Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Be Happy...Healthy Holiday Gifts

I hope that you are all enjoying the holiday season, without stress or strife! I thought for this instalment of my healthy holiday gifts post, I would focus on my first love: food. These are the foods I like to give, receive and indulge in this holiday season. Enjoy!




Ah, the macaron...the delicate almond cookie, baked perfectly tender crisp. Thomas Haas is so far my favourite in the city. These make a perfect hostess gift or why not take a friend for coffee and a couple of macarons to celebrate the season? 

Chocolate I can take or leave...but caramel is forever. I love that Cocolico sauces are made from quality ingredients and they taste amazing. I tried this sauce for the first time on the luscious apple caramel tarts Cocolico brought to Feast of Fields. Try it. It will turn sliced fruit into the most heavenly dessert ever known. 

Now salt is something that I definitely love. Just a sprinkle of a good finishing salt sets a dish on fire and makes a healthful meal delight the palate as much as it nourishes the cells. During my 100 mile diet challenge this year, I discovered Vancouver Island Salt. Local. Salt. No more needs to be said :) Available at Marche St George.

Another of my vices, er, healthy indulgences is a nice glass of wine. I read about 40 Knots Pinot Noir and had to get my hands on it. Other Island vineyards I have experienced have left me a bit cold but this was a beautiful bottle to enjoy with someone special or to take to a dinner party. 

Hope your holiday season is glittering,
Desiree







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