easy whole wheat dinner rolls

Easy Homemade Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls | conifères & feuillus

Food is about family, food is about community, food is about identity. And we nourish all those things when we eat well. —Michael Pollan

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roasted autumn vegetable pot pies

autumn vegetable pot pies | conifères & feuillus

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

autumn gift wrapping inspiration

Autumn gift wrapping inspiration | conifères & feuillus

Even what has died is beautiful.  —Seyi

It’s autumn, and here in Montréal, even if you decide to pay no heed, you will find it hard not to see a beautiful transformation taking place. Stealthily and quietly, nature is at work as the Earth continues its journey to complete yet another trip around the Sun and though there may not be any fresh garden flowers to pick, there is still great beauty to be found.

Today’s post shows two examples of autumn-inspired gift wrapping.  As well, down below, I show you how to make your own beautiful, hand-torn ribbon, as the one used in the photo below.
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nan khatai, the indian shortbread

nan khatai, the indian shortbread | conifères & feuillus

In the midst of darkness, light persists. – Mahatma Gandhi

Growing up in Montréal, Diwali always lacked the fanfare of Diwali celebrations taking place in India or elsewhere around the world. But still, we celebrated by lighting small clay lamps around the house and, of course, with homemade sweets. Today’s recipe is for my not-so-sweet nan khatai. nan khatai, the indian shortbread | conifères & feuillus Continue reading

classic ratatouille

Classic Ratatouille | conifères & feuillus

I have loved you for a thousand years,
I’ll love you for a thousand more.  -Christina Perri

My husband, John, and I dated during tumultuous times in our lives. Tumultuous because we were both at the dawning of our careers and were assiduously travelling around the globe on assignment; John, more often than I, and often on a moment’s notice. These were the days before smartphones and even smarter apps and if all our free time together was being spent on the burgeoning romance, then all our savings were being depleted on long distance phone calls.  When John found himself with a week to spare in between two European assignments, he asked me to meet him in Marseilles. At the time, I knew very little about Provence and I wondered “Why not Paris?” but I easily accepted just the same.Classic Ratatouille | conifères & feuillus Continue reading

pizza sauce and pizza dough

homemade pizza sauce and whole wheat pizza dough | conifères & feuillus

Late summer, here in Montréal, our markets, and backyard and community gardens alike, are overflowing with tomatoes; all ripening at once that it’s nearly impossible to keep up with nature by merely consuming them at the usual weekly consumption rate. They are sold dirt cheap, by the bushels, to anyone who is brave enough to venture into a little forward-thinking sauce-making.  I may not always be so forward-thinking but I’m a sucker for cheap so this is the time of year when I turn a fairly inexpensive bushel of tomatoes into a healthy supply of pizza sauce.homemade pizza sauce and whole wheat pizza dough | conifères & feuillus Continue reading

healing harvest: butternut squash & carrot soup with ginger and turmeric

carrot & butternut squash soup with ginger and turmeric | conifères & feuillus

Some days in late August at home are like this, the air thin and eager like this, with something in it sad and nostalgic and familiar. —William Faulkner

Our lives intersected when we were at polar opposite phases. I was looking forward to growing a family. She was well into old age; too frail to care for herself, let alone the large house she solely occupied.carrot & butternut squash soup with ginger and turmeric | conifères & feuillus
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