Brambles Bistro Recipe: Carrot Patch Carrot Cake


Brambles Bistro Recipe: Carrot Patch Carrot Cake


2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1tsp salt
3 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
4 eggs
3 cups grated carrots
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 tsp vanilla

Sift together sugar,flour,soda,salt and cinnamon.  Stir in oil.  Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Add carrots, nuts and vanilla, mixing thoroughly. Pour into a floured and greased 13 x 9 x2-inch cake pan.   Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Do not overtake.  Cool in pan.  Spread with cream cheese icing.

Cream Cheese Icing
1/2 cup melted butter
1  8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 1-pound bag confectioners sugar

Combine butter, cream cheese and vanilla, mixing well.  Gradually add confectioners sugar, beating until smooth.  Spread on cooled cake.   Enjoy

Holiday Season Recipes

gingerbread cookie recipe

It’s such a Foodie time of year!  Time to gather in the kitchen with loved ones while you bake, experiment with fun appetizers and create all the tastes and fragrances of Christmas!

To help inspire you, here are some of our all time favorite recipes!  Have fun and don’t forget to send us photos of what you create!  We’d love to share them on our Facebook page!

Pecan Chocolate Squares:

pecan chocolate squares

Old Fashioned Pumpkin Cookies:

Old fashioned soft pumpkin cookies

Pumpkin Spice Roll Up Cake:

pumpkin spice roll up cake at Brambles Bistro

Gingerbread Cookie Recipe:

gingerbread cookie recipe

Sugar Cookie Recipe:

sugar cookies

Warm Spinach Salad Parmesan Cup

Warm Spinach Salad, Parmesan Cup

Chorizo, Pear, Cranberry Phyllo Cup

Chorizo, Pear & Cranberry Phyllo Cup

Spiced Apple, Goat’s Cheese & Pomegrante Crostini

spiced apple goats cheese pomegrante

Great gift ideas in store now!

Yes, it’s that time of year again!  The time when the days are shorter and you literally have less time to get all your Christmas shopping, decorating, baking and preparing done than you did a month ago!

Who hates last minute Christmas shopping?  We all do!

Here are a few ideas to help you get it all done well in advance and have time left over for a delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte in Brambles Bistro!

Michel Design Works:

Michel design works

Michel Design Works has a wonderful range of personal and home soaps.  They’re luxurious, have delicious fragrances and make perfect gifts!  They’re also a great addition to the bathroom or kitchen during this special time of year!

IngeGlas Christmas Ornaments:


IngeGlas Christmas ornaments are imported from Germany.  These beautiful examples of find European style really add a whole new dimension to the Christmas Tree. They also make exquisite gifts!

Christian Ulbricht Pyramides and Nutcrackers:

Christian Ulbricht Nutcrackers

Christian Ulbricht Pyramides

Christian Ulbricht Pyramides are also European in origin and add that special something to your Christmas decor.  They’ll remind you of the stories of old Saint Niclaus and the Black Forest… and of course, the Nutcracker Ballet!

Honey BessWax Candles

honey beeswax candles


Fraser Fir by Thymes:

Thymes Frasier-Fir

More selections from Thymes:

Thymes at Tanglebank

Thymes Fraser Fir Thymes Gingerbread Thymes simmered cider

Home Decor and Jewellery from Twigz


When you purchase items from the Twigz line of jewellery and home decor ranges, you not only gain a gorgeous gift, but you also help African Moms look after their children better!

More home decor:


Modern Pastoral Home Decor:

Modern Pastoral

Beautiful Modern Pastoral items for your home or for someone special!

Gardening Tools and Gift Sets:



fairy garden book


Modern Pastoral


Notebooks, Leather Bound Journals, Pencil Sets and Exclusive Greeting Cards:


leather journalsh-pencilsetsh-stamps-setAnd of course, the children’s favorites from Maileg:


We have quite a variety of interesting, quirky, funny and entertaining books and activities in store for both adults and children!

