April Showers Bring May Flowers


We have two hanging basket workshops coming up this May!

Brenda will show you how to create an amazing moss basket that is guaranteed to wow your friends and neighbours! Learn the secrets to making them look great all season long and right through to frost. Learn how to add perennials and grasses for impact and year round colour.

Participants must RSVP to 604.856.9339
Costs are determined by the plants you choose for your basket. Ranging from $55 and up.

Our workshops are fun to do with friends and if you don’t want to make your own basket we are taking custom orders as well!


Mother’s Day Brunch


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In the incessantly funny words of Tina Fey, comes a portion of her version of a “Mother’s Prayer” :

Guide her, protect her

When crossing the street, stepping onto boats, swimming in the ocean, swimming in pools, walking near pools, standing on the nearby subway platform, crossing 86th Street, stepping off of boats, using mall restrooms, getting on and off escalators, driving on country roads while arguing, leaning on large windows, walking in parking lots, riding Ferris wheels, roller-coasters, log flumes, or anything called “Hell Drop,” “Tower of Torture,” or “The Death Spiral Rock N’ Zero G Roll featuring Aerosmith,” and standing on any kind of balcony ever, anywhere, at any age.

Lead her away from Acting but not all the way to Finance.
Something where she can make her own hours but still feel intellectually fulfilled and get outside sometimes

And not have to wear high heels.

What would that be, Lord? Architecture? Midwifery? Golf course design? I’m asking You because if I knew, I’d be doing it.

May she play the Drums to the fiery rhythm of her Own Heart with the sinewy strength of her Own Arms, so she need Not Lie With Drummers.

Grant her a Rough Patch from twelve to seventeen.
Let her draw horses and be interested in Barbies for much too long…

And should she choose to be a Mother one day, be my eyes, Lord,
That I may see her, lying on a blanket on the floor at 4:50 a.m., all-at-once exhausted, bored, and in love with the little creature whose poop is leaking up its back.
“My mother did this for me once,” she will realize as she cleans feces off her baby’s neck.
“My mother did this for me.” And the delayed gratitude will wash over her as it does each generation and she will make a Mental note to call me. And she will forget.

But I’ll know, because I peeped it with Your God eyes.


As a shiny, bald-headed baby (any of you who know the amount of hair I have now may find this news shocking, but I was bald till long after two) who refused to sleep through the drawn out terrible twos, threes and fours, I can and should appreciate my mother ten-fold.

Luckily for me, I had a classically bad case of teenager syndrome which helped me recognize now as an adult that my, and many mothers deserve more than just a day, but if nothing else, sons and daughters have a reminder to appreciate their moms.

This year, Brambles Bistro has set a special menu for you to share with the mom in your life! Sunday May 10th from 9am-3pm. Please call and reserve because we anticipate seats going quickly!

Happy mother’s day to all the mamas out there, whether brand new or fully experienced. Much love and appreciation!


Jewels of the Winter Garden

Although their name deceivingly includes the word bore….these “winter roses” are far from boring!

FEBRUARY 28th Hellebore Workshop & Companion Planting

If you’re looking to add some excitement to your winter garden in our dull and rainy winter, hellebores are becoming very popular and are a great way to add beautiful, jewel like colour to your garden! In this workshop Brenda will share her expertise in growing and caring for these garden treasures as well as share some ideas on companion planting to make the most of your plants.

Saturday February 28th 10:00 AM

Pancake Tuesday 2015

It’s BACK! Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday, whichever name you fancy, it’s coming up tomorrow, February 17th this year!

Photo Credit: http://biscottiecaffe.tumblr.com/post/79450249016

Photo Credit: http://biscottiecaffe.tumblr.com/post/79450249016

Mix a pancake
Stir a pancake,
Pour it in the pan,
Fry a pancake,
Toss a pancake,
Catch it if you can!


Traditionally falling on the day before Lent begins where Christian households use up perishable goods and have their fill of rich, decadent foods in anticipation of the 40 day fast!
Originating in 1445 in Olney, England, pancake flipping contests and races with pan and cake in hand accompanied eating stacks of flapjacks on Shrove Tuesday. These races are still taking place today, most famously in Europe.

We just wanna be part of the fun and of course can’t resist a day of indulgence! I’m not talking pancake mix pancakes, I mean, fresh eggs and real butter pancakes with the typical flare and finesse that is the esteemed Brambles Bistro.

Tomorrow we are featuring:

Berry-Pomegranate Yogurt Pancakes
with raspberry-yogurt mousse, strawberry coulis and pomegranate syrup

Yam and Roasted Pepper Rosti Pancakes
with two sunny side eggs, avocado-tomato salsa and basil sour cream

Indulge with us! (even if you’re not participating in the fast….everyone loves a twist on the original pancake)


Valentine’s Day Brunch Tasting Menu

People who love to eat are always the best people.

Julia Child

Valentines Menusm

This Saturday is Valentines Day and we have a special menu just for you and your special someone! A Four course brunch tasting menu created by Chef Sarah just for the day of love for $37 per person.

Who doesn’t love brunch? Breakfast sans alarm clock, don’t mind if I do! So, sleep in a little and we hope to see you lovebirds there!


Christmas Cookies

While Christmas songs play and the smell of balsam needles fill your homes, here are some delicious Christmas cookies from our chef Sarah for the holiday season! These make a great gifts, treats to bring to all of your Christmas parties or just some sweet snacks to add to your christmas repertoire!

