Quench your thirst!

Blushed Tapatia: Fruit Infused Water

Warm summer weather and patios call for deliciously refreshing drinks. Although I do love a crisp cocktail to cool off on a warm summer day, sometimes I really just need a drink that will quench my thirst. I have always been an avid water drinker {great for my health, terrible for teeny tiny bladder!} and this is a fun way to spruce up my go-to drink. The best thing about it is that you can truly get creative by mixing up new delicious pairings with each pitcher.

My favourite combinations right now are:

Blushed Tapatia: Fruit Infused Water

Blushed Tapatia: Fruit Infused Water

Blushed Tapatia: Fruit Infused Water

 

Blushed Tapatia: Fruit Infused Water

There really is no recipe but I do recommend that if you are using any sort of herb {mint, sage, basil, etc} you give it a quick little crush with your hands to release the flavours.

Try this this weekend for your summer party or BBQ or your R&R time- it is a quick and beautiful way to keep your guests {and yourself!} hydrated.

 

Quench your thirst!

Sweet & Tart Valentine’s Breakfast

Cranberry and white chocolate scones hold a very special place in my heart. When paired with a mug of pipping hot coffee and a quiet morning these little scones have the indulgent power to turn any day into a great day. Although I have tried many different variations, this recipe is by far my favourite; it is easy, fast and delicious. To take these scones to the next level, all you need is to spread a high quality marmalade on them *de-lish!* I used a pink grapefruit and rose extract marmalade from Kitten & The Bear – a quaint little tea room and confiturier {hint: A jar of one of their delicious handmade preserves would make a fantastic Valentine’s gift for the foodie in your life.} 

Kitten & The Bear - Toronto

Nail polish: Essie’s “Cute as a Button

Sweet & Tart Valentine’s Breakfast

The Ultimate Christmas Bake-Off

Gingerbread vs shortbread
There is no denying that gingerbread is to December what pumpkin spice is to October – and rightfully so. The spicy and rich mixture is a delicious companion on a winter night and blends incredibly well with eggnog. As much as I love gingerbread-everything this time of the year, I also have a soft spot for shortbread. I find that shortbread is often categorized as the plain and boring baked good that never gets eaten, which unfortunately, can be true if it’s not baked properly. When done well though, it serves as a buttery canvas to a multitude of flavours, from savory to sweet, and is, in my opinion, perfected when dipped in chocolate.

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{Disclaimer: I originally was set on pairing a little Gingerbread man against a little Shortbread man. I happily ate one after the other but no matter how hard I tried, I could not decide on a winner. Call me soft, call me flaky but they each are so very different and have such different qualities that I decided to call it a tie. Christmas in my home will no longer be about Gingerbread, it will also be about Shortbread!} afterlight (34)chocolateshortbread menTiny Shortbread Men via Blushed Tapatia

The BEST shortbread recipe 
{For sweet shortbread cookies}

Ingredients:

2 cups softened unsalted butter
1 cup powdered sugar
Generous splash of excellent quality vanilla extract *it’s worth the money*
4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
3 cups of great quality dark chocolate

Sift flour and salt in a bowl and set aside. Beat the butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy; add vanilla. Slowly incorporate the flour into the buttery mixture, stopping to scrape the bowl often. Once all the four has been mixed in, divide dough into two balls and wrap each in plastic wrap. Generously dust your working surface with flour and once the dough is firm, roll out until it is about 1″ thick. Use your favourite cookie cutters and have fun!

Bake at 325 degrees for 12-15 minutes {my cookies were teeny tiny so I baked them only for 10 minutes}. Let cool for a few minutes before transferring to cookie sheet.

Melt the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl over a pot of steaming water. Once melted transfer onto a smaller bowl. Dip the shortbread and lay on waxed paper. Let chocolate dry completely {approximately 1 hour}.

Wrap beautifully to gift or simply indulge in them yourself!

The Ultimate Christmas Bake-Off

The Best Mulled Wine

MulledWine copyOne of the things that left me smitten with London were the many little markets that are scattered through out the large city. They are found in the most unexpected of places -under a gorgeous brick bridge, next to a hidden little chapel or in the old Royal horse stables. Although each market has something different to offer – from vintage finds to gourmet pies- every market has at least one lovely mulled wine stand with a “bloke” inviting you to “have a try, love”. I found myself drinking this warm and comforting drink every single evening as we walked through the Borough market and took in the Christmas lit scenery.

We set up our Christmas tree this past weekend and with London in mind I knew right away that a mug of delicious mulled wine would be the perfect addition to our traditional routine. Although there are many recipes out there, I found this one to be most like the ones I had in London. On top of being delicious, it is easy and fast and will be a hit at your Christmas party!

Ingredients 

1 bottle of {cheap} red wine – just make sure the blend you pick is not too sweet

1/4 cup of sugar

1 star of anise

4 whole cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

2 oranges

{Pour the bottle of wine into a pot over medium heat and mix in sugar, spices, cinnamon sticks and the juice of the first orange.Cut the second orange into slices and then quarter each slice – add them into the wine mixture. Let the wine and spices simmer for 5-7 minutes while stirring continuously. Do not allow the wine to boil. Serve into beautiful mugs & enjoy!}

{Makes enough for 2 and a half mugs}

The Best Mulled Wine

T.O. Review: Nadège Patisserie

Ombré Macarons Ombré Macarons

I believe that sometimes life just hands you little gifts -like an unexpected sweet text from a friend or a parking spot when you are in a hurry. Earlier this week I got one of those little gifts on my way to my favourite cupcake shop. I was on a mission and in a hurry when I stumbled, quite literally, upon Nadège. The chic design and delicious smell oozing out of the doorway stopped me dead in my tracks and I had little choice but to follow my nose straight into the French bakery. Like a little child, I was foolishly smiling from ear to ear while I took in the delicious cakes, macarons and chocolates that are freshly made in store. Although it took me a while to decide, I opted for some almond croissants for the following morning, four lovely macarons and two scrumptious cakes. Having a pastry baker as a sister has made me incredibly picky (some say snobby!) when it comes to deserts and pastries but every single item that I had from Nadège gets a licked-thumbs up! This is not to say that cupcakes will be replaced as my go-to desert but it’s always good to stop and try something new.

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C3 {Caramel, Chocolate, Coconut} Cake review in TapatiaC3 – {Caramel, Chocolate Coconut} cake with a glass of rosé
Pur Noir Chocolate Cake Review in TapatiaPur Noir cake with a glass of red wine
T.O. Review: Nadège Patisserie