As part of FBC’s 5th anniversary we’re sharing a special 24-day Holiday Countdown from December 1st to the 24th. We’re going back in time to reconnect with some very special FBC Members. These Canadian food bloggers were among the very first FBCers to be showcased in our Friday Featured Blogger series that still runs today (we’ve featured almost 250 bloggers in five years!).
Name: Diva#1 & Diva#2
Blog Name: Montreal Food Divas
How has your blog evolved over the past five years?
Our biggest change is that instead of just writing about bars and restaurants that we’ve been frequenting, as of this year we began adding recipes to our blog. They vary from cocktail recipes, to something as simple as grilled cheese recipes, or more complex like homemade gnocchi or stuffed crêpes. It’s been a lot of fun, and it has helped expand Montreal Food Divas so that it isn’t just relevant to Montrealers or people visiting Montreal, but globally, you don’t need to be from Montreal to find the recipes interesting!
What’s your favourite holiday tradition?
In that perfect Montreal way, our favorite holiday tradition is going to pick up our Christmas trees from either the Jean Talon Market or the Atwater Market – a quintessential Montreal holiday tradition!
Share a favourite holiday recipe with our readers
The Divas are all about overindulgence and decadence, therefore it comes to no surprise that our favourite holiday dish is our Duck Confit & Mushroom Risotto recipe. This side dish is rich and heavy, and trust us, it will keep you warm during the holidays. And don’t forget the truffle oil for that perfect finish!
What are the must-have staples in your holiday pantry?
That’s easy – tons of wine, a variety of cheeses, and charcuterie like prosciutto! Our fridge and pantry is also stocked with olives, fig jam, a caramelized onion compote, dates and other treats so that we’re always ready for holiday visitors. Diva #1 is also known for her Bloody Caesars, she always has the ingredients handy, especially during the holidays when everyone is stopping by unannounced. She makes her Caesars with Montreal Steak spice on the rim and a dollop of horseradish for extra flavor.
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Be sure to check out all the bloggers in our Holiday Countdown Series and find out how their blogging journey has progressed over the last five years!