Sunday, February 13, 2011

Lucky




Today is Edgar day.
The anniversary of my father's death. We celebrate peanut butter cookies, and blueberries in all forms and big juicy steaks. Je pense à toi papa.

I just wanted to say that I feel so lucky to be surrounded by incredible and generous people.
Since I have begun the Edgar adventure, I have met handfuls of wonderful people.
And I am having fun in many aspects of my job, I get to bake tons.
Yes, TONS - yesterday we sold out of almost every dessert and we must have had about 14-16 kinds. I hopped to the mixer and made cakes and brownies and macaroons and and truffles and more cookies. All is full again this morning. (Very excited that the lime coconut cake make a second guest appearance this week!)

I get to work and meet with exceptional people that I now consider friends.
A great big hug to Lynne for yesterday. Everyone, please end out very positive waves to my friend the twisted chef.
Katie, you rock. Point final.
Aaron and Kirsten, no words. well, maybe. bacon+avocado+blue cheese = heaven.



oh, and we did huevos rancheros!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

February Cold (isn't scaring anyone!)



Well, I thought it would be less busy after xmas, but no!

We have had our biggest weekends so far, I guess the word is getting around about brunch, and pastries, and great coffee.

I got these nice new ceramic glasses for hot chocolates and lattés.



My favourite french toast of the past month or so... sauteed honey apple, sauvagine cheese, maple syrup and crispy maple-pepper chicken skin!



I try to be creative and change it up every week. The same for the egg option... I have been swinging with the eggs cocotte for awhile but we will switch for huevos rancheros next weekend, I am soooo excited! I went to a great tiny latin store today and bought beautiful homemade sausage and fresh white cheese to crumble.



Once more, I made ribs and the sandwiches just sell like mad! Again, I try to be creative with the paninis and wraps - and people usually go for it. The only one that was not getting as much love was a spicy grilled tofu wrap. I loved it though: lemongrass, ginger, chili, lime and full of veggies, fresh cilantro. I wasn't sad to have those for lunch!



Soups and soups and soups and soups. I can't believe how much soup we sell. In the past couple of weeks, my favourites have been onion soup (ultra comfort!), chicken thigh and white bean & harissa split pea. I will try to picture the split pea and share the recipe this week! It is tomorrow's soup along with Celery Root, Fennel and Potato.



Take home meals are starting to take off. I have been doing a lot of chicken, people don't seem to go for beef as much... The stuffed chicken breasts are a sure hit, so is the curry. I guess I make Saveurs des Monts very happy with people's chicken cravings!



Tender chicken thighs with soft eggplant, full of thai basil, cilantro... heaven.

Desserts change a lot - I knew I could not limit myself to just a few. I have been really fond of upside down cakes lately as well as brownies. The banana caramel cream pie made a comeback! People were asking for it, one girl even spotted them from outside and came in, smiling: is that what I think it is?



I am thinking of stuffing my brioche this week, I am getting a bit tired of the spiral look ... maybe dulce. Or lemon curd.



Speaking of desserts... Valentine's day is just around the corner!!! I made a ton of tiny truffles. I still want more because I didn't do a spicy one yet and it makes me sad.



And little sugar cookie hearts. Pepto bismol color. ha ha.



I can't wait for Valentine's day. Not because I really like the holiday, but because I will be volunteering at BelFiore for their busiest day of the year! Yup, me at the cash with Teena and Stacy and many many rose thorns. There better be a lot of you opening the door to that exceptional shop, because there are a lot of deserving peeps out there!!

Here are a few ladies that have a piece of my heart this week:

Marie-France @Le Local (a store you NEED to discover)
Jacqueline aka TheSoupJackie @StoneSoupFoodWorks (because she makes soup all the time and is fabulous!) She has a blog and shares great recipes and tips!
Denise @Heaven's to Betsy (because she sews beautiful aprons and has a ton of fun nic nacs.)
 
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