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Delicious eggnog recipes for the holidays

With the holidays just around the corner, Egg Farmers of Canada is encouraging Canadians to slow down and make the most of the extra time at home, taking the opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones, carry out seasonal traditions, and prepare delicious recipes with Canada’s favourite fresh, local ingredient: eggs.

To help Canadians create warm moments of joy in their homes this winter, EFC’s chef ambassadors have prepared the following recipes that offer new twists on a seasonal classic.

Check out these fun recipes below!

Spiced Rum Chocolate Caramel Eggnog

By Chef Lynn Crawford
Serves: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

What better way to warm up this winter than with a festive drink in hand! Keep cozy this holiday season with this sweet and spicy spin on this classic holiday cocktail.

Ingredients

2 cups (500 mL) whole milk
½ tsp (2.5 mL) ground cinnamon, plus more for garnish
¼ tsp (1.25 mL) ground nutmeg
1 tsp (5 mL) pure vanilla extract
6 large egg yolks
½ cup (125 mL) granulated sugar
1 cup (250 mL) dark chocolate chips
1 cup (250 mL) heavy cream
½ cup (125 mL) spiced rum (optional)
¼ cup (60 mL) caramel sauce, store-bought or see recipe below
Whipped cream, for serving

Instructions

Step 1
In a heavy bottom saucepan, whisk together the butter, cream, brown sugar and molasses on medium-high heat.
Step 2
Let the mixture come to a boil and let it bubble for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.
Step 3
Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

Eggnog Panna Cotta with Rum Soaked Raisins and Pecans

By Chef Dale MacKay
Serves: 8
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Set time: 4 hours and 30 minutes

Ingredients

6 egg yolks
¾ cup (175 mL) sugar
8 sheet – gelatin (16 g)
2 cups (500 mL) milk
1 cup (250 mL) cream
¼ tsp (1.25 mL) ground nutmeg
⅛ tsp (0.75 mL) ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
¼ tsp (1.25 mL) vanilla extract

Instructions

Step 1
Place yolks and sugar into a stand mixer with whisk attachment whipping on high for about 1 minute until yolks are
creamed.
Step 2
Place a gelatin sheet in cold water to bloom.
Step 3
Place milk, cream, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and vanilla into a pot and bring to a simmer on low. Add a big spoon of the
hot milk mixture to your egg mixture, to temper them as you don’t want to cook the eggs. Once most of the milk has
been added to the eggs, pour the mixture back into the pot and place it on medium heat. Whisk constantly for a few
minutes until it reaches 160 °F (70 °C). If you don’t have a thermometer, cook until the mixture is slightly thickened.
Next, add your bloomed gelatin and whisk until it’s dissolved.
Step 4
Pour mixture into 8 glass jars or ramekins of your choice. Place in the fridge to set for at least 4 hours.

Raisin and Pecan Garnish

Ingredients

¼ cup (60 mL) rum
⅓ cup (75 mL) raisins
⅓ cup (74 mL) pecan nuts, roughly chopped
1 tbsp (15 mL) sugar
2 tbsp (30 mL) water

Instructions

Step 1
Place all garnish ingredients into a small pot and bring it to a simmer for about 1 minute.
Step 2
Place in a container with a lid and let it stand for about 30 minutes to let the raisins absorb the rum.
Step 3
Garnish the top of each panna cotta with your raisin and pecan mix and serve chilled.

Eggnog Tiramisu

By ChefCraig Flinn
Serves: 8-10
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill time: Minimum of 3 hours

Celebrate this holiday season with a festive twist on a creamy and delicious classic. This eggnog tiramisu not only tastes delicious, butvisually stuns with its intricate layers

Ingredients

10 egg yolks
1 cup (250 mL)
sugar6 tbsp (89 mL)
rum (clear, spiced, or dark is fine)
2 tsp (10 mL) pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp (1.3 mL) freshly grated nutmeg
1 ½ (355 mL) cups 35%
2 cups (1 500 mL tub) of mascarpone cheese (at room temperature)
1 ½ cups (355 mL) espresso or very strong brewed coffee
40 ladyfinger biscuits
4 ounces white chocolate

