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Croque Monsieur & Madame

If you want to feel like you have been transported to a quaint bistro tucked away somewhere in France, look no further than this recipe for Croque Monsieur and Croque Madame. For me, this classic French sandwich is so much more than a sandwich… it’s a masterpiece. A work of art. Something truly amazing to behold. A Croque Monsieur and Croque Madame are simply ham and cheese sandwiches that are taken to the next level. Both these sandwiches are made of simple, everyday ingredients but they are combined and assembled in a way that makes the sandwiches look so elegant and taste so rich. That must be because of all the butter… Now if you are wondering what the difference between a Croque Monsieur and a Croque Madame is, it’s simply the addition of a fried egg. If you make this sandwich on it’s own (no fried egg involved), it is called a Croque Monsieur. Top this sandwich with a fried egg and voilà- you have a Croque Madame. I really do prefer the Croque …

Citrus & Mint Salad

So long are those days of summer where just about everything is in season. I have really been missing garden fresh zucchini, freshly picked berries (especially strawberries) and tomatoes straight from the vine lately. But up here in Canada, we can’t really do much about it but import our foods from the south during the winter. Of course with imports, the quality of the food can vary greatly and I find that most vegetables and fruits just don’t taste quite right. That is, except for citrus fruits! Citrus is my go to fruit during the winter months since it is in peak season and tastes so light andrefreshing; it is a great change of pace from eating those hearty winter comfort foods. Plus, all the vitamins keep you from getting a cold as well! The citrus can also really stand the long trip up into Canada too as the thick peels keep the fruit fresh in its own natural packaging. Now I have tried many variations on citrus salads before, but I’ve mainly stuck to using …

Green Smoothie

We are 25 days into the new year and I have finally found the time to get back into blogging. While it appeared like I was on a mini vacation, this past month has been a whirlwind and I have been extremely busy- with an exciting event and a not-so-exciting event. First, the exciting event. To start off the new year I did something crazy… I moved to Victoria, BC! I have to get my About Me page updated now 😛 Talk about new year, new me! I just got a new job based in Victoria so we packed up and move out to The Island. Surprisingly, the move went incredibly smooth considering that we had to travel from the mainland to Vancouver Island- only about 70 kilometres- but we (and all my stuff) had to take a ferry to get there. I have moved a lot in the past few years and even though moving kind of sucks, I really like the feeling of having a “fresh start” and a new environment around me. …

Savoury Cheese and Spinach Pastries

Peanut butter and jelly. Salmon and dill. Peas and mint. These are all ingredients that go perfectly together. Adding to this list of perfect food pairing is of course, spinach and cheese. Used in a variety of dishes, spinach and cheese compliment each other perfectly no matter what dish they are in together. I combine these two ingredients (with a few extra complementary ones) in this recipe for Savoury Cheese and Spinach Pastries. I am not just using any old cheese for this recipe. No, sir! This recipe makes use of a special, artisinal ingredient: quark cheese. Haven’t heard of quark cheese before? I don’t blame you. It is definitely not an everyday ingredient in North America. But in Germany, Austria and other parts of eastern Europe, they use this almost as much as North Americans use cream cheese. Once you taste it you will know why. This soft, smooth, unripened cheese tastes like a cross between Greek yogurt and cream cheese. It does not have a strong pronounced flavour, rather it has a light …

Winter Fruit Salad

Nowadays, it’s typical for every fruit and vegetable in the grocery store to have a passport. In Canada, this makes sense as the majority of the country is frozen during our long winters, which makes it difficult to grow food (other than what can be grown in a greenhouse). In reality, our fruit season is relatively short- from June to late October- depending on where you are in Canada and what you are growing…so thank goodness for imports! During this time of year, many fruits that are sold in BC and throughout Canada are imported from warmer climates- particularly from California, Florida, and Mexico. While these fruits aren’t local, we still need to eat fruit to get our vitamins and to stay healthy. This Winter Fruit Salad combines the most flavourful fruits of the season from all over the world together in salad form. In my fruit salad, I used oranges (Florida, USA), clementines (Spain), kiwi (New Zealand), pomegranate (California, USA), pears (Italy), and good ol’ Canadian apples (Okanagan, BC). Wow- fruits from three continents! …

Happy New Year // Eggs in Purgatory

Happy New Year, everyone! I am currently recovering from New Years festivities. I went pretty hard last night and I hope you guys did too. Just remember, it’s all in the name of celebrating a whole new year full of adventures! I have been excited for 2017 to start since January of 2016 (for many reasons) and I am so happy that it is finally here. The New Year offers a chance to start off on a clean slate and set your mind on what you are going to achieve this year in your life. I have many plans for this year. First is to get this blog rollin’. I’ve had some time off from my job these past few weeks and have rediscovered my passion for cooking and blogging. Believe me when I say I have been happy to share my recipes with you all… but I’m going to the next level in 2017. This means lots more content coming your way! Not only stepping it up with my recipes, but with bringing you …

Perfect Guacamole

If you love Mexican food just as much as I do, you know that your meal cannot be complete without guacamole. Add it to burritos, tacos, nachos, anything and I’m there- heck, I will even eat it straight out of the bowl with a spoon. I’ve had some really good guacamole in my day and have tried many different versions and combinations of ingredients to achieve the perfect balance of flavour (with mostly delicious results). Today, I am proud to say… See recipe here!