A day off with your family is the perfect way to fight the winter blues! We’ve put together some fun, family friendly activities that will help you enjoy your time together and make the most out of this great holiday we have in Canada.

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1. Get crafty 

Brainstorm a crafty project in your home that everyone can work on together. Pinterest can be a good place to start to get some inspiration. Some creative ideas we love are: painting a wall mural together somewhere in your home, making matching family bracelets with beads, or painting and decorating photo frames for your living room. The possibilities are endless and whatever you make will be a keep sake to remind you of the fun day you spent together.

2. Play outside

Pull out the warm winter gear and get outside for some fresh air. Whether you are building a snowman, playing capture the flag, or even just going for a walk to the park, the whole family will enjoy being outdoors together and appreciate the day off from work or school.

3. Cook or bake together

Everyone grab their chef hat and put their apron on. It’s time to teach your children a passed down family recipe or create a new one together. Try to choose a recipe that is usually too complicated or time consuming to make because today you have the time, and the help from everyone to make it happen! Together as a team you can tackle the recipe and get to enjoy it afterwards.

4. Board games 

For most families finding the time when everyone is free to just all relax together and play a few board games can be tough! Put out some snacks and set-up your favourite board games in the living room. You can even create a mini-marathon chart of what games you will play all day and keep score to make it a full day event.

5. Give back to the community

Take some time to tidy up and get rid of some old toys and clothes you don’t need anymore so you can donate it to your local charity. It’s a great opportunity to teach your kids the importance of giving back to the community and helping others in need.

6. Take a trip down memory lane

Pull out any old home videos or pictures you have stored up in the attic and share them with your kids. They will love hearing stories of you as a kid and seeing what both their parents looked like when they were younger.

 

However you decide to spend the day with your family, we know that the time spent together will bring everyone closer and remind us of how special and lucky we are to have family in our lives.

Happy Family Day! 

 

 

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Why eat bread?

Grain foods, such as bread, can play an important role in your diet because they provide  nutrients, such as fiber, minerals and vitamins. 

For a great start to the day, make bread a part of your daily breakfast!

To start the day off right, there’s nothing better than some fresh, warm bread and enough time to savour every mouthful. Full of vitamins, fibre, carbohydrates, protein and minerals, bread is an ideal choice for the family.

All kinds of bread, just as you like it.

Throughout the world, bread appears in an almost infinite number of forms. From Indian naans to the French baguette, not forgetting the traditional white loaf, you can now enjoy a different type of bread with every meal, breakfast included. Whether you prefer a crunchy slice of toast straight from the toaster, or a piece of soft baguette smothered in butter and jam, bread is your best ally to start the day with a smile on your face.

You can also choose from a variety of flavours. If you like sliced bread, you can now get it in multi-grain, whole wheat, corn-based, white, etc!

Why not make your own bread?

Treat yourself to a bread maker, so that you can try out lots of different bread recipes, and prepare for breakfast by baking a fresh loaf the night before. You can choose the ingredients, weight and how you’d like the crust cooked, entirely to suit you! If you are interested in experimenting try making your own in our T-fal breadmaker. There’s nothing like the taste of a fresh baguette or warm loaf right after it’s baked!

 

 

 

There’s nothing quite like a bowl of steaming soup on a cold day to make you feel warm and cozy. Whether there’s rain pounding outside or a few inches of snow making PJs and a blanket look like the best option, soup is definitely the winning winter meal for lunch or dinner.

While it’s easy to reach for a tin of soup on the supermarket shelf, there’s nothing quite like whipping up a fresh batch that is full of flavour. Not only does it mean you get to use up all the leftover meat and vegetables in your kitchen rather than putting them in the garbage, you can also make enough to freeze so reheating homemade soup is just as easy as opening a tin.

Soup also isn’t too difficult to make, and yet a lot of us make the same mistakes. Not making soup correctly can mean it lacks flavour, is a bit watery and doesn’t quite hit the spot on a cold and wet winter day.

If you want to make the perfect soup, here are some common mistakes you should definitely avoid:

1. Using a weak stock

No one wants a weak and watery gravy with a roast dinner and it’s the same with stock when it comes to soup. Your stock is where a lot of the flavour comes from, so you need to make sure yours is packed full of taste to provide the perfect base. Ditch the stock cubes and try either making your own with meat, vegetables, fish or bones – you can tailor it depending on what soup you’re making and what leftovers you have – or buying a high-quality, pre-made version. Once you have a good stock, you know your soup is going to be delicious.

2. Not sweating your vegetables

Soup really is all about layering up the flavours, so you need to bear this in mind even if you do have a good stock. A great way to introduce more taste to your soup is to start off by sweating aromatic vegetables like garlic, onions, carrots, celery and peppers.Simply chop up your chosen aromatics and put them on a low heat. You don’t want to brown or caramelize them, instead, the idea is to soften them and allow their flavour to be released. This works so much better than just popping your veggies in the pan with the rest of your soup ingredients, as it creates a more layered and complex flavour that you won’t get from tinned soup.

