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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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appetizer, recipe, side dish, summer, vegetable

Broccoli Gazpacho

 My week has been absolutely hectic. Working long hours to meet tight deadlines, my PR classes at McGill are starting up again, and on top of it all, I have an insane amount of vegetables from my Farmers’ basket stock-piling in my fridge. What, you don’t find oodles of vegetables stress-inducing? My favourite way to use up- and  ...

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main dish, review

Old Fashioned Make-Shift Barbeque

A couple weeks ago, when I had my week holiday at the family cottage in Ontario, my Dad made a homemade barbecue (that’s him in the picture above). He didn’t make it because we don’t have one- in fact, he has a beautiful propane one that is fantastic with lots of mouths to feed. He made it because he could! And, as a food  ...

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main dish, recipe, sponsored, summer, vegetable

Summer fondue

Using the barbecue is definitely one of the highlights of summertime for me. I used to be afraid to use it- the hissing of the propane and the high heat was intimidating. But after a bit of practice, I can happily say that I now know my way around the barbecue almost as much as I know my way around an oven. And in terms of this idea that a  ...

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review, summer, vegetable

Farmer’s Basket Bounty: Week One and Two

I’ve signed up for a Farmer’s Market Basket, and just recently I’ve started collecting my bounty. I get a basket of vegetables once a week from a local organic farm, and the contents vary depending on what was freshly picked that same day. Week 1 bounty: garlic scapes turnips with their greens fresh peas cabbage 2 heads of  ...

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