January 30th, 2014

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead – No More

One man’s plight inspires over five million people to improve their health and reboot their lives!


For nearly a decade, Australian business man Joe Cross battled with debilitating autoimmune disease symptoms, suffered from high blood pressure, high cholesterol and pre-diabetic conditions until embarking on a holistic mission to rid himself of medication and “reboot” his life. For 60 days, Joe set-off on a medically supervised juicing cleanse that helped him shed more than 80 pounds, freed him of medication dependency and inspired millions of people through his film, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, to follow his lead and Reboot their own lives.

December 16th, 2013

Top eight holiday gifts for the chef in your life

For the chef on your gift list look no further than the kitchen. These eight compact kitchen tools will warm any foodie’s heart this holiday season.

  1. The Cuisinart Countertop Steam Oven is truly a unique oven that incorporates all the functions of a professional steam oven in a countertop footprint.
  2. Start holiday mornings off right with the Breville Smart Waffle Maker. With its no-mess overflow moat, Thermal Pro™ even heat, auto start countdown it will make sure that your waffles start Christmas morning with a smile.
  3. The T-fal Optigrill  simple to use colour-coded system monitors the cooking process and features 600 cm² of cooking surface. Clean up is made easy with detachable and dishwasher safe plates.

November 21st, 2013

Twelve Recipes of Christmas

with Chef Julie Van Rosendaal


Download this recipe book featuring our holiday favorites from Julie Van Rosendaal using the latest compact kitchen appliances. Follow #LDHoliday to join the conversation about the new tools for holiday entertaining.

October 9th, 2013

Crock-tober—the month when slow cooking food rules!

Even though my kids are (pretty much) grown up, they still long for those things fall brings—fluffy socks, snow days and hot yummy meals. I can’t do much to conjure lost socks or change the weather, but I CAN pull out my crock-pot and make some pretty delicious food!

The thing I personally find most amazing about slow cooking is that it’s so easy and it tastes so good. You don’t sacrifice anything because the process is so efficient. Take fast food—it’s fast and cheap, but not necessarily good or healthy.

September 4th, 2013

Fast and easy meals for back to school from Chef Andrew Parker

ChefChef Andrew Parker has a message for post secondary students as they’re getting settled into their back to school routine.

“Ditch the instant noodles and get cooking!”

Chef Parker has come up with a variety of fast and easy recipes perfect for any student’s busy study schedule.

Using space-saving and budget-friendly small appliances like the Big Boss Grill Set and Crock Pot 4.5 Quart Slow Cooker, students can make a variety of fast, healthy and affordable meals.

Cooking is also great stress relief for students needing a brain break.

Here are two great dishes from Chef Parker that are perfect for a study session!

CrockPotCrock Pot Pulled Pork

  • 1 Medium Sized Pork Shoulder (Rubbed in Seasoning Salt or BBQ Rub)
  • 1 Carrot
  • 2 Celery Stalk
  • 1 White Onion
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • Parsley Stems
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • BBQ Sauce (Store bought or use Chef Parker’s recipe below)


  • Rub down the pork with a rub or seasoning salt.
  • Clean the vegetables and chop them into larger pieces (the vegetables and all the other ingredients give the pork an earthy flavour when it’s slow roasted).
  • Put two cups of water in the slow cooker.
  • Add the vegetables to the slow cooker.
  • Put the pork on top of the vegetables in the slow cooker.
  • Set it and forget it. Cook on low for 6-7 hours.
  • When done, remove vegetables and compost them.
  • Tear the pork apart with a fork (it will fall apart easily), and put into a container.
  • Add BBQ sauce and stir together.
  • Place a generous helping of the pork on a whole-wheat bun and serve with a side of coleslaw or fresh salad.

