My 2020 Bookshelf

*I will update this post throughout the year.*     Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob Genre: graphic memoir Borrowed from the library Copyright 2018, One World (an imprint of Random House) Format: book, 349 pages Country: USA Synopsis: ”Like many six-year-olds, Mira Jacob’s half-Jewish, half-Indian son, Z, has questions about everything. At…

Almond & Lemon Squares

The winter solstice, and with it the longest night of the year, is now behind us and these bright and fragrant almond and lemon squares are the perfect treat to celebrate more daylight.  I love that this recipe has no crust. The almond balances out the acidity of the citrus really well.  No puckering of…

Spices & Molasses Cookies

When I bake, chocolate is often the main ingredient.  During the winter holidays though everyone needs a fragrant spice cookie and this recipe will do the trick.  These spices and molasses cookies are soft and chewy, and the aroma of the spices wafts through the kitchen when you take the tray out of the oven. …

Matcha Tea Cookies with White Chocolate and Toasted Pine Nuts

Last spring, acclaimed novelist/former lawyer and restaurateur/cookbook auhtor Kim Thúy came to my library for the launch of the English translation of her cookbook.  To celebrate the occasion, the library director, a colleague and I baked batches of these matcha cookies from her cookbook to serve to patrons during the event.  Usually I’m not a…

Cheesecake Brownies

Curled up in my cozies at home with my cat and Lianne La Havas* music while writing up this recipe to share with you is proving to be a great antidote to Montréal’s freezing winds.  I published a similar recipe for marbled cheesecake brownies almost 7 years ago.   I remember loving those brownies, especially eating…

Kahlúa Truffle Brownies with Peanut Butter Ganache and Milk Chocolate Drizzle

These decadent fudgy brownies are a great treat for the holiday season.  A new favourite, I’ll definitely bake another batch this season.  The coffee aroma permeates throughout the kitchen as you bake these brownies, it’s intoxicating.  The milk chocolate is not overly sweet, and the peanut butter in the ganache subtly adds more depth. I’m…

Bas-Saint-Laurent

Earlier this month, Olivier and I went on a roadtrip to the Québec region of Bas-Saint-Laurent for Labour Day weekend. Two decades have passed since I last visited the region to see my grandmother in Rimouski and to stop by the small village where my mother grew up. Yearning to discover more of La Belle…

Chocolat Chaud

  The February chill has set in and Montréal is covered in snow, the way winter used to be.  It’s the perfect time of year for a rich, velvety, decadent hot chocolate to sip covered in cozy blankets while watching movies, playing board games or reading a book. Despite being a grad student (and all…

The Bookshelf: 2016 edition

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng The Mother by Yvvette Edwards This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz In a Dark,…

NYC

Last September, my boyfriend and I went on a roadtrip from Montréal to New York City for Labour Day weekend.  I’ve travelled to NYC on 3 previous occasions, but this was his first visit.  This end-of-summer escapade was his birthday celebration, making this trip extra special.  Of course, a baker on vacation in NYC always…