We have many more great gift and home ideas in stock – both in the store and in the nursery!  Why not stop by and we’ll help you find something for everyone on your list!


Recipe: Sweet Potato Hash with Mango Red Pepper Pico De Gallo

Sweet Potato Hash

Recipe for Sweet Potato Hash with Mango Red Pepper Pico De Gallo (serves 4)

Sweet Potato Hash
Yam/Potato Hash

2 medium-sized yams, peeled
2 medium-sized red potatoes, peeled
1 red onion, peeled and julienned
2 eggs whole
Method for Hash
Shred peeled yams and potatoes in food processor or grate into a mixing bowl. Add the 2 whole eggs and red onion. Mix together and season with salt and pepper. Strain excess liquid. Place on a parchment-papered sheet pan sprayed with canola oil. Bake at 350 degrees until crispy (approximately 10 minutes).

Poached Eggs

Bring a medium-sized pot of water to a boil and 1 cup of white vinegar (you should be able to taste the vinegar in the water). Stir water with a slotted spoon to create whirlpool and crack eggs into pot. Pull eggs out when they are done to your preference: soft, medium, hard. Drain with slotted spoon.

Mango Red Pepper Salsa

1 mango, peeled and diced
1 red pepper, peeled and diced
1 yellow pepper, peeled and diced
1 red onion, peeled and diced
1 small pineapple, peeled and diced
Combine all ingredients
1 lime, zested and juiced
2 Tbsp white sugar
¼ cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Whisk all ingredients together
Cumin Sour Cream
½ cup sour cream
1 ½ Tbsp of ground cumin
Zest of ½ lime
1 Tbsp lime juice
To Assemble
Place yam and potato hash on plate. Gently toss some arugula in the dressing and place on top of hash. Top with poached eggs. Add salsa to garnish. Top with a dollop of cumin sour cream.

sweet potato hash 2

Hot Summer Nights on the Patio

Tuscan night at Brambles Bistro

We’re celebrating summer with a series of Thursday night dinners on the Brambles Bistro Patio!

It’s the most mid-week summer fun ever!  Our patio is going international every week (except the week of August 15th) from the end of July till the end of August.  It’s the ideal ‘date night’, ‘friends night’, ‘take yourself out night’ and it’s only for a short time.  So spoil yourself and someone special while it lasts!

Please call us at 604 856 9339 to reserve a table!
Click here
to check the menus

Tuscany Night – July 27th – 5 – 8pm


Tuscan night at Brambles Bistro

Enjoy the flavors of Tuscany while you enjoy the ambience of a warm summer’s night surrounded by the beautiful serenity of Tanglebank Gardens.


Burgers & Brew – August 4th – 5 – 8pm

burgersandbrew night at Brambles BistroIt’s hearty, wholesome and keepin’ it real as you enjoy the best gourmet burgers and brew craft you’ve ever tasted!




Mexican Night – August 11th – 5 – 8pm

mexican-night at Brambles BistroIt’s a fiesta!  Feisty and spicy – it’s the whole enchilada right here in Abbotsford.  You’ll swear you’re in Mexico with the festive atmosphere and the fragrance of flowers in the air.




Thai Night – August 25th – 5 – 8pm

thai-night at Brambles BistroSoft summer breezes. That tropical laid back feeling. Smiling servers and deliciously exotic Thai delicacies… You’ll feel as if you’ve gone on vacation. Sit back, relax and enjoy!

Recipe: Lavender Biscotti


Recipe: Lavender Biscotti

lavender-biscotti-recipeLavender is a versatile culinary herb and has been used for cooking and medicinally for over 2,500 years!  If you’ve never used Lavender flowers for baking, why not try it now?  It’s easy and you’ll love the results – not to mention enjoying the compliments of friends and family!




