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ChicWrap, The World’s Best Plastic Wrap Dispenser, is Now Available in Canada Through Foodea.com

Meet the next generation of plastic wrap dispensing and simplify your life with style with ChicWrap! The ZipSafe Slide Cutter, 250′ professional plastic wrap, sustainable wipe-clean design, and non-skid rubber feet make ChicWrap a must have for anyone who shares the passion for cooking.

ChicWrap is easy to assemble. Open the sealed box and take out the ZipSafe Slide Cutter. Peel off the protection tape, and affix to the outlined spot on the top of the unit. Stick the four rubber feet to the designated spots on the bottom of the box. Finally, feed the professional plastic wrap through the top, closing the box up.

ChicWrap features:

  • ZipSafe Slide Cutter
  • 250′ professional grade plastic wrap
  • sustainable wipe-clean dispenser box
  • non-skid rubber feet (grip to all kitchen surfaces)
  • six designs to choose from

ChicWrap was created by Ian Kaiser and Sean Neiberger, cofounders of the Allen Reed Company. Kaiser and Neiberger have been immersed in the world of plastic wrap for more than 20 years providing professional chefs, restaurants and local school cafeterias with easy and effective ways to dispense and cut professional grade plastic wrap. With ChicWrap, they’re bringing the same professional quality to the your home kitchen.

ChicWrap is now available in Canada through Foodea.com. It comes in six colourful designs; California, Citrus, Cook’s Tools, Modern Dots, Sunflowers and Triangles and is priced at $12.95 per unit (each unit includes 250′ feet of plastic wrap). Refill rolls are also available for $19.95 (includes 4x 250′ rolls).

Retailers interested in selling ChicWrap products, please contact us for more information.

February 4, 2013 | By | Reply More

Sandbanks Winery – Love Cassis Aperitivo

Looking for the perfect Valentine’s day gift? Sandbanks Winery presents Love Cassis Aperitvio. Love is a blend of white wine and organic Canadian cassis (black currant syrup) sourced from the beautiful Île d’Orléans. A wine to fulfil body and soul; love demands total surrender, so embrace the moment. Good alone, better with company. Love is now available from LCBO Vintages, priced at $14.95 (375mL).

Enter the #LoveShots contest! Take a picture of you and your loved one enjoying Love. Tweet/Facebook/Instagram the photo with the hashtag #LoveShots and you’ll automatically be entered to win a romantic trip to Prince Edward County including a night in a local B&B, dinner at a restaurant and a tasting at the winery.

We attended the launch of LOVE earlier this week at the Summerhill LCBO in Toronto. Rossy Earle of Supi CuCu catered the event with some delicious eats. Left to right: yuca fries with diablos fuego ketchup. Shrimp ajillo with sofrito onions and garlic savoy cabbage. Corn cups with homemade chorizo and asiago cheese. Crostini of roasted pork with diablas kiss and candied smoked pineapple.

For more information on Love follow @sandbankswinery or visit their website www.sandbankswinery.com.

February 2, 2013 | By | Reply More

Beertone is a Pantone Colour Chart for Beer

Beertone combines a love for beer with beautiful design, resulting in a fun and useful colour coded resource similar to a Pantone colour chart. Created by a two man team in Switzerland, the first volume features over 200 beers from Switzerland. Future instalments will focus on beer from Germany (Jan 2013) and Brazil (May 2013). They’re also accepting suggestions for future guides on their Facebook page.

The guides are structured so that they start with the lightest, and end with the darkest.

Each Beer will be presented with picture, description and of course its color Information, RGB, CMYK, Web, SRM (the beer color scale). We are shooting each beer, bottle and the beer itself in a glass.

Each page features The Beertone X-Ray; showcasing the bottle, alcohol volume, brewery, colour information and more!

Here’s an example of what the guide looks like:

Beertone retails for $39 US, special editions including Beertone branded glassware are also available. Pre-order from www.beertone.ch.

[via Gizmodo & Foodiggity]

January 10, 2013 | By | Reply More

Butter Chicken Lasagna Recipe Wins Recipe to Riches

The winner of Recipe to Riches was crowned, with Rick Matharu receiving the highest number of votes for his Butter Chicken Lasagna. His butter chicken lasagna recipe was inspired by the Indian-Canadian fusion dishes he loves to prepare.

Matharu was up against Jason Keary with his Honey Cheese Pastries, Stephen Childs with his Chipotle Chili Bites, Tracey Rigden with her Dulce de Leche Brownies, Jackie Koh with her Smoky Korean Meatballs, Don Harquail with his Golden Toffee Nut Gems, and Cathy Ferguson with her Montreal Deli Dip. Each of the category winners received $25,000. Matharu took home the grand prize of $250,000. He plans to put some of his winnings toward taking some culinary training and a recently purchased home.

Matharu’s winning recipe and the other category winners’ are available as President’s Choice products in select Loblaw stores across the country.

The finale of “Recipe to Riches” can be viewed online at recipetoriches.ca.

