A VERY JOYEUX NOËL

Western Living - - EDITOR’S NOTE - Fol­low Anicka on In­sta­gram @ ani­qua anicka quin, ED­i­TO­RiaL DiRECTOR [email protected] WESTERnLiVinG.Ca

You can ask any­one who knows me well: I’m deeply in­volved in an on­go­ing love af­fair with France. For years I’ve talked about liv­ing there one day (wine, cheese, choco­late, crois­sants, choco­late crois­sants—what’s not to love?), but I’ve fi­nally started get­ting a lit­tle more se­ri­ous about it, study­ing French at Le Cen­tre cul­turel de fran­co­phone in Van­cou­ver and vis­it­ing the coun­try as of­ten as I can. My niece re­cently ex­pressed to my sis­ter that she knew some­one who “ba­si­cally lived in Paris, since Aunticka,” (as she calls me) “goes there all the time.” (To be fair, I’ve been twice in the past cou­ple of years, so I’m not ex­actly lay­ing claim to a

pied-à-terre yet.) So when our food editor, Ju­lia Dil­worth, sug­gested we chat with lo­cal favourite Beau­coup Bak­ery about how they’d bring a lit­tle Paris to the hol­i­days, of course she knew her au­di­ence. I’m not sure how many times in a row I shouted yes back at her. (And of course, that should have been oui.)

As a re­sult, for this is­sue, Beau­coup owner and chef Betty Hung shares her recipes for glit­ter­ing ginger­bread éclairs, straw­berry pink pep­per­corn sablés, choco­late hazel­nut rasp­berry jam fi­nanciers—all the kind of show­pieces for a cookie plat­ter that you’re meant to enjoy as much for the bak­ing process as for how gor­geous they are. I’d like to think they bring a lit­tle of the Paris life­style to the mak­ing, too: sip a café crême, bring a few friends over and take your time.

What­ever tra­di­tions you bring to your own hol­i­day ta­ble this year, I wish you and yours the very best of the sea­son. May it be filled with both the busy­ness that’s in­evitable this time of year and those qui­eter times with friends that make it all worth­while. Joyeux Noël,

bonne an­née, merry Christ­mas!

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