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The Best Pineapple Marmelade Recipe

pineapple marmelade with croissant

josee robitaille et kim vallee
photo of Josee Robitaille and Kim Vallee

Yesterday I attended a Proctor & Gamble media event where the star was Josee Robitaille, a consulting chef. I enjoyed so much her recipes that I translated them especially for you. The first recipe is a pineapple marmelade that will become the talk at your next brunch.

pineapple marmelade with croissant

It is simple to make. No special skills are required. All you need are 4 ingredients (pineapple, sugar, lime and fresh vanilla), a heavy-bottomed pot, a Microplane grater, and a food processor. I ate some this morning with a warm French croissant. Delicious! You could serve the pineapple marmelade with crepes, French toasts or on a plain yogourt.

What I like about this marmelade recipe is that it is not too sweet. If you decide to serve at a brunch, I suggest that you make a bigger batch. Your guests will be delighted to take home a small jar.

Pineapple Marmelade Recipe by Josee Robitaille

marmelade cooking
on the left side: see what is look like once it is fully cooked, on the right: get an idea of the cube size

  • After you removed the skin, split the pineapple in two lengthwise. Further divide each half lengthways and remove the heart. Then, cut into 1-inch cubes.
  • Put the pineapple cubes inside a heavy-bottomed pot.
  • Add 125 ml (1/2 cup) of raw sugar and the zest of one lime to the pot.
  • Cut the pod of your vanilla bean in halve, lengthwise with a paring knife. With the sharp edge of the paring knife, remove the seeds from the pods. Add the seeds to the pot. Then, cut the pod in half. Add the empty pods to the pot.
  • Bring to boiling and cook without a cover at medium temperature for 25 to 30 minutes. It will be ready when the water from the pineapple is almost all evaporated. Mix a few times during cooking.

pineapple marmelade
you aim for a puree with some textures.

  • Remove the vanilla pods and put the rest in a food processor.
  • Pulse until you obtain a coarse puree.
  • Transfer into a glass container and put it in the fridge. You can keep it for 2 weeks in your fridge.

With pineapples and citrus fruits becoming seasonal, I think that I will make my own marmelade more often.

ENTERTAINING EVERYDAY entertaining

Hold On Egg Cup by Doreen Westphal

hold on egg cup by Doreen Westphal

hold on egg cup by Doreen Westphal

Every party benefits from a conversation piece. And you are sure to get many “Wow” with Doreen Westphal‘s Hold On Egg Cup. The egg cup is made of concrete. The shape was inspired by an egg cut in half. The most striking feature is a strategically placed magnet where to rest the spoon. Awesome!

I have no news on where you can buy it. What I know is that Hold On Egg Cup is presented at Maison & Objet in Paris this week. Hopefully, it will hit a few stores soon.

+ via MoCo Loco

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

Easy Valentine’s Day Breakfast Ideas

valentine's breakfast eggs hearts

Scrambling to come up with a Valentine’s dinner plan? Both Kim and I agree that staying in is the way to go, but if you really want to surprise your loved ones, create a special start to their day by putting a little love into the most important meal of the day.

Although Tuesday mornings don’t usually afford a lot of time for a leisurely meal, these quick Valentine’s day fixes will send them off with a smile without having to set your alarm for 5 a.m. wake-up-call.

Bacon and Eggs
A match made in heaven if ever we’ve tasted one, this classic breakfast combo gets a couple of creative tweaks to make it V-Day appropriate.

paper mama valentine's breakfast bacon heart

  • The Paper Mama cleverly twists strips of bacon into the shape du jour

valentine's breakfast eggs hearts

  • A heart-shaped cookie cutter turns easy-to-make egg-in-the-nest into something to remember (we love the cute ketchup hearts too!)
  • If hardboiled eggs are your family’s preference, try this heart-shaped version – you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make. (Tuck this idea away for Easter brunch.)

Hot Drinks for Valentine’s Day
For those who prefer a liquid breakfast, these creative ideas put a Valentine’s spin on their favourite warm-me-up drink – whether coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

valentine's tea wrapper printable creature comforts

adore magazine valentine's tea printable

  • Make their tea simply sublime with free printable teabag wrappers from Creature Comforts or Australia’s Adore Magazine. If a mid-afternoon cuppa is your love’s thing, stash one in their work bag or notebook for a surprise.
valentine's day drinks hot chocolate printable
  • What could be more fitting for Valentine’s Day than a steaming cup of hot chocolate with heart-shaped marshmallows? All if takes is a mini heart-shaped cookie cutter (or a warm knife and a steady hand) to make these.
  • If they’re taking their bevvie to go, wrap their travel mug (or ask for an extra cup when you stop at your favourite café today) in this adorable printable sleeve from Eat Drink Chic.

