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Raspberry Marshmallows

Raspberry Marshmallows

Looking for something a bit different for treats this Christmas I have turned to marshmallows. If you haven’t made marshmallows at home you really must give them a try.  They are soft and fluffy and melt in your mouth. You can make them any flavour you want and you can even dip them in chocolate! Yes, that’s a thing!

I have some fabulous raspberry syrup that I was inspired by, raspberries are my favorite berry. The flavour takes me back to the hot summer days out on the farm. The spectacular burst of flavour eating sun warmed berries right off the bushes. It is quite amazing how a taste of something as simple as a berry can instantly transport you back in time. Really is there anything better!

You can use any flavouring you like, from cooked down jams with the seeds removed, to espresso powder mixed with a little water to bottled flavourings like vanilla, maple or almond extract. And peppermint is a great seasonal flavouring for Christmas. Don’t forget to add a few drops of food coloring to bump up the eye appeal!

If you like things a bot more tropical be sure to pop over and check out the Toasted Tropical Marshmallows I made a few years ago. They are the next level of marshmallow love.

 

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Raspberry Marshmallows
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 envelopes of gelatin
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • ½ cup of corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of raspberry syrup
  • ⅔ cup of icing sugar
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon of shortening
  • sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Place the gelatin and ½ cup of the water in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. Allow to soak.
  3. In a medium saucepan combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt and remaining ½ cup of water.
  4. Over medium high heat bring to a rolling boil.
  5. Continue to boil for 1 minute.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. With the mixer on low, using the whisk attachment, slowly pour the hot syrup into the gelatin.
  8. Add the raspberry syrup (or whatever flavour you are using)
  9. Turn the mixer to high and whip for 12 minutes.
  10. Transfer the marshmallow fluff to a buttered 9x9 pan for nice thick marshmallows or a 9x13 for thinner marshmallows.
  11. Cover the surface with plastic wrap that has been sprayed liberally with non stick spray.
  12. Allow to set over night.
  13. Using a sifter or fine mesh colander cover a cutting board with a nice layer of sifted icing sugar.
  14. Remove the marshmallow slab on to the icing sugar covered cutting board.
  15. With a sharp knife cut the slab into squares or rectangles.
  16. Sift icing sugar over all sides if the cut marshmallows.
  17. Store in a covered container.
  18. Place the chocolate chips and shortening in a metal bowl.
  19. Place over a small pot of simmering water.
  20. Stir until the chocolate is melted.
  21. Remove from heat.
  22. Dip an end of the marshmallow into the chocolate.
  23. Set on a sheet of parchment paper.
  24. Sprinkle with sprinkles if desired.
  25. Set for 1 hour.

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Graham Wafer Toffee

Graham Wafer Toffee

I am sure you have seen it everywhere. It seems every season more and more people are making it. With good reason. It is sweet, buttery, crunchy and just spectacular! You may have seen it made with saltines, and it is fantastic. That little hit of salt and the flakiness of the crackers is perfect.

But there is just something about graham wafers that I can’t resist. The flavour is one that takes me back to my childhood and one that I still love today.

Graham Wafer Toffee is quick, very easy and fairly inexpensive. You can substitute saltines for the graham wafers and change out the type of nut used on top to one your family enjoys!

GrahamWafer Toffee
 
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  • 16 graham wafers
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1½ cups of semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of toasted pecans - chopped
Instructions
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and lightly spray with non stick spray.
  2. Arrange the graham wafers with sides touching, covering the entire surface of the cookie sheet.
  3. Set aside.
  4. In a small saucepan melt the butter over medium heat.
  5. Add the brown sugar stirring to combine.
  6. Cook and stir the mixture until it comes to a boil.
  7. Boil for 2 minutes.
  8. Pour the hot sugar mixture over the graham wafers.
  9. Use an offset spatula to spread the sugar to completely cover the graham wafers
  10. Bake at 350 for 6 minutes or until bubbling.
  11. Remove from oven.
  12. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the surface of the bubbly brown sugar.
  13. Allow the chips to soften for a few minutes.
  14. I like to cover the cookie sheet with another cookie sheet to help retain the heat and melt the chips.
  15. Once the chocolate chips are shiny they are soft.
  16. Using the offset spatula spread the chocolate to completely cover the buttery sugar layer.
  17. Sprinkle with the toasted chopped pecans and allow to cool fully.
  18. Break apart and enjoy!

 

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Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

Gingerbread, a flavour close to my heart. If you look up at the top of the page you will see a section titled Gingerbread Houses, after you’re done here jump over and take a look! There you will find the collection of my gingerbread builds that have raised $1000’s of dollars for charity. Thanks for checking them out, I cherish the fact that with sugar and flour I can make such substantial donations during the Christmas season.

