Host the best summer party yet with these helpful tips.
Photographer Tracey Ayton shares her tips for hosting an outdoor party in her newly renovated backyard.
Vancouver photographer Tracey Ayton took advantage of her newly revamped backyard and a perfect early summer afternoon to host a few design bloggers and decor enthusiasts. Here’s how she pulled together a blog-post-worthy party!
A series of potted herbs in weathered pots reinforces the informal vibe of the table setting and speaks to dining outdoors in the warmer months.
Cobalt blue gingham napkins spice up the casually laid place settings and offer a hit of bright colour to the neutral tablescape.
Placing a few blooming plants in inexpensive buckets around the backyard provides instant colour and texture. and using a variety like lavender also gives off a heavenly scent.
Organically shaped stepping stones lead guests to the beautiful backyard gathering, where they’re first greeted by the host’s friendly sidekick, Griffon, an English pointer.
Paper lanterns hung haphazardly on tree branches are a fun and festive element that signifies to guests where the party’s at.
A self-serve drink station is a party must. Arrange a variety of beverage options on a shelving unit with all the necessary accoutrements.
Serve guests a delicious summer cocktail, like this recipe for Peach Sangria.
An additional seating area, complete with plush toss cushions, a garden stool to hold drinks and a modern firepit, lends a cozy ambience to the party setting.
Bite-sized appetizers are easy to munch on while socializing with other party guests.
These string lights with larger bulbs are reminiscent of an outdoor space in a european village and instantly set the warm, inviting mood here.
A large rustic table with a mix of metal and resin wicker chairs adds to the casual feel and is perfect for just a few friends or a multitude of guests.
This easy soup recipe will be a comforting delight on a cold winter's day.
Warm up with one of these simple and delicious soup recipes.
Nothing warms you up on a cold blustery day quite like a delicious bowl of homemade soup. From hearty stews and chowder to creamy soups and minestrone we've gathered some of our favourite recipes to help satisfy your next cold-weather comfort food craving.
If you're looking for an easy weeknight meal, a way to use up leftovers or simply prepping for the week ahead we guarantee these simple and delicious recipes will do the trick.
This easy soup recipe will be a comforting delight on a cold winter's day. Find the recipe here.
A nutritious, and culinary versatile, pumpkins bring a new fall flavour to old standbys like soup. Find the recipe here.
This tasty leek and cauliflower soup with a drop of cool Greek yogurt will definitely tempt your palate. Find the recipe here.
Pair with crunchy crackers and you've got a tasty, and hearty meal for a cold Winter night. Find the recipe here.
Keep warm with this savoury minestrone soup recipe, that's filled with loads of flavour. Find the recipe here.
This delicious savoury soup is ideal for comfort-food lovers of every age. Find the recipe here.
Full-flavoured ingredients makes this cannellini bean and pancetta soup good-to-the-last-drop. Find the recipe here.
Shake off the chill in the air with this savoury wild mushroom and butternut squash soup. Find the recipe here.
Your weeknight dinner dilemma is solved with apple cheddar soup paired with tasty sage croutons. Find the recipe here.
Seafood and saffron add a savoury twist to classic tomato soup. Find the recipe here.
A creamy soup that uses soaked cashews instead of animal products. Find the recipe here.
Stay warm this month with a spicy blend of jalapenos, chilies, and peppers, perfect for lunch and dinner. Find the recipe here.
A hearty and stewlike soup with an exotic aroma of Middle Eastern spices that will fill your kitchen with their warm, toasty smell. Find the recipe here.
French onion soup might sound fancy, but it’s one of the easiest soups you can whip up, using ingredients you likely already have on hand. Find the recipe here.
Keep warm with a bowl (or two) of this tasty bean soup from Vicky Jones's book, Out of the Pod. Find the recipe here.
Find a warm comfort in butternut squash and shiitake mushroom soup ladled over soba noodles. Find the recipe here.
Embrace the last days of winter with this hearty parsnip and pear soup. Find the recipe here.
Cure your winter blues with this delicious green bean soup. Find the recipe here.
A simple and delicious soup recipe that combines good-for-you greens and grains. Find the recipe here.
Out of the Pod and into your bowl, Vicky Jones shares her recipe for this hearty bean soup. Find the recipe here.
This tasty rice pilaf is easy to make and takes no time at all.
This tasty rice pilaf is easy to make and takes no time at all.
Use fresh herbs when making this tasty rice pilaf.
1 In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat; add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent and softened, about 4 minutes.
2 Add the rice and garlic; cook, stirring, until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute.
3 Stir in the broth, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low; cover and simmer until the rice is tender, about 20 minutes.
4 Remove from the heat; fluff the rice with a fork. Add the basil, sage, thyme, lemon zest and juice and toss with a fork until combined; serve.
You'll love this exquisitely sweet and patriotic pie.
This fall, end your Sunday nights with a delicious maple butter tart pie.
Go big or go home this fall. Try your hand at this divine recipe, which takes the nationally revered butter tart and makes it even better by turning it into a whole decadent pie, subtly flavoured with our next favourite thing, maple syrup. What does that mean for your final course of the day? As large a portion as you desire and more of that sugary, buttery filling in every single bite. Oh, Canada!
1 In a food processor, pulse the flour, sugar and salt. Add the butter and lard, and pulse to a fine crumble.
2 Add the egg and water. Process the mixture to a loose, crumbly meal.
3 Work the pastry into a 1"-thick round disc, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll the pastry into a ¼"-thick and 12"-round disc.
4 Roll the pastry around a rolling pin.
5 Unroll over a 9-½" springform pan.
6 Work the pastry into the edges of the pan, forming a loose, wavy crust. Chill for 10 minutes.
7 To blind bake the pastry shell, line the pastry with parchment paper and cover the bottom with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 15 minutes in an oven preheated to 350ºF; remove the parchment paper and pie weights.
8 To make the filling, whisk together the maple syrup, sugar, melted butter, eggs and vinegar in a bowl.
9 Pour the mixture into the baked shell and place the pie on a baking sheet.
10 Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour on the centre rack of the oven. The pie is done when the top is golden brown but the centre is still wobbly. Let cool before serving.
Serves 8 to 10.