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December 17, 2021

Our love tastes like fudge.

Offered with the simple desire to bring delight to others, the story of these delicious morsels of love goes back more than a quarter of a century. After an unhappy marriage followed by a penniless divorce leaving me with empty pockets, I started out in 1987 on a journey of survival with my children at my sides, in a small restaurant with 29 seats.   

Poverty taught us to extend our hand to ask, and also, to frequently give. And without knowing it, we became warm and generous. Our need for love meant we became good at pleasing others. Imperceptibly, like moss on a tree, it became a part of us. We were always ready to shower our generosity on unsuspecting customers, with a second bowl of soup for free or a slice of dessert wrapped up to take home. From one day to the next, love worked to tune our ears to listen more attentively to people, to sharpen our eyes so we would recognize a customer when they returned, to guide our hands to delight them and to ignite joyful creativity deep within our brains.

This redeeming energy made its way through us, shaping our desires, our minds, our imaginations, and became the reason for our success in business.

As if by magic, the invisible caring expressed with our hands was passed on to those of others, spreading this beneficial “virus” to our employees, our collaborators, and later, to like-minded members of an engaged network, to offer clientele quality food and service, imbued with a warm family atmosphere.

That’s how the tradition of offering our customers a little something special after their meal came to be. The fudge plate quickly became a mainstay of our approach: a warm hello upon entering and an indulgent sweet moment to take away at the end.

Here is your chance to make up some fudge to treat your family and neighbours. I guarantee it will create a chorus of complements from loved ones.   

  1. Butter a 6” x 10” baking dish.
  2. In a saucepan, mix together:
    • 3 cups light brown sugar
    • 2/3 cups melted butter  
    • 2/3 cups of 15% or 35% cream
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. As soon as mixture begins to boil, continue cooking for another 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Add to mixture, mixing vigorously using a whisk or hand mixer:
    • 2 cups icing sugar
    • A few pinches of love
  7. When the mixture is nice and thick, pour into the buttered dish.
  8. Allow to cool and cut into good-sized pieces.

Enjoy in moderation and share generously with others.  

The next time you visit a restaurant, take two pieces: one for you and one for me.

All my  ❤️,