113 : Karl Galbraith & Merrilee Loewen
Karl and Merrilee met several years back, and have yet to transform a twenty-year-old cottage addition into the master bedroom of their dreams. Still in the honeymoon phase, this couple is looking for a romantic oasis”a far cry from the storage room it is now. Michelle and Anthony work to find a balance between masculine and feminine and the team battles tight timelines, bad weather and some very big spiders! Can they overcome the obstacles to create the prefect retreat for Karl and Merrilee?
101 : Wayne And Susan Arthurs
Wayne and Susan bought their unique log cabin over 30 years ago, but raising a family and busy careers left little time for reno projects and much remains unchanged. Wayne and Susan want a comfortable space where they can now enjoy their retirement, not spent working away on unfinished projects. Enter the Weekend Reno Team. Michelle's design plan attempts to enhance the rustic feel of the cabin while bringing in light to a very dark space. As they work through the massive to-do list Anthony uncovers a daunting project behind wood paneling, while Merrill pieces together a spectacular focal point.
205 : Bars
In terms of technique, bars don't have technical qualifications that distinguish them from squares (other than the shape) but as a widely popular baked treat, there are many options to showcase, from healthy granola bars to decadent Nanaimo Bars and Caramel Chocolate Candy Bars. The lessons within making the bars are worthwhile and bars are second only to cookies in popularity in the home baker's kitchen. A relative of the favourite "squareÂ·, bars are typically cut into rectangle portions to earn their name. This episode showcases a number of traditional favourites, from a simple, one-bowl granola bar recipe to a distinctly Canadian Nanaimo Bar. i. Traditional Granola Bars - this recipe is a good place to start the lesson, since a granola bar is a single-layer bar (no crust or topping). Full of nutritious grains, nuts, seeds and fruits, these are a healthy treat. ii. Nanaimo Bars - A more elaborate, dessert-like bar, Nanaimo bars have a chocolate crust with a signature custard filling and are topped
206 : Caramel
Who doesn't love caramel? Learning to make a basic caramel opens the patisserie door to just so many desserts and delights, from classic to creative. i. Classic Caramel/Caramel Apples - The principles behind making a traditional caramel is shown here, and then is used to dip apples. ii. French Apple Tarte Tatin -Another more advanced application for caramel is seen in this classic French version of apple pie. Sugar is caramelized in a heavy skillet and then apples are added. Topped with puff pastry, the tart bakes upside down, and then is served with the apples and now built-in caramel sauce on top. iii. French Creme Caramel - This classic showcases caramel at its most elegant. Caramelized sugar is poured into dishes to set, then topped with a silky custard base that is baked. Once inverted, it is revealed that the caramel softens and makes a sauce that keeps this dessert consistently on bistro menus.
207 : Pate Sucree
Sugar pastry differs in texture and taste from a Sablee pastry and is equally valued in a pastry kitchen sugar. Sugar pastry (known as pate sucree) is a little more delicate and fragile due to its higher sugar and butter content, so suits fillings of an according texture. This episode defines this, shows how to achieve and use this delicate pastry, and of course includes tips and tricks to make it even more versatile. i. Basic Sugar Dough and Snickerdoodle Cookies - the basic sugar dough formula can also be baked into snickerdoodle cookies: drop cookies rolled in cinnamon sugar before baking. ii. Frangipan Tart - a sweet almond filling is a traditional choice to bake into a tender sugar dough shell. Here we get a sense of rolling and baking the now-chilled dough and making and baking the traditional filling. iii. Blackberry Meringue Tarts - Sugar dough gets dressed up - the pastry can hold a filling, but brushing the inside of the tart shell with white chocolate prevents it from absorbing the blackbe
208 : Marzipan
Marzipan is made simply from ground almonds mixed with sugar to achieve a paste, but it has so many uses in the dessert world. This episode showcases marzipan from its fundamental creation to its many uses. i. Homemade Marzipan - master the formula for a tasty and easy-to-handle marzipan. This can be shaped into little candies, topped with a toasted almond. ii. Easy Marzipan Fruitcakes - Individual fruitcakes are made using marzipan within the batter and rolled to top the fruitcakes. Can include dried mango in the fruit mix (have just tested the recipe and would be a lovely addition) iii. Classic Battenberg Cake - Ever have high tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria? Then you know that this checkerboard cake batter is made using marzipan, and then covered with a coloured marzipan for this English classic served at afternoon tea.
