Skip to content

Tag: food

Thankgiving (+ Rhinebeck bound!)

13-10-2016_01

13-10-2016_02

13-10-2016_13

13-10-2016_12

13-10-2016_14

13-10-2016_05

13-10-2016_06

13-10-2016_11

13-10-2016_03

13-10-2016_04

13-10-2016_07

13-10-2016_08

13-10-2016_09

13-10-2016_10

I went to my parents’ house a few weeks ago to celebrate Thanksgiving (we celebrated a week early) and the first signs of fall were just starting to peek out. The leaves are changing later this year, I think. But the cooler weather seems to have arrived for good, and I am enjoying sipping warm drinks and wearing warm sweaters.

My sweater is nearly dry, my bags (okay, mostly my knitting projects for the road) are packed, and we’re leaving tomorrow morning for Rhinebeck! I am beyond excited and have a long list of everything I want to see and do. I’ll be there Saturday all day and Sunday morning. I think our plan is to go to the Ravelry meetup at 1pm on the hill on Saturday, so please let me know if you are also going! I am really looking forward to putting some faces to some names. If you’re not going, I’ll be posting a deluge of photos after the weekend, I’m sure, so hopefully you can enjoy a bit from afar.

1 Comment

This week, in (mostly) food

04-08-2016_09

04-08-2016_10

04-08-2016_08

04-08-2016_07

04-08-2016_06

04-08-2016_05

04-08-2016_04

04-08-2016_03

04-08-2016_02

04-08-2016_01

Whenever I upload the photos from my camera to my computer, I always find it interesting to see what I’ve been taking photos of recently. Sometimes, it’s a mix of everything, but other times, a theme emerges. This week was one of the latter, with lots of food photos – canning, simmering, baking – so much good stuff.

Links for more info:

Dilly Beans from Serious Eats
Mushroom gravy from VegKitchen
Whole Wheat Bread from The Kitchn

Hoping your week was delicious too!

Follow
Follow me on Bloglovin’ if you’d like to see future posts!

1 Comment

Pesto time

24-07-2016_06

24-07-2016_05

24-07-2016_04

24-07-2016_03

Midsummer has arrived, and I’m harvesting tons of basil from the garden, which means lots of pesto! We’ve planned to do a bunch and freeze it, but none of it has actually made it to the freezer yet because we’ve been eating it so quickly – on pasta, of course, but also on sandwiches, pizzas, french fries. We’ve mostly been having walnut pesto, because pine nuts are so expensive here, but maybe we’ll splurge and do a batch with them.

I wish it were possible to can pesto in a water bath canner – we’ll end up freezing ours, because I don’t have a pressure canner, but I hate to use up freezer space. I know we’ll want the space later in the year, especially as the holidays approach (we always spread our holiday baking out and freeze everything to try to cut down on the Christmas madness). Any tips on the best way to compactly freeze and store pesto? Cubes are convenient because they’re easy to portion but they take up so much space. I’d love not to have to use ziplock bags too if possible.

Any of you also enjoying pesto as midsummer approaches? Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

3 Comments

Summer in contrasts

08-07-2016_01

08-07-2016_02

08-07-2016_03

08-07-2016_04

08-07-2016_05

08-07-2016_06

08-07-2016_07

08-07-2016_08

Such is summer in the city… a study in contrasts. A quiet, rainy Canada Day at home, making pasta salad and peach pie, followed by a whirlwind of fireworks, house guests, neighbourhood wandering, and the pride parade. What fun. The pie was the first I’ve made this year with summer fruit and it was so good. The peaches were fine in terms of flavour (later peaches will be better, when they’re in season in Niagara), but they were still lovely and juicy. Strawberries are at the very end of their season here, so I’m hoping to make a strawberry rhubarb pie this coming weekend.

I am actually crossing my fingers for more rain this weekend – there’s lots I’d like to do outdoors, but it has been so hot and humid this week. We’ve been averaging around 35-40C with humidity. I don’t often wish for air conditioning, but keeping our apartment cool has proven to be particularly difficult lately. Some cool rain with a breeze would certainly do the trick.

What are your plans for this weekend? Has it been this hot where you are?

Follow
Follow me on Bloglovin’ if you’d like to see future posts!

5 Comments

Summertime, slowly.

16-06-2016_02

16-06-2016_03

16-06-2016_01

16-06-2016_04

16-06-2016_05

16-06-2016_06

16-06-2016_07

16-06-2016_08

16-06-2016_09

16-06-2016_10

16-06-2016_12

16-06-2016_11

A few reminders from the last while that beauty is there, even if you have to look a bit harder for it.

Wishing you a wonderful end to your week!

3 Comments

Easter Eggs

27-03-2016_07

27-03-2016_08

27-03-2016_05

27-03-2016_06

27-03-2016_10

27-03-2016_09

Happy Easter Sunday!

