Bread Bakers Apprentice – Baking Challenge

Peter Reinharts baker’s blessing: may your crust be crisp and your bread always rise charms me on many levels. ​Our family makes a lot of different things in our little kitchen and the one thing that gives me the most pleasure is making bread.   Cake, chocolate and candy are temperamental and these varietals feel…

Epiphany

I have always loved the feast of Epiphany.  My mom kept this tradition when my brother and I were growing up. In a way I kinda prefer celebrating it over Christmas.  I am pretty sure she did too, it’s cozy, intimate and less frenetic.  She called it “Little Christmas”.  I didn’t understand the why and…

Mad Hatter and Sherlock

​Had an amazing time with my two beautiful young ladies.  It is all about experiences this Advent and I have always wanted to have tea at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.  We have had tea at some grand tea houses in our time but never here in Ottawa.  So I made Sarah and Emily get dressed…

Viennoiserie at Le Cordon Bleu and Radical Change.  Part #1

The year is 1683, for the better part of two months the Ottoman Empire has beseiged the city of Vienna, Austria with close to 100,000 troops camped outside the city’s walls. By cutting off all possible passage into the city, the Ottoman Empire attempts to starve Austria into submission and defeat.   Late at night…

In search of Alfredo.

On Wednesdays I cook for two very special people, the pastor of our church Holy Cross and a visiting Missionary who is studying Canon Law at St. Paul University.   This weekly tradition gives me as much pleasure as the gift of a meal does for them.   It’s important to me to put meals…

My mom is awesome!

​I have a head cold.  My sinuses are so congested and full I think my head is going to explode. It is days like these when I wish I wasn’t an adult.  My mom would bring to my bedroom a bedtray of chicken noodle soup, flat gingerale with a straw, cold wash cloths for my…

Le Fiacre

October 7, 2016 Remember when…the sound of little feet was the music we danced to week to week.  Alan Jackson These are the correct lyrics to a beautiful song.  I always thought the lyrics were…Remember when…the sound of little feet was amusing.  I think this is because Chris and I laugh our three elephants named…

Into the labyrinth

October 8, 2016 A slow start to our first real day in Paris.  Not knowing what to expect after the terrorist attacks in Paris and France we decided to keep things simple and on the Left Bank.  Our goal is stick to places that are walled, patrolled and have security to go through upon entry….

Sunday Funday

We have worshipped at many churches over the years in Paris.  Each have their own unique character and characters.  Ste Clothilde was its hospitality…after Mass cases of wine were opened and classic cheeses such as Brie de Meaux and Comte were offered to parishioners upon leaving the church…petit sablees and crisps were offered to the…

Shop ’til you drop

Shopping is a woman thing. It’s a contact sport like football. Women enjoy the scrimmage, the noisy crowds, the danger of being trampled to death, and the ecstasy of the purchase.  Erma Bombeck Monday Oct 10, 2016 Honesty is the best policy, I am finding it difficult to journal Monday.  It is difficult to sort…

Palais de la découverte

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. August Rodin Tuesday October, 11/16 In the nine years we have been travelling to Paris we have never visited Le Grand Palais and le Petit Palais de Champs Élysées.  This was the year to visit, as the science center that was located at…

It’s a small world

​There is just one moon and one golden sun And a smile means friendship to everyone Though the mountains divide and the oceans are wide It’s a small world after all. Richard and Robert Sherman Wed Oct 12/16 Matt tumbled into my room this morning a little after 8:00, soft and warm like the wee…