Gingerbread Whoopie Pie From Nutmeg Disrupted

Now about these Gingerbread Whoopie Pies. They looks amazing yes?! I thought so too. I was inspired from all the Whoopie Pies showing up in my Instagram stream a couple of weeks ago from some of the amazing Canadian food bloggers I follow. They were served during a coffee break on the final day of #FBC2016 in Toronto. Due to business obligations I could not attend the conference this year but eagerly watched my social media feeds to capture as much of the action as I could. For days after the conference I was distracted by thoughts of those whoopee pies and knew I had to recreate them at home.

They turned out amazing! Soft and tender, full of traditional gingerbread flavour and a creamy buttery filling, perfection really!

I invite you to give them a try and let me know what you think! Perfect for holiday cookie trays, the quintessential side to a steamy hot cup of coffee or a mug tea, definitely a must try!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a fantastic rest of your day!

 

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Gingerbread Whoopie Pies
 
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Recipe type: baked
Serves: 14
Ingredients
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup Crosby molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup granulated
  • Buttercream Icing
  • 4 cups of confectioners/icing sugar
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons of milk
  • pinch of cup of butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients except the ¼ cup of granulated sugar together in a bowl.
  2. Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add molasses, egg and vanilla; beat well.
  3. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed.
  4. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a plate.
  5. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  6. Roll the cookie balls in the granulated sugar and place on a silpat or parchment lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake 8 - 10 minutes.
  8. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes.
  9. Remove to a cooling rack.
  10. While they are cooling make the buttercream icing.
  11. Cream the butter in the bowl of a mixer.
  12. Add half the confectioners sugar, 1 tablespoon of milk and the salt.
  13. Beat well to combine.
  14. Add the remaining confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla.
  15. Beat well until fluffy.
  16. If the icing appears dry add an additional table spoon of milk.
  17. Spread a generous amount of icing on one cookie and top it with a second creating a sandwich.

 

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What’s new at McDonald’s & A Giveaway.

What’s new at McDonald’s & A Giveaway.

Have you stopped by McDonald’s lately? You should.

There are a lot of new things happening with McDonald’s. From the cool new additions on the My McD’s McDonald’s app to the fantastic Create Your Taste table service burger experience. It is definitely worth a trip. If you have a smart phone take a few minutes to download the new McDonald’s app before you do. To download the app search My McD’s or McDonald’s Canada in the Apple and Android App Stores.

The app has a plethora of information and setting up an account is super easy. Once your account is all set up you can explore all the app has to offer.  It has the nutritional information for all the menu items to help you make more informed decisions. It will show you where the closet McDonald’s locations are. And best of all, there are Mobile Offers to help you save money when you are eating on the go! You can redeem the mobile offers at the drive thru, the front counter and at the kiosk.

There is also something new happening at McDonald’s you MUST check out. You have probably seen the commercials for the new table service burger experience called Create Your Taste. Using the kiosk you build your burger from scratch starting with the bun or lettuce wrap, through the amazing list of condiments to the fantastic toppings, like caramelized onions or crispy fried onions to sauted mushrooms, guacamole or the spectacular sundried tomato pesto (seriously try the pesto, they should sell it by the jar!) You can add additional paddies, each one a 1/3 pound of Angus Alberta beef and bacon to finish it off. The kiosk makes it vey easy to create your burger and you have options for sides like poutine, regular McDonald’s fries or salad.

Once your order is placed and paid for you take a tracker and head to your table.

Create Your Taste table service burger experience at McDonlds from Nutmeg Disrupted

Your order is now being prepared in a special Create Your Taste section of the kitchen and will be brought to your table along with your drinks.

Create Your Taste build a burger table service experience at McDonalds from Nutmeg Disrupted

I have to say the burgers are fantastic! You really have to try it. These are not the McDonald’s burgers you have had in the past. I have had to opportunity to try the Create Your Taste experience twice now, once at a Gastropost Outpost event when they rolled out the program and once last week. The new Create Your Taste burger is comparable to the big box sit down restaurant burgers……only better. Seriously, I can’t say enough about it, tasting is believing.

If you are on Instagram do a quick search of the #createyourtasteCA hashtag to see how creative people are getting with their burgers.

We would loved you try the My McD’s App and the Create Your Taste table service burger experience. We have one $25 gift card, supplied  by McDonald’s to giveaway so your next visit will be on them! All you need to do is be a Twitter follower and share this post on Twitter! The winner will be announced on the 21st of September.

disclosure: The opinions in this post are my own. I was given a gift card to try out the My McD’s app. McDonald’s is supplying the gift card for this giveaway. This contest is only open to my Canadian readers.