Instructions

Step 1
Start by making what the Italians call a zabaglione(or sabayonin France) –a close cousin of eggnog. Place the egg yolks, sugar, rum, vanilla, and nutmeg in a bowl and set it over a pot of gently simmering water, ensuring that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water.
Begin whisking the egg mixture continuously for several minutes until it begins to thicken and lighten in colour. This should take about 7 or 8 minutes. When complete, set aside to cool slightly.
Step 2
Whisk the cream to stiff peaks using a stand mixer, electric handheld mixer, or simply a whisk.
Step 3
Whisk the mascarpone for about a minute to lighten it. This is much easier when the mascarpone is at room temperature.
Step 4
To assemble the tiramisu, choose a rectangular casserole dish about 9 inchx 14 inch(22.5 cm x 35 cm) and begin by dipping each ladyfinger quickly into the espresso or brewed coffee. Cover the bottom of the dish with the first 20 biscuits.

Fold the zabaglione into the mascarpone cheese first, then gently fold in the whipped cream. Try to keep the mixture as light as possible while not overworking it.
Spread half of this mixture evenly over the ladyfingers, then repeat this and create a second layer with the remaining biscuits and cheese mixture.Using a box grater or Microplanetool, finely grate the white chocolate over the top of the cream.
Step 5
Refrigerate the tiramisu until ready to serve. Allowing it to set for several hours or even overnight is ideal.

Eggnog & Caramel Holiday Pancakes

By Chef Matt Basile
Serves: 4-6
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 20-30 minutes

Take the time to make this decadent eggnog and caramel pancake recipe, complete with homemade eggnog and caramel sauce. Perfect for a homey holiday brunch.

Ingredients

2 cups (500 mL) milk
1 cup (250 mL) heavy cream
¼ tsp (1.25 mL) vanilla
¼ tsp (1.25 mL) nutmeg
½ tsp (2.5 mL) cinnamon
6 egg yolks
½ cup (125 mL ) white sugar

Instructions

Step 1
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, cream, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the white sugar and egg yolks whisking until thick. Once the temperature of the milk/cream mixture reaches a simmering bubble, add large ladles of hot milk to the sugar-yolk mixture, tempering the ingredients while whisking feverishly. Continue to add milk until it has all been combined into the bowl.
Step 2
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Return the mixture to the saucepan on a low simmering heat and allow it to reach 160 °F (70°C) and thicken up.
Step 3
Remove from the heat and place in a container, covered with plastic wrap in the fridge until cool. The eggnog should be much thicker once cooled.

Caramel sauce

Ingredients

1 cup (250 mL) brown sugar
6 tbsp (90 mL) butter
½ cup (125 mL) heavy cream

Instructions

Step 1
Add the sugar to a heavy bottom or non-stick pan and whisk until melted. Once melted, add butter, whisking until it is
fully melted.
Step 2
Remove the melted butter and sugar mixture from the heat immediately and slowly add the cream whisking until
absorbed. If there are any sugar clumps, run the caramel sauce through a sieve or strainer and discard clumps.
Step 3
Let cool to room temperature.

Pancake recipe

Ingredients

2 cups (500 mL) homemade eggnog
2 cups (500 mL) whole milk
5 tbsp (75 mL) melted butter
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
3 cups (750 mL) all purpose flour
¼ cup (60 mL) white sugar
1 tbsp (15 mL) baking powder
1 ½ tsp (7.5 mL) baking soda
½ tsp (2.5 mL) salt
½ tsp (2.5 mL) cinnamon
12 chocolate hazelnut holiday candies (8 crumbled 4 not crumbled) for topping (optional)
Homemade caramel sauce for topping (optional)

Instructions

Step 1
In a large bowl, combine all the wet ingredients and whisk until smooth.
Step 2
In another large bowl, combine dry ingredients whisking until fully combined.
Step 3
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients whisking as you pour. Once you have your batter, preheat a flat top pancake griddle or non-stick pan, and cover with cooking spray or melted butter.
Step 4
Use a 4 oz (120 mL) ladle to scoop 4-5 pancakes onto a flat top pancake griddle or do it in smaller batches if you are using the non-stick pan. Allow the pancakes to cook fully on one side before flipping. You should start to see bubbles start to pop through the batter indicating that heat is penetrating through to the middle of the pancake. Flip and finish on the reverse side.
Step 5
Stack the pancakes and top with the crumbled chocolate. Use a spoon to drizzle warm homemade caramel sauce all over all sides of the pancake, then top with the final full chocolate. Serve while warm.

