About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

Weekend links and photos

It’s a small miracle: the house is still quiet at eight-o-clock in the morning on this beautiful sunny Sunday.

We’re all recovering from yesterday’s birthday festivities and all the excitement that entailed. The birthday boy, Mateo, had set his alarm for 5:15am, and woke up instantly revved up for the day.

He ended up going for a four kilometer run with his father just to burn off some steam while I prepped his birthday breakfast. Nine is so adorable. My, they are all growing up so fast.

So here I am with my coffee; reflecting on the fact that February is nearly over. You’ve all been so kind to stick around while things are fairly quiet on the blog. I’ve been juggling exciting new projects with my cookbook edits in addition to the usual work that comes with raising three children, and well, blogging occasionally falls through the cracks.

That said, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite links from the web – recipes, articles and kitchen inspiration – for your reading pleasure…

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Here’s to feeding more people, both at home and afar

Sometime before Christmas I received an email from HungerFree, a division of World Vision: would I be interested in coming on board for their Quarterly project?

I had heard about this nifty new subscription box that raises funds for hunger relief efforts in Kenya. My friend Dennis is a HungerFree ambassador and he kicked things off last fall with the first ever HF Quarterly. Apparently, he also handed over my name to the HF team.

The request from the HungerFree head office came long before my resolve to do small things with great love — and before I really knew how much I would need a special love project in early 2017.

A chance to merge my passions with the HungerFree community and their desire for a hunger free world? Absolutely, I said. Just tell me what you need.

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Beet Buckwheat Pancakes

The bright pink batter was a cause for alarm among my children at the start of a recent weekend pancake breakfast.

They expressed their concern as a stack of vibrantly coloured pancakes steadily grew next to my stove. “Don’t worry”, I assured them, “You love chocolate beet cake and you will love these too. I’m testing a new recipe for the blog.”

The first bite was hesitant; the second much more confident, and then: “Tell your readers they don’t taste like beets at all”Noah offered up, between enormous bites of fluffy pink pancakes.

Thanks for the tip, buddy. And so, readers? Today’s recipe is one hundred percent kid approved.

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Hazelnut-Apple Power Bars

For months now we’ve been talking about making the trip to Ottawa to skate the length of the Rideau Canal.

It’s the world’s largest rink, if you didn’t know, with views of our parliament in the distance, and hot chocolate stations scattered along the winding canal. One can skate for hours without stopping, although you may be tempted to slow down for a poutine or beavertail break. It’s a Canadian thing.

Back in early January we settled on a weekend to go, booking accommodations with family and clearing our schedules. As a family, we tend to cultivate contentment in the little things, giving ourselves over to an occasion be it a mere afternoon skate or sled, so there was much anticipation around the event. [Read more…]

Do small things with great love

If we have no peace it is because we’ve forgotten that we belong to each other. ~ Mother Teresa.

I think we’re all at the point where we can’t go on tiptoeing around current events on the political front, and I’m mostly speaking for myself. Here in Canada we’re affected – no longer a country on the sidelines. We’re feeling the tremors; they’re impossible to ignore.

Quebec became involved this weekend, when an admirer of President Trump took brutal action against the Muslim community. The unthinkable. As a result, six families are fatherless and many more ravaged by fear and worry as their loved ones lie in hospital. And hate crimes spiked in Montreal today, because intolerance breeds intolerance, and it cannot be contained by borders or governments.

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