Nov 30, 2011

Would you like to share a recipe?

Can you believe it's nearly Christmas! I'll miss my family this year but a little excited to hopefully have a white Christmas. Back in Brisbane Christmas usually involves eating inside in the air conditioning and eating cooler salads mixed in with the traditional roast. Quite the opposite here - warming, comforting foods all the way!

I'm planning on doing a morning noon and night feature and hoping some of you might like to contribute and be part of the little things Christmas. If you have a favourite recipe and don't mind sharing online with others then I'd love for you to email it through. Recipes will be selected to form a morning noon and night series and uploaded a week prior to Christmas. Full recipe credit of course! The categories:

• A breakfast recipe
• A lunch recipe
• An afternoon treat recipe
• A dinner recipe
• A drink recipe
• And my personal favourite, dessert!

So if you have a recipe you would like to share with others, then please email it to me at chantelle@chantellegrady.com

Nov 25, 2011

Las Vegas

Happy Friday everybody. Only 1 month until Christmas - eek! Not long until the stockings and tree can go up. When Reid and I first lived overseas we used one of those fold up washing lines as our tree and strung tinsel over it. This time I'm determined to do something a little more exciting!

I thought I'd post a few pics from our trip to Vegas. As mentioned earlier we did a quad bike tour through the Valley of Fire which was so much fun and quite a contrast in landscape from the glittery lights of the Las Vegas strip.

Enjoy your Friday and I hope those in Aus wake to a nice sunny day x

Nov 24, 2011

The first morning of snow


The last 5 days we have been in Vegas. Glittery lights, huge hotels, girls in tiny skirts, people walking the streets with cocktails in hand. Quite a place unlike any other. I went there expecting it to be over the top, touristy and party party party and that it was. It's a place to spend money, let your hair down and have fun. And I did just that on the first night and paid for it severely the next day! The rest of our trip was quite tame after that. We did a quad bike tour through the Valley of Fire which was so much fun and also saw the Cirque du Soleil show Zumanity. I was amazed with how those dancers can move and how fluid they are. Quite incredible. We stayed in the Mandarin Oriental and it has the be the most luxurious hotel I've ever stayed in. Very classy, stylish and a feel of quality to everything. We lashed out and both got massages in their spa which looked over the Vegas strip. It had a huge heated spa, steam rooms, heated chairs, rain showers - it was amazing and a perfect end to our stay.

On our taxi ride home last night the driver told us it was expected to snow during the night. So this morning I woke up like a child on Christmas day and ran to the window. And there it was, the streets covered in a blanket of snow. I could sit here all day sipping on coffee and staring out the window. Beautiful.

Nov 14, 2011

A little relish - Montréal!

And here it is! I'm very happy to finally be able to share with you the second issue of a little relish - Montréal. I really have fallen in love with this city and as I mention in the magazine, this issue is a personal encounter of my experiences so far and recipes inspired by meals I've enjoyed throughout the city. There are so many more restaurants and cafes yet to be explored and I look forward to doing so in my time here.

I really hope it does Montréal justice and inspires others to visit this amazing city.

And the winner of the Joe Beef and Premiere Moisson books and the spatula and wooden spoon from Les Touilleurs is (drum roll)........ Jen! Congratulations Jen, I hope you enjoy the little package I'm sending your way.

Nov 12, 2011

Giveaway has ended!

The giveaway has now ended so thank you to all those who entered and good luck! I'll be announcing the winner on Monday along with the launch of the new issue.

Nov 11, 2011

Friday & last chance to win!

It's Friday! I'm sure everyone has seen this but I thought it was nice to watch on a Friday morning. Pretty amazing and beautiful.

The 'A little relish' giveaway ends midnight tonight Montréal time so last chance to enter to win the Joe Beef and Première Moisson books and the spatula and wooden spoon from Les Touilleurs. And Monday the magazine will be up for viewing! So stay tuned.

I hope everyone has a nice weekend.

Nov 3, 2011

Cooking up a storm

It's been a long time between posts I know. I've been madly trying to finish off design jobs for for clients back home and with less than 2 weeks until I launch the Montréal issue of A little relish I've had to get a move on. I've been cooking up a storm the past 2 days with multiple trips to and from the grocery store since we don't have a car here. I don't feel quite as guilty after eating everything that I've been cooking.

Thank you to all those who have entered the Joe Beef cookbook competition. For those who haven't entered it's not too late so see below if you want to go into the draw. All are welcome and I'll be posting it to wherever the winner is located in the world.