Founded by two sisters, Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat aim to bring ease to the kitchen and laughs to the table. With over 700 recipes, now three books, and a blog, they’re taking over the home-cooking world by storm.
I actually had never heard of these ladies before, but after talking to a few guests and doing a little research, I became quickly impressed.
Once I opened the book and glanced through some of the recipes, I quickly realized why they have been so successful and grown such a massive following. Each recipe sounded healthy and delicious, and was stuffed full with the kind of ingredients you probably keep at home on a regular basis.
For me, recipes that don’t require random spices or hard to find vegetables are the best, because they help me cook something new and exciting without a ton of work (or worse yet, another trip to the grocery store). It’s perfect for the individual who’s coming home from a day at work, or perhaps living on their own and just learning how to cook.
Now, it wouldn’t be a true foodie event without some goodies.
When we walked into Phil & Sebastian’s (our host for the night), we were immediately greeted with a Pure Leaf Tea bar. Which, if you aren’t familiar, is a brand of real tea-leaf brewed tea, offering a variety of flavours and unsweetened options.
Showcasing old classics like lemon and raspberry, they also had a few new ones for us to try, such as green tea and peach. After picking your poison, filling it up in a mason jar, and adding a pretty paper straw, you were shuffled over to a table and encouraged to infuse your drink with a fresh berry or two.
And, if that wasn’t good enough, at the back of the room, bartenders were using Pure Leaf to whip up fresh raspberry mojitos and lemon ginger beer cocktails for the adult guests.
All to showcase the many ways you can use the product, other than just pouring yourself a plain old glass.
Recently obsessed with mocktails, I grabbed a raspberry mojito or two and was pleasantly surprised! Of course, I must have been living under a rock for the past 27 years, because I can’t believe I am just discovering mocktails now. So yummy.
And, for research purposes, I may have also tried both the peach and lemon teas – infused with a collection of lemons and strawberries. The lemon still remains my favourite (you can’t beat a classic), but, the peach and raspberry would both be utterly refreshing on a summer afternoon!
By this time, I started spotting an array of snacks flowing between the tables and decided to investigate further.
And, just take a look what I found…
A total dream come true.
There were blondie-type brownies packed full of oreos – crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside.
Gingersnap sandwiches with cream cheese filling.
Chewy cookies with pockets of salty caramel.
And, mini strawberry banana cupcakes.
Let’s just say I had more than my fair share, and then some.
The night was a great chance to mingle with some Calgary foodies and to meet a couple of truly inspiring female entrepreneurs! Throw in some sweet drinks & treats and you’ve got me sold.