I’ve been feeling in a bit of a recipe slump these days. Even though our trip to Hawaii inspired me in a couple of very tasty ways, the dishes were not in the main meal department. Instead, since we’ve been back, I’ve been turning to my favourite tried and true recipes instead of trying new things. All of this is totally normal and fine, except when you are trying to run a food blog. Luckily, last week I had a meeting right next to a very large Asian supermarket and I decided to stop in for a couple of things that we can’t normally get our hands on. While perusing the produce aisle, I saw some fresh lime leaves, which I have never used before. Needless to say, they made me very excited and I knew my slump was over (for now).
I wanted to call this my everyday green salad because it’s not unusual for us to eat it 4-5 times a week. To me, it’s the easiest, go-to salad that goes with almost anything. I always have the ingredients on hand and it’s a no-brainer side dish to many of our meals. I hesitated putting it up here because it’s so simple but then I remembered that it wasn’t so long ago that I always looked to recipes that I found on the internet to make salad dressings. In fact, when I’m looking for some new inspiration, I still do. Another perk is that my boyfriend still doesn’t know how to make it so instead of having to walk him through it every time, he can just look it up here (woohoo!).
I misjudged Calgary. Last year, the winter was brutal. It came early, suddenly and lasted for what felt like forever. I was thoroughly convinced that this was a city of two seasons: a long winter and a short summer. While I probably shouldn’t revoke my judgement too early (it’s hard to tell whether this season or last is the anomaly), the whole point is that winter still hasn’t come. There has been a real fall. The leaves have changed bright yellow and the weather has been pleasantly cool but not too cold. I am pretty sure that fall is my favourite season so I feel very pleased that I get to experience one this year.
As much as I wanted to eat everything when we were in Vancouver, eating out three meals a day is a little much. Solution: smoothies from Whole Foods. Instead of going out for a big breakfast, I was able to keep up with my smoothie addiction by frequenting Whole Foods every morning. Even though I would never spend that much on a smoothie in ‘normal’ life, when we’re on vacation the little indulgences feel way more acceptable. One morning when we were sipping our drinks, I got the dreaded case of food (or drink) envy. Intense drink envy. It wasn’t that the drink that I got was bad, but my boyfriend’s was so much better. I snuck a few sips and then ordered the same one the next day. Man, it was good.