Butter Chicken Lasagna

Prep: 60 minutes

Cook: 2 hours 20 minutes

Serves: 12

Tandoori Marinade

  • 250 ml (1 cup) plain yogurt
  • 45 ml (3 tbsp) fresh lemon juice
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) tandoori spice blend
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) dried fenugreek
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) kosher salt
  • 2 ml (1/2 tsp) freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 ml (1/2 tsp) hot pepper flakes
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 750 g/1 1/2 lb)

Butter Chicken Sauce

  • 45 ml (3 tbsp) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) unsalted butter
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) cumin seeds
  • 250 ml (1 cup) diced red onion
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) minced garlic
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) turmeric
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) minced ginger root
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) tandoori spice blend
  • 7 ml (1 1/2 tsp) hot pepper flakes
  • 250 ml (1 cup) water
  • 1 can (796 ml/28 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 325 ml (1 1/3 cups) 35 per cent whipping cream
  • 22 ml (1 1/2 tbsp) fenugreek, crushed
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) granulated sugar

Vegetables

  • 45 ml (3 tbsp) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) unsalted butter
  • 250 ml (1 cup) diced red onion
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) minced garlic
  • 500 ml (2 cups) sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 250 ml (1 cup) diced sweet green pepper
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) kosher salt
  • 2 ml (1/2 tsp) garam masala
  • 2 ml (1/2 tsp) freshly ground black pepper

Lasagna

  • 15 oven-ready dry lasagna noodles
  • 250 ml (1 cup) ricotta cheese
  • 500 ml (2 cups) grated mozzarella cheese
  • 4 basil leaves, shredded
Method
  1. Tandoori marinade: In a large bowl, whisk together yogurt, lemon juice, tandoori spice blend, fenugreek, salt, pepper and hot pepper flakes until well combined. Add chicken; toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate for 8 to 12 hours.
  2. Heat oven to 200 C (400 F). Scrape marinated chicken onto rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in centre of oven for about 25 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from oven; let stand for 15 minutes. Cut chicken into 5-mm (1/4-inch) cubes. Place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  3. Butter chicken sauce: In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add cumin seeds; toast, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Add onion, garlic and turmeric; cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes or until onions are softened. Add ginger, tandoori spice blend and hot pepper flakes; cook, stirring, for another 2 minutes. Stir in water, tomatoes, cream, fenugreek and sugar. Bring to a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally. Cook for 20 minutes. Add cooked chicken cubes; simmer for another 15 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare vegetables: In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes or until onion is softened. Add mushrooms and green pepper; cook, stirring, for 8 to 10 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Add salt, garam masala and black pepper; cook for another 2 minutes. Set aside.
  5. To assemble lasagna: Heat oven to 200 C (400 F). Spread one-third of the butter chicken sauce over bottom of a 3-l (13-by-9-inch) glass baking dish. Arrange 5 noodles over top. Dollop with ricotta; top with vegetables. Arrange 5 more noodles over top. Spread another one-third sauce all over. Sprinkle with half of the mozzarella. Top with remaining noodles. Spread remaining sauce all over. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella. Cover loosely with foil.
  6. Bake in centre of oven for 45 minutes; remove foil. Sprinkle with basil. Return to oven for another 5 minutes or until bubbling and golden on top. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Source: Food Network Canada

[Via Ottawa Citizen]

December 14, 2012 | By | Reply More

ChicWrap, Plastic Wrap 2.0

Plastic wrap is one of those things that every home cook uses daily, but no one really likes using. Wrap typically gets stuck on the roll, forcing you to find the end. Once you do find the end and pull out your piece of wrap you have to watch out for that sharp serrated cutting edge (keep those fingers safe!). Finally, you have to get the freshly cut wrap onto whatever it is you are covering before the plastic folds in on itself into a giant mess. Meet the next generation of plastic wrap dispensing and simplify your life with ChicWrap!

ChicWrap features:

  • ZipSafe Slide Cutter
  • 250′ professional grade plastic wrap
  • sustainable wipe-clean dispenser box
  • non-skid rubber feet (grip to all kitchen surfaces)
  • six designs to choose from

ChicWrap was created by Ian Kaiser and Sean Neiberger, cofounders of the Allen Reed Company. Kaiser and Neiberger have been immersed in the world of plastic wrap for more than 20 years providing professional chefs, restaurants and local school cafeterias with easy and effective ways to dispense and cut professional grade plastic wrap. With ChicWrap, they’re bringing the same professional quality to the your home kitchen.

The ChicWrap box is really easy to put together. Open the sealed box and take out the ZipSafe Slide Cutter. Peel off the protection tape, and affix to the outlined spot on the top of the unit. Stick the four rubber feet to the designated spots on the bottom of the box. Finally, feed the professional plastic wrap through the top, closing the box up.

ChicWrap is available in six colourful designs; California, Citrus, Cook’s Tools, Modern Dots, Sunflowers and Triangles. At a price of $9.99 per unit, it may seem a little pricey at first, but it does include 250′ feet of plastic wrap. Refill rolls are also available for $15.99 (includes 4x 250′ rolls). Optionally, you could also put another brand of wrap in the unit if you run out.

For more information visit ChicWrap on Facebook and Twitter.

December 13, 2012 | By | Reply More