Featured Interview on MommyPage and 3 Essential Kitchen Items


I was very excited to share with you that I have been featured on Mommypage


Here's the interview:


Helene shares her favorite three kitchen items. Plus, get her favorite recipes, such as her Spicy Asian Noodles with Chicken.

Tell us more about yourself, your site, and your family.

I was born in Québec and now reside in Ottawa, ON.  For the past 26 years 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. 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 and decided to stay home.
At times it was a challenge to be home with three children, but one of the best rewards I had was one day when my son, then 15 yrs old, came home after school and simply said: ‘Thanks mom for being home when I come from school every day’. I almost cried. This is a moment that I will always remember. It touched me right inside and at that moment I knew that I had made the best decision in my life to stay home.
I started to blog in April, 2006 because I wanted to leave something for my three children. Since I had my own family now, when I was going home to visit my parents I would often find myself asking my mom to look at her handwritten recipes and copy them to make sure I have souvenirs when she is gone.  Starting "La Cuisine d’Hélène" was something that my children would have access to all of their lives and it would also bring them lasting memories of meals we had shared together.
Soon I have discovered that it was more than a blog for my family. Blogging has giving me the chance to meet people from all around the world that shares the same passion as mine and go through the same challenges of raising a family, staying home, and wanting to make homemade meals for their family every night. It also gave me opportunities to discover new cookbooks, new products, and do projects with companies in the US and Canada. Looking back, it also has helped going through moments where I felt a bit isolated because we were moving a lot and we had to start all over again in different towns in Canada.

Where do you find ideas for your recipes?

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 found in the house.  Pictures of the finished 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 memories I have is watching her doing old-fashioned brown sugar fudge.  I could not wait for her to finish and lick the bowl.  At the time all the ideas I had for recipes were from my mom and my grandma.

Do you read any cookbooks or blogs?

Since I got married 24 yrs ago, I have started to collect cookbooks and they are a great source of inspiration for my recipes. I love vintage cookbooks also. I feel I am going back into another time and respecting our ancestors for everything challenging they had to go through to feed their family at times.
Blogs inspire me also. I have a long list of favorites and love what people around the world are putting on the table every day.
When I was younger I would cook a lot of recipes from Québec, but I cook recipes from all around the world now. There is nothing like the aroma of a curry cooking when you enter the home or a dessert baking.

What are a few recipes you recommend moms try cooking?

When I talk to young moms that face the challenge of going to work and taking care of a family, I tell them to keep it simple but tasty. No need to spend hours in the kitchen at night. I always do a big batch of a recipe and freeze the leftovers in individual portions. When kids are in a hurry and only have few minutes to eat before a sport or other activity, they have a good homemade meal to eat before leaving the house.
The first thing that comes to mind is pasta. It is always a winner in the kitchen with children of all ages. This Fennel and Sausage Pasta is delicious and everyone who had it in my home loved it.


Fennel and Sausage Pasta



Another dish that will satisfy your taste buds and that is quick to make is this Spicy Asian Noodles with Chicken.

Spicy Asian Noodles with Chicken


What desserts are your favorites to make?

I have a sweet tooth. I could eat desserts three meals a day. I cannot resist Chocolate Cake, Red Velvet Cupcakes or Carrot Cake with a thick layer of cream cheese.

What do you think are essential items to always keep in a kitchen?

I could not live without a scale, microplane graters, or my iPad for my recipes.

What are a few cooking lessons you’ve learned?

To always read a recipe first before starting to bake or cook. I have made the mistake in the past to not read it completely and once I started cooking I would miss an ingredient. Now I read the recipe and make a list of missing ingredients.
Baking is an art, always follow the recipe precisely for success.

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3 comments

  1. You were in Fredricton, cool. I'm In Woodstock NB, so I'm not far away from there.
    I'm glad you were a supportive wife and mom. Although I can guess it was hard.
    I know an older woman who says, "Woman can do it all, just not all at once."

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