Do you have any Valentine’s Day traditions? How will you celebrate this year?

SOURCING:
+ Bacon Hearts How-To from The Paper Mama
+ Heart-Shaped Egg-in-the-Nest How-To from Cute Food For Kids
+ Heart-Shaped Hard Boiled Egg How-To from Anna The Red
+ Free Printable Valentine’s Tea Bag Wrapper from Adore Magazine
+ Free Printable Valentine’s Tea Bag Wrapper from Creature Comforts
+ Heart-Shaped Marshmallow How-To from MarthaStewart.com
+ Free Printable Je T’aime Coffee Cup Wrappers from Eat Drink Chic

FOOD + DRINK TABLEWARE

Breakfast Train Express

breakfast express train fine china tableware

breakfast express train fine china tableware

Add a whimsical touch to your breakfast with these fine bona china carriages with birch wheels. Thanks to hidden magnets linking the carriages, the entire train can be wheeled along. Kids and adults can be entertained while waiting for their bread to toast. The eggcup, toast rack and salt and pepper holder are sold separately.

I first spot when Design Milk featured the Breakfast Express last year after it was exhibited at Pulse London. Since then, it is now in production and available on the Web site of her creator, Reiko Kaneko.

boat basket

You can keep your fresh fruits, a ready-to-serve loaf of bread or French pastries on her Boat basket with natural rope. Reiko Kaneko was inspired by a Viking ship when she designed that tableware piece.

SOURCING:
+ Breakfast Express, Eggcup by Reiko Kaneko £19.95
+ Breakfast Express, Toast Rack £19.95
+ Breakfast Express, Salt and Pepper Cellar £19.95
+ Boat Bread Basket by Reiko Kaneko £119.00

ENTERTAINING TABLETOP

French-Inspired Breakfast Table

french-inspired buffet table

I am craving for some viennoiseries looking at this sight. After the sweet tables and the s’mores stations, I presented you a delightful French-inspired breakfast table. It has a rustic flair and everything looks so delicious.

jars of jam :: french-inspired buffet table

See how you can elevate the look of a jar of jam with a black satin ribbon and a spoon tied to the jar. For the finishing touch, they insert each jar inside a ramekin. Your guests can bring the whole thing to their table and use the ramekin to serve the jam.

The soothing color palette and the materials of the tableware play a major role in making this table feels out of the ordinary. Remarkable wood trays mix with Emily Henry’s Urban Colors Ovenware and Tableware in sand and slate.  Les Touilleurs supplied the trays and the Emily Henry ceramic dishes and bowls. This beautiful breakfast table was styled by the Kreavie team with the collaboration of Vanessa of Damask & Dentelle.

They inspired me. I can’t wait to make my own version. It might be a good idea for the Easter brunch.

SOURCING:
+ Sweet table : Petit déjeuner à la française from Kreavie
+ photography by Julia C. Vona

COOKING tools FOOD + DRINK

Must-Have Tools to Cook and Serve Crepes or Pancakes

my must-have tools to cook and serve crepes and pancakes

my must-have tools to cook and serve crepes and pancakes

My French background means that I prefer crepes to pancakes. It might be for the same reason that I enjoy more the taste of a thin crust pizza. But if you are the pancake type, my tips will work as well. You can revisit my traditional crepe recipe as a start.

First, you need a proper crepe pan.  The electrical crepe maker takes too much space and the non-stick crepe pan do not work as well. I believe that nothing beats a blue steel crepe pan or if you can handle the weight and additional cost, an enameled cast-iron crepe pan.

Based on my experience, a pan with low edges works the best. I pour a soup ladle of crepe batter to get the right quantity each time. A few rotations while holding the pan in the air is enough to cover all the pan up to the edges. You know when the crepe is ready to be turned when the edges have rolled up.

Crepes are easy to reheat on the oven. If you plan to serve them at a party, cook them ahead of time. You can keep them inside your freezer but make sure to separate each cooled down crepe with a parchment paper. I recommend letting them rest on a cooking rack before stacking them.

