I really enjoy the Food & Drink magazines that the LCBO provides for free. The recipes never disappoint.
There is a reason why these magazines disappear from the stores so fast. I’m not going to lie, perhaps in the past, I have had to drive to multiple locations to find the latest issue. Luckily, the Holiday 2013 issue was available at the location of my choice.
The cover of the Holiday 2013 issue featured the Horseradish and Smoked Trout Pâté on Rye and I thought it would be the perfect appetizer to serve during the holidays. Sure enough, my guests devoured them all. 🙂

If you didn’t pick up the Food & Drink Holiday 2013 issue in store – no worries, the recipe can be also found on the LCBO website.

10 slices rye bread
3 tbsp (45 mL) melted butter
½ cup (125 mL) sour cream
¼ cup (60 mL) unsalted butter, softened
3 tbsp (45 mL) prepared horseradish, drained
2 tbsp (30 mL) finely chopped red onions
Salt and freshly ground pepper
8 oz (250 g) smoked trout, skin removed
½ English cucumber, thinly sliced

½ cup (125 mL) radish sprouts (I used pea sprouts instead)
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

Cut crusts off bread. Brush both sides with butter. Cut into triangles or squares. Bake for 8 minutes, flipping once halfway through, until golden and toasted. Reserve.

In a bowl, stir together sour cream, butter, horseradish and onions. Season with salt and pepper.

Flake trout into sour cream mixture and stir gently.

Place a slice of cucumber on toast. Top with about 2 tsp (10 mL) trout mixture and garnish with radish sprouts.

Serves 6 to 8

Wish List Wednesday

After shopping and wrapping all your gifts and attending back to back gatherings, you will need to indulge yourself and relax, why not with these lovely bath salts

Super cute and festive necklace for the holidays – Lenora Dame

I love the look of this match stick bottle and to add practicality to this it has the strike at the bottom!

Ahh bloody mary kit. The staple to any brunch, or also known as the cure to every hangover right?

20131221-221843.jpg This gin is infused with lavender – mmm my fav!

Carry your pie in style!

Wish List Wednesday

What better way to start off a wish list than with a gold wishbone bottle opener.

I heart these french hook earrings from J. Crew

Or better yet these Burgundy earrings by Eric Beamon.

The days are getting colder-therefore sweaters are a must to keep you warm throughout the season. I’m really enjoying this vintage inspired print.

Noble Maple Syrup mmm gourmet lovers check out this handcrafted maple syrup packaged in a bourbon bottle.

Do you want to enhance the flavour to your favorite cocktail? Then add some Basement Frost Bitters. Literally packaged in a basement on a farm in New York.

Wednesday Wish List (Cookbook Edition)

I know, I know, I’m terrible, yet again another late Wednesday Wish List post. I’m sorry readers!
I said it before, and I will say it again…better late then never right?!
I decided to share some creative cookbooks which I really enjoy and I think you will too. These are great gifts for the hostesses you know! They will really be impressed when you hand them one of these cookbooks.

Sprinkles Bakes is a great baking blog. All of her creations are stunning and her recipes always turn out when I try them.

Smitten Kitchen came out with this cookbook last year. So perhaps you already have it, and if you do you know exactly what I mean when I say this cookbook has great recipes. Plus 85 of the 105 recipes are vegetarian!

I really, really heart this cookbook. Sprouted Kitchen is another food blogger that created a cookbook. Her recipes never disappoint. She takes whole, real foods and creates amazing, unique dishes.

I’m super disappointed I couldn’t get a reservation at French Laundry or Ad Hoc while in California this summer. So what’s the best next thing? The cookbook! Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc cookbookoffers great comfort food recipes you can make at home!
Looking through all these cookbooks are making me super hungry!