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recipe, snack, summer, sweet

Lavender Eclairs

 When I was a kid, Easter was kind of a big deal. My sisters and I would lay out our woven wicker baskets in the living room before going to bed, and when we came downstairs the next morning each basket would have a chocolate bunny sitting inside. We were impressed every year, despite knowing the ritual. Like most kids, it was more about the  ...

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autumn, condiment, recipe, summer, vegetable

Onion Chutney

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season! I’ve been taking it easy chez maman et papa in Ontario and relishing the finer things (like having someone else take care of the cooking). I don’t know about you, but when I’m visiting my parents I become a lazy clout. But at least I bring delicious treats like this wonderful  ...

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autumn, condiment, recipe, summer

Chimichurri Sauce

As the fall weather turns more and more frigid here in Canada, I can’t help but go into hibernation mode as I try to preserve all the fresh produce I can get my hands on. Capturing the freshness and flavours of the summer bounty is probably one of the most satisfying “winterizing” tasks (putting the flower pots into storage  ...

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condiment, snack, summer, vegetable

Baba Ghanoush

What is your favourite Canadian Thanksgiving treat? While I’m a huge fan of freshly made pumpkin pie with whipped cream, my favourite way to celebrate this special day is by leaving the traditional aside and instead make it about discovering new dishes or celebrating those long forgotten. Baba ghanoush is this year’s favourite  ...

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recipe, snack, summer, sweet

Blueberry Shortcake with Rose Whipped Cream

We all know the classic strawberry shortcake, a delicious emblem of summer. But what if today, this summer, we re-vamped it with a fragrant and intriguing twist? I’m talking about a shortcake with blueberries and rose-scented whipped cream. It seems like such a British combination to me, despite the fact I have no memory of having eaten  ...

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main dish, recipe, summer, vegetable, winter

Corn and Cod Chowder

My New Year’s resolutions is to eat more fish. Variety is the key to success, I find, when it comes to a healthy diet. It’s so easy to fall into a routine of eating the same thing every week, so I set out to find easy and healthy fish-based meals, while spending little brain power in actually cooking it. Fish is a very particular  ...

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condiment, recipe, summer, sweet

Simple Syrup: Lavender

Imagine a deliciously thick syrup. Yum. Now imagine that syrup infused with the delicate aroma of lavender. DOUBLE YUM! Yes, this is a recipe for a lavender syrup. Before you get all weird, hear me out. Florals aren’t normally something I enjoy digesting. I used to love the way they smell, but couldn’t understand why anyone would  ...

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recipe, side dish, spring, summer, vegetable

Green Pea and Mascarpone Soup

I love green soup. Always the pureed kind. Everytime I see a bowl of the bright and green substance I forget any other vegetable: I want my green soup. This soup recipe is no exception, as the bright peas are brought to life with the accompanying fresh basil and mint. The mascarpone cheese, added right at the end, makes for a beautiful velvety  ...

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