209 : Italian Meringue
Meringue comes in 3 forms - we covered French meringue in season 1, but Italian meringue deserves its own episode (Swiss meringue is the third). Italian meringue is made from whipping egg whites and pouring in boiled sugar, giving the meringue strength and structure to be used in many ways. This episode shows the many applications of this fundamental baking principle. i. Italian Nougat (Torrone) - this is the perfect recipe to showcase the essentials behind Italian meringue, turning it then into a traditional Italian candy filled with toasted almonds & hazelnuts. ii. Coconut Marshmallows - Italian meringue can also be the base for marshmallows, and flavouring and tinting them is fun - you can also make different shapes or coat the marshmallows to personalize them further. iii. Key Lime Meringue Tart - Many pastry chefs rely on Italian meringue to top their meringue pies, since it is stable, shiny and easy to pipe and shape. A classic creamy key lime filling makes a perfect base to put this chef secre
210 : Icebox Cookies
Icebox Cookies came into fashion in the early 1900's (when we used to use iceboxes to keep our food chilled) and are still as popular as ever. An icebox cookie must spend time chilling before it is sliced and baked, and this episode shows a number of traditional (and even international) styles. i. Vanilla Icebox Cookies - a traditional cookie is made, chilled and rolled in decorator's sugar before being sliced & baked. ii. Checkerboard Icebox Cookies - this shows how to make a chocolate version of the vanilla dough and use both doughs to make a checkerboard pattern. Great visual on the technique! iii. Coconut Caramel Sandwich Cookies - Truly something special, this recipe showcases a classic and favourite Asian sweet filling, a coconut caramel called "Kaya", which is very much like a coconut version of Dulce de Leche. The Icebox cookie is delicate to match this coconut caramel.
At a Christmastime event, Jenna shares an impromptu, unforgettable kiss with the dashing billionaire, Cooper Montgomery. Unaware of his intentions and fearful of getting hurt in another relationship, Jenna vows to resist his charms, but begins to realize his affection is real as the two spend more time together.
Unwinding her relationship from a controlling choreographer, Kayla happens to fall for a handsome man, Dustin, who she shares a magical kiss with on a chance elevator encounter. But, when the choreographer begins to make nice and Dustin is the one who makes some missteps, Kayla is torn on which man she really loves.
When holiday fanatic Addie (Cindy Sampson) makes a Christmas wish for her next door neighbor Sam (Robin Dunne) to fall in love with her, she's not expecting anything to happen “ and she definitely isn't expecting the wish to go awry and cause her other neighbor, Pete (Chris Violette) to fall in love instead. When Pete's romantic gestures grow more and more over-the-top, Addie recruits Sam to help. With Sam's assistance, can Addie break the spell by Christmas? Or will she spend the rest of her life dealing with a lovelorn Pete?
218 : Jimmy Vs. Iain
Job one for homeowner Jimmy is to depersonalize his home as Paul and Penny assure him that the medieval theme gone wrong in the basement would repel any potential buyer. Supported by his girlfriend, Lisa, Jimmy rallies a strong team of fellow firefighters and family to tackle the renovation that spans all three levels of the house! Jimmy concludes the competition with a sweet surprise for Lisa. Competitor Iain is also basement challenged. It shows as a teenage wasteland “ still full to the brim with stuff left behind by his four kids. With wife Carolynn away taking care of their ill daughter, best friend Dave steps in to help. Within the first days of the competition, disaster strikes! A sub pump malfunction causes a flood that jeopardizes the reno plans. May the best basement win!
219 : Gwen & Aldo Vs. Sue
It's a head to head battle as both sets of homeowners work to bring yesterday's style into today! Gwen and Aldo chose their home to raise their young family, but now that their daughters are grown up and Gwen's new home-based business is about to take off, they need to find a more accommodating space. Their jam-packed suburban home shows really small and the forest green carpets and floral couches beg for a re-do. Aldo puts his handyman skills to the test and takes on an entire kitchen overhaul with the help of friends and family, while Gwen gets picked on for her laid back approach to renos. With only a small team in place, Sue has no choice but to be hands on in her reno. Having been out of work for months, Sue's finances are tight and every dollar counts. Sue takes a stab at tiling and gets creative when refinishing countertops, but the slow pace at her camp threatens the chance for a strong finish. This competition will come down to the wire, as Sue's team scrambles to get it all done.
220 : Scott & Dawn Vs. Joel And Mary Ann
It's the battle of the bungalows in this small home versus small home rivalry. Scott and Dawn have got to sell; with their second child arriving soon, their home seems smaller by the day. Penny and Paul agree on most of the work needed, but when Paul makes a staging suggestion to create a third bedroom, Penny has different plans. Scott tackles an extra project to up the stakes, but quickly realizes it's far more than he's bargained for. A kickboxing themed fundraiser could be the key to knocking out the competition. Mary Ann and Joel's home is crowded with multiple generations under one roof and upsizing will make things more comfortable for their family. With the lack of curb appeal, perspective buyers would keep driving, making the exterior a major focus. Mary Ann's attempts to raise some cash by selling collector coins falls flat and Joel's theatrical talents far outweigh his landscaping skills. But when they score a deal for asphalt paving, things start looking up. Who will come out on top on
221 : Jason & Tara Vs. Eric And Shannon
Homeowner teams square off in the hopes of turning their worn out houses into show homes. Newly engaged Jason, is ready to ditch the bachelor pad to find a place with fiancÃ©e Tara and Paul's commission-free listing could really help offset wedding costs. The problem is the house is stuck in an 80s time warp”blue countertops and dingy carpets must go and the garden mural in the foyer is an eyesore. Tara finds herself working without her partner on day one, but Jason saves face by holding a pub night fundraiser. Shannon and Eric had every intention of fixing up their home gradually, but with two young children and a house full of unfinished projects, it's proving to be too much for the young family. Paul likes the home at first glance, but turns to Penny for a solution to an awkward bathroom layout. Shannon and Eric live in a sought after neighbourhood that commands high-end finishes, but the granite countertop delivery deadline proves to be stressful; especially when an unexpected issue crops up in the