apple and parsnip cake

Apple and Parsnip Cake | conifères & feuillus

They’re pink, gorgeous, and probably the ultimate sign of spring. Whether they are cherry, crabapple or magnolia blossoms; streets, parks and gardens throughout the city transform, almost overnight, with these beauties. When all this is going on here in Montréal, it also means that we are still weeks away from the start of berry season and a seasonal snacking cake can look very much like an autumn cake (minus the spring blossom styling!). Lucky for us, we still have plenty of apples and parsnips from our last harvest.
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grapefruit green tea thirst quencher

Grapefruit & Green Tea Thrist Quencher | conifères & feuillus

If you search “thirst quencher” in Google Images, you get a bunch of pics of processed sports drinks. If you look up their ingredients, you see that they are mostly water and sugar (a lot of sugar) and a few little nasty chemicals. Hmm… no thanks. And at that price, double no thanks. I can’t wrap my head around this.

Now google “benefits of green tea”. Pretty awesome, no?

How about googling “benefits of grapefruit”? Over the moon awesome.

Now put them together. This, you guys, is my go-to post-workout thirst quencher and it’s amazing.

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chocolate almond granola

chocolate granola | conifères et feuillus food blog

There are so many good reasons to make your own granola. First of all, it’s way too easy to not be making it yourself. Secondly, you can custom make it exactly how you and your lovies like it: almonds or hazelnuts or both; chocolate chips instead of raisins; maple syrup or honey…. you get the picture. Lastly, it’s so much cheaper than buying from the store.chocolate granola | conifères et feuillus food blog

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vichyssoise (or leek soup)

vichyssoise or leak soup | conifères et feuillus food blog

It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. The Canadian Thanksgiving  is celebrated earlier than our American neighbour’s equivalent. Living in the northern part of the continent means our harvest also occurs earlier, hence an earlier Thanksgiving.

The markets are brimming with local produce. Although Montréal is a huge metropolitan, just a short drive out and you are sure to hit farmland. There are over 30 000 farms in Québec and our produce is our pride and joy and definitely something to be thankful for. One of the crops that shine at this time of the year are our gigantic leeks. What better way to use them up than by making leek soup?vichyssoise (or leek soup) | conifères & feuillus

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