Canadian Living

Canadian Living July-August 2020 - Vol.45 No.06

The Canadian Living Magazine for helpful articles on food, cooking, health, relationships, family and lifestyles in Canada.

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taking it easy

With all that’s been happening in recent months, this probably won’t be the year that you continue your tradition of that annual July trip to France or Canada Day weekend spent at your university friend’s family cottage; it likely won’t be a year for you to rejoice in the blissful silence of your home while the kids are away for two weeks at overnight camp, either. Rest assured, however, that our nation’s summer still presents a myriad of magical delights—such as the laid-back and low-key offerings on our list of the best things we can (still) enjoy this season. SPECTACULAR SUNSETS Witnessing the colours of the sky change from blue to pink to indigo—after 8:30 p.m. WATCHING YOUR GARDEN GROW Especially early in the morning, when the air has that misty quality…

4 min
12 tricks, tips and ideas we love this month

1 The breakfast benefit Not everyone’s got the time to spend making a healthful breakfast, but there are ways to easily get your nutrients. OatBox is a subscription service that delivers a month’s supply of healthy morning meals to you while giving back to your community, too. There’s oatmeal mix for when you’re feeling cozy, a granola to sprinkle on top of yogurt (or to snack on!) and even oat bars that are perfect for munching on the go. This Canadian company has also gone above and beyond with its Thank You rainbow boxes and a special contest to recognize frontline workers across all 10 provinces during the Covid-19 pandemic. The limited-edition box is also meant to be shared as a care package with a message of optimism that can be…

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cherry tomato three-cheese tart

CHERRY TOMATO THREE-CHEESE TART MAKES 6 SERVINGS HANDS-ON TIME 30 MINUTES TOTAL TIME 2 HOURS ¼ cup all-purpose flour7 tbsp cold unsalted butter, diced2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese½ tsp pepper¼ tsp salt2 tbsp ice water Three-Cheese Filling 1 cup ricotta cheese1 cup creamy goat cheese (about 250 g)¾ cup crumbled feta cheese¼ cup fresh basil, chopped1 tbsp olive oil1 clove garlic, minced1 tsp lemon juice Topping 4 cups cherry, pear or grape tomatoes, halved2 tbsp olive oil1 tbsp cider vinegarfleur de sel and peppermicrogreens (optional) In food processor, pulse together flour, butter, Parmesan, pepper and salt until mixture resembles large bread crumbs. Mix in ice water until pastry comes together (add more ice water, 1 tbsp at a time, if needed). Shape pastry into ball and flatten into disk. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1…

8 min
fun in the sun

Golden Rules 1 Less time spent in the sun, especially at midday when ultraviolet radiation is most intense, is best. Scientific director of Montreal-based Functionalab and Jouviance Nathalie Pelletier explains, “It’s best to avoid sun exposure from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when UVB rays are at their strongest. During daylight hours, UVA rays are always present—even when it’s cloudy—which is why it’s always important to protect your skin.” Keep in mind that UVA rays can also pass through glass, so if you’re out for a drive, don’t forget to protect your face, arms and hands. 2 An effective way to reduce the effects of the sun’s rays is to keep covered. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses with UV protection. Choose loose and breathable clothing, and…

2 min
in bloom

Prep your visage for the next steps of your regimen with this cornflower-, rose- and witch hazel-infused toning lotion. Your skin will feel heavenly. SISLEY PARIS Floral Toning Lotion, $130, Aloe vera and Damascan rose water come together in this refreshing tonic that’s made for revitalizing and hydrating the skin. Use as a toner, makeup setter or as a pick-me-up throughout the day. JOHN MASTERS ORGANICS Toning Mist with Rose and Aloe, $42, With its beautiful blend of evening primrose, sacred tamanu and macadamia nut oil, this antioxidant-rich elixir replenishes the skin, scalp and hair. INNERSENSE Harmonic Healing Oil, $31, This invigorating eye cream boasts an epic combination of bitter orange, geranium and rose waters, as well as rose and chamomile flower oils that are perfect for hydrating and smoothing the delicate eye…

5 min
homegrown goodness

Bite Beauty TORONTO Bite Beauty started off with one mission: to create better, healthy lip products that are powered by superfood ingredients. After all, have you heard how much of your lip product you actually eat? This company’s products are so natural, they’re even edible! OUR PRODUCT PICK: BITE BEAUTY Outburst Longwear Lip Stain, $30 each, Éminence Organics VANCOUVER This company uses sustainable agriculture practices, like biodynamic farming, to ensure every ingredient is all-natural, and each handcrafted product is expertly formulated to bring out the maximum skin-health benefits of each ingredient’s properties. OUR PRODUCT PICKS: ÉMINENCE ORGANICS Mangosteen Gel Moisturizer, $70, Body Lotion, $42, Replenishing Hand Cream, $38, Revitalizing Mist, $44, Céla TORONTO Céla was created by the owner of the Hammam Spa in Toronto after she had trouble finding products to offer her clients. She wanted something…