September 14, 2017

Roasted Grape and Ricotta Crostini

Last weekend we went to Skipley Farms to pick some apples - which seems out of character for someone who is in denial about Fall, or rather, angry that summer is coming to an end. The weather was gorgeous and we had nothing to do, so I mentioned that we go to a farm outside the city to let Sebastian run around because that's what you do with a toddler. You spend your weekends bringing them to various places to burn off energy, preferably ones away from roads and traffic and large crowds, sort of like a puppy.

September 7, 2017

Brown Sugar Peach Crisp with Coconut Ice Cream

I haven't eaten enough strawberries or peaches or tomatoes.
I haven't been to enough beaches.
I haven't roasted enough marshmallows for S'mores.
I don't want to retire my sandals or that cute bathing suit I bought last month.
I don't want you to go.

August 29, 2017

Summery Peach and Fig Salad with Avocado, Quinoa, and Sliced Almonds

I feel like it's been a while since I've sat down and shared what's been going on in my life lately. This summer has been glorious. After one of the longest and rainiest winters we've ever experienced, it is nice to be able to fully enjoy the summer months outdoors. The weather has been warm and pleasant, not too hot (although I imagine a few of my pregnant lady friends would say different). Sebastian is at a great age to start enjoying things outdoors - the beach, parks, the zoo. He's out of that awkward transitional stage - when babies go from doing nothing to crawling and you want to get outdoors and let them burn some energy and play and do all the things that kids do but you're somewhat limited to places you can go, and they're really just babies. I felt that stage a bit difficult, as we spent most of our days walking with the stroller. There are only so many times you can stroll down the same street before you go crazy and the neighbors think you are a creeper.

August 10, 2017

Lettuce Cups with Crispy Coconut Tofu, Rice Noodles, Mango, and Avocado

These lettuce cups scream summer! They are the perfect appetizer, light lunch, or snack. I am pretty obsessed with fresh rolls or anything rolled up in a lettuce wrap for that matter. A few years back, I tried some vegetarian rolls from Monsoon, which were essentially a crispy vegetable spring roll served with fresh rice noodles and lettuce. You then dip the spring roll wrapped in rice noodles and lettuce into the most amazing sauce and shove it all in your mouth. It was the most amazing flavor combination - crispy, chewy and a freshness that was crazy good. This is where my obsession with fried foods wrapped in lettuce began. I had a similar experience a few years later at Cafe Flora, which really just confirmed my love of fried food wrapped in lettuce. They have these coconut tofu lettuce wraps - coconut breaded tofu, crisp romaine, fresh herbs and a sweet chili sauce - that are crazy good. I like to go there at least once or twice a month just to get my coconut tofu lettuce fix.

August 2, 2017

Summer Corn Chowder with Zucchini and Carrots

You're probably thinking, soup in Summer, what's she thinking? Especially when it's stinking hot outside and it seems like the only appropriate foods to eat are salads, fruit, and ice cream, but hear me out.  The key to a good corn chowder, in my opinion, is the corn. When it's fresh off the cob, it's so crisp and juicy and sweet. Don't get me wrong, if you're really craving a corn chowder in the winter, by all means, use frozen, but from experience, you haven't really tried a corn chowder unless you had it during the months of August or September with fresh sweet corn off the cob and veggies from the garden.

July 27, 2017

Grilled Flatbread with Mozzarella, Basil Pesto, Arugula, Tomatoes, and Avocado

During the summer months, when things are fun and exciting and completely exhausting, I find it hard to figure out weeknight meals that don't just consist of veggie burgers on the grill or giant salads. Don't get me wrong, I love eating those things, but at this stage in the game with Sebastian, it's so important to be offering him diversity in his food choices so that we don't get stuck with a picky eater later on.

July 20, 2017

Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake Squares

We are obsessed with raspberries right now. Sebastian has decided that they are his new favorite food, and he is very enthusiastic about the things that he likes and dislikes these days, so unless I want him to eat raspberries for every meal, I have to keep them hidden. He convinced me to buy a large flat of them at the market this week, so here I was balancing raspberries and a baby stroller trying to get on the bus downtown. When I got home I realized that we couldn't possibly eat that many berries before going bad, so I decided to make some into a compote that I would ladle over some creamy lemon cheesecake squares.