We use lard in most of our pie crusts. Any old fashioned baker will tell you, lard dough is easy to work with, makes your crust very flaky and smells so good when baking your apple pie in the oven. But did you know that compared to butter it has a higher monounsaturated fat content and lower saturated fat than butter? Monounsaturated fat raises HDL which is the good cholesterol in your blood that lowers your risk of heart disease compared to butter.
A lot of people think eating butter crust is better but butter is a high fat cream that has the opposite percentages of the monounsaturated to saturated fat as lard which can increase the bad cholesterol (LDL) that can lead to heart disease....even though admittedly it smells wonderful when baking a pie in the oven.
Just about everyone's had pulled pork on a bun. Time for something new! We did it. We put an all time favourite into a pie. Rich. Sweet. Juicy. Bull's eye.....oops I mean pork!
My first trip to China was in 1999. We were treated to a tea ceremony as part of our tour. I know it was probably a tourist trap but the woman who served us was memorizing. She explained every tea, had a story about each one. Her fingers were small and dainty, her face was like a water painting of ladies from the imperial court or maybe like the China doll my father brought me when he came back from the far east. She carefully poured the tea for us lifting it right at the end for effect. She said and I believed her that women for thousands of years drank the rose tea to keep their skin young and smooth. This was the "ladies tea". You also drink it to stay healthy she said. Was there something magical about roses? rosebuds. They drink it to keep their porcelain luminescent youthful complexion.
Rosebuds it turns out are packed full with vitamin C which is essential for ...well everyone knows for your immunity but they put it in face creams and cleansers to gently peel the dead skin cells...maybe that's how the tea works. It makes an aromatic floral tea...perfect with a small dollop of honey and great for dipping biscotti or shortbread.
The classic "farm house" chicken pot pie - with a generous helping of fresh chunks of chicken that is nicely accented with the wonderful aromas of garlic, rosemary, thyme, bay leaf, sage, celery salt and parsley with a bounty of nature's gifts - potato, onion, carrot, celery, green pea, and mushroom, all steeped in a thickened homemade chicken broth that will 'top your tongue' then bite into the fresh , flaky pastry...that will melt in your mouth. Well you can taste it all...with your eyes!
To help you through the winter blues, Sweet Seduction is offering you a number of "sweet and savoury" in store specials:
TWO PIES: Two (2) fresh 8 inch fruit pies ($12.95 each)....now 2 for $20.00
PIE &PASTA:8 inch fresh fruit pies ($12.95) & 1 package of ravioli or gnocci (non seafood) ($10.00)...now $20.00
PIE & TARTS: 8 inch fresh pie ($12.95) and 1 six (6) pack of butter tarts ($10.00)....now $20.00
3 PIES: 8 inch baked, frozen, fruit pies....3 for $20.00
2 TARTS: Two packs of 6 butter tarts ($10.00 each) and get a FREE mini pie ($3.50 to $4.00)
Valid from January 4, 2018 to January 31, 2018
We started our business in 2015, venturing into the world of Arts & Crafts Shows throughout Ontario, while seeing a positive response and demand for our products, we plunged to establish our 'production house' which offered us a window of options for retail and wholesale operations. Then, moving stridently again, hunting and hunting, real estate secured....the big move, we opened our 'beloved' store.
Some of our key products: Our pies are proudly hand made, all natural, filled with pure fruit with no preservatives, no additives, nothing artificial. Time is the essence....the pies are baked slowly in the oven allowing the flavours to meld, with the fruit bubbling and lusciously spilling over to a gracious thickness that brings back fond memories of grandma's baking. Remember those days? Sweet Seduction creates food that is real, from scratch yet we want to create in an artful and playful manner with hand cut lattices, and uniquely patterned lattice and weave work, and interesting, one of a kind dough cuts, for seasonal themes. So, again, we hope you appreciate the 'time' which is our essence to quality.
THE butter tarts are the 'total' real deal. We are consistently told how good the tarts are, and we sell a boat load of them so that is a great indicator.....we would like you to try them for yourself rather than my words, but I am confident, once you do, I trust you will agree. The handspun dough made fresh everyone morning is tender and crisp, it envelopes the wonderful buttery sweet, not too sweet, filling, that walks a fine line between stable and gooey. Add to that, pecans, raisins, cranberry, walnuts, macadamia nuts, etc.....well, it is magic for your senses both for the visual awe and for your dancing taste buds. Enjoy one, or two!
The Lum Family
My parents were part of the legacy of Lichee Gardens. Food has always fascinated me. My dad always told me to never serve any food that you wouldn't eat yourself. I wanted to bring back the nostalgia of yesteryear, classic food that we knew as a child.