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 🤔…
Happy holidays from rainy Vancouver!
Unlike the rest of Canada, which is blanketed in pillowy soft sheets of snow this time of year, here it’s dark, grey and drizzly. Nothing says Christmas like cloud coverage, am I right? 😉 To bring a little bit of holiday sparkle to this dark time of year, I love to start the mornings off with hearty dishes spiked with the warming spices of cinnamon and ginger. Cue the gingerbread muffins, eggnog pancakes, and speculaas oatmeal! While a cookie oatmeal sounds super-decadent, this version has no actual cookies in it but instead relies on the hearty flavours of the cookies to bring a little breakfast magic to the table. Using natural sweeteners, whole-grains, and fibre-rich ingredients, it will help balance out all those extra decadent dishes that will garnish your morning breakfast spread….
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….
Cooking has been mostly one handed, and increasingly fragmented for me over the past month since my little girl was born. While we’ve been super lucky to be surrounded by wonderful and generous cooks, treating us to most of our meals, I’ve been drawn to the kitchen, even if just for a few minutes at a time, to chop veggies for a fresh salad or make a batch of granola. It helps me feel a little more like myself during a time when I sometimes forget who that person was only a short month ago.