summer fruit crepes with ricotta

Summer Crepes with Ricotta

August 21

Making crepes is scary. It was one of those moments where you pour the batter into the pan and it looks impossibly thin. How will this ever flip over without ripping to a million pieces? How can this possibly cook evenly? Become golden brown in such a short time? And then it did. It was one of the most satisfying cooking experiences I’ve ever had. Compared to the number of times it took me to get pancake-cooking down to a science, these crepes were completely perfect the very first time. I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to make them.

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watermelon, cucumber, lime slush

Watermelon, Cucumber, Lime Slush

August 18

As a general rule, I don’t like the taste of alcohol. I am not one of those people who sips scotch on the rocks or vodka and water. While I can appreciate a good cocktail, a key part of my definition of ‘good’ is that it doesn’t have that harsh, alcohol taste. Last month when we were in London, we had the opportunity to have a bunch of really great, fruity, sweet cocktails. One of my favourite places that we went was a little underground bar called Bourne and Hollingsworth, a hole in the wall that serves a variety of drinks but specializes in cocktails with tea in them, served in teacups.

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rigatoni alla norma

Rigatoni alla Norma

August 15

Oh the mighty eggplant. Where do I begin? I actually don’t cook with eggplant very often, but it is always what I am drawn to on menus or when I am out. I think that this was especially true this past July. It was definitely the month of the eggplant for me. While I was in London, all market food that contained eggplant ended up in my mouth, and in Sicily, it was ubiquitous and delicious. I couldn’t resist. Unlike my love for how others prepare eggplant, I have never mastered cooking it and am exceedingly limited in my eggplant repertoire. Typically, my first thought is eggplant parmesan. I have a few asian-inspired recipes as well (this one most notably), but that’s really it. While both of these recipes are two of my favourite meals, I always forget about them and usually end up walking by my purple friend in the grocery store without a second glance.

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healthy coconut and blueberry stacks

Healthy Coconut and Blueberry Stacks

August 12

Hello out there. It feels like I haven’t been around these parts in ages. I have so many ideas bursting in my head and I just haven’t been in the kitchen at all. I miss it. Eating out, especially when travelling, is always a treat but I usually start to miss cooking after a couple of weeks. After I eat out for so many days in a row, I also start to crave everything green and light, so it’s kind of ironic that I am posting a dessert after all of this time, but sometimes (always) I want a (fairly) healthy, easy, fast, light snack that is fully satisfying. There is also some chocolate involved to help with my ever-present chocolate cravings (personally, I am always looking for a healthy-ish chocolatey snack, like this one), so it’s definitely an overall winner in my books.

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