Chocolate Cranberry Italian Cookies

10 oz Semisweet Chocolate
2/3 Cups butter
3/4 Flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
3 eggs
3/4 Cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 Cups Dried cranberries

1) Melt together butter and chocolate
2) Mix together flour, baking powder and salt
3) Beat eggs and sugar until pale and thick
4) Add Vanilla to egg and sugar mixture
5) Mix ingredients together
6) Add cranberries
7) Spoon a heaping TBSP on to a tray
8) Bake at 325 for 12 minutes or until tops are cracked and shiny.

Pineapple Coconut Cookies

14 oz crushed pineapple, drain and squeeze
3 Cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup softened butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
1 lime (zest only)
1 1/2 cups sweet shredded coconut

1) Combine flour, baking soda and salt.
2) Beat butter and brown sugar until smooth, then add white sugar, egg and vanilla.
3) Slowly beat lime zest into mixture
4) Stir in one cup of coconut. Roll dough into logs and roll in the left over coconut, then refrigerate for one hour or over night
5) Slice into 1 cm sizes and bake at 325 for approximately 20 minutes or until bottoms are light brown.


Just a reminder of our holiday hours:

We will be closed Dec 24,25 26 and the 31st as well as January 1st.

Merry Christmas from the Brambles and Tanglebank Family to yours!


Last Minute Christmas Shopping Ideas


Sometimes you’ve got people on your list that are just really difficult to buy for, or perhaps you’re just a terrible procrastinator like myself and do your Christmas shopping in the last few days before Christmas day. If either of these rings true for you, here are some last minute ideas that anyone on your list is sure to love!


On top of these great gift ideas, we are having a 30% off sale on all Christmas decor! (not including Inge Glas products)

Only 6 more shopping days left! (just incase you need a little bit of motivation)


2014 Ladies Soiree Christmas Recipes


Asian Short Ribs

2 lbs of beef shortribs
1 Tbsp sesame oil
Zest and Juice of 1 lime
1 Tbsp fresh ginger
2 Tbsp cilantro
½ tsp sambal olek

Combine all ingredients and let marinate for a minimum of 2 hours, but preferably overnight.

Dry beef shortribs and season with salt and pepper. In hot pan with hot oil, give ribs a hard sear, take out of pan.
In hot pan sautee ½ small onion medium dice, ½ cup medium diced celery and 4 cloves of garlic.
Deglaze pan with 1/3 cup soy sauce, 1/3 cup mirin, ½ Tbsp sambal olek.
Return ribs to pot, add left over marinade, 1 ½ cups stock, ½ cup hoisin, 2 Tbsp brown sugar.
Bring to simmer and add your aromatics, 1 tsp scheshwan peppercorns, 1 star anise, ½ cinnamon stick, 1 kaffir lime leaf.
Finish in oven for 3-4 hours at 350 degrees. Let rest ½ hour. (If this is done in advance, cool completely in sauce, refridgerate and rewarm to serve.)

Serve with pasta, mashed potatoes or couscous.

Cranberry and Brie French Toast

For egg mixture
2 eggs
¼ cup cream
2 Tbsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch cloves.
Mix ingredients until smooth.
Thoroughly soak thick sliced white bread in egg mixture, Fry in hot well buttered frying pan until nicely browned turn over and place pan in oven at 350 until it bread starts to soufflé, approx. 10 min.

1 cup cranberries
1 sprig of thyme
2 Tbsp white wine
¼ cup apple juice
2 Tbsp honey
1 star anise broken into two halves, one larger and one smaller
1 tsp ginger sliced
½ lemon zest and juice of

Bring ingredients to a boil and let sit 5 min. Remove large piece of anise leaving smaller piece and thyme leaves. Blend in blender and strain.

Spiced Walnuts:
1 cups nuts
1/2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp orange zest
3 Tbsp sugar
Splash water
Pinch of salt
3 Tbsp

In large fry pan place nuts, water, sugar, salt, cinnamon and orange zest. Thoroughly coat nuts, put pan on stove on high heat and heat until sugar starts to caramelize. Then toss remaining sugar on nuts, coat well and put in oven at 350 bake until golden. Remove from oven and let cool.

To assemble
Place thinly sliced brie cheese ontop of baked French toast while coming out of oven let melt. Meanwhile on serving plate spread a thin layer of coulis. Place French toast on top, top with whipped creams and spiced walnuts. Serve.

Fresh Friday Treat!

Happy Friday! I’ve been working hard at creating a ‘How To’ video on creating a Fresh Christmas Garland for you guys! Brenda shares the steps and some of the secrets on how to make a to-die-for garland for your mantle this season. Last year I was so happy to have one above my little fireplace! Once January came I didn’t want to see it go so I put it outside on our front railing for a little longer and it lived throughout the winter months. These are long lasting, gorgeous decorations for your mantel, entrance, stair rail or even as a centrepiece this season.

Check out the ‘How to’ video and mark your calendars for December 13th at 10am where you can come for a live demonstration and hands on assistance from our experts to create your own! Or call 1-604-856-9339 to order a pre-made garland or wreath.
Cost varies from $4.50 per foot for regular or $6.50 per foot for fancy.

Click the Link Below to View Video:


Don’t forget about the Winter Container Workshop tomorrow at 10 am!

Spruce (pun intended) up your place this holiday season!


The Annual Christmas Ladies Soiree

Each year in November we host a Ladies Soiree event, with wine, hors d’oeuvres, demonstrations and fun!
This year we had fresh cooking demonstrations from our charismatic chefs and centerpiece ideas from the utterly creative Lili Schaap of local Floral Design By Lili http://www.floraldesignbylili.com/weddingflowers/

Here are a few photos of the eventful night.











Stay tuned for the delicious recipes featured from Brambles Kitchen for your Christmas parties this season!