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annika patel | conifères & feuillus

conifère /kɔ.ni.fɛʁ/ {adj} coniferous, cone-bearing
feuillu /fœ.jy/ {adj} deciduous, leafy

Hello! Bonjour! Namaste! Welcome to conifères & feuillus.

Thank you for your interest in my blog. My name is Annika Patel. I live in Montréal with my husband, John, and our three children.

This desire to feed your children, it’s innate. It’s the first bond you make with them and a lifelong one. In early 2016, I opened up a blank Word document with the intention of recording my family’s recipes as a keepsake for my children so that I may feed them even when I can no longer physically do so.  Unknown to me at the time was that this Word document would quickly evolve into what is known as a food blog. As I added recipes, I realized though, that where there is food, life is not far behind and vice versa. In between recipes and photos, conifères & feuillus is also home to snippets of my life.

I am not a professional food stylist, nor do I consider myself a photographer or a writer, nor am I an expert on cooking, baking or nutrition, but I love this space for allowing me to try my hand at all of these things. My approach is simple, seasonable and sensible. Welcome to my table, welcome to my home.

Annika, xoxo

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    1. Lol… Actually, I sway on the side of being vegetarian but all the recipes you will find here are the ones I make for my family, hence the meaty ones. Pleased to meet another fellow Gujarati as well! 🙂

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  1. Despite the obstacles you say you encounter, I think your blog is beautifully written, full of yummy recipes and gorgeous pictures. I wouldn’t have known you were an amateur photographer if you didn’t say so. Just keep doing what you’re doing, Annika. It’s working. 🙂

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    1. Rini, you couldn’t have written this at a better time. Thank you so much for your kind words. I know I am still new at this but I can’t help compare myself to bigger bloggers and I feel so left behind sometimes! Thanks for the encouragement!

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      1. I know as females we tend to be hard on ourselves and compare ourselves with others, but it’s not good to do that. It will take some time, but believe me when I say just do what you love to do. Your readership grows every day and it’s not because you have a horrible blog. It’s awesome! 🙂

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  2. I believe in homemade food too, Annika. Everything from scratch and healthy, wholesome stuff. Which does not mean that I do not give into junk cravings once in a while. I now get the wisdom of my mother all those years ago when she bemoaned my penchant for takeaways and fast food. She is quite amazed to see the change in me 🙂 I am looking forward to culling tips from your blog. Cheers.

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  3. Bonjour Annika! So glad to have stumbled across your lovely blog.. photos, failed recipes and all 😉 Thanks especially for that last blog post.. taking me back to Montreal (I live 1/2 a world away).. and La Vieille Europe, the Main, Mile End et al. The best parts of the city. I look forward to reading more about your adventures in food ‘n family… A bientot! Amit

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    1. Bonjour Amit! Thank you for your lovely comment and I am glad that you enjoyed the post. I still live on the island and visit Mile End every chance I get… it’s still by favourite neighbourhood!

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  4. I love your photography style. Dark but vibrant?! I didn’t know that was possible but you present your subjects very beautifully. I found you when I was looking through the comments of Mrs. Twinkle who has “liked” one of my firsts posts and you were saying thank you to her for “liking” one of your firsts a year ago! Seeing your page is inspiring and gives me hope for what I can accomplish ❤

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    1. Thank you dear. I just got back from a blogging break and it’s really nice to get back to comments like these. I still remember that day and how elated I felt! Thank you for bringing back such a lovely memory and for leaving such a kind comment.

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  5. Annika, for some time I’ve been admiring your photography on Instagram. Now I see that you are also a beautiful writer! I made this soup today without celery because I didn’t have any, but it is absolutely delicious!

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