Sipping Success: Robert Mills’ Favorite Mocktails for Dry February at The Wellings

Hello, Wellies, and welcome to Winter! Every year, we get asked for a few non-alcoholic drink ideas as some of our members partake in dry February. After all the indulgences of the festive season, it’s a way to reset our bodies and get back to our routines. It’s Robert Mills, your resident chef and flavour maestro, here to let you in on some good news and share in the excitement of dry February with a twist – or should I say, a shake and a stir? As we embark on this alcohol-free adventure, I’m thrilled to introduce you to my favourite mocktails that will tantalize your taste buds and make your dry February a month to remember. They are tasty and I’ll bet you won’t miss the alcohol one bit.

The Zesty Citrus Fizz

Let’s kick things off with a burst of citrusy goodness. My Zesty Citrus Fizz combines freshly squeezed orange juice, a splash of grapefruit, and a hint of lime for that perfect tang. Top it off with a splash of soda water and garnish with a twist of orange peel. It’s a refreshing blend that will transport you to a sunny citrus grove with every sip.

Berry Bliss Cooler

For a burst of berrylicious delight, try my Berry Bliss Cooler. Muddle a handful of mixed berries – strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries – in a shaker. Add a dash of honey syrup, a squeeze of lemon juice, and ice. Shake it up and strain it into a glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint, and voila – a vibrant, refreshing mocktail that’s as visually appealing as it is delicious.

Tropical Sunrise Punch

Transport yourself to a tropical paradise with my Tropical Sunrise Punch. In a shaker, mix pineapple juice, coconut water, and a splash of orange juice. Shake well and strain into a glass filled with ice. To create that mesmerizing sunrise effect, gently pour a bit of grenadine down the side of the glass. Watch as it sinks and then slowly rises, creating a beautiful layered look. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a cherry – you’ll be sipping on sunshine in no time.

Ginger Spice Elevation

For those who crave a bit of warmth and spice, my Ginger Spice Elevation is the perfect choice. In a mixing glass, muddle fresh ginger slices with a dash of cinnamon syrup. Add apple juice and ice, then stir well. Strain into a glass and garnish with a cinnamon stick and apple slices. The combination of ginger and spice will elevate your taste buds to new heights, making this mocktail a comforting and flavorful option for dry February.

Favourite warm Spiced Mulled Apple Cider


4 cups apple cider

2 cinnamon sticks

4 whole cloves

4 whole allspice berries

1 orange, thinly sliced

1 lemon, thinly sliced

1-2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (adjust to taste)

Optional: Star anise for extra flavor


In a large pot, combine the apple cider, cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange slices, and lemon slices.

Add honey or maple syrup to the pot and stir well.

Place the pot over medium heat and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer. Be careful not to boil.

Once simmering, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes to allow the spices to infuse into the cider.

Remove the pot from heat and strain the mulled cider to remove the spices and fruit slices.

Serve the spiced mulled apple cider in mugs, and if desired, garnish with a cinnamon stick or a slice of orange.

Curl up with your warm mug and savor the comforting and aromatic Spiced Mulled Apple Cider on a chilly winter day and let the delightful flavour soothe your soul.


Non-Alcoholic Classic Hot Buttered Rum


2 cups hot water

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup honey

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

A pinch of salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whipped cream (optional, for garnish)

Cinnamon stick (optional, for garnish)


In a saucepan, heat the water until it’s almost boiling.

In a mixing bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, honey, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, and a pinch of salt. Mix until well combined.

Slowly add the hot water to the butter and spice mixture, stirring continuously until the butter is melted and the ingredients are well combined.

Stir in the vanilla extract.

Pour the hot buttered rum mixture into mugs.

If desired, top each mug with a dollop of whipped cream and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Serve immediately and enjoy the comforting warmth of this non-alcoholic hot buttered rum!

This delicious drink captures the rich and spiced flavors of traditional hot buttered rum, making it a perfect choice for a cozy evening by the fire or a chilly winter night.

