Holiday Recipies

If you are up to your ears in holiday parties, buying gifts and wrapping gifts, all while trying to keep the house clean…The last thing you have time for is researching new and fun recipes on multiple websites. To help you out, our holiday blog is filled with fun and easy recipes from our Centurion family that are sure to impress your guests!


Forgotten Cookies: tastes like biting into a cup of Hot Chocolate topped with Whipped Cream! I recommend making these the night before you need them as they’ll need to be “forgotten” in the oven until morning.


4 egg whites

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp cream of tartar

3/4-1 c. sugar (according to preference)

3/4-1 c. mini chocolate chips (according to preference)


1. Preheat oven to 350 F

2. Add vanilla to egg whites and beat with electric hand mixer on high until just foamy.

3. Add cream of tartar and beat on high until soft peaks form.

4. Slowly add in sugar while continuing to beat until all sugar is added and tall stiff peaks have formed. Add chocolate chips

5. Portion onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper 

6. Place all cookies into oven at once and immediately shut oven off.

7. Wake up to a delicious treat!


Simple Shortbread:


¾ cups of butter

1 cup all purpose flour

½ cup icing sugar

½ cup cornstarch


Preheat oven at 300 F. Blend first with a pastry knife or fork until granular. Mix with spoon, I prefer hands until a smooth dough. Cut dough into 30 equal portions, approx. 13.5 grams. Roll into balls and press with a floured fork. Can be rolled and cut with cookie cutters as well. Bake for 12 minutes. 

Turnip Puff:


6 cups of cubed turnips – frozen works well

2 Tbsp. butter

2 eggs, beaten

3 Tbsp. flour

1 Tbs. brown sugar

1 Tsp. baking powder

Salt and pepper to taste, pinch of nutmeg

½ Cup fine bread crumbs

2 Tbsp. butter, melted


Cook turnips until tender. Drain and mash. Add butter and eggs. Beat well. This much can be done the day ahead. 

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Stir into turnips. Butter a casserole dish and put in turnip mixture. Combine bread crumbs and butter. Sprinkle on top and bake at 375 for 25 minutes or until light brown on top.  


Brownie Christmas Trees


2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped

3/4 cups semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Miniature candy canes (2 inch), unwrapped

1 cup green candy melts

Red and green candy sprinkles, gold nonpareils, and other sugar decors


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch-by-8-inch baking pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil, making sure the foil is tucked into all the corners and there is at least 1 inch overhanging the top of the pan on all sides.

2. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine unsweetened chocolate, chocolate chips, and butter. Microwave on high until chocolate is almost melted. Whisk until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.

3. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk together the eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl until pale, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the chocolate mixture and vanilla. Stir in the flour mixture until just combined.

4. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake the brownies until they are just set and a few moist crumbs stick to a toothpick inserted into the center, 25 to 30 minutes. Let them cool completely on a wire rack.

5. Grasping the overhanging foil on either side of the pan, lift out the brownies and place them on a cutting board. Place the board in the freezer for 10 minutes, to allow the brownies to firm up. Cut brownies into 3 rows. Cut each row into 6 triangles. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Reserve ends for snacking.

6. Break off the curved ends of candy canes. Insert straight piece into bottoms of triangles to make tree trunks. Place candy melts in a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high until halfway melted. Whisk until smooth. Dip a fork into the bowl and then wave over brownies to create garlands. Sprinkle with decors.

7. Let stand until candy melt mixture is set. (Can be made ahead. Store in an airtight container at room temperature, in single layers separated by parchment or waxed paper, up to two days.) Makes 18 brownies


Classic Banoffee Pie


For the base:

100g butter, melted and 250g digestive biscuits, crushed

OR, if you’re lazy…buy the premade Graham pie crusts in the tin from stores.

