My name is Hélène and I am a foodie. I live in Ottawa, ON, Canada.
(photo courtesy of Ashley Notley Photography: www.ashleynotley.com)
My passion for cooking, especially baking, started at a very young age. When my mom was helping my dad on the farm I was baking and preparing lunch for them. I spent countless hours reading the few cookbooks that could be find in the house. Pictures of the finish dish fascinated me. I was dreaming of the next dish I was going to prepare. When my mom was baking I watched her carefully asking questions at every step. One of the greatest memory I have is watching her doing old-fashioned brown sugar fudge. I could not wait for her to finish and lick the bowl.
Growing up on a farm meant spending long hours helping on the farm. We had a huge vegetable garden. The smell and taste of a freshly picked tomato cannot be compared to anything you buy at the market. We were eating by the seasons.
Over the years I have become more confident in the kitchen, started my own cookbooks collection and wanted my children, Geneviève, Maxime and Mathieu, to have lasting memories of what we cooked and baked at home. In 2006 La Cuisine d'Hélène was born and I dedicate this blog to them.
Another passion that follows me since my childhood is photography. When I had my first real job I bought myself a Nikon with couple lenses. That was really expensive at the time. I now shoot with a Canon Rebel T4i with a macro lens for my food photos. I much prefer to shoot digital. I still have my old camera but I don’t use it anymore. Eventually I will take a photography course. I would love to improve my skills and food styling.
I was born in St-Hyacinthe, QC and now reside in Ottawa, ON. For the past 26 yrs I have moved in 7 different provinces from Coast to Coast. I started a career in the military and met my husband in Portage-la-Prairie, Man. He was an airforce helicopter pilot. After dating for three months we were married. We wanted to start a family and I decided to quit the military. I wanted to be home to raise my children. When my third child started kindergarten I returned to work for five years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Fredericton, NB. I was working in Criminal Intelligence. Loved every minute of it. Sadly my husband was transferred to Nova Scotia and I had to quit that dream job. Since then I have been a stay-at-home mom.
My other interest are travel, yoga, camping, reading.
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All photographs on La Cuisine d'Hélène were taken by Hélène Péloquin, unless otherwise noted. The photos taken by Hélène are copyright La Cuisine d'Hélène. If you would like to use my photos please send me an email to ask for permission and link back to the recipe from which the photo is taken.