There you have it – my top picks for mocktails that will make dry February an unforgettable experience. So, gather your friends, come on down to our cozy haven, and let’s savor the joy of vibrant flavors without the spirits. Cheers to a month filled with delicious memories and a healthier, happier you!

Chef Robert Mills.

Chef Robert’s Festive Mulled Wine: A Holiday Treat from Wellings

In this heartwarming episode from the World of Wellings, join Robert Mills, our VP of Food and Beverage and Executive Chef, as he dives into the festive spirit with his favourite holiday drink – Mulled Wine. 

The recipe includes:

  • A whole bottle of sweet Merlot 
  • A splash of Brandy
  • Classic spices like cinnamon sticks, star anise, and cloves
  • Cranberries
  • An orange slice

The aroma of cinnamon and orange zest creates a welcoming ambiance, making it a perfect holiday welcome. It’s not just a beverage; it’s an invitation to savor the warmth and joy of the holidays at Wellings. 


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Transform Leftover Turkey into Festive Hors d’Oeuvres

Join us on the World of Wellings for a delightful culinary journey hosted by Meaghan, one of our talented chefs from the Wellings of Stittsville, and Robert Mills, our VP of Hospitality and a skilled chef himself. In our latest video, they share their passion for creating memorable dining experiences and their love for engaging with the community through their culinary creations.

This episode is especially exciting as we transform leftover turkey from Christmas into exquisite hors d’oeuvres, perfect for sharing with your guests on New Year’s Eve. Our chefs demonstrate three creative and mouth-watering recipes:

  1. Roast Turkey & Mango Rice Paper Wraps: These wraps are a fusion of flavours, combining tender turkey with crunchy coleslaw enriched with the sweetness of mango and the freshness of lettuce.
  2. Choux Pastry Delights: A sophisticated treat featuring choux pastry filled with aged cheddar, succulent turkey, and crisp asparagus.
  3. Mini Potato Bites with Turkey: A comfort food classic, these mini bites perfectly blend steamed potato and savoury turkey, making them irresistible finger food.

Each recipe is designed to be easy to follow, ensuring you can recreate these culinary delights at home. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a beginner, these hors d’oeuvres will add a touch of elegance to your New Year’s Eve celebrations. As a special bonus, we’ve included a recipe card for the roast turkey & mango rice paper wraps below. Join us in this culinary adventure and enjoy creating and sharing these delightful hors d’oeuvres with your friends and family this holiday season. 

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The World of Wellings: Crafting the Ultimate Salmon Salad with Chef Vincent & Chef Robert

Welcome to the vibrant culinary World of Wellings! Today, we’re excited to share a special treat from our kitchen – a video feature showcasing the exceptional talents of Chef Vincent and Chef Robert. They’re ready to reveal the secrets behind one of our most popular dishes – the Gourmet Salmon Salad.

Chef Vincent, alongside Chef Robert, takes us through a step-by-step journey of creating this exquisite salad. This dish is not your ordinary salad; it’s a symphony of diverse flavours, textures, and colors, culminating in a dining experience that delights both the eyes and the palate. 

Our chefs emphasize the importance of using fresh, high-quality ingredients. The salmon, the star of the dish, is selected for its freshness and rich, buttery flavour. The greens are crisp and vibrant, forming a perfect backdrop for the pink hues of the salmon. The dressing, a blend of zesty and savory elements, ties the dish together beautifully.

The best part? You can recreate this healthy and delicious masterpiece in your own kitchen. We encourage you to try this recipe at home and share your experience with us. It’s more than just preparing a meal; it’s about embracing the joy of cooking and the pleasure of eating well.

We hope you enjoy this culinary journey with Chef Vincent and Chef Robert. Stay tuned for more delightful cooking adventures from The World of Wellings. Bon appétit!

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Maximize Your Food Budget with Chef Robert in the World of Wellings

Welcome to another exciting episode in the World of Wellings! Today, we have the talented Chef Robert on board to share some ingenious kitchen hacks that will not only help you stretch your food budget but also tantalize your taste buds.

