Homemade Croissants 1.3

In which the heroine nears her destination: buttery mouthfeel croissants with the sought after flaky, shattering layers. A few small, but highly effective  changes from #1 and #2: Using European-style butter. Butter with higher fat content, i.e. European butter, made a huge difference both in taste and the look of the croissants. (The higher fat…

Mulled Wine Poached Pear

Wine poached pears are an easy, festive holiday desserts to make.

Buttermilk Rye Scones

If you like sourdoughs, you’ll probably like these buttermilk rye scones.  I made them on a whim, wondering what rye flour would taste like in a pastry instead of bread one weekend aaaaaaaaaand I was instantly converted. They taste pretty amazing! The dark rye flour imparts a nutty and rich flavourful note that somehow, despite…

Sautéed Herbed Chanterelles

Back when I was living alone, sautéed mushrooms over toast or rice was one of my favourite late night meals. It was fast, easy and perfect on evenings when I craved something light. Though you could fancy it up with a splash of wine or enrich with cream, I think chanterelle mushrooms are best eaten…

Visiting P.E.C.: Alpacas at Chetwyn Farms

Hello, lovelies. Here are some alpacas to brighten your day. They reside at Chetwyn Farms. The owners also tend to a quaint little farm shop, SHED, where you can buy alpaca yarn and alpaca-related accessories. Aren’t alpacas the cutest? Bonus: Local barn cats. Much cuter and healthier than feral city cats.

Visiting P.E.C.: Lunch at Drake Devonshire Inn

With a scenic view of Lake Ontario, fun outdoor art installations and quirky decor, Drake Devonshire Inn has the look and feel of a modern country house. It’s hip, it’s stylish and the food is as cozy and hearty as Prince Edward County itself.

Day Trip to Prince Edward County

Prince Edward County is a charming and quirky little peninsula on Lake Ontario. It’s a region known for its wine–mostly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir–as well as for its small batch distilleries and intriguing landscapes–Sandbanks National Park and Lake on the Mountain! As it is only two hours away from Toronto, PEC is the perfect destination…

Montreal: Les 400 Coups Restaurant

Eaten back in August for a bridesmaid dinner: Tomato gazpacho, salmon with pickled green strawberries, beef cheeks ravioli, lamb with mint purée, and an assortment of sorbets (rhubarb, peach, strawberry and blueberry), finishing with some petits fours and marshmallows. If all dinners could be at Les 400 Coups…! Les 400 Coups Restaurant 400 Notre-Dame Est, Montreal…

An Avocado Toast

I had the Friday off last week and took the time to make myself my favourite breakfast food: an avocado toast with lime, olive oil, cracked pepper and salt. Admittedly it’s simple, BUT…having the time to be leisurely on days when you usually have to rush–and other people are rushing–is the ultimate treat. I spent…

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Purée

Bon Appetit’s Real Pumpkin Spice Latte is the real deal. Since we don’t have an espresso machine, we used the PSL purée for a milky café au lait*. I already drank two. *Café au lait is basically a latte, but instead of espresso you would use very, very strong French roast coffee with a lot of steamed…