Decadent Maple Eggnog Custards

By Chef Paul Lillakas
Serves: 6
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Chill time: 8 hours

Slow down this holiday season and reward yourself and those you love with a Canadian twist on a traditional custard treat.

Ingredients

10 egg yolks
⅓ cup (75 mL) granulated sugar
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
¼ tsp (1.25 mL) sea salt
¼ tsp (1.25 mL) nutmeg
¼ tsp (1.25 mL) cinnamon
2 cups (500 mL) whipping cream
6 tbsp (90 mL) maple syrup

Special Equipment

64 oz (120 g) cleaned Mason jars with lids

Instructions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 300°F (150 °C) and place 6 4oz (120 g) Mason jars into a deep (minimum 4 inches) roasting pan or casserole dish. Set the pan or dish onto a sheet pan for easy handling.
Step 2
In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, vanilla, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon then add whipping cream and whisk to combine. Next, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve.
Step 3
Divide the mixture evenly amongst Mason jars. Top the jars with lids and screw the lids closed until finger-tight (just until you feel resistance from the ring). This will allow air bubbles to escape during cooking.
Step 4
In a large pot over high heat, bring 4L (17 cups) of water to a simmer – just until bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pot. Then, pour the simmering water over the Mason jars until they are covered completely and carefully place them in the oven to bake for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven after 30 minutes but leave your Mason jars in the oven for 30 minutes more with the door closed.
Then, remove jars from the water and let cool for 1 hour. Place them in the refrigerator and chill for 8 hours or overnight. To serve, remove the lids and top each custard with 1 tbsp (15 mL) of maple syrup.

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This Surrey cafe offers a delicious Bombay brunch

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Tucked away on the edge of the Strawberry Hill Shopping Centre is Bandra Cafe, one of the best places for brunch in Surrey. It offers unique menu items that are not only full of flavour but are pretty just to look at. If you’re looking for something different than your basic pancake breakfast, this is the place for you. 

Bandra Cafe serves Bombay-style cuisine that is chock full of flavour and spice. On our visit, we ordered the Bandra Benny and it did not disappoint. Just like your standard eggs Benedict it came with poached eggs, bacon, and hollandaise sauce, but was served on top of chili-cheese toast. It gave it the perfect kick that you wouldn’t normally find in an eggs Benedict, setting Bandra Cafe apart from all the other brunch spots in the city. On the side, there were crispy potato wedges and some sliced avocado. 

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Bandra Benny (Marco Ovies / Surrey604)

We also ordered their dalgona coffee, which we had never tried before. It came with whipped coffee on top of steamed milk. Our waiter politely helped us out and instructed us that we needed to stir the drink (we had just gone right in for the sip and it left us with a coffee mustache that wasn’t noticeable until we got home). The drink both looked impressive and tasted great. 

Bandra Cafe

Dalgona coffee (Marco Ovies / Surrey604)

But Bandra Cafe doesn’t just do eggs Benedict. They also serve kanda poha (a popular Bombay breakfast with flattened rice, onions, peanuts, herbs, and spices, topped with coconut and sev), Kheema Par Eedu Skillet (kheema, potato salli, fried eggs, and pav bread, described on the menu as the “Bombay breakfast of champions”), and even a vegan platter (avocado, grilled tofu, vegetables, and salad with tahini almond dressing). You can also order small bites and drinks to share if you’re coming to visit later in the evening with friends. 

The cafe itself is very modern looking with a plant wall at the entrance with a neon sign that reads “Good Brews, Good Bites.” The service was excellent and we’re excited to go back again to try the rest of their menu. 

Bandra Cafe is open Monday to Thursday from 11am to 10pm, and Friday to Sunday from 11am to 11pm. 

Bandra Cafe

 

Address: 7310 #110 120th St.

