I had the honour of hosting this year’s Cooking with Style at Manulife Place. Along side Edmonton-based cookbook author, Giselle Courteau of The Duchess Bakeshop we demoed one of her popular recipes from her cookbook; the oh so delicious macaron. I learned quite a few tips along the way but a few stood out to me. The first, weight your flour, DO NOT measure! And you gotta bang that pan once you’ll pipped to get them flat and even. Simple tips that can help get you that perfect dessert.
After the demo of course the audience got to sample Giselle’s creations and she signed her cook book. It’s an amazing guide to bringing the french menu we love at Duchess into your own home. What a perfect holiday gift!
I’ve mentioned on my Instagram stories how convenient this food delivery service really is but honestly, it’s been a life saver this past month. We’ve been so busy with the holidays and the thought of dragging the kids to the grocery store throughout the week makes me anxious. Hello Fresh has saved the day. We like to cook and eat fresh meals… that’s why we have an ALL Frigde. That’s right folks we don’t have a freezer in our kitchen, just a fridge so we have tons of room for fresh ingredients to cook meals. With that being said, we grocery shop constantly to have fresh ingredient’s and this becomes difficult in the winter with the little ones. If you haven’t heard of Hello Fresh here’s the 411:
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Every week our chefs create amazing recipes for you with photos of every step for you to cook quick, delicious, nutritious meals at home. And yes, they are easy as they say they are! Fast and more importantly healthy and balanced. We are loving the meals as a family.
They supply everything you need to cook that recipe. And they even start the prep work by pre-measuring and pre-cutting the ingredients for you! They then deliver everything straight to your door at no extra cost.
Server || Dining Set || Rug || Wall Scones ( In store find from The Brick) It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I simple love the holidays. Since posting our dining set up on my IG stories I’ve gotten quite a few questions about our minimalist take on decorations. Honestly, I’m loving it. Not only is it cost efficent, I still feel like we’ve captured that festive feel without breaking the bank. The key to my Modern Minimalist Christmas style: great furniture to begin with! You don’t need tons of seasonal decorations to get a room looking great when it already looks amazing. We went with dining set from The Brick mainly because I loved the look of it. But also, the padded leather chairs are comfortable and wipeable for the kids. The Bari set is so stylish and clearly became the focal point of our room. We added fresh greenery to our Jade Server for that festive look and unreal smell. For more of a festive scent to the room, I added seasonal candles to those mazing black honey comb candle holders I found in store from The Brick. To keep with the minimalist theme, I stored away our table clothe, running and napkins in the Jade Server for a decluttered look. Simple and chic without breaking the bank on an over the top tablescape.
Lastly, I added a sparse garland to the picture and some geo shaped decorations to the light fixture. It only took me a few minutes to get so much visual impact with just a handful of seasonal decorations.
Since Alastair was born over 4 years ago, I’ve trusted in President’s Choice Organic baby food options. It was a lifesaver for us at the time. I was overwhelmed by the usual daily mom tasks: cooking, cleaning, taking care of a new baby, nap schedules… the list goes on. Purchasing this product line at the time completely freed us up as parents to get the quality time I wanted to spend with him without the crazy food preparing hustle. And it still included nutritious organic ingredients which was so important to us as a family. Their product line is completely mobile, so I could throw a few options in his baby bag and get out of the house with no fear of looming meal times.
Fast forward, 3.5 years and we are still using PC Organics for Alastair and now his little sister Harper. She’s entered the age of self feeding, thus far she has been loving the mini rice cakes, fruit and oats bars and of course the original puréed pouches. Their new product line fits our busy on the go lifestyle and helps me get nutritious ingredients into them throughout the day. From park dates to coffee shop meetings, both my little guys love these products and help me keep them nourished, healthy and happy.
With the holidays fast approaching our home becomes a revolving door for guests. Believe me, surprise visits warm my heart but they also keep me on my hostess toes! One of our favourite snacks to eat our guests is fresh warm french bread and assorted cheese. So over the years, we’ve found this easy and fast recipe we use throughout the week to keep the delicious bread coming hot out of the oven.
So I’ve joined the Life’s Simple Ingredient movement to showcase my favourite Alberta Wheat Commission product this season: bread! Our secret, we make the dough ahead of time. Let it rise and shape it into whatever you would like it to be… for us, the long and narrow french baguette. I slash it. Then freeze solid for a few hours on a pan. Remove from pan and cover in plastic. Use it within a few weeks for freshness. It’s so simple and convenient. The moment you have a guest walk through that door, start the oven, fresh warm bread is sure to wow your guests. And that smell! Heavenly.
1 cup warm tap water
1.5 tablespoons sugar
2½ teaspoons store bought starter yeast
2 tablespoons olive oil
1½ teaspoons ground sea salt
3 cups wheat flour
Spoon full of melted butter for brushing
In a large mixing bowl add sugar and warm water. Stir to dissolve sugar. Add Yeast. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Stir in your oil, sea salt and half of the flour. Knead into a ball. Lightly grease pan or I like to use parchment paper. Cover and allow to rise for over an hour. (You can freeze portions now) Pop the dough ball, shape as desire, and allow to rise one last time for 20 minutes. Place on greased pan or parchment paper. Slash top, brush with butter and I like to sprinkle with a touch of salt. Bake at 375 for 25- 27 minutes.