Harry Lalousis

Harry Lalousis

Maille Sommelier

Raised in Australia by Greek-Italian parents, Harry Lalousis has always had a passion for good, hearty food. Maille appointed Harry to become a mustard sommelier, the profession which La Maison Maille has had in their boutiques since 1747, training at Maille’s boutique in London, UK. Through this extensive training, Harry has amassed a wealth of knowledge on the process of growing mustard seeds, the production of mustard, mustard flavour profiles, food trends and more. Each month, Harry will share his tips for cooking with mustard on Maille.ca.

The countdown to the most wonderful time of the year has begun. Between the holiday cheer, the glittering lights and the long shopping lists, the thought of entertaining family and friends often turns the festivities into an ordeal. The secret to counting down the days of Advent with comfort and joy is having a checklist. Getting organized is the best way to ensure you’ll have more holiday cheer and less holiday stress. Maille proposes this gourmet check list to keep track of the big task of feeding the ones you love this Christmas.

CREATE YOUR MENU IN ADVANCE

The holidays are no time to experiment. Testing a new recipe on your guests is sheer madness. Opt for old classics and all-time favourites or make sure to test your holiday menu for your family a few weeks before the big day.

HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTEST

Think beyond the wine glass with delectable gifts that every foodie will adore: Opt for a jar of Maille Black Truffle and Chablis mustard on tap (available for a limited time) or for Maille’s 2015 Holiday Gift set featuring a black keepsake ceramic jar and wooden spoon .

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BASTE:

Gobble this: 5,3 million households consumed turkey or turkey products for the holiday last year. Though the task seems daunting, roasting a juicy bird, is easy as 1,2,3…

VISIONS OF SUGARPLUMS:

It is estimated that Santa visits at least 132 million homes on Christmas Eve, drinking close to 33 million litres of milk to wash down millions of cookies… Put some sparks in your holiday affair with a few innovative desserts recipes including these mango honey mustard macarons or these elegant chocolate fondants oozing with creamy sweet Dijon mustard . Best of all, you can prepare them ahead of time!

A CUP OF HOLIDAY CHEER:

Allow yourself to enjoy the party and mingle with your guests by setting-up a self-serve bar. All you need is a nice bottle of bubbly and a pitcher of colourful punch. Try this original cocktail with cognac and Maille honey mustard. Swap the beets for cranberries or pomegranate seeds for a drink that your guests will be talking about long after the festivities are over!

Whether you’re throwing an elegant sit-down dinner or cocktail party, be sure to savour your #MailleMoment by letting Maille help you create inspiring food moments in your life. Have questions or need inspiration? Message me for advice by using #AskMaille on Twitter or Instagram. Happy Holidays foodies!