For the caramel:

100g butter, 100g dark brown soft sugar, 1 can (250-300mL size) of Sweetened Condensed Milk

For the top:

4 small bananas, 300ml carton whipping cream, lightly whipped (OR, the aerosol cans…for the lazy ones), and grated chocolate

You will also need…

20cm loose-bottomed cake tin, greased (OR the one from the pre-made store graham crust that you bought)

  1. Put the biscuit crumbs in your bowl, then tip in the melted butter and mix it all together. Spoon this into the base and press against the bottom and sides – this is the base of the banoffee pie recipe. Chill it for ten minutes.
  2. Melt the butter and sugar into a non-stick saucepan over a low heat, stirring all the time until the sugar has dissolved. Add the condensed milk and bring to a rapid boil for about a minute, stirring all the time for a thick golden caramel. Spread the caramel over the base, cool and then chill for about 1 hour, until firm or until ready to serve.
  3. Carefully lift the pie from the tin and place on a serving plate. Slice the bananas; fold half of them into the softly whipped cream and spoon over the base. Decorate with the remaining bananas and finish with the grated chocolate.
  4. To get the most out of our banoffee pie recipe, make sure that you really boil the filling for at least 1 minute to be sure it sets to a fantastically tasty squidgy caramel.


Scottish Shortbread:


1 cup of melted butter

1 cup of brown sugar

2 cups of rolled oats

1 dash of salt

1 cup of flour 


Mix flour and oats together, then add melted butter and mix all together. Spread in a pan about ½ inch thick. Bake for 30 minutes at 300 degrees. Cut into squares while warm. Do not remove from pan until cool.



1 1/3 cup of brown sugar 

1 lb of butter

4 cups of flour


Mix and roll out with cookie cutter (or wine glass!) about 3/8 inches thick. Decorate with whatever you prefer then put in oven for ½ hour in 350 degree oven.


Christmas Crack


50 saltine crackers 

1 cup salted butter (2 sticks, cubed)

1 cup soft light brown sugar 

2 cups chocolate chips

½ – 1 cup of holiday M&M’s (or whatever topping you want ex: Skor bits, sea salt, caramel, crush candy canes)


1. Pre-heat oven to 325°F. Line a large pan with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray and then line the pan with saltine crackers.

2. Place the butter and sugar in a medium sized pot over low heat. Stir until the butter is melted. Once melted, bring to a boil for 3 minutes. Stir constantly.

3. Once it’s changed to a caramel color, remove pan from heat and pour over crackers. 

4. Place pan in oven and bake for 7-9 minutes. 

5. Remove pan from oven, melt the chocolate in microwave and then pour over the top with a spatula. Sprinkle holiday M&M’s (or any other toppings) and place in the freezer for 15 minutes. After cooling, break off into pieces and enjoy!


Super soft super easy Gingerbread cookies 


¾ cup unsalted butter softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

¼ cup molasses

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp ginger


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

First, mix together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, approximately 2-3 minutes with an electric mixer.

Next, add egg and molasses and mix well.

In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger, stirring to combine.

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until well combined.

Form or scoop balls of dough that are slightly smaller than a golf ball. 

Finally, bake for 10-12 minutes, remove from oven and allow cookies to cool on baking for approximately ten minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

We hope these recipes help you through the holiday season as a one-stop shop for fresh and delicious ideas. 

From our family to yours, Happy Holidays! 

Centurion Center

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Over 20 Years of Experience


We offer an experience you can count on. With over 20 years of experience in the catering industry, we take pride in offering a delectable menu to fit your every need. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that we do everything to your satisfaction. You’ll only find the freshest ingredients, made from scratch and delivered on time. Plus, we only offer generous portions with outstanding presentations that will wow your guests.


Award Winning Team


We are proud to have won numerous awards for our first-class catering and event services, and our team and services are rated among the best in the city! In fact, many of our customers are repeat clients, and much of our business comes from glowing referrals.


Menus For Every Occasion


Whether you’re planning an office party, company picnic, black-tie social, birthday party or wedding, we have the perfect menu for your theme and budget. Our menu features classic favourites as well as imaginative cuisine founded by our legendary executive chef. Select from our premium selection of flexible packages, a-la-carte options, or our Dine Well fine dining menu to make any occasion one to remember. If you would like something on the list, let us know, and we’ll try our best to accommodate your requests.


Both In-House and Offsite Options


You don’t have to worry about arranging the food for your event – our professional event coordinator will help you with all your catering needs. Whether you need just appetizers, sandwiches, prime rib dinner, or a full-plated course meal, our catering services can deliver. You can also rely on Centurion Conference Centre for delivering offsite through our Customer Express catering division. Our offsite catering services provide the same unsurpassed attention to detail as our in-house catering service.


