Can’t wait to be back in one of the most beautiful cities and away from the snow (yes, snow. In Winnipeg. Bah)
I’m counting down the days!
I finally found the time to browse through the Smitten Kitchen cookbook that I got for Christmas. I found a really delicious sounding lemon square recipe and when I saw meyer lemons for sale the next day I knew it was kismet. Unfortunately, I don’t possess a food processor and this recipe only uses a food processor. So I convinced Abby to lug over her food processor and I played hooky from work and we spent the day in the kitchen making delicious treats.
I started with Laura Caulder’s lemon cream tart. Jan had made on once before and I fell in love with the perfect combination of tart and lemon that you normally never find with lemon tarts. They’re always too sweet, and they never really taste like lemons.
We moved onto the smitten kitchen lemon square recipe, which was all sorts of gooey yumminess. The layers made it so interesting, there was the crumbly shortbread, that soft gooey center (from all the butter that was in there), and an almost coconut top layer from the lemon zest and pith. Once in a while, amongst the creamy gooey layers, you would bite into some lemon zest and it would burst out full of flavour.
Since I had some lemons left after all that baking I decided I would do something simple and decided to make some preserved lemons for some future experiments with some moroccan cooking. I have a recipe from Dorie Greenspan that I’ve made more than once, but each time I omitted the lemons because I thought it would be too much work to make them. I’ve also never had the foresight to make them ahead of time.
The lemons are sitting in my kitchen waiting to be made. I still have a couple weeks to go before they ready, but I don’t mind waiting. They look so pretty on the kitchen counter with the sunlight streaming through.
Digging: the longer days
Drinking: lots and lots of water, but what I really want is the limoncello that I made last year.
Eating: hotpot tomorrow, can’t wait!
Listening: Alabama Shakes, I’m loving their album, and Heartbeat by Childish Gambino is on constant repeat
Reading: Good Omens by Nail Gaiman and Terry Pratchet, laugh out loud (which I never do) funny book. Absolutely hilarious
Feeling: Sluggish from the time change
Weather: we’re on the cusp of spring…
Wanting: to go on that Vancouver road trip that I’m planning for this summer
Needing: to stop my Buffy marathon..or maybe not
Wishing: I had more time for the creative things in my life
Hoping: the chocolate hazelnut crepe cake I’m planning to make tonight will turn out
Thinking: about budgeting for the Vancouver Road Trip.
Enjoying: all the gym time that I’ve had lately and the results from it
Loving: the promise of summer, limoncello, strawberry orange salads, and lounging in the sun
“They taste,” she says “of novelty”
Summer passed too quickly like it always does. Spontaneous drinks on the patios on Corydon, wandering down Osborne and finding treasures like spade shaped sunglasses. Looking forward to another summer which I vow to pack in even more memories – if that’s possible.
I have a guilty pleasure, every year around this time, I love to listen to Christmas music. It’s one of my favourite things (and the few things that get me through the cold winter weather in December). Right now I’m listening to this, and catching up on project life. There’s something really cozy about being inside listening to Christmas music while I do something creative. (Btw, that playlist is complete genuis!)
I have too many mugs at home. It’s a little bit of an addiction, but once I saw that Parlour had branded keep cups, I couldn’t resist.
Recently, one of my favourite mugs broke. It was a starbucks mug with white ceramic on the inside, and stainless steel on the outside. It’s was pretty to look at and I loved that it was ceramic on the inside. Unfortunately, my purse (and general klutziness) got in the way and it broke. I would love to replace it, but it’s only available at Starbucks in the states. Oh well, maybe it will come around again next year!
I might be a tad late posting these photos from summer but the memories are still fresh in my mind, even though I’m sitting here cozy and warm with the snow piled high outside. I couldn’t not share the delicious food photos that I had with Chen one day. It started when I had a particularly rough day at work and decided that the only solution to my problems was alcohol and who better to help me imbibe but Chen? Drinks down Corydon ended up turning into a full meal and I’m glad it did.
We started off with pork belly appetizers on crostini and some sort of cranberry reduction. We also had their carrot and ginger soup. I’m not normally a huge fan of carrots (I know, I know, who doesn’t like carrots? Me! That’s who), anyways, where was I? Yes, this soup was delicious, even with all the carrots. The best part of the evening was the amazing asparagus pizza we had. The crust was light and airy, the asparagus was perfectly cooked – which reminds me that I really need to try out this recipe. The service at The Loft was excellent! We got a chance to chat with the proprieter and it really felt like a family restaurant (with delicious food) with all the care and detail that’s lacking in other restaurants down Corydon. The family restaurant vibe coupled with a great location down Corydon makes it awesome.