Today, I would like you to meet two more members of the team: Enthral and Minouette.
Enthral is the shop of Brandi, from Kingston, Nova Scotia. You might have Brandi here before, and are maybe familiar with her funky line of cufflinks. But, did you know that she has also started making fantastic sterling silver pendants as well?
Brandi shares with us a favorite holiday tradition and recipe:
My husband is in the military, and we have created our own family traditions since we often don't make it back home for an extended family Christmas. On Christmas Eve, we have a big meal that includes a baked salmon, potatoes, perogies, salad, rolls, steamed vegetables and a cheesecake desert. We try to make Christmas Day a relaxing time. Mostly, we just enjoy the kids as they open their gifts early in the morning. Instead of trying to force them into eating breakfast when all they want to do is play with their new toys, we cook up a brunch that includes salmon cakes (made from leftover salmon from the night before), fruit salad, cinnamon rolls and skillet fried potatoes. Here is our recipe for the salmon cakes. The ingredients are a rough guide only, as it depends on how much salmon you have left over. The kids love these as much as we do!
* Left over baked salmon. We usually have a little less than half a fish left over.
* 1 cup of dried bread crumbs (seasoned ones add a nice flavour)
* 1 small onion, finely chopped.
* 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
* 1 egg
* salt, pepper and dill to taste
* a few tablespoons vegetable oil for frying
1. Flake the salmon in a bowl. Add the bread crumbs, onion, all-purpose flour, egg, salt and pepper. You might have to adjust the amount of bread crumbs depending on amount of fish you have. If you have a lot of fish, you may want to use an extra egg as well. Shape into patties.
2. In a large skillet heat oil over high heat. Cook the patties until browned on both sides, about 10 minutes.
These are great served with pickles.
Right now, Brandi has a special offer in her Enthral shop: free regular shipping on orders that total $50 or more.
Now, meet Ele of Minouette. Minouette is a Toronto based shop specialising in handmade block prints.
Ele holds two family traditions dear, and shares both with us today:
I can think of two things which were very special and important to me. We had this advent calendar my mother made herself. It was like a felt hanging flag with a big pocket for a gift. She had decorated it with scenes of elves, appliqued in felt. On the pocket was pinned the date. The 24 days of advent divided equally amongst the three children in the family, so every third day we would get the gift in the pocket. They were usually very practical things, like socks, or underwear - but we still enjoyed that it was a little gift and not just a tiny chocolate. Also, I associated the whole season with handmade crafts.
The other thing we really enjoyed was actually driving out to a tree farm in the country with my father and cutting down our own tree. It was important that we had a real tree and it was important that we (the children) had a say and were able to actually help sawing it down. We had a knack for choosing ridiculously large trees. It was always a struggle to get it through the two doors at the front of the house, set at right angles. But that was part of the fun!
Now as a treat for you, Minouette has this offer: free gift-wrapping upon request and a special sale on winter-themed prints in the month prior to Christmas. Prints on sale will be found in the "sale" section.