If you’re the type of person who, despite knowing that bread pudding has croissants and eggs in it, thinks that it is not a breakfast food, then we are likely kindred spirits. But if you’re also a person who when you encounter a recipe as exquisite as this, you reconsider your most basic values, we are also kindred spirits. Balance, right?…
Anything quick, easy and make-a-head for the holidays is something I strive for over this time year. We never seem to have quite enough time. Theres always presents to buy, things to make or do and family stopping by. The last thing we need is to get stressed out by food when you want to spend quality time with family and friends enjoying the season. This make-a-head asparagus and goat cheese frittata is the perfect show stopping time saver.
For us this is the perfect Christmas day food when unwrapping presents seems to come first before anyone even thinks about something to eat. Its hearty and healthy (veggie packed) to satisfy you until the big holiday feast later in the day.
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….
Laura: When I got my pick of options from the Foodie Pages Ottawa box, my eyes darted right to the organic masala chai from Kimicha. I love its deep, spicy flavour for sipping on winter days (with a heavy pour of maple syrup and almond milk please!), but I also enjoy it ground up or steeped into components of baked goods. The flavour of this particular one is so pure because it’s composed solely of whole and ground spices. It makes for a lovely caffeine-free sipper and an intense flavour addition to any one of these excellent masala chai-infused treats:
1. Chai Coconut Ice Cream by Cookie + Kate
2. Dirty Chai Pancakes by The First Mess—Yes, tooting my own horn ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
3. Chai Masala Pumpkin Pie + Black Tea Caramel by Seven Spoons
4. Chai Tea Cupcakes in a Jar by i am a food blog
5. Vegan Chai Ice Cream Sandwiches by Minimalist Baker
Kris: Maple syrup is one of my all-time favourite ingredients (it must be the Canadian in me). So when I saw this was one of the Foodie Pages options, I enthusiastically picked it. I love the deep, creamy richness it lends to food and drinks and can’t imagine real-deal pancakes without it. The hint of smokiness from this Barrel Aged bottle from Really Horrible Enterprises (hilarious, right?) comes from the natural charred oak that’s used during its aging process, making that much more special. I love maple syrup stirred into hot breakfast cereals, used to sweetened baked goods and hot tea, and added to give balance savoury to dishes that have more robust flavour profiles. Here are a few ways that you could use maple syrup to sweeten up your day:
1. Everyday Oatmeal with Amaranth, Coconut, and Maple Sautéed Apples by moi
2. Maple Cinnamon Meringues by Gourmande in the Kitchen
3. Smoky Maple Baked Beans by Foodess
4. Blackberry + Mango Lemon Poppy Seed Fruit Salad with Earl Grey Whipped Coconut Cream – With Food + Love
5. Maple Oat Breakfast Bread by Five and Spice via Food52…