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: Hélène Péloquin
Blog Name: La Cuisine d'Hélène
How has your blog evolved over the past five years?
When I first started writing my blog, ten years ago, my intention was to reach my family and friends in sharing my recipes with them. In the past five years I have redesigned my blog; I created the logo myself and I focused on natural light food photography. My cooking style has changed also. I focus more on healthier recipes and I like to use spices from around the world.
I have worked with companies in developing recipes, taking food pictures for them, writing articles online for Canadian Living, some of my recipes have been published in print magazines, I have been a food judge at competitions and I have made a cooking video. When I look back I did not think it was possible to achieve all of these things in the past five years. Blogging is a passion and, over the years, I have met a lot of friends online and in person in attending conferences and joining Facebook groups. I am proud to be part of this amazing community.
What’s your favourite holiday tradition?
When I was growing up Christmas was a very important day for my family. My dad had 15 brothers/sisters and we always got together on Christmas Eve for a traditional meal. Since I got married and had three children I like to return to my culinary roots during the holidays and cook the typical Quebec dishes of my childhood. I have fond memories of meat pies, ragoût de boulettes, sugar pies and more. This is what I call comfort food and I now cherish those moments with my grown up children. It's always a joy, for me, to prepare holiday meals for my family, to create lasting memories and to spend time with them. When you walk into my home, during the holidays, you will be greeted by an aroma of spices and you will be welcome to share a meal with us.
Share a favourite holiday recipe with our readers
I have been making this meat pie for as long as I remember and it's still a family favorite during the holidays.
What are the must-have staples in your holiday pantry?
During the holidays I always have in my pantry: maple syrup, cloves, cinnamon, allspice, molasses, ground ginger, ground cardamom, nutmeg, flour, butter, sugar, brown sugar, icing sugar, chocolate, condensed milk, nuts, just to name a few.
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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!