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).
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.
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.
I had plans for dinner. I was going to (re-)make a delicious corn ‘salad’ filled with roasted cherry tomatoes and zucchini, topped with these shrimp, cilantro, and chipotle lime dressing. And suddenly it wasn’t summer anymore. It was pouring and 10 degrees outside. There was no corn to be found at the farmer’s market and I got squash and beets in my CSA box. Granted, since then, the weather has improved drastically- it is sunny and kind of warm but there is a noticeable chill in the air. I could see my breath when I was walking to work this morning. I’ve been told there is no ‘fall’ season in Calgary, so hopefully we can cling to Summer a little longer, but apparently there is already snow west of the city, so I don’t know how much longer we have.