Farm to Table Asian Secrets Out Now + Freebies!

I’m so excited that my new cookbook is now available for purchase at your local bookstore, on and!

If you’ve bought a copy, I’d like to thank you with some recipe cards by Pink Bathtub Designs or a cool “Eat Your Veggies” tattoo by Festival Ink! I’ve partnered with two independent artists to create these awesome items.

Just tag me on social media (FaceBook, Twitter or Instagram) with #FarmtoTableAsianSecrets and I’ll send you a little freebie with my love and gratitude. Or if you’re shy, just email me :).

Thank you!

Kitchen Disasters and Fixes iPhone App Giveaway

It’s 5:30 pm on a Saturday. The cheesecake you pulled out of the oven two hours ago has a gash as wide as the San Andreas Fault, the roast beef is sitting on the counter crusted in charcoal cracklings, and your guests are arriving in an hour. You sigh and brush your disheveled hair off your face, fighting back the tears.

Be strong. This is no time for a breakdown or to reach for the phone to call your favorite takeout place.

There is a simple solution! Charmian Christie’s Kitchen Disasters and Fixes iPhone app. Charmian’s app will tell you to just scrape off the roast’s burnt surface, then slice and serve. No one will know any better! And since a cracked cake surface is merely cosmetic, simply spray a thick layer of whipped cream over the top and decorate with berries. It’s all good. Your dinner party can still be a success!

Charmian is a food writer, recipe developer and blogger (at Christie’s Corner) who has had her share of kitchen disasters yet has lived to cook another day. Her work appears in a wide variety of publications, including The Globe and Mail, More, Edible Toronto, Canadian Gardening, Relish, and Natural Health. After all the cooking and recipe-testing she’s done, you can trust that her advice, tips and tactics are sound.

One problem I’ve run into again again is making my curry too spicy. Now if I had Charmian’s app right from the start, I’d know to temper the heat with a dollop of yogurt or sour cream at the table with just one swipe of my iPhone. Instead I had to figure this out on my own. Charmian also offers another tip I haven’t tried—add something sweet like raisins or mangoes to the pot. Genius!

With my liberal shakes of the wrist, there’s another problem I encounter often—a too-salty stew. Thank goodness for my mum who advised me to add potatoes to absorb the saltiness and/or to add sugar. Charmian’s suggestion? A splash of vinegar or two.

In lieu of time and a kitchen sage, Charmian’s Kitchen Disasters and Fixes app will come to the rescue. The app also serves up avoidance tactics that are indispensable in the kitchen.

I know, we could all really do with Charmian’s app and as luck would have it, I have two free promo codes to give away. Just leave a comment telling us your ultimate kitchen disaster, and if you managed to salvage it, how did you do it? We’ll randomly pick two winners in a weeks’s time.

I’ll announce the winners on Tuesday, June 12th!