Avocado Avocado

Yesterday morning I toured the streets of Jinja, Uganda. I passed by many fruit and vegetable stands, was introduced to new produces and embraced the freshness of the ingredients that surrounded me. Among the other fresh vegetables and fruit, I picked up this beauty. An Avocado. This is the biggest avocado I have ever seen, about 4-6 of avocados from home in just one!


If you know me, you know that avocados are my favourite food. (and I love food and eat everything, so it’s hard to be on top of the list!)  Rich and creamy and delicious on or with basically everything. This avocado was quite possible the most delicious avocado I have ever eaten. Buttery and almost sweet form it’s richness. I was in food heaven!

I don’t just love avocados because of their flavour and texture, their are also very nutrient dense and filled with omega-3.

My favourite way to eat avocado is in a simple guacamole with lime, chili and garlic. It’s also delicious on toast with fresh tomato, with fish tacos, in salads or simply with salt&pepper and a spoon. YUM!

What’s your favourite way to eat avocado?


The BIG Announcement!

Malnutrition in a world of abundance is unacceptable.

With that being said, here is the Big Announcement:

I will be spending the next few week in Uganda, Africa. I will be working with local organizations, including a boy’s home and orphanages, to implement nutrition plans while working with their budget. I look forward to expanding my knowledge in the markets, gaining experience in their kitchens and broadening my understanding of global nutrition, diet, ingredients and cooking techniques.

How did this happen?

I have always felt a draw towards those less fortunate with the theme of food and nutrition. Over the past few months I have connected with organizations overseas and the possibility of Uganda fell in my lap. Consequently, I saw this as an opportunity for my business to give-back and a credible cause and organization.


I am passionate about using local products, maximizing our resources and feeding back into the local economy. I do not believe in a “quick-fix”, rather value the importance of knowledge and understanding of our own resources. My goal is to bring better nutrients, an understanding of nutrition and teach the benefits and versatility of local products.

Mother Theresa once said “If you can’t nourish 100 people, then just nourish one”. So that is my goal, not with an ambition to save the world but rather, share my knowledge and skills, in hopes of benefiting to those in need. I have been blessed with an abundance knowledge, experience and skill and have now been called to share and serve. I look forward to learning and gaining perspective and I hope that this will be a time of giving back and understanding a greater need.

I genuinely want to thank you for supporting Hollie’s Catering, because you’re not just supporting me and the people at the farmers market, now you’re supporting nutrition needs overseas.

I am ecstatic for you to join me on this adventure and would love to hear any of your comments or questions!

Monster Cookies

Is there anything better then a fresh baked cookie and a tall glass of cold milk?…well living in the California would be nice, but I guess a cookie will do fine…for now. 🙂

Monster cookies are my favourite cookie, and I love cookies! So why are they my favourite? The monster cookie combines every wonderful cookie ingredient into one giant cookie. Peanut butter, check! M&Ms, check! Chocolate chips, check! Oatmeal, check!

Monster Cookies

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What’s your favourite type of cookie?

Let me know, and maybe I’ll whip up a batch!

A Girl’s Night Out

On Saturday night I had the privilege of being apart of ‘A Girl’s Night  Out’. Local businesses came together to show off their services to the women of the community.

Hollie's Catering Display Table

Hollie’s Catering Display Table

Display Table

Display Table

Lemon Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream

Lemon Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream

Food Demonstration

Food Demonstration

Demonstrating Thai Green Papaya Salad

Demonstrating Thai Green Papaya Salad

Free Cake winner will be

drawn tonight!

Stay Tuned!

Som Tom ~ Papaya Salad

Tonight I shared one of my favourite recipes that I learnt while studying Thai cuisine in Thailand. I had the privilege of doing a food demonstration at a local women’s event. It was a joy to make new connections and interact with other local businesses. I owe a big thanks to those who coordinated the evening!!

This salad is the perfect combination of sweet, salty and spicy. The soft papaya and roasted peanuts make for a great texture combination. I am in love with this salad!



Som Tom ~ Papaya Salad


1 green papaya – grated
3 tomatoes, wedges
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 fresh red chiles, minced
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon brown sugar or 1 tablespoon palm sugar
1 tablespoon roasted peanuts, chopped
6 fresh long beans, cut into 2 inch


Mix together garlic, lime juice, fish sauce,brown sugar in a bowl.
Add papaya, tomato wedges, green beans and chili into a big mixing bowl.
Stir in the garlic mixture into papaya bowl.
Adjust seasoning if necessary.
It should be mixture of sweet, sour and salty.
Served with sticky rice, white fish or grilled chicken.


