10 Vegan and Organic Soups By La Boîte Du Chef

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Red tomato and pepper soup with basmati rice – © Stéphanie Morin

Jérôme Ferrer and La Boîte du Chef are proud to present their new box named Cocooning bio, vegan et sans gluten. This cocooning box contains 10 vegan, organic, and gluten free soups ready-to-eat. Available for a limited time only, this cocooning box is perfect for the arrival of the cold season. In addition, delivery is available everywhere in Canada and you can choose to receive the box at your work place. Thanks to the refrigerate box, your products will kept their freshness until the end of the day (box weight: 7 kg).

“By popular demand and following the great success of our first vegan box, we decided to launch this new box with an even more unifying offer. With the festive season, we are proud to offer a practical, healthy and inexpensive solution to all Canadians, ” says Jerome Ferrer, Chef at Europea restaurant, Relais & Châteaux and member of Les Grandes Tables du Monde.

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Squash and fresh ginger soup – © Stéphanie Morin

The cocooning box is offered at the price of 60$ (+15$ shipping fees). Similar to the other boxes of La Boîte du Chef, the dishes are delivered already prepared and simply need to be reheated by following the recommendations indicated on the label. The soups are made from fresh ingredients, sourced from local farmers. The dishes can be kept for more than a week keeping freshness and nutritional qualities thanks to a vacuum packaging process that minimizes the overpack and reduces waste. These ready-to-eat soups are especially suitable for people with active lifestyles. While saving the time wasted at the grocery stores, you can simply relax and enjoy your meal.

The soups offered by Jérôme Ferrer and La Boîte du Chef are all prepared in the kitchens of the training center, CDA-TEQ in Montreal. A team of cooks, pastry chefs and bakers trained according to the requirements of Chef Jérôme Ferrer makes each dish with the utmost care. The soup recipes are inspired by cuisine around the world and are well seasoned. All you need is a piece of bread and your favorite vegan cheese to pair with the soup.

The cocooning box includes the following flavours: Dahl Indian soup, Thai soup with coconut milk and lime leaves, red tomato and pepper soup with basmati rice, green vegetable soup with kale, squash and fresh ginger soup, peasant vegetable soup with millet, forest soup with shiitake mushrooms and buckwheat, green pea soup and red lentils, Tuscan vegetables and legumes soup with navy beans, and French brown lentil soup.

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La Bible des Sauces (price: 34.95$)

Looking for a gift idea for a fine gourmet or for yourself? Jérôme Ferrer recently launched La bible des sauces, a book recipes in which he share his secrets, tips, and best finds. With more than 1,000 recipes from entree to dessert, you will be able to do a variety of sauces: light, creamy, vegan, rich, simple, or complex. To elevate your daily menus, the chef offers a section of express sauces and a world tour from 75 countries. Enjoy 🙂

Vegan 5 Course Christmas Dinner

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Holiday Table Inspiration – West Elm

Looking to amaze your guests with a delightful vegan 5 course Christmas dinner? It does not have to be difficult and there are no limits to how creative you can be! Christmas is right around the corner so we would like to give you a dose of inspiration and share those 5 vegan recipes from appetizer to dessert… Enjoy!

Cream of parsnips with roasted hazelnuts (source: Elle.fr)
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Cream of Parsnips With Roasted Hazelnuts – © Angélique Roussel

List of ingredients (4 pers. / prep time: 10 min / cook time: 25 min): 200 ml rice cream, 400 g parsnips, 700 ml vegetable broth, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 onion, 100 g hazelnuts, salt, and pepper.

How to proceed? Step 1: brown the minced onion in olive oil. When it becomes translucent, add parsnips, previously peeled and diced. Fry 5 minutes and add the broth. Cover and cook for 25 minutes, until parsnips are tender. Step 2: add the rice cream, salt, pepper and mix until you get a smooth texture. Step 3: Roast the hazelnuts in the pan for a few minutes over medium heat, without adding any fat, then off the heat crush them roughly. Step 4: Sprinkle the hazelnuts over the soup and serve hot.

Wine suggestion: Ruffino Sparkling Rosé is fresh and fragrant with notes of strawberry and slight hints of rose petals.

Tofu Terrine “Vegan Foie Gras”(source: elle.fr)
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Tofu Terrine Vegan Foie Gras – © Soy/Marie Lafôret

List of ingredients (8 pers. / prep time: 15 min / cook time: 5 min): 200 g silky tofu, 60 g firm tofu, 100 ml soy cream, 100 g chestnuts, 4 tbsp nut oil, 40 g sautéed shiitake, 3 tbsp white miso, 60 ml Armagnac, 2.5 tsp agar-agar, 1/4 tsp ground black pepper, 1/4 ground nutmeg, 1/2 tsp ground coriander seeds, 1/8 tsp cloves, and 1/2 tsp salt.