To celebrate, some friends and I got together on Friday evening and dyed some hardboiled eggs with food colouring. I love how the colours turned out, and using tape made such fun patterns. I also made some hot cross buns, and generally enjoyed a bit of time off work and school (although I’m still writing papers…).

It’ll be after Easter by the time most of you see this, but in case you want to save it for future reference, I wrote up a tutorial for dyeing eggs with food colouring a few years ago.

I hope you are all having a wonderful long weekend!

4 Comments

Pickles, cabin fever, and sick days

25-03-2016_05

25-03-2016_06

25-03-2016_07

25-03-2016_02

25-03-2016_03

25-03-2016_01

25-03-2016_04

This week is the first week this year that I just feel so done with winter. Maybe it’s because we had a big storm the last few days, or maybe it’s because I’ve got the flu and have been cooped up at home, but I’m really looking forward to warm weather and fresh veggies and sunshine.

Even as cabin fever sets in, I’ve been enjoying the extra time to work on my red brick cardigan (I’m almost done the body – details on Ravelry) and have watched a few good things on Netflix. Some more episodes of The X-Files, and about half of a really interesting documentary about the Barkley race. I’d love your recommendations if anyone has watched anything good lately.

I did manage to make some pickles earlier this week, though, in an effort to hurry spring along. The cucumbers were just imported garden ones from the grocery store, and I made up a brine and stuck them in the fridge. I tasted one a few days ago, and although they definitely still need more curing time, the flavour profile is promising – just the right balance of vinegar, dill, and a hint of garlic. I used this recipe from Food in Jars, omitting the onions and packing them all into one big quart jar. The amount of brine listed in the recipe was still perfect, though.

Wishing you a lovely long weekend, friends!

5 Comments

Almost spring?

12-03-2016_01

12-03-2016_03

12-03-2016_02

12-03-2016_04

Happy weekend, friends! It’s been so lovely here this week that it almost feels like spring. I hope you’ve been enjoying some warm, sunny weather too. Here are some of my favourite things from around the internet this week:

Along with the nice weather will soon come the return of abundant local produce. Finding affordable local food in a city with an absurdly high cost of living is a challenge, but here are some tips for finding cheap groceries in expensive times.

I made granola using this recipe from the Kitchn as a general guide. Stovetop granola is perfect for when you want a bowl in the morning, but don’t have the time or the ingredients to make a huge oven batch. It takes about as long as making oatmeal, and I like granola more, so why not?

This year was my first year with a balcony, and we didn’t really get our act together to make it a nice space before the weather got cold again. This year, we’re moving again, but armed with some cute furniture, planters, and some serious dedication to use our outdoor space. These beautiful outdoor spaces were just the inspiration I needed.

I enjoy doing things with the people I love, but I also enjoy doing them alone. It’s all about balance. Why the weird stigma of doing things alone?

I’ve been enjoying poetry a lot lately, and someone shared a snippet from Ars Poetica #100 on twitter earlier this week:

Poetry is what you find
in the dirt in the corner,

overhear on the bus, God
in the details, the only way

to get from here to there.

The rest of the short poem is just as wonderful.

Happy weekending!

2 Comments

Catching up.

24-10-2015_01

24-10-2015_02

24-10-2015_03

24-10-2015_04

24-10-2015_05

It’s fall! The weather is so much cooler here and I love it- it’s the perfect weather for knitting and wearing handknits. Classes are good, although now that I’ve decided not to apply to grad school this cycle, I’m excited to graduate and maybe have a break from writing papers.

I’m still dyeing yarn, which is so fun, and I’ve done a few fibre festivals in the past few months. They’re my favourite- knitters are the nicest people.

Although I’m sad to see some summer favourites go out of season (peaches, strawberries, and tomatoes, namely), I’m also loving fall foods. Apple and pumpkin flavoured everything, please. And we did manage to can a bunch in August- lots of fruit jams, and some salsa and tomato sauce. The salsa is especially good- I’ll try to post a recipe later this week in case you’ve still got some lovely tomatoes.

Has fall weather arrived full force to where you live? (And please leave me your favourite apple and pumpkin recipes below… I always need more!)

1 Comment

Summertime.

23-08-2015_03

23-08-2015_02

23-08-2015_01

23-08-2015_04

23-08-2015_05

23-08-2015_07

23-08-2015_06

23-08-2015_08

23-08-2015_09

I feel like the last two months have just flown by, and I can’t believe that I’ll be back in classes again in a few weeks. There have been so many fantastic days this summer, though, and I’ve felt so grateful to be working at such an amazing job, spending time with family and friends, eating good food, and visiting beautiful places. The next few weeks are packed full with exciting plans too.

How have your last few weeks of summer been?

(Knitting pictured- NYC Socks)

2 Comments