic thumbs-up. I’ve always loved the Art Deco vibe of the Disney furniture pieces, and this wallpaper — very fanciful by nature of its source material — complements the line beautifully.
Take a a look at how Disney’s animations from Fantasia informed the wallpaper designs… Stunning!
Inspired design: Illuminata in White on Lime, WD2920
Inspired Design: Pixie on Teal (with glass beads!), WD2930
Inspired design: Sparkle in Pearled Almond with Glitter Sand, WD3974
Inspired design: Tendril in Beige & Metallic Beige on Off-White, WD2940
Fantasia artwork: Walt’s own signature!
Inspired design: (My FAVOURITE!!!) Filigree in Silver on Cream, WD2934
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Out of all of the banks in Canada, I always found CIBC to be lagging the most in terms of digital innovation. However, with the introduction of their new iPhone banking app (the first in Canada), I am loving their leap into the digital fast lane.
This free app is just as safe as internet banking, but is so much more convenient. You log in with your password each time and then have access to several functions of your regular account. You can pay credit card bills, transfer money between accounts, and do an e-mail money transfer to an outside account. The app also shows all of your bank and credit card transactions, and is up-to-date just like internet banking.
Easy, convenient and quick — I wonder how long it will take the other banks to hop on board.
One of the worst things to see when you walk into a living room is a big, bold TV. It’s also become a standard in Canadian homes — we all have them. As I plan to move into my very first house (goodbye crappy apartment!), I’m getting a bit stressed over where to put the TV. Should it go above the fireplace or wall-mounted somewhere else? Do I put it on a TV stand or hide it in a custom bookshelf?
There are so many options, but I do know that I don’t want it to be the focal point of the room. Although many electronics are being designed with colours that fit into your home’s decor, TV’s are still and always will be, big black rectangles.
Our design editor Christine Hanlon designed the space below and I love the way she incorporated dark colours in the wallcoverings so as to camouflage the flat screen. Check out more of Christine’s smart ideas on how to camouflage your tech.
Photography by Mark Burstyn