Chocolate Desserts Cookbook Series

Chocolate Desserts Made Easy and Delicious - Volumes 1, 2, 3, and 4

Denise invites you to click to explore her Urb’n’Spice Chocolate Desserts Cookbook Series


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About Denise – The Urb’n’Spice Chef

DENISE PARĒ-WATSON        –     CHEF PROFILE


Denise Pare-Watson - The Urb'n'Spice Chef

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denise invites you into her world of the culinary arts.  Her passion for food and nutrition was developed early in her life, whether it was helping her father tend his extensive gardens or preparing sumptuous meals with her mother in the French Canadian tradition.  Denise truly discovered her passion when she chose to enroll in a professional cooking program as her second career.


About Denise – The Urb’n’spice Chef

 About Denise – The Urb’n’Spice Chef

Urbnspice – “A Taste of Heart and Home”

As a Red Seal Chef and Pastry Chef with a passion for the creative, technical and teaching components of the profession,“Urbnspice” was designed to share with a wider audience some useful & easy-to-follow information, help and support surrounding everyday questions, concerns and issues dealing with everything food related.

 In addition, for the past several years, due to the ever changing dietary issues and sensitivities that seem to be so prevalent, I have been developing recipes and helping people with gluten free, grain free and dairy free options.  We will discuss tips on such subjects as recipes, diets, what’s hot, what’s not, what is working well and what may not be working at all.

When I semi-retired from a wonderful career as a pastry chef, one of the things that I wanted to do was write a cookbook – it was on my Life List!   The result is a series of Cookbooks called, “Chocolate Desserts Made Easy and Delicious.”  I hope you will take the time to check them out on my page.  I am quite proud of these books and I know that you will enjoy the recipes.  There are always more books and recipes in development stages, so look for more coming soon.

Quadruple Chocolate Brownies by Urb'n'Spice

As a female working in a professional kitchen, a few things became apparent very quickly.  Firstly, one needs a sense of humor!  Secondly, one’s vocabulary expands – and not in a good way.  At one point, my husband commented how “colorful” my language had become since I started working in food services!  On “Urbnspice”, I will concentrate on the sense of humor portion of my kitchen experience along with some practical day-to-day tips on how to make your life a bit simpler in the kitchen.  

 

I am inspired by not only foods, but also, interesting people, inspirational quotes and situations. Whether travelling to the local market or to another country or immersing myself in another culture through our Habitat for Humanity builds or cooking with children and for the people I love, the creativity feeds my soul.  I have an inordinate amount of energy – that can be a blessing or a curse, depending on one’s point of view.  I will use it to your advantage!

The recipes on Urbnspice have been created or adapted by me.  The photographs are taken by my husband – he calls himself the “Kitchen Rat.”  He is a very creative guy and actually came up with the name “Urb’n’Spice.”  He is the inspiration behind many of the ideas that come across the pages of this blog.   He is also the recipe taste testing ‘tweaker’ because he has the fine palette of a Saucier.  No recipe is complete without his final taste testing and critique.  This blog would not be possible without his talent and passion.

My collection of tested recipes span decades; I embrace my cookbooks – they are like my friends – I treasure them. If I have adapted the recipes from other sources, I will indicate this. My wish list includes a very good camera; in the meantime, however, I am having fun with my ever present, adaptable and very versatile IPhone. If you are inspired to try the recipes on my blog, please give credit to my website “Urbnspice”. If you want to re-publish any content or photos from “Urbnspice”, please note the information under “Creative Commons License”.

You will find that there are posts on “Urbnspice” which pertain to topics that are near and dear to my heart. Therefore, you will find that there are links that enhance the information on these topics.  You will also note with the development of this site there will be opportunities to purchase E-books, with a portion of the proceeds going to favorite charities; for example: “Breakfast for Learning”.  Thank you for your consideration.

Cake Competition for L'Arche Charity

Pastry Chef Invitation for Charity Cake Competition

 

Your questions are welcome, your feedback is important and your ongoing participation will be my inspiration.

 

URBNSPICE – THE  POSTS:

I encourage you to explore the different categories.  Some posts will inspire you (see “Little Mom”), and some will surprise you (see “W.T.F.!”).  Enjoy the ride.

Your questions are welcome, your feedback is important and your ongoing participation will be my inspiration.

 

URB’N’SPICE PRODUCTS:

My specialty confiture, chutneys, jellies and compotes are lovingly created in small batches, using the highest quality ingredients, as natural as possible, with no preservatives.  All of my products are gluten free.

With the trend toward more at-home entertaining, cocooning, and casual gatherings taking place, Urb’n’Spice chutneys, port and wine jellies, and compotes are very popular for cheese and charcuterie platters. With the addition of a very good baguette, either fresh or baked into crostini, a great bottle of wine and you have a feast.

Urb’n’Spice confitures are as unique in their technique as they are in their ingredients. Pure and simple, with a rich and intense flavor to make them shine, you will find that these confitures (“confiture” is the French term for jam) will be an extraordinary addition to any function or meal.

The jars are decorated with a jar collar, as I call them.  These are not just for decoration – I believe in functionality!  My computer background has come in very handy in designing these unique collars.   The jar has a simple label over the cap so that once opened, you can see the contents of the jar.  The jar collar is multi-purposed in that it not only decorates and protects the jar, but the collar becomes a tent card to display the confiture, chutney or compote.  The back of the collar has a wealth of information including the inspiration behind the product, how to serve it, and the ingredients.  It makes entertaining easy.  This is why these little jars are so popular for hostess gifts.

peach confiture and tent card demo

 

Save them for special occasions.  They are perfect for hostess gifts.   All jars are 125 ml and the cost is $6.95 plus shipping and handling.  (see note below)

Contact:  Chef Denise Paré-Watson at urbnspice@gmail.com

NOTE:  If you are interested in purchasing any of my products, you can contact me at urbnspice@gmail.com

I will respond quickly to your email.  Since these products are made in small batches with locally sourced ingredients, my inventory varies.  (Shipping is in Canada only.  A minimum of six jars is required for shipping.  Shipping and handling costs are separate.)

