Category Archives: Aurélie

Maple-Bacon Cheddar Muffins

BY ALEXIA PTITO

MAPLE BACON CHEDDAR MUFFINS

Spring has sprung (sort of) and whether or not snow is still upon the ground, the maples have yielded their bounty and the Easter bunny will soon deliver its chocolates and treats to happy children everywhere. And most of us will be having a more or less functional Sunday brunch this week, to celebrate the equinox.
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Amanda and Auré’s Favourite Things

BY AMANDA PIEDIMONTE AND AURÉLIE PTITO
From the Chocolate Throwdown

Homemade Ice cream and chocolate brownie

When it comes to food, Amanda and I are the same person. This makes her my favourite restaurant-going buddy, since whenever we go out to eat, all we need is one glance at the menu and, through some weird gluttonous unspoken communication, we already know what we’ll be sharing. This made her the obvious choice as a partner for the Chocolate Throwdown (also, I kind of think she’s awesome). We were inspired by Ben and Jerry’s fanciful ice cream flavours, specifically Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night Snack, which, among other things, features fudge-covered potato chip clusters. And since neither of us has an insane sweet tooth, we decided to balance out the sweetness by adding as many salty components as possible. So, let us now present our favourite things!
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The Foodie Collective Falls for Finkelstein

BY AURÉLIE PTITO AND KIM MATURO

Hof Kelsten
photo credit: Katherine Macnaughton

If you’ve read this blog before, you know there’s just one thing we would brave the cold for. If you said good food, you’d be half right. Good conversation about good food is also definitely worth risking frostbite. So the promise of a chat with Jeff Finkelstein of Hof Kelsten while enjoying one of his nonpareil sandwiches got us out even during the Polar Vortex. And he didn’t disappoint. While Kim got intimate with a deliciously gooey cinnamon bun, Aurélie made nice with a beef on rye sandwich topped with sliced apples, coleslaw and mustard.

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Pissaladière – Not your nonna’s pizza

BY AURÉLIE PTITO
From the Christmas Throwdown
pissaladière

This is one of the first things I learned how to make, when I was about 8, courtesy of some friends in France. It’s thanks to this recipe that I can now peel and chop pounds of onions without my eyes ever tearing up, which trust me was not always the case! It’s a simple dish, with a limited number of ingredients, and I guarantee it’s always a hit for any occasion.

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French Onion Soup

BY AURÉLIE PTITO
French onion soup

For me, the first snowfall means one thing and one thing only: the time for guilt-free indulgence has arrived! One of winter’s perks is all the delicious, decadent comfort food we can all enjoy. Everyone has their favourite dish, and mine is rich and flavourful French onion soup.  So curl up on the couch, preferably in front of a fireplace, and enjoy a bowl of cheesy, piping hot onion soup.

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‘Tis the time for oysters!

BY AURÉLIE PTITO
oysters
Since autumn is oyster season, we thought we’d get the Foodie Collective together to test out a few varieties, and Kim’s housewarming presented the perfect occasion for us to gorge ourselves on these delicious bivalves.We headed to the Odessa Poissonnier outlet to pick up a few different kinds and this is definitely the place to go for great seafood. They have lots of varieties, in big and small boxes or in bulk so you can buy as many or as few as you want, and mix and match. This time around, we decided to stick to East Coast oysters, more specifically different varieties from PEI.
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The Foodie Collective Book

Hello wonderful readers!

It’s that time of the year again to pull out pen and paper and begin drafting your Christmas list.
I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely a huge fan of Christmas. I understand it can be a holiday wrought with anxiety and indecision – many may not even enjoy it at all. If you’re looking to avoid long lineups at the cash register, I have the perfect solution for you: donate to charity! But don’t just give money – which is nice, but kind of impersonal – instead, buy our book for yourself or as a gift! You heard right; if you were wondering why The Foodie Collective has been less active on this blog (tisk tisk), it’s because they have been working on an incredible project: a recipe book that combines all of The Foodie Collective’s favorite tried and tested recipes, along with fun food-related articles, photography and artwork. The best news of all is that this book was created and published by The Foodie Collective, with the help of incredible contributors, for the purpose of donating all the proceeds to an amazing local organization Santropol Roulant.

The Foodie Collective came up with the idea for this book during a Christmas oyster party. As we were discussing the success of our very first fundraiser – we raised $485 for Mission Bon Accueil in 2011 – as well as how fortunate we are to eat so well so often, we decided a self-published, all-proceeds-donated to-charity cookbook would be the best way to give back. As such, this year, we have partnered with Santropol Roulant as our charity of choice.

  

“Since 1995, Santropol Roulant has been using food to create community. We are a social service with a vision of social change. The heart of our organization is our Meals-on-Wheels Program that, with the help of thousands of volunteers, provides over 20,000 freshly cooked, nutritious and tasty meals a year to clients living with a loss of autonomy. This only scratches the surface though. Like you, we love food and think it has great power. The fact is, every time we eat food, cook it, plant it, grow it or compost it, our world changes. Our deepest thanks to the Foodie Collective for creating this beautiful book that will help put food on the tables of so many.”

In purchasing this book, you know you’re doing a good thing. Plus, you get to discover our favorite eclectic and imaginative recipes, inspired by both tradition and experimentation, along with important local food initiatives, several food-related articles, and custom artwork by Montreal’s finest.

Hundreds of hours have been donated during the creation of this book, from the graphic designer (wonderful Sasha Endoh), to the writers, illustrators, photographers and Throwdowners, of course. As such, it would be greatly appreciated if you could support our cause by buying one or two or three books this Christmas. In so doing, you’ll be making sure more people have access to daily, nutritious meals.

>>>To order your book, check out our Etsy listing!<<<

>>>We are holding a book launch Wednesday December 5th 2012 at En Cachette 1765 St-Denis, Montreal, QC, from 6pm and on! Show your support by buying the book or making a donation. A percentage of the bar will be donated as well and special treats will be handed out! Spread the news!<<<

One last sneak peak:

>>>To order your book, check out our Etsy listing!<<<

Do I dare say it in November… HAPPY HOLIDAYS & HAPPY GIVING!

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The Beer Throwdown

In October, our busy Throwdowners gathered once more to put their cooking skills to the test. The theme this time: beer. Beer is thought to have originated in Neolithic times, making it the oldest of the malted beverages. From its inception, beer has been popular, creating a unique beer culture complete with festivals (Oktoberfest, Bavarian Harvest Festival) and pub-crawls around the world.

While some of the Throwdowners were inspired by Oktoberfest-themed foods, most took cues from their favorite cuisines, whether Italian, BBQ or chic French fare. With beer as the star ingredient, a Throwdown never tasted so good!

Take a look at the delicious creations the Throwdowners came up with this time. Which one piques your fancy?

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