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6 of the best sushi restaurants in Surrey

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Sushi from Sushi California and Sushi Street (@sushicalifornia_surrey; @sushistreet_surrey / Instagram)

There are so many different sushi spots in Surrey that sometimes it can be hard to choose. That’s why we’ve created a list of the best sushi restaurants in Surrey to satisfy your next sushi craving. 

 

MaguroGuy Sushi and Grill

 

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MaguroGuy has an excellent assortment of sushi and delicious Japanese dishes. We’d recommend visiting for their lunch special Udon Set which comes with a dynamite roll, tuna, salmon, and ebi nigiri, tempura, Seafood udon (small), and a green salad.

 

Sushi Mori

What makes Sushi Mori so special? Well for starters there is a tree in the middle of the restaurant. They also make some great sushi and have plenty of specialty rolls to try like their Spicy Sunflower Roll which has crab meat, cucumber, avocado, and prawn tempura covered with spicy salmon and topped with tempura flakes, shredded red beet, spicy mayo, and aioli sauce.

 

Kami Sushi 

Kami Sushi is the best place to grab a filling and affordable lunch. The best thing to order is one of their lunch combinations that are available from 11:30 to 3:30 pm. We love their combo B which comes with four pieces of sushi, three pieces of their Reno roll, four pieces of the spicy love roll, and tempura udon for $19.95. You get a great assortment of food for a great price. 

 

Sushi California

Sushi California has a great assortment of different rolls, potentially the largest selection in all of Surrey. They have over 67 different rolls you can choose from, and that’s not even including nigiri or any of the other things on their menu. The only other sushi spot that could compete is the next one on our list. 

 

Psi Sushi & Roll

Psi Sushi & Roll is another Surrey favourite that has plenty on their menu. They also have some very unique rolls like their Flying Unicorn Roll which has crabmeat and cream cheese and is deep fried with melted mozzarella cheese. 

 

Sushi Street

 

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If you’re searching for your next picnic meal look no further than Sushi Street. They offer these sushi boxes that can feed one to four people that are perfect to take with you. We’d recommend trying Street Box #2 which can feed up to four people and has a Crazy Roll, Dragon roll, Dynamite roll, Philadelphia roll, Chicken wings, Edamame, vegetable sticks, and five kinds of special sauce. 

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You can order a whole box of sushi from this Surrey restaurant

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Sushi Street serves delicious Japanese takeout by the King George Skytrain Station

If you’re looking for the next great sushi spot, look no further than Sushi Street. Located close to the King George Skytrain Station, this place should be your go-to for sushi takeout. 

Sushi Street specializes in only takeout and offers quick and delicious Japanese cuisine. They specialize in bento boxes, sushi combos, and ready-to-eat foods that you can just grab and go. But probably the coolest thing they offer is their sushi boxes.

 

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You heard right, sushi in a box. They offer two different boxes that can feed anywhere from 1 to 4 people. Their Street Box 1 which can feed one to two people has a crazy roll, Philadelphia roll, dynamite roll, chicken wings, edamame, vegetable sticks, and four kinds of special sauce. 

If you’re looking for more food you can get the Street Box 2 which feeds three to four people and has a crazy roll, dragon roll, dynamite roll, Philadelphia roll, chicken wings, edamame, vegetable sticks, and five kinds of special sauce. This is the perfect meal to grab on your way to a picnic over at Holland Park across the street. 

But don’t worry, you can also order individual rolls if you’re just eating for one. They also serve inari which is sushi rice packed into a tofu pouch topped with all sorts of sushi ingredients. We’d recommend ordering the Inari Unagi or the Inari Spicy Salmon. 

 

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While Sushi Street does specialize in takeout, they do have some seats inside to sit down and enjoy your food. But regardless of whetheryou eat in or take out, we promise you’ll love the food. Be sure to visit this new Surrey hidden gem soon!

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This Surrey restaurant is serving up “monster burgers”

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Fab Burgers Inc. makes some of the best burgers in Surrey (@fabburgersinc / Instagram)

Located in the heart of Newton is Fab Burgers Inc., the home of Surrey’s “monster burgers.” What is a monster burger you may ask? Well, it’s about as intimidating as it sounds. 

