Happy New Year friends! I’ve been a little MIA on the blog since the holidays; juggling serious food baby (+ my actual baby) has had me wearing pyjamas round-the-clock. Indeed, my most recent cause for celebration was the shear miracle of making it out of the house in this winter weather, babe in tow.
Hands up if you love a good salad! Forget sad lettuce leaves topped with store bought dressing — I’m talkinghearty bowls of mouth-watering veggie goodness! Today I’m sharing this tasty meal which I whipped up for dinner in under 20 minutes, all while wearing my baby in a wrap while she napped. So ya, it’s pretty darn easy to make.
A few years ago I embarked on a culinary adventure. Having grown up on a British-meets-French Canadian diet of meat based proteins and spuds – I decided to go vegan. Two decades ago, this would have been considered rather extreme. Vegans of the 20th century were rare curiosities, seen as self-denying activists who survived on little more than lettuce leaves (aka rabbit food). Many a vegan (myself included) have been reminded that “you don’t make friends with salad”.
Of all my Parisian fantasies (and trust me there were many), visiting Ladurée, to sip the perfect cup of tea while surrounded by a rainbow of delicate macarons, was the most glamorous.
The Ladurée tea houses have become a tourist fave, and are filled with an eclectic bunch looking to savor luxurious mid-day refreshments. Like most decor in Paris, the Ladurée restaurant along Le Champs Elysées, was elegant and ornate. That said, there was nary a wide-brimmed-hat-wearing, pearl laden lady in sight – quel dommage!
Although surprised, I was actually very glad to see that no one was very formally dressed since Mano (my husband) and I had just finished dashing in and out of shops along the street trying to stay out of the rain. We inevitably ended up a little soggy and sad by the time we sat down to tea, but despite the polished decor, Ladurée proved to be a place where all are welcome to experience a little Parisian luxury.