 

Health and happiness to you.

 

Urb’n’Spice Chef

 

“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”

Harriet Van Horne


How Can I Help?

HOW CAN I HELP?

RECIPE TESTING, RECIPE CONSULTING & MENU CONSULTING:

My competition background holds me in good stead when it comes to recipe testing and recipe development. I take scrupulous notes! Perhaps it might have something to do with a former career as an executive assistant with a computer background. I can help! Contact me at:  urbnspice@gmail.com for details.

 

COOKING CLASSES:

I am available for private and group cooking classes. They may be customized to suit the needs of the student(s). Regularly scheduled classes include knife skills, baking and cooking techniques, appetizers, main courses, soups and sauces, comfort cooking, with specialty classes (ie. Food Storage), and, of course (because I specialize in this area): baking, cookies and simple, showy desserts! You may contact me for further information at:urbnspice@gmail.com

The recipes on this website have been created by me or adapted by me.  My husband is the photographer. This is our hobby.  My collection of tested recipes span decades; I embrace my cookbooks like my friends and I treasure them. If I have adapted the recipes from other sources, I will indicate this.  If you are inspired to try the recipes on my blog, please give credit to my website. If you want to re-publish any content or photos from my website, please note the information under “Creative Commons License

 

You will find that there are posts on this website which pertain to topics that are near and dear to my heart. Therefore, you will find that there are links that enhance the information on these topics. If you choose to click on them, and order through these links, it will help maintain this website. You will also note with the development of this site there will be opportunities to purchase E-books, with a portion of the proceeds going to favorite charities; for example:“Breakfast for Learning”. Thank you for your consideration.

As a final comment:

ABOUT COMMENTS:

Please leave comments – I welcome them! Please specifically refer to my posts with your comments with relevant information so that I can respond or create additional posts regarding a topic that you would like to see explored on my blog.

Happy Cooking!

 

Denise

The Urb’n’Spice Chef/Pastry Chef


POTATO CRUSTED QUICHE

Potato Crusted Quiche by Urb’n’Spice – A Taste of Heart and Home

I have had so much fun in the past few weeks developing recipes for The Little Potato Company who have been working with Food Bloggers of Canada (FBC) to sponsor an opportunity for its FBC members to develop original recipes utilizing their unique potatoes. It was difficult deciding which recipe I would submit and in the end, I selected my “Smashed Potato Pizza” recipe which was fun, easy to prepare as well very delicious!

In developing these recipes, I had several favorites and this one in particular: Potato Crusted Quiche, is just too good not to share with you. It is well worth trying. In addition, this recipe is a gluten free option.

Potato Crusted Quiche by Urbnspice - A Taste of Heart and Home

POTATO CRUSTED QUICHE by URB’N’SPICE – A TASTE OF HEART AND HOME


Vanilla Bean Poppers – Food Fun Variations

VANILLA BEAN POPPERS – SOME HOLIDAY FOOD FUN VARIATIONS

Last year, I was thrilled to win a prize for the delightful little cookies in this post.  Since then, I have made this recipe a few times and had quite a bit of fun with it.  (See Rainbow Poppers for my grandson’s third birthday rainbow themed party).  That same little boy helped me make another variation today:  Christmas Vanilla Bean Poppers!  Young children enjoy making the ‘snakes’ and ‘ropes’ and cutting the little cookies with a plastic pastry scraper.

Vanilla Bean Poppers - Christmas version

Urb’n’Spice Contest Winning Vanilla Bean Poppers – The Christmas version


Smashed Potato Pizza

SMASHED POTATO PIZZA

(featuring The Little Potato Company)

CHEF TALK: I utilized Blushing Belle potatoes from The Little Potato Company in this recipe. I love the way the red skin and yellow flesh of these delightful potatoes comes through in the flavorful ‘crust’ of the pizza. It is easy to prepare this delicious and healthy pizza!  This pizza is also gluten free.

Inspiration in the Urb'n'Spice Kitchen - Smashed Potato Pizza

SMASHED POTATO PIZZA


Lemon Potatoes

LEMON POTATOES

I am having fun in the Urb’n’Spice kitchen with The Little Potato Company giving me inspiration of the best kind!   When a box of potatoes lands on your doorstep with gorgeous little nuggets of flavour and goodness – who can resist creating new recipes with them?  I realized as I was creating new recipes, that I had already used these beautiful potatoes in some of my previous posts, called Double Duty Recipes that I wrote for The Craig Bay Community – Tidelines Newsletters in Parksville, BC .   Since this is one of my favourite recipes, I am re-posting it for your own Inspiration in the Kitchen.

Double Duty Recipes - Lemon Potatoes

Double Duty Recipe: Roasted Potato Salad with Crispy Bacon and Chives


The story behind my Urb’n’Spice Jar Collars

The story behind my Urb’n’Spice Jar Collars

I have been creating  Urb’n’Spice confitures, chutneys, compotes and specialty jellies for many years now and these little gems have gone through quite a transformation from simple labelled jars at the local Farmer’s Markets to uniquely collared stacking jars  (the collars become tent cards to display the product on your cheese platter or charcuterie board).


Urb'n'Spice Roasted Peach Confiture and the purpose of the jar collar decoration

 

My specialty confitures, chutneys, jellies and compotes are lovingly created in small batches, using the highest quality ingredients, as natural as possible, with no preservatives.  All of my products are gluten free.


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