Grilled Chicken with Celery and Coconut Gremolata - {and a GIVEAWAY}

Grilled Chicken with celery and Coconut Gremolata

It was a busy long week-end. Saturday I spent the day downtown Ottawa with my son Max. We took a creative photography class with Garry Black. He's a National Geographic photographer. We learned so much from him. We did the course over a period of three weeks, both in class and in the field. Since it was Tulip's Fest in Ottawa we had the chance to take very nice pictures. This course has nothing to do with food photography. It's two completely different techniques. We wanted to do a creative class because we love to travel and we are planning to go to Italy at the end of the summer.


Weekend Links

Peanut Butter Snack Bites

These Peanut Butter Snack Bites are a hit in the house. I keep a batch in the fridge all the time. That's a great snack before a workout, during the middle of the afternoon or anytime you need a little sweet treat. Recipe here.

This looks so yum! How to Make a Muffuletta: Mastering the Massive Sandwich from Life in Pleasantville. This would great for our next picnic.

Lindsay and Taylor from Love and Olive Oil are sharing a Bonus day in London, England. Years ago my first trip overseas was in England. Looking at their pictures I'm dreaming of going back.

Are you an early riser when your travel? Read 6 Reasons Why I Get Up Early When I Travel from Landlopers.


Banana Chocolate Mousse - {and a GIVEAWAY}

Banana Chocolate Mousse

If you love chocolate as much as I do you have to make this Banana Chocolate Mousse. This creamy, simple recipe does not have eggs. It is safe to serve to your pregnant friends and young children. The secret is to add chia seeds but don't tell them. When I came home yesterday I made this recipe in two minutes. I tried a spoonful right away and it was so good. It is best to cool the mousse in the refrigerator, for couple hours before serving, but I did not want to wait that long.


Tea Sparrow Giveaway

Chocolate Blueberry Organic Black Tea

I'm sipping a delicious Chocolate Blueberry Organic Black Tea this morning. This tea, from Tea Sparrow, combines the sweet aroma of blueberries with the maltiness of Assam black tea and a creamy chocolate finish. As soon as I opened the pack, blueberries notes hit me. I did not know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised by the smell, appearance and taste of this tea. It's a real delight to enjoy this tea and it would be the perfect hot drink with my Snack Bites.


On May 5th join the #AvoMexico Twitter Fiesta!

One of the healthiest food is avocados and I love them.

The Avocados from Mexico are creamy, fresh and available year-round. They are a good source of fiber, minerals and vitamins. It's also good to know that they are high in healthy monounsaturated fats, which will improve heart health and lower cholesterol. Eating avocados will keep you full.

With Cinco de Mayo around the corner one of my favorite way to eat avocados is guacamole! But they are also good in sandwiches, salads, pasta, brownies. Recently I made avocado quesadillas that were a hit in the house. The recipes that you can make with avocados are endless!


Fruit Muffins with Streusel Topping - {and a GIVEAWAY}

Fruit Muffins with Streusel Topping - La Cuisine d'Helene

I have to confess something: don't talk to me in the morning until I have my first cup of coffee. Right after I get up, I go into the kitchen and prepare coffee before I even make breakfast. I could brew coffee all day long just for the smell of it, and I always look forward to that first sip. It's good for my mental health and it makes me happy. I cherish that quiet moment, in the morning, with my coffee in my hands.


What's Cooking? - Crunchy Chocolate Chips Peanut Butter Snack Bites

Crunchy Chocolate Chips Peanut Butter Snack Bites

Growing up I spent countless hours in the kitchen browsing my mom's small collection of cookbooks. She did not buy magazines but would occasionally receive free recipe booklets in the mail. It would not be a surprise if I told you that I would peruse the dessert section first. I had been baking since I was about seven years old, and had also been watching my mom make her famous old-fashioned fudge and licking the bowl.


Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting

We love cupcakes in the house. These Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting are fun to make and they look so nice on a dessert table. When I make them they are popular with my young nieces and my dad. They can't only eat one, they go for seconds and even ask to bring some home after the party. If you make them, make sure you bake a double batch!


Week 6 #CarlsCrew Challenge- {and 2 GIVEAWAYS}

It's already week 6 of the #CarlsCrew Challenge. Hopefully you are all doing well and try to follow the program.


Fennel, Potato and Salmon Soup

Fennel, Potato and Salmon Soup

We did not grow up eating fish on the farm and I only started eating salmon later on. The first time I had salmon I liked it a lot and I have been eating it, at least couple times a month, since then. I usually just cook it in the oven and might prepare a salad as a side.