Chef Parker’s BBQ Sauce

  • 1 tbsp. Olive or Vegetable Oil
  • Half White Onion (Fine Diced)
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (Fine Diced)
  • Half Orange (Peeled and Segmented)
  • 3 Rosemary Springs (Leaves off, Fine Diced)
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 2 Cups Ketchup
  • 1/3 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  • 3 tbsp. Molasses


  • Heat a small pot over medium heat
  • Add oil to sauté the onions
  • Let the onions cook, then add your garlic
  • After browning, add the liquids and let boil
  • Add ketchup with brown sugar and other spices
  • Mix well

Easy Waffles with Whip Cream and Candied Bacon

  • ½ Pound Bacon (Cut into thin strips)
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Butter, Melted
  • Can of Aerosol Whipped Cream, or Cool Whip
  • 2 Cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 4 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 2 tbsp. White Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 ½ Cups Warm Milk
  • 1/3 Cups Butter, Melted
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Step by Step

  • Mix brown sugar with ¼ cup butter – this is a glaze for the bacon. Cook your bacon in this mixture. Let it cool off, you have candied bacon!
  • Heat your Big Boss Grill using the waffle plates.
  • With the rest of the ingredients, mix together thoroughly until smooth and there are no lumps. Leave out at room temperature before using.
  • Add a generous ladle of the waffle mixture to the grill set. Careful not to fill it too much, or it will overflow.
  • Close the lid and let the batter cook for between 6-8 minutes. Do not open the grill during cooking.
  • Plate the waffles, add a dollop of whipped cream and add your candied bacon. No need for syrup – the whipped cream and candied bacon will make this a sweet treat.

April 4th, 2013

Breville – We’re big on small appliances


Breville 850 watt Juice Fountain


  • 2 variable speed control
  • Overload protection light
  • dishwasher safe
  • stainless steel micro mesh juice filter with 40,000 pores, 115 conical knives and 2 blades
  • 1L juice pitcher
  • extra large pulp container
  • 13,000 rpm at high speed, 6500 rpm at low speed
  • patented 3 inch centred circular feed chute
  • Available at London Drugs


Breville Risotto Plus

risottoThe Risotto Plus is an advanced multi-cooker that can make tender slow-cooked meals, stir-free risotto, fluffy rice and quinoa all in the same cooking bowl. Also with a sauté setting that allows you to caramelize all your lovely fresh ingredients.
See recipe for Mushroom Risotto

Available at London Drugs



Breville Immersion Blender

breville_blenderAntisuction Blending Technology: Revolutionary bell-shaped blending base combined with internal ribbing reduces suction for greater control and more efficient blending.
Ergonomic Control Grip: Trigger operation for ease of use. Hand in natural position for stability and control.
Additional Features: 15 variable speeds, 8″ immersion depth on the stick blender, to blend large quantities directly into a tall pot or container. With non-scratch base to protect pots and pans from scratching. Compact storage as the jug houses the chopping bowl for easier processing and convenient storage.
See recipe for Spicy Satay Sauce

Available at London Drugs

Breville Die-Cast 2 Slice Smart Toaster


  • Intelligent one-touch auto lowering toaster
  • Motorized level that gradually lowers the toaster down into the toasting slots and steadily raises the toast when the cycle is complete
  • Innovative “Life and Lock” feature that raises and lower the toast mid-cycle to monitor the browning without having to cancel or reset the cycle
  • “A Bit More” function allows the user to lower the bread carriage for additional toasting time, when only a short time is needed.

Available at London Drugs

Breville Cafe Roma Espresso Maker


  • Stainless steel construction for durability and refined finish
  • Advanced cream system
  • 15 bar thermoblock pump system
  • Froth enhancer
  • Removable 1.2 litre water tank

Available at London Drugs

May 9th, 2012

Time Saving Kitchen Gadgets

Julian Sanders from @LD_Saskatoon shows off some time saving appliances. Soda Stream home made pop, Donut Maker, Baby Cakes Cupcake Maker and the Hamilton Beach Fast Pop

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