A Perfect Location


We also have the perfect location for your event. Our full-service Conference Centre offers over 14,000 square feet of stunning ballroom and meeting room space to accommodate groups as large as 800. You’ll also love our convenient location that’s right in Kanata — only minutes away from the major highways and the Ottawa airport.


For years, leading Ottawa businesses and event planners have trusted Centurion Conference Centre to plan and present their premier events to deliver an impression of quality and sophistication. To learn more about how our catering services contact us directly to speak with our in-house coordinator.

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Coloured Gowns


Ivory and white aren’t the only colours that you’re going to see coming down the aisle in 2019. Today, brides are looking for a more personalized look – something that’s unique to their personality and will make them stand out. So expect to see a shift from the standard white dresses to splashes of colour, and even darker tones to complement specific themes.


Modern Table Settings


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Buffet Stations


We’ve seen buffet weddings take center stage over the past couple of years, and this year will be no exception! But there’s a fresh new twist on the standard buffet settings. We anticipate more unique food options like carving stations, mini comfort foods, and late-night nacho chips and dip stations throughout 2019. Talk about taking your wedding catering to the next level.


Video Booths


The standard photo booths that were once popular are now being replaced with newer mobile ones that can be set up in a pinch and add instant fun and silliness to your big day. It’s easy to set up on a big touch screen, and you can even get a preview of what your GIF or photo will look like! Video booths and digital photo booths with unique and whimsical props are perfect for getting your guests up and out of their seats and having a good time while creating memories with fun photos that will last a lifetime.


Designer Bars


The one area that is often overlooked is the bar – but not in 2019! The bar area is finally getting the attention it deserves. This year, we’re seeing the standard bar set-up being transformed with charming, stylish and elaborate displays. They feature additions like beautiful flower arrangements and even framed chalkboards to add more personalized touches.


Reception Lighting


Couples are also focusing more on the overall ambiance of the wedding. So don’t be surprised to find plenty of string lights, stylish candles, lantern lights, globe lights, and fairy lights used to create that extra ‘wow’ factor. Expect to see a mix of lighting being also used on tables, across the bar, and roped around trees. Not only do atmosphere lights create a beautiful ambiance but they also make a fantastic background for photos.


Hanging Flowers


A trend that we don’t see vanishing anytime soon is the use of hanging flower décor. Using lush displays of hanging floral arrangements can turn any venue into a stunning, picturesque space – whether it be a tent, backyard or convention center.

From simple, to elegant and elaborate – we have the event coordinators to help you plan out every detail of your wedding at Centurion Conference Centre. We also offer a wide variety of menu options for your catering services and packages to suit your theme and budget, in addition to audiovisual equipment, full bar service, and over 14,000 square foot of space that features an elegant ballroom and foyer, and can accommodate groups up to 800. Contact us today to learn more about our wedding packages.

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Are you planning to host a fundraiser but aren’t entirely sure how to generate a substantial amount of donations for your cause? The best way to get more money flowing is by getting people more engaged while making the donating process as easy as possible for them. Follow these tips to learn more about encouraging more donations at your fundraising gala.

Run a Silent Auction

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Go Mobile

By creating a fundraising page to receive online donations, you can ask donors to donate there to help improve your chances of receiving more money before, during, and after your event. Many people prefer the option of going mobile because it gives the donors a chance to donate by using credit or debit instead of a cheque, which can also improve the amount you receive.

Use Social Proof

People tend to follow the herd which is why you can influence others to donate by using social proof at your event. All you need to do is set up a large display screen and live feed to show how many people have already donated. You could also set up a scroll that displays the names of all the people who have participated (with their permission, of course) to help influence others to donate as well.

Another way to encourage donors to contribute more is to set the right ambiance at your next event. To do this, you need the perfect venue space, excellent staff, amenities, and fantastic food. The longer they stay, the more they tend to donate. When you need the ideal event space for your upcoming fundraiser, turn to Centurion Conference and Event Center. To learn more about how our space can make your event a success, contact us today!