Holiday Recipes To Try Now

Food & Wine Magazine’s 10 Latke Upgrades:

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1. Fry the latkes in duck fat!

2. Make the hot, crispy latke a burger topping.

3. Double dip coating for extra crunch. Coat the latkes with panko before frying.

4. Add shredded Golden Delicious apples into your latke mix. No need for applesauce!

5. Serve extra-large, crispy latkes topped with scrambled eggs and crunchy bacon for brunch.

6. Shredded beets and carrots add striking color and a vitamin boost to your latkes.

7. Crumble spicy Italian sausage into your latke batter for a meaty surprise.

8. Latke poutine: Layer latkes with gravy and cheese, and broil until gooey.

9. Puree salmon roe with plain Greek yogurt for a cool, savory dip.

10. Shower the top with shaved cheese or truffles.

berry christmas pavlova from my square frying pan

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  1. 4 eggs whites (at room temperature)

  2. Pinch of salt

  3. 250g castor sugar

  4. 2 tsp of cornflour (sifted)

  5. 1 tsp white wine vinegar

Raspberry Coulis

  1. 125g fresh raspberries

  2. Juice 1/2 lemon

  3. 1/4 cup castor sugar

  4. 1/2 tsp of brandy (optional)


  1. 300ml fresh cream – whipped

  2. 1 x pomegrante

  3. Raspberries, cherries and strawberries to decorate

  4. Bunch of holly or fresh mint



  1. Preheat oven to 120C. Line a tray with baking paper. Use a round baking tin to draw one large circle (22cm) then draw another circle inside it approximately 13cm wide.

  2. Beat egg whites and salt until soft peaks form. Beat in sugar, a little at time until meringue is stiff and shiny.  Sprinkle over sifted cornflour, vinegar and fold in lightly.You should be able to up end the bowl at this stage with no fear of anything coming out.

  3. Grab a dessert spoon and scoop a dollop of meringue. Place this dollop between the outside and inside line. Repeat until a ring of meringue is complete. Create a second layer of meringue on top of the first until second ring is complete. Flatten the top by smoothing the meringue.

  4. Place meringue in oven for 2 hours at 120C. When time is complete, turn off the oven and leave meringue in the oven until completely cool. This is very important as there will be less risk of the meringue cracking and collapsing.

  5. When cool, spread with whipped cream, drizzle on raspberry coulis then decorate with cherries, pomegranates, strawberries, raspberries and holly or mint.

Raspberry Coulis

  1. Blend fresh raspberries, lemon juice and sugar together until sugar has completely dissolved. Set aside until required.

tips for successful pavlova!

  1. Make sure egg whites are at room temperature  – not straight from the fridge – it makes it hard to whip to right consistency

  2. Add ingredients to meringue in small amounts and consistently as per recipe

  3. Do not open oven while pavlova is baking

  4. Do not take pavlova physically out of oven until completely cool

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The Latest Interior Design Tips, Tricks, & Finds

If you’ve ever crawled down the Pinterest rabbit hole, chances are like me, you too have come across rooms that the word “exquisite” does not even begin to accurately describe. The question then is, where to begin? Especially when you are moving into a new space, and perhaps starting from scratch with new furniture, paint, wallpaper, and decor, the opportunities are endless. Here are a few of my most recent findings that will truly allow you to make your mark on your new property, while creatively attaching your aesthetic to curate the spaces of your wildest Pinterest dreams.


I discovered this brand in a Vogue article highlighting this company for being an inexpensive alternative to hand-painted chinoiserie-style wallpaper from the likes of world-renowned brands De Gournay & Gracie. While the epitome of timeless elegance, these brands are a much more expensive option, and I love the styles that Tempaper offers, as sometimes remodel costs need to be more heavily prioritized than decorative touches. This wallpaper is self-adhesive, repositionable, and removable, lending itself to easy application. Here are a few of my favorite styles below, click each photo to be linked.


Have you ever thought of incorporating one of these into a living room or foyer for a dash of dramatic flare?

The Steinway piano in this Miami Beach home has an exclusive Spirio System. 

Jewel-Hued Rooms

Rich, berry-like colors that lend a warm, elegant feeling.

“As we settle into fall in Chicago, we’re thinking of enveloping spaces. Deep jewel-toned color blocking unifies this bedroom vignette and gives a sense of warmth and comfort. The nearly monochromatic inky blue envelope is the perfect backdrop to highlight the bordeaux velvet coverlet, the richly hued art, the gilded mirror and the macassar cabinets." —Tom Konopiots & Michael Stornello, Vincere, Ltd.

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High Gloss Paint

Instantly add an elevated and chic feeling to any room with this paint style. Get the full scoop for One Kings Lane by clicking here.