How to proceed? Step 1: crumble and mix the chestnuts and tofu with oil, shiitake and miso. Add the spices and salt, mix again. Step 2: heat Armagnac few minutes. On the side, mix 100 ml of water, soy cream and agar-agar. Pour over armagnac and bring to a boil while mixing with a whisk. Cook for 2 minutes and pour over the first preparation. Step 3: mix and divide in terrines, jars or metal circles. Allow to cool and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours. Step 4: slice and eat with hot toasts, some fruits, onion confit or figs.

Wine suggestion: Ruffino Prosecco shows clean aromas of apples, pears, and citrus, accompanied by hints of wisteria.

Vol-au-vent with smoked tofu (source: elle.FR)
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Vol-au-vent With Smoked Tofu – © Angélique Roussel

List of ingredients (6 pers. / prep time: 10 min. / cook time: 25 min): 200 g silky smoked tofu, 6 pastry shells, 100 g mushrooms, 100 g chestnuts, 2 shallots, 250 ml soy milk, 3 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp flour, salt, and pepper.

How to proceed? Step 1: brown the chopped shallot in an oiled frying pan until it becomes translucent. Add the tofu, mushrooms and chestnuts previously diced. Continue to brown for 5 minutes then reserve. Step 2: in a saucepan, mix 2 tbsp of olive oil with the flour. Mix well and gradually add the soy milk. Thoroughly stir and heat over low heat to a thick consistency. Add salt and pepper. Step 3: add the sauce to the previous mixture. Step 4: garnish the pastry shells with this mixture and bake for 15 minutes at 355°F.

Wine suggestion: Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay (2016) offers flavours of grilled pineapple, lemon custard, graham cracker, toffee, and vanilla bean with baking spices and toasty oak.

Smoky Vegan Cheddar Cheez (source: Vegkitchen)
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Smoky Vegan Cheddar Cheez – © Hannah Kaminsky

List of ingredients (4 pers. / prep time: 10 min / cook time: 2 hours): 1 cup raw cashews, 1/2 cup baby carrots, 1 cup rice milk, 1/4 cup agar-agar flakes, 1/4 cup vegan cream cheese, 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes, 2 to 3 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, 1 tsp smoked paprika or liquid smoke, 1 tsp sweet paprika, 1 tsp salt, and pinch of turmeric.

How to proceed? Step 1: combine the cashews, carrots, and rice milk in a small saucepan. Bring to a rapid simmer, then cover and simmer gently until the carrots are tender-crisp. If you plan to make slices, stir in the agar-agar flakes and continue to simmer for 5 minutes longer. Step 2: transfer the mixture to a food processor along with the remaining ingredients and process until very smooth for at least 5 minutes. Step 3: transfer the mixture to a lightly oiled loaf pan (or 2 mini-loaf pans). Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Step 4: Before serving, run a knife around the edges of the loaf pan(s). Turn upside down onto a serving platter. Slice 1/4 inch thick, arrange with slices of baguette and fruits.

Wine suggestion: Meiomi Pinot Noir opens with lifted fruit aromas of ripe strawberry, plum, and sweet Bing cherry, along with light cedar and spicy vanilla notes.

Chocolate almond Yule Log (Source: cuisine-Saine)
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Chocolate Almond Yule Log – © Odelices

List of ingredients (10-12 pers. / prep time: 15 min / cook time: 10 min): 1 butternut squash, 300 g dark chocolate, 200 g almond butter, 50 g coconut oil, and 40 g brown sugar.

How to proceed? Step 1: Peel the butternut squash. Cut it in half to remove the seeds and cut the flesh into cubes. Cook in boiled water for 10 minutes. Step 2: Cut the chocolate into small pieces. In a bowl, blend the chocolate, almond butter, and coconut oil. Place the bowl above a saucepan of boiling water to slowly melt the chocolate. Mix well. Step 3: Pour the mixture into a blender. Add the butternut squash cubes and cane sugar. Mix finely. Step 4: Pour the mixture into a cake mold and refrigerate for 12 hours. Step 5: Unmold the log and sprinkle with cocoa powder or grated chocolate.

Wine suggestion:  Tom Gore Cabernet is dark red in colour with aromas of cherry and currant, and notes of leather and tobacco leaf, along with hints of dark chocolate and mocha from oak aging.

