roasted autumn vegetable pot pies

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As easy as pie.

There’s something about pie, any kind of pie— gorgeous lattice top pies or rustic galettes, deep dish or pot pies, sweet or savory, fruit or vegetable, cheesy or meaty, hand pies from every corner of the earth… there’s something about taking pastry dough and wrapping it around, partially or completely, some kind of filling that makes it simply irresistible. autumn vegetable pot pies | conifères & feuillus Continue reading “roasted autumn vegetable pot pies”

as autumn as apple pie

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The beauty of dead hydrangeas is a memento of the broken promise of an endless summer.

Every year, for even a fleeting moment, I buy into the promise of an endless summer. It’s hard not to in the middle of a Montréal heat wave in the middle of July. This year has been especially deceiving because even well into October we’ve had some unseasonably warm days and a few more coming up according to the latest weather forecast. But the nights are getting cooler and the evenings darker and certainly autumn is here, settled in with deep roots. My hydrangeas can attest to that. They have dried up; beautifully as they always do, as beautiful as they were when they bloomed, only now in hues of brown and red. They are blessed, these gems, to have this endless beauty long after summer has passed, and promises of an endless summer are broken on a cool autumn evening. And celebrations of new sorts begin.

Autumn, here, is celebrated with simple delights such as apple pie.classic apple pie with a whole wheat pastry | conifères & feuillus

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recipe from a friend: cherry tomato tart with pesto and ricotta

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I’ll give you everything I am, all my broken heartbeats, until I know you’ll understand.
And I will make sure to keep my distance, say I love you when you’re not listening.  -Christina Perri

I was recently reminded of a beautiful friend. It’s strange that I would need to be reminded of him because there was once a time when it was only him.cherry tomato tart with pesto and ricotta | conifères & feuillus
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shades of blue – part 2: blueberry almond tartlets

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Everyone grieves in different ways. For some, it could take longer or shorter. I do know it never disappears. An ember still smolders inside me. Most days, I don’t notice it, but, out of the blue, it’ll flare to life. -Maria V. Synder

blueberry almond tartlets | conifères & feuillusOver a decade ago, I lost my first pregnancy, my first baby, and with it, everything else it seemed.  Death is so final, and I guess that is what makes it so hard. However, I think any other sort, I could have learned to accept. But to have to mourn for a child was and still is beyond my capability to handle, to reason, to understand. I cried, I yelled, I died. And I still cry. But such is life, not every flower blooms, not every blossom becomes a fruit and not every child is born. There are no reasons, no explanations. It just is. Continue reading “shades of blue – part 2: blueberry almond tartlets”