In early April, I received a request for a guest post – I would gladly honour guests posts from any of my à la Claude followers (hint, hint…). This request rung true to my heart as it promised to be … Continue reading
Earlier in January, Eric and I attended the media preview of the upcoming 10th Annual Winnipeg Mardi Gras party. The actual event will be held on Friday, February 13th and Saturday, February 14th – Valentine’s Day! The Friday the … Continue reading
Eric and I are currently in Ottawa for some family celebrations. When planning our trip, we decided to tack on a day at either end to reconnect with some friends in the area. The reminiscing and storytelling was in full … Continue reading
My dear friend, Rachel, revealed exciting news a few weeks ago during one of our Scrabble Sundays… and last night, our Scrabble quartet got to meet the lucky fellow, her Peruvian suitor, who will be whisking her away from Winnipeg in … Continue reading
One of my uncles used to tell a story about his many thwarted attempts to visit New Zealand. He always ended the story with an expression of exquisite agony, saying “and, oh, the fish and chips!” Claude’s roasted potatoes last … Continue reading
Scrabble Sundays resumed last night. Our favourite Summer cocktail, the basil Lillet slush also made an appearance. Rachel revealed some exciting news, we enjoyed five MasterChef-worthy courses and polished off a few bottles of wine. Quite a memorable holiday weekend. … Continue reading
The concept of a signature cocktail, mentioned a few times in à la Claude posts, is an easy way to avoid the immediate ‘What would you like to drink?’ question when guests arrive for an evening or an event. Signature … Continue reading
It’s a dreary, dreary day, which made our Downton Abbey-inspired picnic seem a little less inspired. We wound up instead in my dining room over a game of Scrabble – a slightly reduced but stalwart group, eating tandoori chicken skewers with mango chutney, scones with clotted cream and raspberry preserves, and butter square. All of it homemade, of course. It was delightful, even if our letters weren’t… but we couldn’t help looking out the window and wistfully discussing summer cocktails. Claude is the master of summer cocktails. He has introduced us to Lillet and to all manner of interesting taste combinations. My favourites involved grapefruit, ginger or fresh herbs like lavender, basil and mint.
But the real question is: Claude, when are you going to find your vodka-soaked cucumber cocktail recipe?
– Rachel L.
Always wanting to make sure my guests are happy, I invite you to check out my favourite recipes page for the Cucumber-Ginger Fizz