Tag: Entertaining

Jamaican cuisine: A delightful tangle of cultures

| April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Jamaican cuisine: A delightful tangle of cultures

  Joyfully vibrating to the beat of reggae, Jamaica is a lush tropical island paradise and, understandably, a popular tourist destination. While exploring the culinary history and culture of the island, I also learned of its uniqueness and delighted in the evolving historical puzzle that became more complex with each wave of new arrivals to […]

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Morocco’s exotic cuisine

| January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
Morocco’s exotic cuisine

  Morocco’s culinary roots can be traced back to nomads, known as Berbers, who lived off the land. Subsequently, traders and conquering nations introduced a myriad of food customs, but the most profound impact came with the 7th-Century Arab invasion, which brought a wide variety of exotic spices (cumin, cinnamon, saffron, ginger and caraway). Today, the […]

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New legislation great for Canadian wine consumption

| January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
New legislation great for Canadian wine consumption

Canada has a great and evolving home-grown wine culture. More wineries are being established; grape growers and wine-makers continue to hone their craft and Canadian wine drinkers are aware and justifiably proud of our fantastic wines. And, with a little luck and a touch of patience, wine drinkers from one end of our nation to […]

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Where’s the Beef? In Argentina, of course!

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Where’s the Beef? In Argentina, of course!

  Argentina is the second largest country in South America and one of the greatest food- and wine-producing nations in the world. Long before European explorers began to arrive, native Indians lived in Argentina. By 1530, Argentina saw its first Spanish settlers. With a strong immigration policy aimed at incorporating Europeans into the fabric of […]

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Malaysia’s amalgamated cuisine

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Malaysia’s amalgamated cuisine

  Food holds a privileged place in the lives of Malaysians. They love to eat and view food as an important (indeed serious) expression of hospitality. In fact, Malaysian High Commissioner Dato’ Hayati Ismail insists that “guests must be fed regardless of the time of day — no questions asked.” Many may automatically assume Malaysian cuisine […]

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Exploring Norway’s fresh-food culture

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Exploring Norway’s fresh-food culture

  A country’s culture rests in a composite — language, dress, music, dance, architecture and traditions. A country’s character reveals itself also through its food, what was, and is, cultivated in various regions, coupled with methods of food preparation and preservation. My next series of articles will explore the national cuisine of various countries through […]

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Savouring sake

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Savouring sake

Though delicious, sake can be challenging. From sommeliers to novices, many know exactly what they like to drink. We are familiar with wine, beer and spirits, and we have favourite situations we all like to enjoy them in. It can be a pint of lager at the pub, a glass of Pinot Noir at dinner, […]

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The art of small bites

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
The art of small bites

  Over the past decade, food and wine have become a serious part of many people’s lifestyle. Just take note of the number of new restaurants popping up, the myriad TV cooking shows and the expansion of high-end kitchen accessory and gourmet stores. With all these resources and sources of inspiration, entertaining at home may […]

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The ultimate stacked dinner

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
The ultimate stacked dinner

Just as our political, environmental and social worlds spin at an alarming rate, so too does the culinary world. While not underestimating the importance of global changes, the world of food has dramatically evolved on a number of fronts. In the past few years, organic, local and seasonal have become important buzz words often inspiring, […]

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A relaxed chic dinner

| December 1, 2010 | 0 Comments
A relaxed chic dinner

This is the second article of six highlighting themes from my new cooking and lifestyle TV series, Margaret’s Table. Each theme guides viewers and Diplomat’s readers through practical entertaining options while always maintaining a sense of occasion. Home entertaining is on the rise. And when it comes to entertaining, it is important to be able […]

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