Wednesday, April 27, 2011

LCBO Food & Drink Magazine - Early Summer Issue 2011

The Early Summer issue of the LCBO's Food & Drink Magazine was released in stores today!!

For those that may have caught a glimpse of the cover on their website recently, I can only assume that you have your own hardcopy in your hot little hands as we speak.

Being a bit of a fact hound, I happen to know that I am exactly 1.7 kms from 3 different outlets. It does seem a bit 'DanBrownesque' that I am in this equidistant triangle. My house is some sort of liquor mecca perhaps? For those that know me, you would agree that it is a bit overzealous coverage for my party needs. But there are times when such closeness serves me well. And today was one of those days. My favourite outlet at Kirkwood and Richmond had empty magazine racks when I dropped in at 9:30 this morning. (The Easter holidays had slowed things up. Perhaps by Noon they said.) This could have been very unsettling, but in my case, I just carried on down the road to option two. And voilà!

The Early Summer issue is my second favourite next to the Holiday edition. It tends to scream new season in a way you can actually trust and believe. The winter fatigue is loosening its hold and we are pushing forth from our stale cocoons much like the buds and blooms around us.

This issue is more than pretty. It is packed with tempting recipes perfect for family time and party time. As I was racing through the pages I was struck by how dead easy so many recipes appear to be. Perfect timing with Mother's Day just weeks away.

I may just refer to this as 'The Lucy Edition' with so many of Ms. Waverman's creations tucked between the pages.

The highlights for me:
  • Lemon Roulade with Whipped Cream Limoncello & Lemon Thyme (From What's Fresh for Dinner by Lucy Waverman)
  • Fettuccine with Pancetta, Pine Nuts & Arugula Sauce (From Dressing Up with Greens by Marilyn Bentz-Crowley)
  • Honeyed Grapefruit Gelée with Orange Blossom Water Syrup & Fresh Fruit (From Blossom Season by Christopher St. Onge)
  • Shrimp with Caramel Sauce (From Australia's Regional Cuisine by Lucy Waverman)
  • Japanese Chicken Curry (From Global Chicken by Lucy Waverman)
  • Creamy Barley Risotto with Asparagus & Porcini (From Meatless Marvels by Michael Fagan)
  • Ale Braised Short Ribs (From Opening Weekend by Julia Rogers and Tonia Wilson)
I had a good chuckle at The Family Weekend Playlist. Rick Shurman and Earl Torno included some oldie goldies like When You're In Love With a Beautiful Woman by Dr. Hook and Let Your Love Flow by The Bellamy Brothers. Family Weekend Playlist? More like Making Family Weekend Playlist! They did include some dock rockers like Sunny Days by Lighthouse, Down On the Corner by Creedence Clearwater Revival and Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles. A great list nonetheless and worth a look. You can purchase it online.

Plan ahead: The Summer issue hits the stores 9 weeks from today on Wednesday, June 29th.

Now time to curl up for a more leisurely browse as I nurse my second Flat White.


  1. always love the photos in this mag - mouth watering!! cannot wait for al fresco weather.

  2. I made the ale braised ribs the other night and they were amazing!

  3. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet; I think the ribs will be first thing. Or one of the pavlovas. But I can tell you that the Victoria Gin recommended is very fine indeed.

  4. Just made the Coconut cream pie and the best part is the whipping cream. Unfortunately the custard didn't set after 3 hours. Not sure if this is due to the quality of the coconut milk. It would be nice before going to all that work to have the recipe recommend a brand if this is critical to success. We used Grace,

  5. Wendy: When you are as high profile as Lucy Waverman, product endorsement is tricky business. I did check with her though to see what she might say on how to choose one. Here is her reply from Twitter. "Look for a can that says coconut milk first. Shake can and look for one that does not seem to have much liquid. They are thicker." That is a helpful comment for me. I hope it is for you too.

  6. Jake: You have me pretty pumped to try those short ribs this long weekend. Thanks for weighing in our your experience. It is always nice to hear if the results are as gorgeous as the pictures.

    Ellen: I hope Jake's comment moved you to give the ribs a shot. Love to hear how it went for you.

  7. I would love to make the 'Mustard-Mint Grilled chicken recipe' What mustard is recommended? It doesn't say prepared or dijon. Someone please suggest

  8. Sorry so slow to reply. Caught in a 45 hour power outage.

    I tweeted Lucy Waverman, author of that recipe in the Summer F&D.
    @lucywaverman Quick ? from one of my blog readers: LCBO Summer recipe-Mustard Mint Grilled Chicken: Says use mustard. Is Dijon best? Thnx.

    Her reply back:
    @AMWATERS Always for cooking unless you are looking for a speciic flavour.

    So there you have it. If you see mustard in a recipe, assume dijon unless it says otherwise.

    Good luck with it!

  9. Corn and Black Bean Salad was excellent! I added a bit of fresh parsley along with the basil.
    Makes enough for 8 large portions if using as a side salad.....easy, colorful, and well received!

    Great Keeper Recipe !

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