June 14, 2017

Grilled Cod with Chimichurri Sauce and Steamed Rice

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Hello from Southern Ontario!
Even though it's not technically summer here, the past couple of weeks have been sunny and warm, and we've spent our days sipping beer on the patio, eating ice cream, and playing on the beach, it practically feels like summer. We left Seattle 3 1/2 weeks ago, just when the weather turned warm and the rain finally stopped and we flew to Toronto where it was rainy and cold, and a small piece of me was crying on the inside because I was longing for some sun. Anyone who's spent this past winter in Seattle can probably agree that it was the wettest and dreariest in a long time. When we arrived at my parent's house (which is situated near a marsh), the mosquitos were so bad that we had to run from the house to the car and vice versa in a complete panic, flailing our arms and screaming. But after a week or two, the weather has warmed, the mosquitos have mostly disappeared, and we have now completely forgotten about the rain.

May 16, 2017

Carrot Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing

Last weekend was the most relaxing weekend I've had in ages. After the hustle and bustle of the week before - trying to paint the kitchen island with a toddler running around - I was glad to have some time to relax and focus on me. Saturday evening we went out for champagne and french fries, which was 100% my choice. There are only a handful of things in this world that I love more than champagne and french fries, one of them being Sebastian and the other, Brent. All three of us were there, enjoying each others company, Sebastian trying to entertain us with his toddler mannerisms and grunts, Brent and I gushing over how sweet our baby boy is. Sometimes I can't believe that we made him. Every once and a while I need to pinch myself just to make sure that things are real.


May 10, 2017

Tofu Yakisoba with Broccoli and Snow Peas

I am officially counting down the days until I go back home to visit my family. I've been trying to clean up some loose ends before we leave - finish painting the kitchen island, get bangs trimmed, get Sebastian's haircut, fix my computer etc etc. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous here, which has made running errands much more enjoyable. I tackled the weeds in the backyard and planted a boat load of grass seed, and I'm crossing my fingers that the birds don't eat it all, because i am dreaming of late night hangs on a perfectly manicured lawn, sipping rose and watching the stars.

May 3, 2017

Roasted Cauliflower, Corn, and Black Bean Tacos with Avocado

If I were to ever write a cookbook, it would probably be a cookbook about tacos. I consider myself a taco enthusiast whose diet is probably 70% taco-based. There are others out there who might be more equipped to talk about the whole spectrum of tacos - because I don't eat pork or any other weird meats, but I do consider myself a well-versed seafood and vegetarian taco maker.

April 25, 2017

Avocado and Asparagus Tartines with Basil Pesto

I went to the grocery store yesterday, for no reason other than to take a little peruse around the produce aisle. Just past the apples and behind the carrots, there, I found peas, and asparagus, and all kinds of springy things and my eyes wept a little from pure excitement. I am ready for Spring. I need it to be Spring. I need the rain to stop falling, I need to put all of my winter clothes away, I need to get a spray tan, and I need to shave my legs.

Easter Weekend

We decided to head out of town for Easter weekend. It was also a good excuse to take our new car on a little road trip! We drove to Leavenworth, one of our favorite little towns in Washington State. We were really excited about the annual Easter egg hunt at Cascade's Farmlands. I wasn't quite sure if Sebastian would be old enough to fully enjoy looking for eggs and all the hoopla, but we were soon quick to discover that 18 months is the perfect age to go on an egg hunt.

April 20, 2017

Chewy Chocolate Brownie Bites

It's been a while since I've given you guys a life update. I've shied away from sharing bits of our life lately, only because I haven't been in the right headspace to properly put anything into words.

April 6, 2017

Raspberry Almond Streusel Tart

To me, there's something so satisfying about making a pie. I know a lot of people get intimidated by the process, but personally, I find it relaxing. I've given up the notion that there is one perfect way to make a crust.

March 23, 2017

Chocolate Pie with Toasted Meringue

If you catch me in the right mood, I may just be able to devour a whole pie by myself. Pie is my weakness, especially when it's filled with silky chocolate mouse and topped with a fluffy toasted meringue. There is something so satisfying about running a torch over a detailed meringue and watching the swirls brown. 

I've been spending most of my spare time watching Big Little Lies and The Great British Bake Off. Big Little Lies causes me to drink and The Great British Bake Off makes me want to bake, the latter being slightly more productive.

March 8, 2017

My favorite Blueberry Bran Muffin

I love a good bran muffin. They don't have to contain fruit or nuts, but they have to be made with a combination of wheat and oat bran, taste a little sweet with a slight hint of molasses, tender and moist.

I always gravitate towards muffins with fruit. Cranberries, blueberry, and raspberries - I go for those ones first. Unless, there is a bran muffin on offer, regardless of the fruit, I will always always choose the bran.