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Canadian Shopping Experience #2 – The Pampered Chef

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I was lucky enough to get invited to join one of my friends friends Pampered Chef Party and I was impressed.

Pampered Chef is a company selling high-quality kitchen and grilling tools through the Internet (mainly Canada but they ship to the U.S. too) and independent consultants. It reminds me a little bit of Avon. The consultants are invited to house parties with a bunch of women and they present the products by showing them in use. You can try the kitchen and grill tools and you chat with the girls… It’s all very relaxed. You are among friends so you are not awfully pushed to purchase, or else… Also the hostess shares in the proceeds in form of major discounts. I find this an everybody-wins situation and the quality is really top notch.

We were treated to a Margherita cocktail and a garlic dip with all kinds of veggies all the while she was talking about the brand and showing other favorite items. I had fun and in the end spent money on only one item (I am on a budget…), a pastry blender. I loved making cookies at home and can’t wait to start baking pies but I hate the chore of working the flour into the cold butter. There were countless other inviting and clever tools to make your life as a Master Chef much easier and enjoyable but I really restrained myself!

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Here’s their website.
See you soon!

♥Eszter

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Hungarian Easter Meal

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It’s Easter and it is one of my favorite holidays food wise. My Mom’s cooking is superb, she’s been doing it for 40 years and it’s hard to live up to but I always try. This year since being far from home and there’s no way of tasting Mom’s food I made our traditional Hungarian Easter meal by myself for the first time. It’s not a complicated fare… basically a cold dinner. 95% of the time we eat cold food for dinner and breakfast and only lunch is warm. For my family Easter starts on Saturday afternoon when we go to church, participate in an Easter procession and then go home to eat the first specially prepared dinner. I decided to prepare one for my friends yesterday. So the menu was …

  • Cooked smoked ham with horse-radish
  • Boiled eggs (there’s a little twist there, more down below)
  • Mildly sweet bread called Kalács/ca-laa-ch/
  • Radish

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