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Prosecco fruit salad


Fruit salad
Photo Credit: Katherine Macnaughton

A standard in cafeteria’s worldwide, fruit salad is often thought of as a somewhat unoriginal and dated dessert option. However, it can be a refreshing and healthy way to end a meal or to start off your day. One way to infuse new life into this classic is by adding a grapefruit simple syrup, some fresh basil and a dash of Prosecco. I recently brought this jazzed up version to a brunch and it was appreciated by all. What’s great about fruit salad is that you can add whatever fruit is ripe and in season. It’s also a breeze to make if ever you’re pressed for time. You can also indulge knowing that you’re doing your body good!
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Traditional Irish Boxty Pancakes


Irish pancakes

This past Saint-Patrick’s day I decided to host a pre-parade brunch that consisted of various Irish staples, which included boxty pancakes (bacstaí or arán bocht tí meaning “poor-house bread”). Not being a fan of regular pancakes (I know, it’s hard to believe!), I was excited to try out these traditional Irish pancakes, which are like a cross between a latka, a hash brown and a standard pancake. Much lighter and less oily than latkes or hash browns, boxtys have all the pillowiness of a pancake, but with slightly more texture.
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*Test your Knowledge and Win a Foodie Collective Book*


Trivia Night

On February 13th, six of the Foodie Collective’s best and brightest joined forces to test their knowledge at Santropol Roulant’s 4th Trivia Night. Held at Santropol headquarters, participants were asked to contribute 10$ each (60$ per team of six) with all profits going to the Roulant. Beer and wine were available and large bowls of Chex mix abounded on each teams’ table. It was a great turnout, with more than eight teams in total. You could feel the brain cells buzzing!

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Clementine Almond Cake

Clementine Almond cake

This time of year, clementines abound and are readily available pretty much everywhere. I always buy a small wooden crate of them during the holiday season and eat them consistently at the rate of one per day if not more. Delicious and bursting with bright citrus flavour, they are so tasty just on their own.

That said, I had a few left that were going south of the border, but didn’t want them to go to waste. I started searching for a recipe that utilized them in some sort of a dessert and fell upon one for a flourless clementine cake recipe inspired by Nigella Lawson. In lieu of flour, ground almonds are used, which makes for an amazingly moist and nutty cake. It’s a great way to repurpose those leftover clementines and is effortless to make. Another nice thing about this recipe is that it uses the entire fruit.
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Classic Christmas Party Sandwiches

From the Christmas Throwdown
finger sandwiches

With Christmas fast approaching, party season has officially begun. For many, dinners and gatherings with family, friends and work colleagues are nonstop until the New Year. Whether you’re hosting or attending a party, you’re sure to be surrounded by an abundance of delicious Christmas treats.
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Festival Mondial de la Bière 2013


Every year, the event that I look forward to most is Beerfest aka Le festival mondial de la bière. What started as an excuse to hangout at Windsor Station and drink the entire day, has turned into an annual tradition. However, there is a strategy in order to fully appreciate the experience: arrive early and go during a weekday. This will ensure that you actually get a chance to sample new beers without competing with the crowds and drunkards. To quote my friend Nerio’s shirt that he wore this year “You can’t drink all day unless you start in the morning.” Wise words. I would like to point out that I am in no way a beer expert, but I’ve tried many different varieties throughout the years and have taken a stab at making my own brews.
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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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