Wow this past week has been a busy one and I loved every minute of it! I'm excited to share my experience of this year's BlogJam event, one of my favourite days of the year.
Shannon-Blue Nanibush, Emily Orr, Anne Marie Bungay-Larose and I collaborated on a photoshoot at Field Guide to share with you a cocktail of their own and to discuss what it is like to be a woman bartender in 2017.
Helloooo autumn! Every year I get excited for the the shift of season that ushers in fresh crisp air and cozy evenings spent with friends sharing food, wine and stories.
I first attended Devour! The Vines, hosted by Le Caveau Restaurant and Grand Pré Wines last summer as a guest. It was an unforgettable food and film experience: an outdoor seating for only twelve people in the luscious vineyard, a delicious five-course meal paired with award-winning wines and five short films curated by Devour! The Food Film Fest.
Summer salads are my go-to meals this time of year. There's so much to choose from for fresh local produce and I love adding grilled elements to my salads. The combinations are endless! I have an intuitive way of meal planning... I pop into Pete's Fine Foods to see what is fresh and seasonal, and choose ingredients that go well together.
I love the comforting simplicity of a classic Nova Scotian Hodge Podge. Traditionally made during the summer months when fresh beans, peas, carrots and potatoes are readily available, this dish can be adapted to include local meats like bacon or lamb and any vegetables you have growing in the garden.
With 16 local eateries, 16 local craft breweries and 2 local cideries, the Craft Beer & Local Food Celebration was a great event to kick off a new year of fantastic food and drink!
Showcased in colourful rows were a gorgeous spectrum of flavours – classics like lemon, lavender, raspberry and rose as well as seasonal flavours like pumpkin spice, gingerbread and crème brûlée, and these were just the macarons!
Bee grew up in Digby, Nova Scotia. “Being in a coastal town, you're never too far from a beach or some gruff twinkly-eyed fisherman. I love that no matter where you go there's always someone to give a big, old friendly smile to.” She really has this easy-going, authentic, friendly way about her that instantly puts you at ease. Someone I could happily sit with beside a campfire sharing drinks and funny stories.
My first raclette dinner was at my friend’s Krista and Stephen’s house with a small group of friends, Sarah, Heidi and Celine. We all arrived with a range of potluck offerings for the grill – meats, cheeses, bread, veggies, potatoes and seafood. And wine! Lots of wine.
Every so often, I crave a dish that my mom used to make for family dinners and dig out her tattered, handwritten recipe book that’s held precariously together with old masking tape. Recently, I flipped through the yellowed pages in search of the sticky post-it note marking the recipe for “Mum’s Blueberry Cake”.