Raspberry Thyme Marinaded Chicken

Raspberry Thyme Marinaded Chicken

Inspiration comes from so many different places, but none are as fun and challenging as coming across an ingredient that I’ve never used before and figuring out a unique way to use it. For this recipe, the challenge came in the form of a delicious package from Maille. You may have heard of Maille thanks to their delicious collection of mustards and vinegars (I also remember the bottles with the chic black label in my mom’s kitchen when I was a kid), but what you probably don’t know is that they carry quite an extensive collection of flavours in both those categories. Mustard flavours like Dijon blackcurrant liqueur with white wine and roasted onions, wild thyme and white wine, and unique vinegars like mango vinegar and sherry vinegar with sun-dried tomatoes. The kind of flavours that really inspire me to get busy in the  kitchen.

Raspberry Thyme Marinaded Chicken

The three flavours that were dropped on my doorstep were the Raspberry Vinegar, the Creamy Dijon Mustard and the Horseradish Mustard. The raspberry vinegar immediately caught my attention, making it the first I decided to experiment with. It’s essentially a red wine vinegar sweetened with raspberry juice. It has a refreshing taste perfect for spring cooking. My first instinct was to toss it in a salad, but I decided to get a little wild and use it as a marinade for chicken.

Raspberry Thyme Marinaded Chicken

The marinade is really simple to throw together, and like any marinade you should allow yourself at least 4 hours of marinading time. Of course, if you have more time and can leave it overnight, even better. The cooking process seals in the juices and gives the chicken a really moist texture with so much flavour. It’s the perfect meal to be served over a bed of lettuce or a side of roasted spring vegetables.

Raspberry Thyme Marinaded Chicken

Raspberry Thyme Marinaded Chicken

Raspberry Thyme Marinaded Chicken

Raspberry Thyme Marinaded Chicken
Serves 4

4 chicken breast halves
1 cup Maille Wine Vinegar with Raspberry Juice
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp fresh lemon zest
2 shallots, finely chopped
1 tbsp fresh thyme
Fresh black pepper

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1. Place the chicken breasts in a sealable bag or glass dish.

2. Combine the other ingredients and add the mixture to the chicken. If your chicken is in a bag, seal the bag and give it a shake. Or, if it’s in a glass bowl, turn the chicken over a few times to make sure it’s properly coated.

3. Let marinate for 4 hours or overnight, turning the chicken a few times.

4. Once marinaded, remove the chicken from the bag and place in an oven-proof glass baking dish. Cover the dish with foil. Don’t throw out the marinade!

5. Bake the chicken at 350°F for about 30 minutes.

6. In the meantime, place the reserved marinade in a small saucepan and simmer for about 15 minutes.

7. After 30 minutes, uncover the chicken and bake for another 15-20 minutes, basting it with the marinade every 5 minutes or so.

If you like raspberry flavour and want to bring out those notes a little more, I recommend adding a few tablespoons of raspberry preserves to the basting liquid for extra flavour.

Bon appétit!

[All photos are my own and not to be used without permission]

Dermalogica Face Map Our Nation Campaign

Dermalogica Montreal Face Map Nation

Last week, the Dermalogica Space in Montreal kicked off the Face Map Our Nation movement, an initiative happening in Dermalogica spaces across the country to help Canadians address their skin concerns once and for all, and achieve the beautiful skin they’ve alway dreamed of.  So what is face mapping, exactly?

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Face Mapping is a revolutionary, zone-by-zone approach to skin analysis performed by a certified Dermalogica Skin Therapist. It brings together the brand’s core values – scientific approach, technical knowledge of the skin, the transcendent power of human touch, and face-to-face communication – with the goal of helping everyone achieve optimal skin health through education and an at-home product prescription.

Dermalogica Face Mapping

Dermalogica Face Map Nation

Face Mapping is a revolutionary, zone-by-zone approach to skin analysis performed by a certified Dermalogica Skin Therapist. It brings together the brand’s core values – scientific approach, technical knowledge of the skin, the transcendent power of human touch, and face-to-face communication – with the goal of helping everyone achieve optimal skin health through education and an at-home product prescription.