1. Taste along the way. Adjust the seasoning and spice level to your preference.
2. Don’t be afraid of fish sauce. It is an incredible salty ingredient…but if you are afraid then use soy sauce or rice vinegar.
3. I buy my green papaya at a the New World Supermarket in Kitchener. But if you don’t have green papaya, use carrots, mangoes or green apples.


Serve this salad at your next family BBQ and I’m sure they will love it!

A Women’s Event brings Asian Cuisine to life!

What do you get when you combine an Asian Market with a Women’s Event?
Hollie’s Catering unique food demonstration!

This coming April I have been asked to be apart of a local Women’s Event. I will have a booth set-up promoting Hollie’s Catering, lots of sweet and savoury samples, as well as a food demonstration.

The main feature of my demonstration will be Thai food. This will allow me to showcase my Thai cooking techniques that I studied in Thailand last year. I will be making two of my favourite dishes, and there will be enough for everyone to share!

This food demonstration made for an excellent excuse to visit the local Asian Market. I have been itching to visit for sometime now and I am so glad that I did. This market brought me right back to Thailand. The distinct smell, aromatic herbs and spices, fresh fish, unique labels and more culinary possibilities then I could ever imagine. It was like a little piece of heaven. If you’re looking for a little adventure or a way to spice up your cooking, take a trip to the local Asian Market! It is worth the trip and your meals will thank you!


BBQ duck and Chicken.

BBQ duck and Chicken.

Just a few of my purchases...

Just a few of my purchases…

The Women’s event is on Friday, April 5th from 7-9:30 at the Elmira Pentecostal Church. It will be a night filled with all of your favourite things; shopping, spa packages, free samples and food!

Ladies, I hope to see you there!

Italian Inspired Pasta

This pasta is healthy, simple and delicious.

Browned Italian turkey sausage sautéed with roasted red peppers, spinach, onion, garlic and a hint of chilli. This combination with fresh parmesan cheese and whole wheat penne makes for the perfect weeknight dinner.



Hint: Always remember to reserve some pasta cooking water when making fresh sauce. The starchy liquid will bring everything together and act as a thickening agent.


Have questions about cooking pasta? Curious about making your own sauce?
Need inspiration?
Email me at holliejones@live.ca 

Taco Salad

This week I treated myself to an extra special lunch. A fresh taco salad in a homemade tortilla bowl. It was delicious!! Crisp veggies, light dressing and sharp cheese all in a flavourful and edible bowl!

Taco Salad for One

Making an editable tortilla bowl.

Making an editable tortilla bowl.


The recipe:

Serves one.

1 mason jar                                                                                                                                                    1 large round tortilla
1tbsp olive oil
1 cup shredded lettuce (I used romaine)
1/2 medium tomato, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 avocado, diced
1/4 cup fresh or canned corn
1/4 black beans
1tsp green onion, minced
1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar
1tbsp sour cream
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 lime, juiced
Salt and pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 400.

Brush tortilla with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place a large mason jar on a baking sheet. Mold tortilla over the mason jar. Bake in the oven for a 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

Remove tortilla from oven and place diced vegetables, corn and beans inside.

Top with shredded cheese, sour cream, fresh lime juice and spices. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

*If desired top with grilled chicken breast, seasoned steak, ground beef or cooked shrimp.


This recipe is simple, fast and delicious.
It makes an excellent lunch for one or dinner for friends!


Using Surplus to Feed a Hungry World.

With a heart for feeding the hungry I recently began to do some research on local food and aid organizations. I came across an organization called ‘Gleaners’. After stumbling across their website I was in complete awe. I sent out an email to the manager and a few days later I found myself touring the facility and connecting with volunteers.

Photo source: Gleaners website.

Photo source: Gleaners website.

Their Mission

“The Ontario Christian Gleaners is an Interdenominational Christian organization that seeks to visibly demonstrate God’s love and grace by working with volunteers to collect, process, and make available surplus agricultural produce for the relief of the hungry in overseas nations.” – Mission Statement, Ontario Gleaners.

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Irish Treats

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day I whipped up two festive treats yesterday.

Starting with Gluten-Free Mint Swirl Chocolate Brownies. These were  a basic gluten-free brownie batter swirled with a cream cheese mixture that was flavoured with mint extract and green dye. They were fluffy, moist and delicious!



I also made Chocolate cupcakes topped with Bailey’s Frosting. The cupcake was fluffy and the frosting was rich and sweet! They definitely added some fun to the night!

The chocolate cupcakes were topped with gold flakes.I think they’re pretty cute, and hellooo – chocolate and bailey’s!



This dessert was so well loved, it was gone in a snap! And since it’s so easy to whip up, I’ll be making a second batch very soon.  Hope you enjoy it too!


Bailey’s Buttercream

1 cup butter , at room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
6 Tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Use electric mixer to blend together; mix until smooth and creamy.