Since the holidays we’ve been pretty casual about meals; plenty of “whatever is in the fridge”, simple brothy soups and plates piled with pickles, hard boiled eggs and toasted pita… I suppose you’d call it grazing. Cheese and crackers? That’s a meal. Peanut butter sandwiches with banana, cinnamon and honey? That too. If your tummy is full and you’ve snuck in some nutrients, you’re good to go. Or maybe I’m finally regressing into a toddler 🤔…
What’s better than gathering the troops, our most loved family and friends, at their brightest eyed and bushiest tailed to break bread over steaming hot coffee, luscious baked goods and savory brunch fare? Not a whole lot, especially around the holidays when everyone is maxed out on cheer and boozed up coffee… or maybe that’s just our family.
We have a pretty cut and dried schedule for Holiday celebrations; Christmas Eve at my Mom and Step-Dads, Christmas Day with my husband’s extended family, Boxing Day in Cornwall with my Dad and his extended family. Fitting in any “extras” is often tough, but we try to host brunch for some of our dearest friends as a way to celebrate another year passing, lately with some mega adult milestones (new babies, new homes, new partners or weddings) that warrant a formal table, linen napkins and maybe even a bottle of something bubbly and crisp….
There are few things as civilized as a slice of cake with your afternoon tea or coffee. A momentary escape from the stresses of the day to sit in leisure with a steamy cuppa and sweet treat. Sure, some raw veg and hummus or a piece of straight-up fruit may be slightly more appropriate for an afternoon energy boost than a crumbly, ginger-scented slice of apple cake but DANG – you work hard and deserve to shower yourself with love and cake every so often, right? Yer darn right….
HEY GUYS. I am stoked to be kicking off the re-launch week of BAKED with these tremendously talented women and sharing fresh content each day to celebrate. We’re back and ready to heat things up for the long cold Canadian winter that’s around the corner.
We decided the re-launch would be themed around party food in whatever way rang truest to each of us. And to be perfectly honest, BIG parties get me a bit tipsy-turvy in my gut. I much prefer a modest dinner party, like the ones we often host in our little home in downtown Ottawa. We generally offer to make the main course and have friends fill in the sides and desserts, but for these teeny Brown Butter and Roasted Squash Bread Puddings I imagined myself as the guest and tried to make something that would travel well and could be made in advance.