Gatherings is the latest cookbook offering from co-authors Jan Scott and Julie Van Rosendaal and with Christmas around the corner, the book couldn’t have arrived at a better time! As a serial hostess, I always pack my house on Christmas Day with friends and family, and am always looking for new recipes for to try out. Not only does this book offer some enticing new recipes, but also tips and tricks for the scatterbrain chef who leaves everything to the last minute (cough cough).
Divided into nifty chapters like Sunday Supper, Holiday Open House, Sleepover Party, Beer Tasting and Retro Game Night the book isn’t bound to only recipes, but explores the idea of connecting with guests-kids included- with games and activities, tips on small space entertaining and feeding big numbers- you’re singing my tune ladies!
Gatherings has approachable recipes broken into meals that all complement each other. I dove into the Sunday Supper section-I am committed Sunday dinner chef and family time is always my number one priority and Sundays allow for extra time to get my two girls involved in choosing a new recipe and helping me cook it!
The Braised Beef (or Bison) Short Ribs (page 214) proved way too tempting. I picked up the meat at St Lawrence Market and had the rest of the ingredients on hand. While the recipe makes the carrot/celery/onion mirepoix optional I always add them in, their flavour only enhances the jus. The cooking time and instructions were bang on- I loved assembling the meat and ingredients and then parking it in the oven for a few hours giving me more fun time chasing my kids around.
I took their suggestion of whipping up some Yorkshire Pudding (page 217) to go with it, and in all honesty, I have tried to make these a few million times and each time they end up turning into tiny hockey pucks. It’s an easy enough recipe, but I screw it up each time. This time, however, I conquered these cuties, faithfully following their recipe to a T. My British mother-in-law is going to be shocked this Christmas!
Next up- Mistletoe Mojito Punch!
Gatherings is out now at Chapters or on Amazon.
Disclosure: I was given a complimentary copy of Gatherings for review purposes, courtesy of Whitecap Books. As always, any and all opinions and views are completely my own.
We’ve gathered together to bring you the best of Gatherings. My food posse and me have dug deep into this cookbook to bring you a range of goodies from the cookbook. Check out my buddies blogs below! BONUS! Mardi has a giveaway with RecipeGeek. Check it out here!
Mardi from Eat. Live. Travel. Write-Top tips for entertaining from Gatherings.
Mairlyn Smith Canadian Cookbook Picks of the Year -Chose Gatherings as one of her top new Canadian cookbook picks
Charmian from The Messy Baker covered Pecan Bourbon Blondies.
Amy from Family Feedbag has a giveaway!
Jennifer from Seasons and Suppers made Pork Tenderloin.
Heather from The Tasty Gardener made Parmesan Thyme Cheese Puffs.
Isabelle from Crumb Blog made Nenshi Pie.
Jenny from Brunette Baker made Pear and Cardamom Cream Cheese Tart
Stephanie from Clockwork Lemon made Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts.
Valerie from A Canadian Foodie made Bacon Wrapped Dates.
Britt from My Daily Randomness made Pulled Pork with Real Baked Beans.
Robyn from Planet Byn made Peanut Butter Honey Granola.
Meg from Sweet Twist of Blogging made Peanut Butter Balls.
Christina from Strawberries for Supper made the ‘Best Chicken Fingers Ever’.
Louisa from Living Lou made Prosciutto Wrapped Prawns.
Liliana from My Cookbook Addiction made French Onion Soup.
Rhonda from Olive and Ruby made Sticky Cocktail Meatballs.
Jenn from Chocolate Shavings made Roasted Brussels Sprouts with a Grainy Mustard Sauce.