ONsu P.Ech .ISas ., arLRasp e avaUberry ilable GPoint Oysters from in 100-count boxes
that can be couriered overnight. Open
baskets of oysters (below, from Rodney's
Oyster House in Toronto) can be picked
up from local establishments. 1-800-565-
2697 or www.raspberrypoint.com; (416) 363-
8105 or www.rodneysoysterhouse.com.
OPPOSITE: The fresh
taste of oysters on the
half shell is even better
with a spicy-sweet hit of
SAUCE. Striped plate,
Cynthia Findlay Antiques;
William Ashley China;
fabric, Designer Fabrics.
PINK GINGER MIGNONETTE
SAUCE FOR RAW OYSTERS
ROASTED ACORN SQUASH
WITH VERJUS AND PARMESAN
BAKED EGGS AND WILD
FIRE MOREL MUSHROOMS
FRUIT-PRESERVE SWIRL CAKE
CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE NESTS
BALSAMIC SHORTBREAD COINS
(TO PAIR WITH RED WINE)
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6 GREAT FOOD GIFTS
These affordable luxuries are sure to please the gourm
Pair them with our recipe suggestions for a memorabl”ands on your list.
FRESH OYSTERS can be sent via courier across
the country from oyster purveyors, or ordered
from local oyster bars. Expect to pay from $1 per
oyster, and order a few days ahead at minimum.
VERJUS, pronounced vair zhoo, is a non-alcoholic
juice made from unripe wine grapes. Its fruity
flavour provides a less-acidic alternative to vinegar
that works well in dressings and marinades.
Cooks will treasure this uncommon winery-crafted ingredient.
ARTISANAL JAMS AND PRESERVES are
packed with hand-picked fruit and laced with
handcrafted wines, local honeys or herb and spice
mixtures. Try baking a moist cake with a prized jam
swirled through the batter.
LUXE TRUFFLES Whether you choose ones
made by renowned European chocolatiers or
exotically flavoured versions from a local boutique,
chocolate truffles make a welcome gift. Use them
to add a sumptuous touch to sweets recipes.
DRIED WILD MUSHROOMS Carefully FINE WINES Turn bottles into special gifts
foraged and dried, these earthy morsels keep by adding extra goodies. Tie a small pyramid of
indefinitely in a cook’s pantry. Try fire morels, cheese to a bottle of white wine, for example, or
mushrooms that spring from the ground in forests try our recipe for tiny savoury shortbreads to
formerly ravaged by fires. accompany reds.
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