23 July 2014

Black Pepper Cherries and Marzipan Cream Oatmeal


Are you a sweet or savoury breakfast person?

Personally, I love sweet breakfasts. But sometimes, whipping up fluffy pancakes or deep-crevice waffles drizzled in salted butter and pure maple syrup is simply too much effort in the wee hours of the morning. Even on weekends. I am lucky enough if I can drag myself to the espresso machine (okay, I lie: Ben does the morning espresso!). It's hard to believe I am a morning person. It's just hard getting the gears going.

This dessert is the perfect compromise for both the lazy and the gourmet: it is both sweet and different, tantalizing delicious, and the toppings can be made ahead of time. Phew, dodged that bullet!

18 July 2014

Strawberry Buttercream Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache


So the apartment is absolutely lovely guys. Seriously, I am so thrilled! But you know, sitting on the floor and in wide-open spaces does lose its charm after a while. I think we need furniture. Or a vacation!


I think a vacation earns priority, so we are wrapping up loose ends before heading out for a well-deserved escape into the wilderness: it's cottage time!

15 July 2014

Ginger-Lemonade


What drink do you like to enjoy on a hot summer's day?

Iced tea?
Iced coffee?
Lemonade?
Pop/Soda?
Fresh-pressed juice?
Icy-cold water?

12 July 2014

Lime cake with Strawberries and Cream


We've all paired delicious Quebec-grown strawberries with cream, chocolate, apple, maple, and even basil. But have you ever tottered down the delicious path of strawberries and lime?



7 July 2014

Summertime Salmon Tartare


Summertiiimmeee, and the living's easy...

Most of the time, anyway. Or, it was when we were kids and got a break from school during the summer months. How lovely that was! Imagine if we got the entire summer off from work? I probably would disappear to the cottage eating nothing but freshly-picked wild blueberries and cottage sandwiches. What would you do if you have the entire summer off? Share in the comments!

But in reality, we make those summer evenings after work the most magical escapes: terraces, cool drinks, crisp and flavourful produce just-picked from Quebec fields, fresh crab and lobster from the East Coast and, of course, salmon tartare.

1 July 2014

Whole Grain Crackers



A new apartment means housewarming parties!

In preparation of inviting friends and family over to admire our newly acquired abode, I decided to try my hand at healthy crackers to serve with our favourite hummus or yogurt dip. This recipe is quick (rolled out, baked, and cleaned-up in less than an hour), delicious, and costs pennies compared to store-bought crackers.


16 June 2014

French Almond Pear Tart



I live in a box. Rather, I live in numerous boxes.

As Ben and I pack up to move (in nine days!!), I realize how temporary homes can be. I will be moving for the fifth time since I first called Montreal my home, and each time I feel like an uprooted tree...

10 June 2014

Kick-Ass Wake-Up Muffins (AKA: Orange, Cranberry, Ginger muffins)



I think we all, at one point or another, have trouble with mornings. I've discovered I have no trouble waking up early when I have plans to bake and cook. But when I need to wake up to hit the gym, I am less than enthused. My bed somehow feels the comfiest on those mornings.