Warning: You will be left very hungry after this post.
And when I say badass, I mean seriously mouth-watering, mind-blowing, deliciousness kind of brunch! Think naturals jams, pancakes with chocolate and jam drizzle, mini sunny side up eggs, croissants stuffed with more jam, and I can go on...
I was invited to a beautiful brunch by my lovely blogger gal, Solmaz of The Curious Creature, to taste the heavenly jams of Bonne Maman. Growing up, I was never the type to love jam, however, that has changed over the years. Once you try a good brand, such as Bonne Maman, with 100% natural ingredients, you'll seriously get on board.
Brunch took place at one of my favourite French Cafes downtown, Toronto. If you haven't been to Colette Grand Cafe, you absolutely must! It's a little slice of France here in Toronto.
Selfies with my lovely girl, Solmaz.
Chestnut Spread, Cherry Preserve, Red Currant Jelly, and Dulce de Leche.
Chef Michael Steh, prepping the delicious food for the hungry bloggers! His staff and him brought out all the food at once, and since this was a blogger's brunch, we kinda went crazy with social media. There were phones flying everywhere to capture every angle of this beautifully presented food. No one touched anything until all of this food-beauty was captured on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Periscope....am I missing anything?
When I asked him how he came up with this extravagant menu, he responded: "We took inspirations from traditional French combinations with some of the dishes we already prepare. We wanted to showcase how diverse the jams could be and use them in different techniques and in ways that were unexpected."
Brioche French Toast with Red Currant Jelly
Buckwheat Pancakes with Chestnut Preserve
Custard Danish with Cherry Preserve
Pressed Yogurt Parfait
Stuffed Croissants with Dulce De Leche
The great thing about these jellies and preserves is that it's not only for the sweet-toothed. You can add these into savoury meals as well! Chef Christine Tizzard says "Two flavours I find myself using over and over again for more savoury preparations is the apricot and red currant. The apricot is amazing as a glaze,for both sweet and savoury, and the red currant really perks up any simple pan sauce. That being said, 2 tsp of Bonne Maman strawberry jam, in a vinaigrette, is a very common occurrence in my household. "
I need to try that.
Caught in the moment, snapping my plate full of YUM.
A little about Bonne Maman:
For decades, Bonne Maman has created special preserves following traditional, cherished recipes.Our long time customers have wonderful memories of family get-togethers when grandma was generous in sharing Bonne Maman’s luscious flavours. Today, Bonne Maman continues shaping the sweetest moments by producing our preserves in France using all natural ingredients with no artificial colourings, no additives or preservatives. That’s why Bonne Maman is a favourite in every generation and a delicious addition to life everyday!
The stunning ladies that made this badass brunch THAT much more fun!
Seriously guys, if you haven't tried Bonne Maman jams and jellies yet, you need to get yourself a jar (or two) and indulge. And it's so great, because you can indulge all you want since it's super healthy, with no artificial colourings, no additives or preservatives. Just pure healthiness! My kinda snack.
Okay, all this talk about food and jams, now I'm ready for my mid-day, Bonne Maman snack! Fresh bread from the local bakery, and the Wild Strawberry spread. Mmmm.
Have a fantastic week, everyone. xx
Photos by: Jeffrey Chan courtesy of Bonne Maman.
This brunch and post were sponsored by Bonne Maman. All opinions are entirely my own.