Posted at 4:05 pm
I find myself often wishing I had what another person has. I start thinking that they must be doing it the right way, because I want what they have. Truth be told, I don't think there ever is a right way. I think that we are all on different paths, headed in different directions, and no matter how hard I try and emulate another persons choices, it just won turn out the same as it did for them, that it will for me.
All of this is only relative to what your idea of success is. I set my goals high, and I want many things. This week will be about the now. Accepting that I can’t control another persons choice, even if it affects me. The only thing I can control is how I feel right now, and the only choices I get to make, are the ones laid out I front of me. This week I get to choose where and who I’m going to work for. I have the choices, none of which I was expecting or where I was expecting, but all have the possibility to make me happy. As for this morning, making crêpes was the easiest choice. I had leftover vanilla bean ganache from some macarons I made earlier this week, which was excellent because it tasted amazing rolled up in my bundle of joy crêpes.
Posted at 4:16 am
I haven’t been to vernon in a what feels like a very long time. I had forgotten what it was like to look out and see vineyards and orchards rolling over hills of lush grass. Although the lake may be cold, it’s still as beautiful as I remember when I was five.
Because the weather is so warm here, everything is already in bloom. Therefor I had the chance to pick myself some wild rhubarb. Roasted with vanilla and citrus, and places on a bed of vanilla coconut cream. This dessert is as simple as my vacation.
Posted at 4:21 pm
This morning was hot, rainy and completely perfect. Spring days will soon be full of colour and life, and I can hardly wait. In honour of the season I baked some vanilla bean citrus doughnuts. The recipe was a simple yeasted dough enriched with a bit of extra fat to make it crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I grated in some lemon zest and scraped in the vanilla seeds for extra flavour. They’re not your typical Tim’s or Krispy Cream, these dough boys are full of tradition, similar to a French beignet.
Posted at 3:11 pm
Wedding season is fast approaching, bring out the tulle, unleash the organza, and don’t forget that something blue. A while ago I did a Tiffany themed bridal shower that would have made Audrey herself proud. There was blueberry basil compote with panna cotta, crème brûlée, and vanilla bean macarons.
Theme parties are great, because instead of playing the guessing game of “oh I hope the bride likes spicy mango” you get a clear vision of what she wants.
Posted at 12:46 am
Bread, soft, crunchy and very versatile. Everybody body loaves it (hehe), and it’s easy to make. This week I made a pain viennoise, which means simple white bread. The only thing that’s not so great about bread it the fact that it only lasts about 24 hours. So below are some options for day old bread. I made a vanilla spiced French toast, and some pesto Parmesan croutons.
Posted at 7:21 pm
It’s almost august, the birds are chirping, the garden has flourished and the peaches from the farmers market are ripe. My mum has always been itching to teach me about making preserved jams and jellies, and I finally gave in. She also made a good point that canning is back in style, the hip new trend amongst Calgary chefs. She is right about that, with local chefs like Michael Noble and Aviv Fried showcasing their preserves in their restaurants. I don’t know about you, but I had never tried St.Germain until a coworker introduced it to me this summer (probably because of it’s hefty price tag). The delicious French liqueur is made from hand picked elderflowers. It has a sweet aroma and happens to pair beautifully with peaches. I decided that my first canning adventure would be peaches preserved in raw cane sugar, vanilla bean, and St.Germain syrup.