 

 

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Char-Broil Gratitude Post & the birth of a smoker.

Char-Broil Gratitude Post & the birth of a smoker.

I have been wondering how to start this post for a while now. It came to me quite clearly  a few days ago to just simply share the story I have been telling so many in the journey to build this smoker. Because how else do you let the world know of a company with customer service so outstanding that you want everyone to own their products? Of a company that stepped up way way above and beyond. A company I had the pleasure of working with last spring when they rolled out their Life Is Better Bbqed campaign.

Of course I am talking about Char-Broil.

My replacement Char-Broil BBQ on Nutmeg Disrupted

In the spring of 2015 I did a 3 post project for Char-Broil. They had a Spring campaign going on with Lowes and I was honored to be a part of it. As you know we love BBQ on Nutmeg Disrupted and to work with such an amazing team was a dream come true. I received a gorgeous Char-Broil BBQ from Lowes to review and grill with for the campaign. The BBQ was mine to keep.

Flash forward a few weeks after the campaign wrapped up standing in line at Starbucks…

My phone buzzed, it was a text from my son. A huge storm was rolling into town and a tree was down in the backyard. As I was standing there I was struck with a bit of panic. Tree down. Which tree. No way it could be the 1000+ pound tree beside the deck. Then he sent a photo from the inside of the house through the patio door. All you could see was leaves.

Indeed it was said tree.

I paid for my coffee then quickly made the 70 minute trip home.

A huge maple tree down from a summer storm.

Massive tree down during a summer storm on Nutmeg Disrupted

A bbq crushed by a massive tree on Nutmeg Disrupted

That was what I found when I arrived home.

I was devastated. Yes that is a bold statement to make about a BBQ, but in that moment I was completely devastated. It took a couple of days to get the tree bucked up and retrieve the crushed grill. Almost every inch of it was damaged.

The evening the tree fell I had Tweeted about the storm and the sad fate of my BBQ. I was thankful no one was hurt, had anyone been grilling out back I can’t even imagine how that would have ended. The smoker that was on the deck took a hit and was damaged but the full weight of the tree was on the BBQ.

What happened next was something so unexpected and wonderful.

Within 24 hours of my BBQ misfortune I had been contacted by the marketing company that represented Char-Broil during the Lowes campaign.

Char-Broil had heard about what happened and they wanted to make it right and send me a new BBQ to replace the one that was crushed. Talk about a company standing behind their product! Because I had done some work for them they were willing to replace their product, not because they had to, simply because they wanted to. Now that is a brand I want to stand behind and do business with.

I may have cried a little when I received that news. BBQ is a passion and to have not only my smoker but my BBQ also taken out in a brief moment was a huge loss.

Char-Broil customer service on Nutmeg Disrupted

After the tree was cleared away we took apart the BBQ to salvage any of the good parts. It felt like a such a waste tossing out such a new piece of equipment and the goal now was to repurpose what we could. Immediately it was decided that we would build a smoker. The only pieces not damaged were the handles off the doors, the temperature gage, the logo and the heating element area of the grill, though bent it was still functioning. With the salvaged bits stored away we set off with a plan of building a smoker. We had an idea of what we wanted for the body of the smoker and scoured the ads for upcoming auction sales. Everything we looked at was just not quite what we had envisioned until one day while in Canadian Tire after a year long search we found the perfect body for our new smoker.

Shopping for a new smoker body on Nutmeg Disrupted

The vision has always been to build a large smoker. Something substantial so that we had the area to do a large cook. Having catered weddings and hosted pig roasts we have had the opportunity to use some very large BBQs and we wanted our smoker to not only be impressive but have the power to do the job.

Adding the Char-Broil details to the new smoker on Nutmeg Disrupted

From there everything started to fall into place. In conversation with Brian our butcher we mentioned that we were building a smoker and he gave us a great idea as to what we could use for the racking inside the unit. The heating element was a close fit and with a bit of work the smoker started to coming together.

Fitting the heating element into the new smoker on Nutmeg Disrupted

We did a few small trial runs to work out the kinks and cooked for an event mid summer.

The first offical cook with the new smoker on Nutmeg Disrupted

The smoker has been getting a lot of attention, it is a gorgeous piece of equipment and with every inquiry I share my Char-Broil story.

In closing I want to say a heartfelt thank you to Char-Broil. Not only have you made this girls BBQ dreams continue, you make a product that I love and your customer service is unmatched. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

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