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Enjoy these tasty strawberry napoleons.
Food stylist and recipe developer Tanya Eng creates a fruity, flaky pastry treat that calls to the lighter fare and delicate flavours of spring.
The first signs of spring are shyly starting to show themselves, and after the rich and hearty desserts of winter, we're craving something a little lighter and fruitier. The napoleon (or mille feuille in French, which translates to thousand leaves) can take on a whole host of flavours between its fluffy pastry layers, from vanilla custard to creamy caramel. With our sights set on warm-weather walks and patio meals, we took a casual approach to our version and filled it with fresh strawberries, smooth Greek yogurt, toasted hazelnuts and a touch of cool mint.
Stack yours with as little or as much of each ingredient as you desire - it's just as fun to build them as it is to eat them!
Makes 4 napoleons.
1 Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lay one sheet of phyllo on a cutting board, bunching it to lightly crinkle. Brush with some of the butter and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the sugar. Repeat with the remaining 2 sheets, layering them on top. Cut 12 3"-round circles out of the dough. Transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake on the centre rack of the oven for 7 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown; let cool.
2 In a bowl, combine the strawberries, icewine and mint. Spread the mixture evenly onto 8 of the phyllo rounds. Top each with 1 tablespoon of the Greek yogurt and 1⁄2 tablespoon of the hazelnuts.
3 To assemble, stack 2 of the filled layers together and top them off with 1 of the remaining plain phyllo rounds. Repeat the process to make a total of 4 two-layer napoleons.
4 Serve the napoleons garnished with a whole strawberry and a few sprigs of mint and lightly dusted with the icing sugar.
Contemporary clean lines gives this bathroom its timeless look and spa-like feel.
A soothing palette gives this master bathroom its spa-like feel.
"Balance" was the operative word when Sophie Burke and Jennifer Millar created the master bathroom in this new-build Vancouver house. The homeowners wanted the space to emulate an airy retreat – something spa-like but not too fussy. So the designers injected the room with traditional character and contemporary clean lines – a timeless combination showcased throughout the home, which the duo designed as well. They also incorporated equal amounts of sleek and textural elements and functional and decorative features for an interesting yet well-balanced result.
The vanity’s open shelves and extra counter space provide spots to place decorative items and bath-time essentials.
The free-standing bathtub is a sculptural, contemporary element. “It’s large enough to relax and bathe in, but it’s not so big that it overwhelms the space,” says one of the homeowners. The simple linen café curtains offer privacy while keeping the tops of the windows uncovered, allowing for pretty treetop views.
Steel-framed mirrors and simple sconces, which are actually picture lights, inject a retro-industrial vibe.
In lieu of the usual two sinks, designers Sophie Burke and Jennifer Millar used one oversized basin with two wall-mounted faucets. “The sink is shallow enough so that the top drawers of the vanity actually open,” says one of the homeowners. Wainscotting, created out of ceramic subway tiles that continue from the shower, offers texture and character. “We used dark grout and added a chair rail detail throughout, which contribute to the space’s vintage look.”
Forgoing a curb in the glass-enclosed shower, made possible by sloping the floor toward the drain, creates a streamlined feel. “We were able to do that because the house is a new construction,” says Sophie. This application also lets the herringbone marble-tiled floor run right through without being interrupted. “It’s a really nice detail,” she adds.
Image by: Ashley Capp
Girlie girls may love pink, but their bedrooms don’t have to be saccharine. This design blogger created a little lady’s room that’s as mature and glamorous as it is sweet.
When design blogger Christine Dovey of the popular site Bijou & Boheme took on the challenge of turning an above-the-garage family room into a bedroom for her eight-year-old daughter, Scarlett, the mission was clear: Create a fun and glam space that caters to a tutu-wearing girlie girl without falling victim to a childish princess look that would be down-right embarrassing by middle school. Because, despite her passion for design, says the busy mom of four: “There’s no way I’d take the time and money to do it all over again in a few years. No way!” So the style, while youthfully pretty in pink, also had to be timeless and mature.
Eight-year-old Scarlett Dovey was allowed to make some choices when it came to decorating her room – out of the pre-approved options, of course. She selected the gold floral wallpaper design (out of five) because she thought it looked like the inside of a jewellery box. “We had two finalists, but I’m glad she went with this one because the other one was too colourful and more expensive,” says her mom, homeowner Christine Dovey.
Christine just happened to attach this flower – made from dyed coffee filters, pipe cleaners and lace – to the bedpost on a whim one day and it’s lived there ever since.
The bright pink settee was scored for a song – as is – on Kijiji (lucky find), while standard big-box store drapery was custom pleated and embellished with pompom fringe trim for a delicate luxe look.
The lady of the room happily lounges on her pink settee.
A little high-gloss pink spray paint makes an inexpensive dressing table (which Scarlett uses as a desk) extra special. It sits by the window overlooking the backyard, making homework slightly more bearable.
A rolling garment rack, spray-painted gold for that glitzy effect, is perfect for dress-up parties. “It looks like it’s from a fashion studio!” enthuses Scarlett.
“Every few weeks, we go to the antiques market and I let the kids each pick out something that’s $5,” says Christine, noting that Scarlett gravitates to porcelain trinkets and pretty figurines.
When Christine and Scarlett saw the antique cabinet, it was love at first sight. But getting it inside and upstairs wasn’t easy. “At one point, we discussed hiring a crane! My husband turned blue,” says Christine. They eventually had the stair railing removed and found success.
Scarlett’s collection of stuffed animals is neatly coralled atop the antique cabinet.
Make this tasty dish for lunch or dinner.
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