Posts Tagged ‘Laura Calder’

Know Your Sauces: Béchamel

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This is the time of year when everyone seems to be on a diet, but it also happens to be freezing outside and carrot sticks just don’t cut it. We want comfort food and one sauce that features in some delicious comfort food is béchamel. Now béchamel is not exactly low in calories, but when it is time for an indulgence, it’s nice to be able to whip up this classic sauce, enjoyed by the Medicis and the courts of Louis XIV,  in only a few minutes. Continue »



New Cookbooks For Spring

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Three of our favourite ladies have brand new cookbooks out this spring. The first, Laura Calder, has published her fourth book and it is packed with incredible recipes from her adopted home in Paris. Paris Express, Simple Food From the City of Style is filled with Laura’s favourite recipes collected from friends and acquaintances during her years of living there. Sprinkled throughout are little essays by Calder on a variety of topics – New Life For White Plates, Ode To Breadcrumbs, Edible Windowsills, The Niceness of Proper Napkins that all showcase her unique writing voice and add so much more to what could just be a simple book of recipes. Continue »



On Pots And Pans

Every household  in Canada should have a cast iron frying pan. We would go into more detail about it, but we have already covered that and we don’t want to seem obsessed! But it’s true; once you fall in love with your cast iron pan you’ll never go back to aluminum, or PFOA coated non-stick pans which you should stay away from altogether. Ditto the crock pot, an indispensable piece of equipment that doesn’t get the respect it deserves. We have found two new cookbooks that will inspire you to embrace the crock pot and the cast iron pan. Continue »



Delicious Gifts

Shopping frenzy has set in and you need all the help you can get. What to buy for Jolene in marketing? Or cousin Lucille? Your ninety year old great uncle has everything, what could he possibly want?

We are here to save the day with a round-up of some of the best gift ideas we’ve come across. They’re all food-related of course but everybody eats right? So a food-related gift is universally appreciated! Continue »



Dinner with Laura Calder

What do you look for in a cookbook? If you’re like me, you want a collection of recipes that reflect a consistent theme, are not overly intimidating, instructions that are direct- inspiring a feeling of confidence- and yet still challenge. The narrative has to be approachable and entertaining, setting a tone that makes you wish you could spend some time with the author, cooking in the kitchen, sharing some stories over a glass of wine while preparing something delicious. Above all, the cookbook should make you want to cook, eat, and share your efforts with people you love. Continue »