La Cure Gourmande: Get your Sweet on

The heavenly shop of confections and sweets, known as La Cure Gourmande, is celebrating the 1st anniversary of its Montreal location!

La Cure Gourmande is known for its savoury and sweet artisanal biscuits, but you will also find here traditional Berlandises (sweets made with fruit pulp), Choupettes (lollipops), chocolates, caramels, calissons, nougat flavoured with strawberry paste or candied orange peel, and chocolate olives (chocolate-covered roasted almonds), madeleines and cakes.

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Halloween: Poison Toffee Apples and preparing your victims

For a frightful twist with these Poison Toffee Apples just add a few drops of black food coloring to the caramel toffee recipe to create a look of danger and poison!

Time for one of my favorite holidays out of the whole year. Halloween is just around the corner and I just love preparing a batch of goolish goodies. Just so happens the Creative Cooking Crew wanted us to fix up a scary dish for all the kiddies and ghosts. Please, do not be shy, take one of my Poison Toffee Apples. I promise they will bring you no harm!

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Chocolate Birds Nests for Easter

These Chocolate Birds Nests are the perfect little Easter treat. They are so easy to prepare with chocolate, a nut butter and wheat cereal biscuits.

Working with people who also love to cook is wonderful. I would say 70% of our daily social talk revolves around food, at least. We all have varying degrees of experience and we all agree: cooking and baking are two separate beasts. A perfect example is a colleague of mine who is great a cooking but is trying to master baking. We keep telling him baking is chemistry, you HAVE to follow the steps and measurements. Recently we did get great cookies from him. Did I mention we have a communal snack table too so we can share our homemade treats lol? These Chocolate Birds Nests were so welcomed at the communal snack table.

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Truffles Kisses

Still a bit weak from the cold but finally got some antibiotics. So please pardon my short post. I still wanted to participate in this month’s Creative Cooking Crew. This month’s theme was “The Perfect Bite”. So I offer you some sweet chocolate Truffle Kisses, what can be more perfect than that!

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November 25th Tire Sainte Catherine (Pulled Taffy)

November 25th is known as Sainte Catherine’s Feast Day within the Catholic Church around the world. Sainte Catherine was martyred in the early 4th century. She is considered by many as the most important of the virgin martyrs. Sainte Catherine regained popularity towards the end of the Middle Ages and she became the model for proper feminine behavior and the patron saint of young unwed women.

In Quebec, November 25th is also become know as taffy day, or Tire Sainte Catherine in French.

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SRC: Oreo Truffles

Today is my group’s reveal day for the Secret Recipe Club. What is the SRC? Basically you are assigned a fellow participant’s blog by the organizer and then you pick a recipe of your choice from that blog and make your version of it. But it is a secret, you cannot reveal whom you picked and what you made until the established posting date and time. This month’s secret: Oreo Truffles.

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Creative Cooking Crew: Candied Bacon and Apple Halva with Maple Gastrique

I am sure I have mentioned this before but just in case, I do not really watch cooking shows. So don’t say to me :have you heard of the latest crazy chef “enter name here”? Chances are you will be the first to tell me. I like cooking shows but I have trouble keeping full attention. It is the same with sports on TV. Of course I am aware of the hit shows, take Chopped for instance where a mystery basket of ingredients is given and must all be used in a recipe.

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Well that is exactly our theme this month for the Creative Cooking Crew which is hosted by Lazaro Cooks and Foodalogue. I was really excited by this challenge. Give me weird stuff to mix up and I am a happy gal! The ingredients we were given were Granny Smith apples, nut butter, vinegar and bacon. When I read the list I had no idea what to make but I wanted the extra challenge of coming up with a dessert. My creation is a Candied Bacon and Apple Halva with Maple Gastrique.

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