3 Mugler Fragrances For Your Holiday Wish List

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Alien Musc Mystérieux (90 ml – 185$)

Mugler stands out again and offers us charming, captivating, and singular beauty products just in time for the Holiday season. If you are wondering what to add on your Holiday wish list, here are three fragrances that you should consider: Angel, Alien and Alien Musc Mystérieux.

For a second year in a row, Mugler features a new look of its legendary Angel Eau de Parfum! The new Angel Arty Cover limited edition has a fun look with pop colours to dress your favorite Angel starry bottle. Moreover, under the name Alien Les Rituels de Beauté, Mugler introduces five must-have body care items infused with Alien Eau de Parfum. At last but not least, Mugler adds to its Alien Oriental collection its brand new release fragrance: Alien Musc Mystérieux.

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Angel Arty Cover Eau de Parfum ( 25 ml – 98$)

With the Holidays season right around the corner, Angel Arty cover has a new look to customize the precious Angel bottle. This new Angel Arty Cover edition has vibrant shades, modern lines, and fun graphic design. Created for the first time one year ago, the previous cover edition was designed by Mugler to sublimate but also to protect the 25 ml Angel Eau de Parfum bottle. Guess what? The Angel Arty cover is detachable so you could take your must-have accessory with you everywhere!

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Alien Rituels de Beauté

Alien Les Rituels de Beauté consists of 5 new essential body care products, along with their scented candle: Alien Moisturizing Shower Milk (200 ml – 46$), Alien Beautifying Body Cream (200 ml – 86$), Alien Beautifying Body Lotion (200 ml -64$), Alien Beautifying Hair Mist, and Alien Radiant Deodorant Spray. Each ritual is completed and combined to extend in a complementary way the pleasure of wearing Alien Eau de Parfum daily.

The first step of this ritual starts with the sensual Alien Moisturizing Shower Milk which offers a moment of pure pleasure. Creamy and silky-smooth, Alien Moisturizing Shower Milk transforms into a delicate foam upon contact with water to leave skin soft, moisturized and scented. With notes of Sambac jasmine, Cashmeran wood, and amber gris, this moisturizing shower milk literally melts onto the skin.

Then, depending on your preference, you could opt for the luxurious Alien Beautifying Body Cream which is formulated with Radiant Beautifying Complex to instantly illuminate and beautify the skin. Intensely moisturized and lavishly perfumed, Alien Beautifying Body Cream leaves the skin with a stunning glow. If you rather prefer light texture, Alien Body Lotion is made for you! Both contain the same notes similar to the moisturizing shower milk and are captured in new faceted bottles with a modern design. Complete your ritual with the Alien Beautifying Hair Mist and the Alien Radiant Deodorant Spray.

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Alien Musc Mystérieux (90 ml – 185$)

After a first edition featuring the Oud accord with Alien Oud Majestueux, Mugler invites you to succumb to Alien Musc Mystérieux, its second addictive creation in the Alien Oriental Collection. Elaborated by perfumer Dominique Ropion, Alien Musc Mystérieux is a mysterious, empowering, and intoxicating musk, tinged with a profusion of colors and contrasts in a blend of oriental spices.

Encapsulated in the precious jewel of a white gold-tinged talisman bottle, the notes of jasmine and Cashmeran wood enhanced by sensual notes of vanilla are the distinctive signature of Alien Musc Mystérieux. This Alien new fragrance is exclusively available at the Mugler counters located at Hudson’s Bay.

Silk’N Silhouette Makes Body Contouring Easy

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Silk’n Silhouette – Body Contouring and Cellulite Reduction

Following weight loss, pregnancy, and sometimes with aging, people can be left with areas of fat excess. Body contouring surgery could be a solution however according to the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, the most common complications of body contouring surgery are hematoma, seroma (fluid accumulation under the skin), and numbness of the skin.

If you are looking for a non-surgical solution to improve areas of your body affected by weight, age, and genetics, Silk’n Silhouette Body Contouring and Cellulite Reduction is a device for you. The Silk’n Silhouette is an efficient at-home tool for tightening loose skin and smoothing cellulite. After using the Silk’n Silhouette, you will notice that your skin feels supple and looks smoother.

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Silk’n Silhouette – Body Contouring and Cellulite Reduction

Reshape and contour your body with the Silk’n Silhouette designed with Home Tightening (HT) technology for firmer curves. The revolutionary HT technology merges 3 potent energy sources: Bi-Polar RF Energy, LED Light Energy and IR Heat Energy. The Silhouette treats your skin from the inside out using those three unique energy sources to streamline the body’s contours and improve skin texture and elasticity. This unprecedented combination ensures deep tissue tightening, balancing and restoring.

