Pulse Spotlight, May 4/09 – Angela Tunner, The Renaissance Gourmet

Monday, May 4th, 2009
We recently had the opportunity to chat with Angela Tunner, The Renaissance Gourmet.  Angela is certainly one talented, creative Fraser Valley entrepreneur!  What first piqued our interest was her website’s healthy, efficient kitchen tools & tips, and the scrumptious recipes using fresh, whole foods. After our chat and a wander through her website, reading how Angela became ‘a chef by accident’, and how she founded Eat Like A Millionaire Omnimedia Inc, we were impressed with Angela’s story.  Not only talented with food, Angela is a kind-hearted, driven business woman. Her positive, enthusiastic spirit is apparent as she works with food based businesses to create their websites, branding campaigns, editing, publishing and more.
 
Angela’s interesting career experiences & creative trials have contributed to a clearly impressive ‘mental library’, which The Renaissance Gourmet shares with its visitors.  Reading ‘A Love Story‘ on Angela’s website, you’ll learn that her heart is even bigger than her list of talents.  She writes that each time she creates a recipe, it is for her son.  

simply_summer_gourmet_ebookWe had the pleasure of trying some recipes from Angela’s award-winning eCookBook, Simply Summer.  This eBook is full of delightful, flavourful, delicious recipes.  Simply Summer includes helpful hints for summertime cooking and living.  Our favourites so far: Chicken & Brie Sandwiches with Balsamic Onions (mmm!) and Apples with Vanilla and Lavender.  We love that this is an environmentally friendly eBook, and the fact that it’s only $4.99!  It’s a perfect Mother’s Day gift, a great hostess/housewarming gift, or a special treat for yourself if you love to cook.  

On Wednesday, May 6th, subscribers to Angela’s website will be receiving ideas & instructions to prepare Mom an at-home Mother’s Day Tea Party!  We asked Angela to share one of her favourite tea time recipes.  This weekend we gave the recipe a test run… and they were simply delectable.  Enjoy! 
 
Lavender Brownies with Cherries
 A chic take on a brownie. These make a decadent dessert when served with whipped cream or ice cream, or just serve them by themselves with your favourite beverage. Either way, they are just delicious!  Note: You will need a toaster oven that holds an 8-inch by 8-inch pan.  Otherwise, divide the batter between two smaller dishes and bake each separately. The cooking time remains the same.
 
                         

Lavender Cherry Brownies

Ingredients

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup dried cherries
1 cup chopped walnuts
3 tablespoons lavender flowers
1 cup butter
1 cup cocoa
1 3/4 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Icing sugar
 
Shopping List
All-purpose flour
Baking powder
Salt
Dried cherries
Chopped walnuts
Lavender flowers
Butter
Cocoa
Sugar
Eggs
Vanilla extract
Icing sugar
 
Makes one 8-inch by 8-inch pan
 
Tools and Equipment: Mixing bowl, microwave-safe baking dish, mixing spoon or flexible spatula for blending ingredients.
 
Method
Preheat the toaster oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8-inch by 8-inch baking dish.
1. In a bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, cherries, walnuts, and lavender flowers.
2. Melt the butter in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl. Stir in the cocoa. Blend in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
3. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
4. Pour the batter into the baking pan.
5. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until done.
6. Cool and dust with icing sugar.
 
Garnish suggestions:  Fresh Cherries when available mint sprigs if being served as a dessert
Excerpted Recipe from “Simply Summer” Deliciously Easy Gourmet Meals with Tips for Elegant Living” By Angela Tunner aka The Renaissance Gourmet © 2007 Eat Like a Millionaire Omnimedia Inc.



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