From One Pre-Roasted Chicken to Four Scrumptious Meals

Ever wondered how to make the most out of a single pre-roasted chicken? Chef Robert unveils the magic for us. With his culinary expertise, he demonstrates how to transform this humble ingredient into four mouth-watering dishes:

1. Refreshing Salad: Begin your culinary journey with a light and refreshing salad. Using tender chicken pieces tossed with fresh greens and a zesty dressing, this dish is perfect for a quick lunch or a starter.

2. Hearty Broccoli Soup: Dive into the comforting embrace of a creamy broccoli soup, enriched with succulent chicken bits. This soup is not only nutritious but also a delightful treat for the soul.

3. Flavorful Chicken Quesadillas: Spice things up with some scrumptious chicken quesadillas. Stuffed with juicy chicken, melted cheese, and a medley of spices, this dish is sure to be a hit at any gathering.

4. Rich Chicken Stock: Last but not least, Chef Robert teaches us the art of preparing a rich and aromatic chicken stock. This versatile broth can be the base for numerous dishes, adding depth and flavour to your meals.

Stretch Your Budget, Not Your Taste

Managing a food budget can be challenging. However, with Chef Robert’s clever tricks, you can enjoy gourmet meals without burning a hole in your pocket. It’s all about being resourceful and creative in the kitchen.

Don’t Miss Out!

Join us in the World of Wellings and embark on this gastronomic adventure. Learn, cook, and savour these delectable dishes with us. Remember, good food doesn’t always have to be expensive. With the right techniques and a dash of love, you can create culinary masterpieces in the comfort of your home. Click here to watch the video.

Stay tuned for more exciting episodes and happy cooking!

Chef Robert’s Walnut Zucchini Loaf – A Taste of Wellings

Hello food enthusiasts!

If you’ve been searching for the perfect blend of wholesome and delicious, then look no further! This week, Chef Robert from The World of Wellings introduces us to a delightful Walnut Zucchini Loaf.

When we think of zucchini, we often picture it in salads, pasta, or as a grilled side dish. But in this recipe, zucchini is the star, transforming into a sweet sensation. Infused with the nutty crunch of walnuts and the balanced sweetness of sugar, this loaf is moist and aromatic. And for those seeking a healthier twist, Chef Robert retains the zucchini’s skin, enriching the loaf with added fibre.

If this has gotten your mouth watering, wait until you actually make it! Check out the recipe card below and bring Chef Robert’s Zucchini Loaf to life in your own kitchen. Click here to Watch the Video.

Elevating Your Flavour Profiles with Fresh Frozen Vegetables

Ever wanted to have fresh vegetables all year round? In the latest episode of The World of Wellings, Chef Robert shares some innovative tips and tricks on how to enjoy fresh vegetables for longer.

We met up with Chef Robert in his kitchen in the Wellings of Stittsville where he showed us the art of maximizing flavour profiles in your dishes, all while using fresh vegetables that you can freeze and store for later.

Roasting Peppers for Maximum Flavour

We all know we can get peppers year-round. But what if you could capture the taste of summer in your meals even when it’s cold outside? Chef Robert demonstrates how to roast peppers to bring out the depth of their flavour and prepare them for freezing. Roasting not only gives the peppers a smoky aroma but also makes it easy to peel away the skin, keeping the flesh tender and delicious. The skin can sometimes have a slightly bitter taste, so removing it is a smart choice, especially if you’re using the peppers in a dish where their flavour is the star.

Once roasted, the peppers can be frozen and later used in a variety of dishes such as soups, salads, or sauces. The flavour remains intact, even after freezing and thawing, making them a versatile ingredient for any culinary enthusiast.

Blanching and Freezing Vegetables

Another technique Chef Robert introduces is the practice of blanching vegetables before freezing them. By briefly boiling vegetables like beans, broccolini, or asparagus and then immediately plunging them into an ice bath, you can lock in their vibrant colour, crisp texture, and fresh taste. Once cooled, they can be frozen and will retain their quality for months.