Dermalogica Montreal Skin Therapists

What can you expect when getting Face Mapped? The process is quick, painless, and free at authorized Dermalogica skin centre locations. The unique concept is based on Eastern Chinese medicine that divides the face, neck and décolleté into 14 zones, and allows the therapist to observe and note specific conditions in each area of the face. According to this system, activity in the skin of these facial zones reflects the condition and activity within the body and entire being. In combination with this methodology, professional skin therapists are informed of each client’s lifestyle and habits that can affect skin health (smoking, tanning, stress levels, activity, etc.). The skin analysis is performed with the use of magnifying glasses (scary, i know!). But this allows the skin therapist to see any subtle nuances n the skin, such as congestion, heat and excess sebum. Everything is noted on a detailed map of the face where skin therapists can follow the skin’s progress over time. You walk away with a complete skin analysis and a personalized skin prescription complete with a list of products, as well as information on where they should be applied on the face for the best results.

Dermalogica Face Map Nation

Dermalogica Face Mapping

Dermalogica Face Map Nation

Dermalogica Face Mapping

Now, Dermalogica is on a mission to Face Map 15,000 Canadians by June 30th through exclusive events and contests taking place across Canada. To find an event near you, click here.

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A big thank you to the entire team for such a wonderful evening! I couldn’t be more excited about this initiative. I discovered Dermalogica products years ago through a friend, but didn’t start using them until their amazing PR team from Faulhaber reached out to me. I have been hooked ever since. Sure, I have favourites in other skin care brands, but none give me the results that Dermalogica products do. Despite my love for the brand, I still made a wonderfully discovery that I added to my skin care routine.

 Dermalogica Precleanse

File this one under “things you never thought your skin needed”, the Precleanse has been my skin’s best friend. It’s a cleansing oil formulated with olive, apricot and kukui oils, and the first step in the cleansing process to cut through makeup (even waterproof), sunscreen and oil. I start by applying a small amount to dry skin (a little goes a long way) and work in into the skin in a circular motion. Then I add a touch of water which really helps lift all the gunk of the day from my skin. A quick rinse and I follow with my Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel.  Bonus: it also comes in convenient wipes, perfect for travel. Since including the Precleanse in my routine, my skin not only looks cleaner, but it feels much less tight after my nighttime routine. What can I say, I’m in love!

[Photo credit via Deepti Suddul & my own photography skills]

Crossbody Bags get high

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If you love to glance over the stylish picture of Fashion Week attendees as much as I do, then you probably noticed a trend among the sartorial elite. Crossbody bags have been on the rise, literally. Not only does it breathe new life into your style, but it also avoids your bag from bumping around the way longer straps do. Not convinced? These inspiring street style pics are sure to do the trick.

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[Photo inspiration via Pinterest]

Tofu Fries With Sesame Honey Garlic

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French fries are amazing. Everyone knows that. But what if I told you I found a healthier alternative that would please all the tofu lovers out there? Now, if you’ve never tried tofu fries before, you’re in for a treat. Crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside, they are a delight to anyone who loves a contrast in texture in their food. I’m always up for a new tofu recipe and this one is definitely one to try. So simple and delicious, if you’ve never liked tofu in the past, this recipe is sure to change your mind.

Get the full recipe here.

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[Photo credit via iamafoodblog.com]

CLOSED – Win a new pair of sunnies by Polette

Polette Fantômette

Spring is finally in the air and since there is no easier way to update your wardrobe than with new sunnies, I’ve decided to giveaway these awesome Fantômette sunnies by Polette (you may have seen them featured here in the past). These sunnies are classic with just the right amount of oomph to add style to your spring look. And with any luck, these could be yours! Just follow the instructions to enter for your chance to win. Hurry, contest ends Friday April 24th.

Good luck!

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