  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. dried lavender blossoms
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted melted butter
  • 2 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mix flour, baking powder and salt
  • Beat sugar and lavender blossoms together (either manually chop lavender flowers finely or use a food processor for this step)
  • Add eggs to the sugar and lavender flower mixture
  • Beat until it thickens – usually about 2 minutes
  • Beat in butter, lemon zest, & vanilla
  • Slowly add flour mixture
  • Blend with a wooden spoon until well mixed to a soft, sticky dough
  • Divide dough in half, then take one half of the dough and place it on a parchment-lined cookie sheet
  • Shape into a  log about 10-inch long and 3 inches wide.
  • Repeat with the second half of the dough on a second lined cookie sheet
  • Bake for 20 minutes or till crisp and golden but don’t over bake – make sure that the center is still soft
  • Remove from oven
  • Reduce oven heat to 300 degrees F.
  • Allow logs to cool for 10 minutes
  • Slice logs with a serrated knife into 1/2 inch slices
  • Put slices with the cut side up on the cookie sheets and bake another 15 minutes or until crisp and brown.
  • Remove cookies and allow to cool.
  • Store in an airtight container and eat within two weeks. Serve with tea or coffee.


Singletree Wines On The Menu At Brambles Bistro


Singletree Wines On The Menu At Brambles Bistro


We’re excited to announce that we’re featuring the excellent wines from Singletree Winery on our Brambles Bistro Menu.

Singletree Winery is a local Abbotsford Winery based in Mt. Lehman.  A great opportunity to have a gourmet meal, try wonderful wines and support local business at the same time!


Charles Aarons to provide live acoustic guitar music on Sweetheart Sunday

Charles Aarons playing at Brambles Bistro

Charles Aarons playing at Brambles Bistro

Sweetheart Sunday just got better!  Charles Aarons, North American Acoustic guitar performer and recording artist will be playing live at Brambles Bistro during our Sweetheart Sunday event!

Valentines Brunch at Brambles Bistro

If you haven’t yet booked your spot (you’re welcome to bring the kids!) then call right away as it’s filling up quickly.

To get all the details on the menu and time, please go here:

To make a reservation either email or call 604.856.9339

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Breakfast!

Join us on Shrove Tuesday for a gourmet Pancake Breakfast!

Sour Cherry & Chocolate Pancake with Orange Chantilly Cream Maple Syrup

Here’s what’s on the menu:

Sour Cherry & Chocolate Pancake
with Orange Chantilly Cream
Maple Syrup

Candied Bacon Pancake with Bourbon
Maple Syrup

Join us on Shrove Tuesday, February 9th to enjoy!  Call 604.856.9339 or email to book!  Space is limited so hurry!

Sweetheart Sunday: Valentine’s Sweetheart Brunch

Valentines Brunch at Brambles Bistro

VAlentines Day Brunch at Brambles Bistro


February 14th is Sweetheart Sunday & we’re hosting a fabulous Valentine’s Brunch from 10am to 2pm for you and someone you love.

Everyone’s welcome, including kids.  Scroll down to see our Valentine’s Brunch Menu for Kids.

Valentines 2016
Brambles Bistro Sweetheart Brunch

$26 per person

Fresh Fruit Salad with Vanilla Bean Yogurt
Honey Granola Bites
Served With Cranberry Orange Scone
& Devonshire Cream

choice of
White Chocolate French Toast
Raspberry Coulis & Orange Chantilly Cream
topped with roasted hazelnuts

Sweet Potato Rosti, Two Sunnyside Eggs,
Mango Red Pepper Pico de Gallo
cilantro cream fraiche

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, Hollandaise &
Tossed Micro Green Salad & Roasted Potatoes

Included a Cup of Café Umbria Coffee
Or Tea
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry & Hand Rolled Chocolate Truffle

Mulled Raspberry Sunrise Mimosa $6.50

Kids Valentines Brunch Menu 2016

$13 per person

Seasonal Fruit Kebab with Raspberry yogurt

choice of
French toast with Strawberry Compote, Whip Cream
& Maple Syrup
Bacon and Eggs

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry & Mini Chocolate Cupcake

Includes choice of Shirley Temple or Hot Chocolate

Please call 604.856.9339 or email to reserve your spot!