• CityGirlEats,  Recipes

    #12DaysofHygge – Day 5: Tuesday Night Supper + Recipe for White Bean & Kale Soup with Sausage

    One of things that makes me feel most hygge is a small dinner party, eating family style with favourite people. I have been eating at Karen Dar Woon’s 1920’s oak table since I was 16 or 17 years old. She was one of my dance moms (referred to as Ballet Mom in this post) and is a really lovely friend to me and my own mum. Karen used to be a paper sales rep, and decided to start making biscotti. (Which was very tasty!) Her Biscotti Queen business took off and going through the BCIT Venture Development program, she eventually turned it into Your Secret Chef, a successful private chef…

  • CityGirlEats,  Recipes

    #12DaysofHygge – Day 4: Roasted Fennel & Butternut Squash Soup

      There’s a frosty bite in the air, which means it’s officially hearty soup and stew season. With that, the next few #12DaysofHygge posts will be all about hearty food and beverage! We had a roasted fennel and butternut squash for dinner last night. Much needed after a day of being out and about in the cold. (I was running errands and getting new photos shot for the blog. Really excited about the results!) I’m a little obsessed with fennel. I don’t like licorice, so I’m baffled about this fixation – perhaps it’s just more subtle than say… ouzo (*shudder*) – but I digress.   I love soup. It’s quick…

  • CityGirlEats,  CityGirlStuff,  Recipes

    Finding Hygge in the Chaos of Moving House + Creamy Tomato Basil Bisque Recipe

    I can hear the rain outside and I have a cup of tea. As I type this, I’m bundled up in my sweats and a blanket. It’s officially soup and stew season. My favourite. But 99% of my kitchenware – so,  everything – is packed up. Naturally. A couple weeks ago, I wrote about beginning a year of immersing myself in the Danish concept of hygge. You may wonder why I decided to start this at the same time a moving house. I do, too. Ha. But really, it’s been a good way to balance out the chaos. Particularly since I made a point of keeping one corner completely box free,…

  • Healthy Choices,  Recipes

    Tomato Basil Bisque

    I’ve been down with a cold for the past few days and I have to tell you, I’m so done with the fluids. Broth and tea get boring very quickly. Even chicken noodle soup has been boring (perhaps because I didn’t have the energy to make homemade and we had Campbell’s…). So today being day 4 of fluids, I decided that I was getting my butt out of bed and making Tomato Basil Bisque with a grilled cheese sandwich. It was delicious. The recipe I use is my adaptation of a recipe I found created by the writer of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Cooking. TOMATO BASIL BISQUE 1…

  • CityGirlEats,  Healthy Choices,  Recipes

    Creamy Yam Soup + Spelt Flour Soda Biscuits

    Yesterday evening, I got home and impressed myself. Why? I made dinner. A proper dinner. Salmon, asparagus, mini salad, and some toasted Kamut bread. (I am incredibly proud of this feat because Sean is in Alberta right now and I have been eating very simply since he’s been gone. Cooking is more his thing – I do it when I have to, and am decent, but I’d rather bake. I haven’t been getting take out, but my meals have definitely been very basic – but healthy. Part of the reason for this is that I never remember to take stuff out of the freezer the night before or before I…

  • CityGirlTravels,  Recipes

    Christmas Abroad Begins and Broccoli Stilton Soup

    So it’s finally happening. I’m officially on vacation/working abroad. With my husband. For a month. 🙂  The two weeks prior to leaving were, let’s say full; both at home (packing, etc) and at work with all the corporate holiday chaos and working my tail off to finish everything before I left.  And I only got partly through my holiday baking. Baking and yoga are my de-stressers, and full out yoga has been out lately because of my shoulder. So not having time to do all my holiday baking was a bit of a letdown. But you know what? I’m on holiday/working abroad now. Yay!!!! We are now in Edinburgh after a week in…