We carefully sourced all the products in our fine foods market. Vendors are from Ontario who use natural ingredients, grown in Ontario. Our cured meats are antibiotic free, hormone free, made from free range, organic meat. Tapas and Tapenade are vegan, to be used as spreads on crackers with your favourite wine or to top your own pizza. Our mustards can be used to marinade meat or on a gourmet hot dog...yum!
Our best gingerbreads yet. Commissioned for a party this last weekend we added a secret ingredient to spice things up...orange zest. Thick chewy gingerbread with that extra zing. As we wrapped and tied the bows, not a single break. They were perfect. Thinking of making gingerbreads all year.
Berry Blast. Apple Maple Pecan. Strawberry Raspberry. Naked before being topped. There is also Raspberry Rhubarb...come see us in the store or check out our online store for your Easter dinner.
An extra special angel food cake - so light, so airy, so fluffy and so very delicious! Add strawberries and real whipped cream, now that's food for the angels. Made in single servings, cakes and slabs or so as you wish. Joyeux anniversaire mes amis!
This dessert quickly became a crowd favourite as soon as we opened....let's see what is the best way to describe it? It's a shortbread crust layered with butter, sweetened condensed milk, baked together and exquisitely topped with chocolate chips and Skor bits for an ultra yummy guilt free treat.
Chicken Pot pie for your Superbowl party!
...just about to go into the oven, this will be stewed to perfection.
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 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.