Fab Burger Inc. has six monster burgers on their menu, and one of their most famous ones is the Fab Meaty Muncher which comes with breaded crispy chicken, a beef patty, chicken bacon, cheddar cheese, purple slaw, pickles, tomatoes, an onion ring, and their signature FAB sauce. It’s piled high and requires some maneuvering to be able to take a bite. 

 

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If that’s still a little too small for you, you can order their Sweet Temptation Burger which comes with three patties of your choice of chicken or beef (yes you heard right, three patties), topped with lettuce, sauteed onions, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and finished with barbeque sauce. It’s the biggest burger on their menu and definitely deserves the name “monster burger.”

But don’t worry, they also serve regular-sized burgers for those who don’t have a monster appetite. The Flamin’ Nacho Burger is a fan favourite and has a beef patty topped with fresh salsa, onions, jalapenos, sour cream, guacamole, nacho chips, and topped with cheddar cheese.

 

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If burgers aren’t your thing, Fab Burger Inc. also sells other foods like Chicken and Waffles and BBQ Lamb Chops which are marinated with their in-house blend of seasonings and sauces and served with fries, coleslaw, and a drink.

 

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So whether you’re craving a monster burger, or just want something on the smaller side to eat, Fab Burger Inc. has it all. Be sure to visit the next time you’re craving a good burger. 

Fab Burger Inc.

Address: 7320 King George Blvd #108

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These are the best places to get coffee in Surrey

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Whether you go to cafés for the atmosphere, food, or coffee, we’re sure there's a café on this list you’ll love. (@coffeemonster_official; @west_village_cafe / Instagram)

You can only drink so much Starbucks before you get sick of it. That’s why we’ve made this list of the best coffee shops in Surrey so you can switch it up. Whether it’s because of the great atmosphere or unique drinks, these are the best places to get coffee in Surrey. 

 

Coffee Monster

If you’re a student in Surrey then you need to visit Coffee Monster. It is the best place to get some late-night studying done. Every table has access to an outlet and it’s open until 10 pm. Plus, they have some delicious drinks like their Spanish Latte which you can order hot or iced. 

 

Bandra Cafe

 

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Bandra Cafe is one of the first Indian-style cafes in the Greater Vancouver area and has some exceptional drinks and eats to show for it. Bandra Cafe tries to copy the vibe of the area in Bombay with the same name by creating a similar atmosphere by having “dark wooden chairs and white table tops” and also by selling “dishes like salli chicken, kheema pan and mawa cake.” This is definitely a very unique cafe that you need to visit. 

 

West Village Cafe

If you’re looking for one of the trendiest cafes in Surrey, then West Village Cafe is the spot for you. With a very clean and minimalistic interior and some fancy food to eat, this might be the fanciest café in Surrey. Not only does West Village Cafe serve your coffee shop classics like lattes and pastries, but they also serve alcoholic drinks and food like tacos, a chimichurri salmon and vegetable bowl, local craft beer on tap, and more! If you’re feeling extra fancy you should head in for one of their Bailey’s coffees. 

 

Espresso Cafe

 

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Espresso Cafe is located in the heart of Newton and has a very homely atmosphere to it. From the fireplace to the home-style baked goods, there is so much to love about Espresso Cafe. We’d recommend ordering one of their filo spinach feta pastries which are delicious. They have an always expanding menu and plenty of specialty drinks on rotation so be sure to visit Espresso Cafe. 

 

The GrassRoots Cafe

The GrassRoots Cafe is a student-owned and operated café located on the Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Surrey campus. They serve “alcoholic beverages and KPU brewed beer on tap, delicious food, snacks, coffee drinks and healthy alternative options such as vegan and gluten-free meals.” They also host a bunch of different activities like slam poetry, movie marathons, and more! Plus, if you’re a KPU student you can get a 5% discount. 

 

Prairie Cafe

 

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When a café has been around since 1949, then you know it has to be good. Prairie Cafe offers some classic vintage breakfast and coffee. They do classic American breakfast as well as Asian dishes like chicken Teriyaki, wonton soup, and chicken pan-fried noodles. If you’re looking for a blast from the past then you need to visit Prairie Cafe. 

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