Saturday, August 02, 2014

Happy 60th Mum! / Ottawa weekend

We went to Ottawa to celebrate my mum's 60th birthday this weekend. We will celebrate her in style with a ladies weekend in Montreal next weekend (more on that to come!) so this was small celebration at Les Fougères, in Chelsea, Quebec. My sister made a beautiful photo collage of the evening :


The food was amazing and the lemon poppyseed cake my sister brought from Three Tarts was divine, nothing less for our amazing mum.

The next day was breakfast c/o marvellous mum :


Her amazing granola with fresh raspberries...

Show me the biscuits!

...and zucchini pineapple muffins (recipe below if you want to be marvellous like mum ;).

Then I got to meet Laura's little guy, Otis...

If you're asking, he's a Shar Pei 
 ...and take him for a walk by the river (before losing my way in the heat!).


Not to mention, admire Laura's boyfriend, Ryan's rendition of the actors from The Trip...


..(plus find out there is a sequel coming out soon!).

Looking forward to what next weekend has in store! xo

Zucchini Pineapple Loaf (from Company's Coming Muffins & more)
 2 Eggs 2 cups Flour
 ½ cup Cooking oil 1 tsp Baking soda
 1 cup Sugar ½ tsp. Baking powder
 1 cup Shredded zucchini (unpeeled) ½ tsp  Salt
 1/2 cup Crushed pineapple, drained 3/4; tsp. Cinnamon
 1 tsp. Vanilla 1/4; tsp. Nutmeg
  ½ cup Chopped nuts

Beat oil, eggs and sugar. Stir in zucchini, pineapple and vanilla.
Measure remaining ingredients into another bowl, Stir. Pour all at once into batter, and stir just until moistened. Pour into greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour until it tests done. Cool for 10 minutes in pan, then turn out to cool completely. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Camping crêpes


"I've never found time spent amongst nature to be a waste of time" 

We loaded up the VW this past weekend and headed West along highway 50 to spend a couple days camping at Parc Plaisance where we had rented a Huttopia tent with A's sister, niece, and company.

...an assortment of the gang ;-)

There were campfires, swimming, and walks along the boardwalks to be had...  


it was lovely (minus the midnight surprise visit from a family of racoons - eek!).

Breakfast was A's classic crêpes topped with your choice of sweet (raspberries, yogurt, nutella) or salty (ham, cheese) and of course copious amounts of maple syrup :-)


Thanks for the great weekend all! xo

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The morning after the evening before

A and I went on a date last night :



And just because the summer magic (i.e. indulgence) doesn't need to end, there were waffles and bacon for breakfast this morning.

Have a great weekend, xo.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tomato sandwich


Assembly (bottom up): Crusty bread, mozzarella cheese, slice of tomato, fresh cracked pepper, olive oil, basil.

On the side : Rainier cherries to satisfy my sweet tooth and some broken orange pekoe tea that A brought me back from his trip to Sri Lanka.

In keeping with today's World Cup final, what breakfasts fuel the footies.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Solitude

"What a lovely surprise to discover how unlonely being alone can be." -Ellen Burstyn

I had the apartment to myself this weekend, Antoine having left for Quebec to visit friends, and I surprisingly enjoyed doing menial things and treating myself.   


This meant a Saturday staying indoors in my pyjamas, cleaning the apartment, and losing track of time on these websites


Today, I got myself up early (well, for me!) for a 9.30am free yoga session, bought supplies at Renaud-Bray (including the new Pink Martini CD) before having coffee and croissants at home, listening to said CD.



Today will involve :

-Updating Biche Breakfasts;

-Organizing my papers (perhaps not as fastidiously as her, though...); and,

-Baking these espresso brownies (yes, I have jumped on the Ricardo bandwagon ;).

xo

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Megan and Matt get MARRIED!!

Photo : Urszula Muntean
My sister's wedding and surrounding days were filled with so much love, joy, and fun - I don't know if I will do it justice. But, here goes...

Several days before the wedding, family members starting arriving in Ottawa. I drove up from Montreal, my brother and uncle flew in from the UK, even my brother's girlfriend came from the Netherlands! It was pretty exciting as it is quite rare for so many of our family members to be together  - it felt like the holidays, in a way.

A couple days before, Megan, my mum and I went to Renu Spa to get mani/pedis and were able to calm down some pre-wedding jitters reading magazines and getting pampered (cupcakes included :).

The day before, we brought our uncle to Megan's place to visit her home and went for a walk along the Ottawa River...

...we thought we would give a go ourselves...


...the gift from Matt's work colleagues.


The night before, Matt's family hosted a rehearsal dinner (no rehearsing involved, just good food :)


The wedding day itself was too good for words, so I will let the pictures show for themselves (wedding photos by Urszula Muntean) :



Lucky guy ;)

Ceremony and reception at The Mill

Flowers by Bloomfields, decoration by my mum


Dancing to a live band <3
As this is a breakfast blog, I will add, the next morning, my parents hosted a brunch for the wedding party at The Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club, helpful to sop-up all that good beer from the Mill!

Leftover Suzy-Q

Congratulations Megan and Matt! Your wedding was a total success and I wish a lifetime of happiness together xoxo

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Megan's Bachelorette / Pressed Cafe

Earlier this year, Antoine and I were watching the planes take off at the airport in Montreal when I got a phone call from my sister. At first I panicked, I thought something was wrong until I heard... "so... we're engaged!" as she beamed down the phone line. It was as though I could feel her grinning from ear to ear even though we were 200 km away. My reaction was to do a little happy dance in the parking lot amidst some curious onlookers. A lot of excitement, planning, and some stressful moments pursued until we were a week away from the wedding and ready to celebrate her bachelorette!


We started with a little wine & cheese at Geneviève's, one of the bridesmaids' place...

Delicious zucchini cupcakes made by the hostess on the right, recipe here
Megan was looking beautiful after having done her trial wedding makeup from Third Avenue Spa... not to mention the addition of the customary tiara and sash ;-)


Things got a bit silly after a round of "How well does she know the groom?" (luckily Megan knew him quite well), as well as getting dressed up in recycled denim tank tops that she and a friend found at a clothing swap!


Seeing as Megan met her husband-to-be as a result of a bus strike, I found it fitting she need to take the bus to our next destination, dinner at Play food & wine

Looking glam on the OC Transpo :)
Dinner was only the beginning of the night, as we went bar hopping in the market afterwards. The night, which included duelling pianos and an entire bar serenading Megan to Sweet Caroline, was full of good times, as Neil Diamond would say. 

All smiles before din dins 
The next morning, as Megan was texting me about her "wicked headache," I was having a waffle brunch in Chinatown at Pressed with a few good friends (I may have had somewhat of a headache myself!). There was one called the Hangover, but I really didn't feel as though I could stomach poutine on a waffle...

Florentine - Wilted Swiss chard, poached eggs, house-made hollandaise  

Huevos Rancheros - Fried eggs, house-smoked salsa, black bean, guacamole and smoky BBQ sauce


Megan, it was so much fun to celebrate your last night out as a single lady. You have some great friends that made the night extra special. Love you long time, xx.