Honey-Sweetened Marshmallows

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CHEF KAYLA’S HONEY SWEETENED MARSHMALLOWS:

I created a recipe to be a little more health conscious using only 3 ingredients; honey, gelatin, and water.  That’s it friends! I then rolled half in toasted unsweetened coconut and the other half in cocoa powder.  Of course the weather was not cooperating the day that  I created these so I pulled out the good ol’ torch and torched those marshmallows at the kitchen table. Hey! you gotta do what ya gotta do! I hope you enjoy these tasty marshmallows as much as my girls and I!
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Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp gelatin
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla, or flavoring of your choice
  • pinch of salt
  • toasted coconut
  • cocoa powder

Directions

  1. Lightly grease a 9×13 pan and then layer with parchment paper.  Lightly butter the parchment paper. (At this point, since I was making toasted coconut and cocoa marshmallows and I dusted cocoa powder over half the pan and sprinkled the coconut on the other half of the pan).
  2. Sprinkle the gelatin over 1/2 cup water  in the bowl of your mixer and let bloom. Set aside.
  3. In a small sauce pot pour the other 1/2 cup water, salt and 1 cup honey.  Cook over medium-low heat until the temperature comes to 240.  Do not stir during this process. Once it has reached the desired temperature take off the heat.
  4. Now very carefully, on low speed, slowly drizzle the honey syrup into the bowl with the gelatin/water mixture and beat. Once the mixture begins to fluff up, slowly increase the speed to medium-high and continue beating for about 10-12 minutes.  When it looks fluffy and cloud-like, add in the vanilla (or any other flavoring you prefer) and pour into the prepared pan.  Let it side for a minimum of 4 hours.
  5. Once it has completely set, I cut into about 1 inch cubes and roll into my desired garnishes.  I did half toasted coconut and half cocoa.  Then eat away and enjoy!

For more delicious recipes from Chef Kayla, click the ‘Life from Scratch’ tab in the menu above.

Brambles Bistro Recipe: Carrot Patch Carrot Cake

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Brambles Bistro Recipe: Carrot Patch Carrot Cake

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Ingredients:
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

Method:
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:

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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

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:

decor

Modern Pastoral Home Decor:

Modern Pastoral

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

Gardening Tools and Gift Sets:

gardening-tools

Books:

fairy garden book

Down-the-Garden-PathL

Modern Pastoral

 

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

notebooks-pocketnotebooks

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

maileg-rabbits

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
Dressing
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.

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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

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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

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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!

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LAVENDER BISCOTTI RECIPE:

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

  • 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

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Singletree Wines On The Menu At Brambles Bistro

singletree-wines

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: http://tanglebank.com/blog/valentines-sweetheart-brunch/

To make a reservation either email tanglebank@telus.net 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 tanglebank@telus.net to book!  Space is limited so hurry!