When you’re ready to use them, simply thaw and incorporate them into your dishes. Imagine the burst of freshness and colour they can bring to your plate even in the depths of winter.

Adding Herbs and Seasonings

We asked Chef Robert whether he recommends seasoning the vegetables with fresh herbs before freezing. His advice? Add the herbs and seasonings after thawing. This way, you can tailor the flavours to your specific dish and avoid any taste changes that might occur during freezing.

Take Advantage of Seasonal Produce

Chef Robert’s tips are perfect for those who enjoy shopping at farmers’ markets and want to preserve the flavours of summer’s bounty. By freezing fresh vegetables, you can take advantage of seasonal produce and continue to enjoy their taste throughout the year.

Elevating your flavour profiles doesn’t have to be complicated. With these simple tips from Chef Robert, you can enjoy the fresh taste of vegetables all year round and create dishes that are both delicious and nutritious. Click here to watch the video.

The World of Wellings continues to bring you insights from culinary experts and enthusiasts. Stay tuned for more tips, recipes, and kitchen wisdom.


Maximizing Your Grocery Spend: Insights from Chef Robert Mills

In today’s fast-paced world, every penny counts – and this is especially true when it comes to grocery shopping. Ever looked at your grocery bill and wondered, “Where did all my money go? How will I make all of this last?” If so, you’re in for a treat!

In our latest video blog, Kathie sits down with the VP of Food and Beverage at the Wellings, the ever-insightful Chef Robert Mills. They dive deep into the challenges and solutions of stretching our food budget without compromising on nutrition or taste. From planning meals and buying strategically, to getting creative with leftovers and the art of zero waste – Chef Robert has a wealth of knowledge to share. So, whether you’re looking for tips to avoid those impulse purchases or innovative ways to use every bit of that roast chicken, this conversation has it all.

Tune in and discover ways to make the most of your shopping trips, ensuring that every dollar gives you the best value for your plate. Let’s embark on a culinary journey to save more, waste less, and eat better.

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Happy cooking!

Discovering Culinary Delights with Chef Robert Mills at Wellings

Hello everyone! Welcome to the World of Wellings. In today’s video blog, we’re going to step into the world of unique culinary experiences. What a beautiful day it is and we’re beyond fortunate to be here today with the mastermind behind the food and hospitality services at Wellings, Chef Robert Mills. 

Today’s discussion will focus on the powerful combination of superfoods and nutrition, and the ways we’ve elevated food profiles to new heights – all thanks to our brilliant team and your guidance.

One of the fascinating aspects of our community is its ability to adapt to the unique local area, tailoring the food choices based on community input. We are also eager to hear about the partnerships with local farms which allow us to deliver the freshest food to our members.

The Wellings model is far from being a cookie-cutter approach. With no set dinner times, no set placements, and a variety of offerings tailored to each community, the member experience is consistently vibrant and ever-evolving. From healthy superfood offerings to indulgent comfort food like our popular pizzas, we ensure our members enjoy their meals in every sense of the word.

As we look forward to the future of food offerings at Wellings, communication is key. Our teams will continue to collaborate on developing balanced and tasteful dishes while keeping a keen eye on food trends and feedback.

We can’t wait to embark on this year’s video series journey with Chef Robert Mills. We’ll discuss superfoods, money-saving tips for meal preparations, and much more. So stay tuned, and don’t hesitate to drop any questions you might have. Let’s discover the culinary delights at Wellings together! Click here to watch the video.

Healthy Habits for a Stronger Immune System: Infused Water, Bone Broth and Berries

Welcome to our video on boosting your immunity with vitamins and antioxidants. In this video, we’ll be discussing the benefits of infusing water with immune-boosting ingredients and the power of incorporating berries into your diet and bone broth. We’ll show you how easy it is to incorporate these simple changes into your daily routine and how they can significantly impact your overall health and well-being. So sit back, relax, and get ready to learn about the natural ways to boost your immunity. Click here to watch the video. 


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