Pancake Warmer and Serving Dish

What put the pancake warmer from Williams-Sonoma on top of my wish list is the ventilated lid that releases steam.  The worst thing you want is a soggy crepe.  A pancake warmer is handy when you host a brunch or if you have a family. You first heat the base and lid of the stoneware pancake warmer in the oven. Then, you stack the fresh pancakes or crepes inside. I am tempted to buy one. Have you try it?

SOURCING:
+ Ceramic Pancake Warmer and Serving Dish $26.95 USD at Williams-Sonoma
+ Steel Cooking Rack $10 USD
+ de Buyer Crêpe Pan $24.95 USD

FOOD + DRINK RECIPES + menus

Valentine’s Day Breakfast Menu

baked eggs served with sautéed kale

baked eggs served with sautéed kale

Breakfast is one of favorite meals. This is why I selected a breakfast in bed as my ultimate Valentine’s Day gift. If you are celebrating Valentine’s Day this weekend, you will have the time to do it. To help you plan a romantic Valentine’s Day, I scoured more recipes online.

+ The talented team at Sunday Suppers made those baked eggs with cream and truffle salt. The side is sauteed kale with olive oil, sea salt and a squeeze of fresh lemon. And what not to love about these adorable heart butter patties. To realize those, you will need a heart-shaped ice tray. Then, you simply added chopped cherries (or any fruit that you like) to soft butter and scoop them inside the ice tray. It is that easy to make. Get the full recipes at Sunday Suppers.

delicious food for Valentine's Day

+ My second suggestion are those adorable Blackberry “Cheesecake” Yogurt Pops prepared by Citrus and Candy. The color of those pops looks amazing. And it is more stylish way to eat your daily yogurt. I feel that it is worth to pass mixture through a fine sieve to remove the berry bits. Karen of Citrus and Candy suggests that you push through to extract as much syrup as you can. It is best to start the recipe one day in advance if you wish to serve it in the morning.

SOURCING:
+ Valentine’s Day Breakfast from Sunday Suppers – photos by Karen Mordechai
+ Blackberry “Cheesecake” Yogurt Pops from Citrus and Candy

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

Valentine’s Gift Ideas: Breakfast in Bed in a Sexy Bedroom

A menu for breakfast in bed for Valentine's Day

A menu for breakfast in bed for Valentine's Day

I conclude our Style Collective’s Valentine’s Day gift round-up with items to prepare a romantic Valentine’s breakfast and to decorate your bedroom.

1. My Pick

I suggest a breakfast in bed. “Your guy will earn points if he brings you breakfast in bed on Valentine’s Day. To make it easy for him, he could get the heart-shaped egg rings and serve your eggs with a warm French croissant and your favorite berry jam. He can make you a tasty cup of coffee, serve you a chilled glass of Veuve, and then finish the meal with a heart-shaped whoopie pie.”

Heart-shaped eggs fry rings, $15 USD at Williams-Sonoma; Bodum Chambord Coffee Press, $34.99 CAD at Amazon.ca; Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Rose, $77.40 at LCBO; SVALKA Champagne glass, $6.99 CAD for 6 at Ikea; Red Velvet Whoopie Pie Mix, $8.95 USD at Crate and Barrel.

2. Ceri from Sweet Potato Chronicles

pancake recipes for valentine's day gifts

“For those who are new to our site: we’re all about healthy family food. Scratch the surface, however, and you’ll find pancakes. Every kind you can imagine and more in the works. You could say we’re a little obsessed. So if our sweethearts wanted to spoil us this Valentine’s day they could whip up a batch of these Pumpkin Gingerbread pancake and make them in these sweet molds. Oh, and let us sleep in.”

Valentine Heart Pancake Mold on sale $2.50 USD at Crate & Barrel

3. Allie from Gifted

let's make up pillow_ for valentine's day gifts

“A little something for your special someone (or current makeout partner). This Valentine’s Day, if you’re feeling a little shy, let the pillow do the talking.”

She is right, before you go back to bed, you could engage in activities inspired by the Let’s Make Out pillow by Alexandra Ferguson available for $89 USD at her Etsy shop.

4. Coco from Coco&Lowe

Pretty Sweet Boutique lollipop treats

As a bonus, Coco also suggested what are “The most delicious way to anyone’s heart has to be through their tummy, so why not indulge them with customized cake or cookie pops? Made lovingly by PrettySweet Boutique [in Toronto], these delish pops come in any color combo and can be made to say anything you like to your love, bestie, co-worker or even to yourself!”