Accordind to manufacturer specifications, Bi-Polar RF energy stimulates collagen and penetrates deep into the skin tissue, providing heat up to 5 to 7mm beneath the skin’s surface to help the body eliminate fat cells. Bi-Polar RF firms the deeper layers of the skin down to 10 mm and reduces cellulite levels. LED light therapy promotes collagen production, restores, and rejuvenates the skin by increasing the rate of skin cell renewal and restoring its natural balance. Finally, IR heat energy increases the blood circulation, which can improve the texture and structure of the skin.

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Silk’n Silhouette – Treatment Surface

The Silk’n Silhouette is very easy to use, all you need to do is to follow the treatment regimen as shown in the user manual. First, prepare your skin by removing any moisturizers or lotions that could harm the device. When you plug your device properly, the three indicator lights will turn on and off repeatedly one after the other which indicates that the device is in standby mode and is ready to start. Apply a thin layer of Slider Gel on the designated treatment area or a moderate amount directly on the device’s treatment surface. Press the treatment mode selection button and attach the treatment surface to the skin. The Slider Gel is designed to better conduct the energy into your skin during the treatment

Even if the Silk’n Silhouette device is not cord free, you can travel with the device anywhere since the adaptor comes with three connector heads designed for international. Please note that results may vary based on skin type. For best results, it is important to preheat treatment area before moving to higher levels. Always begin treatments on low as indicated in user manual and increase energy level to medium or high for remaining session. After the treatment, apply your favorite firming cream. Repeat twice a week for the first 10 weeks then treat your body once every two weeks for maintenance. Moreover, remember that you should follow a healthy diet and practice physical activities on a regular basis.

2 Ways To Use The DermaBrilliance System

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DermaBrilliance Starter Kit

The DermaBrilliance Sonic Exfoliation System is designed to clean, exfoliate, and massage your skin. Gentle enough to be use on a daily basis, the DermaBrilliance Sonic Exfoliation System helps to smooth the skin and to reveal your natural glow. Moreover, the DermaBrilliance wand has two setting sides where you can use the three interchangeable heads. The High side located on the same side as the On/Off button is recommended to be used for exfoliation. The Low side can be used on sensitive skin or delicate areas such as eye and neck, and is recommended for cleansing. The DermaBrilliance Sonic Exfoliation System has also an automatic timer to make sure to not exceed the recommended time for each step.

Suitable for all skin types, the device combines around 5,000 sonic oscillations which polish away debris and bring new fresh skin to the surface. Compare to other tool, we like the fact that the DermaBrilliance Sonic Exfoliation System is lightweight, easy to use, rechargeable and waterproof. We recently received the Starter Kit and here are 2 ways to use the DermaBrilliance Sonic Exfoliation System.

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DermaBrilliance – Brush Head

1. Cleansing

In cleansing mode, attach the Cleansing Brush head to the DermaBrilliance Sonic Exfoliation System wand on either the low or high setting of the wand. Splash your face with warm water and follow those steps:

  1. Apply a small amount of Apple Stem Cell Cleanser or the facial cleanser of your choice to the Cleansing Brush head.
  2. Turn the wand on and begin brushing the cleanser on your face by doing upward circular strokes with moderate pressure to avoid to deform the brush head.
  3. After having thoroughly cleaned each area of your face and neck, turn the wand off.
  4. Rinse your face with warm water and blot dry.
  5. Thoroughly rinse the Cleansing Brush head and wand under warm water. Make sure to blot dry the wand and brush head then store them where they can air dry.
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DermaBrilliance – Jewel Resurfacing Cream

2. Exfoliating

In exfoliating mode, attach the Exfoliating Foam head to the DermaBrilliance wand on either the low or high setting of the wand. Splash your face with warm water and follow those steps:

  1. Apply a quarter size amount of Jewel Resurfacing Cream to the Exfoliation Foam head. Prior to turning the wand on, use the Exfoliation Foam head or your finger to dot the cream on to your forehead, nose, cheek and chin.
  2. Turn the wand on and work the cream into your skin using circular strokes with moderate pressure.
  3. After having treated all areas of your face and neck, turn the wand off.
  4. Rinse your face with warm water and blot dry.
  5. Thoroughly rinse the Exfoliating Foam head and wand under warm water. Make sure to blot dry the wand and foam head then store them where they can air dry.

Remember to avoid eye area while cleansing or treating with the DermaBrilliance Sonic Exfoliation System. If eye contact occurs, flush gently and thoroughly with water. To find more info about this product, please visit DermaBrillance website and select the Starter Kit.