3. Using dried herbs

The chances are you have a selection of dried herbs in your cupboard, which make cooking a lot easier. However, fresh herbs tend to have a lot more flavour and are the perfect choice when cooking soup. Fresh herbs smell and taste great, leaving your mouth watering when you’re both cooking and serving your soup. Rather than putting fresh herbs into the pot in a bundle, chop them as finely and as quickly as possible, as this will release all the oils and flavour. Some fresh herbs start releasing their flavour straight away, so be ready to cut them and get them in with the rest of the ingredients straight away, giving them a good stir. You’ll be amazed at the difference this simple change can make.

4. Overseasoning

Most of the time, you need to season what you’re cooking along the way in order to bring out the best flavours. However, if you do this with soup, you can end up with a super salty bowl that is far from appetising. The combination of stock, vegetables, herbs and meat can add enough saltiness to your soup on its own, so if you keep seasoning throughout the cooking process, you’ll find the flavour totally ruined. This is why you should save the salt and pepper until the cooking process is almost finished.If you’re leaving your soup nice and chunky, add seasoning – a small amount at a time – a few minutes before serving to finish your soup off. However, if you prefer a smooth soup and are popping yours in a blender, don’t season it until you’ve done this as blending it will release more flavours. Always give your soup a taste to see what it needs, as you may be surprised that it is full of flavour without any salt or pepper.

 

 

What is better than a family Christmas meal? To get the magic to work, traditional dishes are invited to join our table. We present ten essential Christmas dishes from around the world.

1.  France: dishes prepared with scallops 

Scallops take pride of place in France as starters served in their shells, but also lightly fried with some herbs and butter. A tradition that is a hit with the entire family!

2. Portugal: Bacalhau Cozido delights the entire family

Traditionally, Christmas dinner is the opportunity to savour a serving of Bacalhau Cozido (cod prepared with potatoes and cabbage). And those with a sweet tooth love the thirteen desserts, a treat for young and old alike.

3. United States: traditional dishes that vary for each state

In the United States, traditional dishes generally differ from one state to another. However, some recipes are popular everywhere, such as delicious apple pies which very often from part of the meal, served with vanilla ice-cream and plenty of cinnamon!

4. Canada: Add something sweet and savoury to the menu

Canada is know for loving all things maple, that’s why a Maple Glazed Ham is the perfect dish to add to your holiday meal spread.

5. Romania: a traditional, warming soup for the entire family

The traditional Christmas soup is called Ciorba de Perisoare and mainly comprises meatballs, rice and eggs cooked in stock. The perfect way to start a meal!

6. Mexico: Chiles en Nogada is a must for every celebration

It’s the colours in particular that make it so traditional: Chiles de Nogada recalls the colours of the Mexican flag. This dish, served at Christmas, comprises a roast and stuffed peppers covered with a walnut sauce and accompanied with pomegranate seeds.

7. China: a large variety of dishes throughout the meal

In China, a festive meal is characterised by a very large number of different dishes. Very little rice is served. Instead, preference is given to dishes that are not normally eaten during the year Recipes prepared with meat and fish, but also Chinese fondue.

8. Italia: the famous and truly delicious Panettone

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In Italy, it is impossible to imagine a Christmas meal without the famous and truly delicious Panettone. Whether it is filled with cream, candied fruit or chocolate, it is always part of the festivities on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

9. New Zealand: Pavlova is integral to the party!

With Christmas falling in the middle of summer in New Zealand, light and fresh dishes are the order of the day. Therefore Pavlova, a meringue served with whipped cream and seasonal fruit, is always a welcome guest at the Christmas table!

10. Germany: Stollen is a delight for those with a sweet tooth

At the end of the Christmas meal, young and old alike enjoy savouring a portion of Stollen. This cake made with dried fruit and filled with almond cream is also covered with icing sugar. Delicious!

11. Switzerland: Chinese fondue given pride of place!

It may be surprising, but Chinese fondue is chosen by many families for their Christmas meal. This friendly dish allows each person to select their own ingredients and sauces and to share a moment together.

 

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Looking for the perfect appetizer to satisfy all of your guests different tastes? Try serving assorted canapés! If you aren’t sure what these are, once we tell you, you will fall in love and want them all of your parties.

Canapé: is a type of hors d’œuvre, a small, prepared and usually decorative food, consisting of a small piece of bread or puff pastry or a cracker topped with some savoury food, held in the fingers and often eaten in one bite.

 They are delicious, fun to make, and are guaranteed to be a hit with your guests. All you need to create these is bread, your favourite toppings, a toaster, and little bit of creativity.

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Armed with your toaster, you can create an entire buffet of tasty, crunchy, melt-in-the-mouth titbits that are sure to be the highlight of the evening!

Not sure how to make them? 

It’s simple. Your guests have arrived and you nip into the kitchen for a few minutes to make your toasted canapés. If possible, toast your bread at the very last minute so that it’s still warm and cut into small bit-size portions. Then all you have to do is add your toppings – this is where you get to be creative! Here are some of our favourites:

  • Spread cream cheese and top with smoked salmon and sprig of dill
  • Chop tomatoes and onions and scoop onto each piece of toast, then drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette
  • Melt your favourite cheese on the toast and add a piece of spicy salami onto it
  • Spread brie cheese onto your toast and add a small scoop of berry jam (we love cranberry or blueberry!)

These are just a few recipe ideas of canapés you can make at your party – but the possibilities are endless! Remember: presentation is key, so experiment with different shapes (squares, circles, triangles etc) and with different kinds of bread – sliced white, rye bread and even toasted brioche.

Happy entertaining!

 

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