26.5.17

Win Take-Out From Foodora!

As you guys know, from time to time I work with like-minded brands on Our Nest In The City. They're always brands I personally love and want to support, and usually ones I've already used for a long time on my own. Just last month I shared about our awesome experience ordering take-out with Foodora, and only a week later, they reached out and offered to collaborate! Read below to hear about our second (and equally amazing) experience with Foodora, and check out my giveaway on Instagram!
This time around when ordering with Foodora, we decided to grab food from local gem, Sparrow which specializes in British Indian fusion. Swoon. I've been to Sparrow a few times on my own but never would have thought they did take-away - that's the beauty of Foodora - they make it so easy to find restaurants and then bring them to your door!


We ordered the tandoori chicken wings, the pan-seared trout, and the spencer steak and it was all amazing and piping hot when it arrived at our door. We ordered several hours ahead for exactly 8pm in hopes that the kids would be asleep and we could watch the hockey game while devouring our food. I can only say that I wish my kids were as reliable as the delivery girl at Foodora. Eye Roll.

On Instagram today, I'm hosting a giveaway for $50 of free take-out for Foodora! Foodora delivers in Canada's major cities - Toronto, Vancouver, and of course, Montreal, so if you're an urban local, I invite you to head over to Instagram and enter the giveaway! And for all of you, here's $10 off your first order at Foodora! Enjoy and good luck!

This post was in collaboration with Foodora.
To book a collaboration, contact me!
Enter the giveaway over on Instagram!

24.5.17

Black Bean (!) Red Wine (!) Chocolate Cake with Ricotta (!) Butter Cream

This cake is full of surprises! Beans! Wine! Ricotta! It looks like a beautiful chocolate cake with creamy butter cream frosting, and it is, except it's much more interesting and fun (and slightly healthier).


When black bean brownies were going viral on the internet, of course I tried them out and fell for them, but around the same time I also started putting beans in various other baking, too. You can find approximately a bazillion black bean brownies recipes but not nearly as many for black bean cake, and cake and brownies are not the same thing. Likewise, a few years ago I came across the beauty that is Smitten Kitchen's red velvet chocolate cake made with red wine, and ever since I've been sneaking vino into my baking (most recently into my 30th birthday cake which was made with pink champagne). So you might say I'm a fan of beans and wine in baking, (and outside of it!), but I have never mixed the two in one recipe, until now.

 

This is a chocolate cake, decidedly not a brownie. I subbed canola oil in for butter and red wine in for the milk, so if you don't ice it, it's happily dairy-free. The red wine flavour is still there slightly in the cake, and I'm not 100% sure if the alcohol cooks off completely, so many don't make this cake for your kid's birthday party. The frosting is a classic butter cream with ricotta added, so it's much lighter than a regular butter cream and spreads much more easily. I also made my whole cake in my Ninja blender, which I highly recommend. You need to puree the beans anyway, so why not mix everything together and not dirty another mixing bowl? Plus those blades are way more powerful than my stirring abilities. On to the recipe!


Black Bean Red Wine Chocolate Cake with Ricotta Butter Cream

For the cake:

Add the following ingredients (in order) one by one and blend between each addition:
  • 2 cups black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder (I recommend this one)
  • 1.5 cups red wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1 cup flour
Lightly oil two 9 inch cake pans, fill equally, and bake them at 325 for 30-40 minutes. Keep an eye on them - mine cooked in about 35 minutes, but it will depend on the style of pan you use, your oven's temperature, etc.


For the frosting:

Mix 1/4 cup softened butter with 3/4 cup icing sugar until smooth. Add 1/4 cup ricotta cheese and continue mixing into smooth again (1 minute in a stand mixer should be fine). Add more icing sugar to get the sweetness and consistency you desire if it's not quite right. Finally, mix in 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
Top with something pretty! I used some dried tea flowers from a loose leaf herbal tea I bought recently, but any kind of edible flower, seeds, nuts, or berries look really nice.

22.5.17

Inspired to Taste Canada is coming to Montreal!

I wanted to let you guys know about a really fun culinary event happening this week in Montreal! Hudson Bay on Saint-Catherine is hosting a special cook book launch by two Quebecois authors, Hubert Comier and Martin Juneau on May 25th from 12pm-3pm.



Juneau wrote Simplicité Culinaire: 30 Ingrédients Déclinés en 100 Recettes and Comier wrote Les Légumineuses et Cie. I can't wait to meet these chefs, taste some of their creations, and read their incredible cook books! If you'd like to come to the FREE event, just RSVP here.
There's also a Taste Canada event in Vancouver coming up in June, and you can RSVP for that one if you're a west coaster, here

I'll be there and would love to see you!

18.5.17

25% off Green Beaver Sunscreen!

Green Beaver is one of our favourite go-to Canadian brands for safe sunscreen. Every.single.year the brand sells out by June!


Of course, for any item made with safe ingredients, you will pay more, which is why I love catching them on sale. Now through May 21st, all Green beaver sunscreen and other products too, are 25% off!
Montreal finally had gorgeous temperatures and we've been spending our entire days and evenings outside. I know I need to stock up on more sunscreen! Shop the sale HERE!


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