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. 

July 11, 2017

Ginger Miso Noodles with Avocado and Cucumber

I thought I'd pop in to say Hi before we head out to Canon Beach in Oregon for some camping at Nehalem Bay State Park this weekend. This will be the second camping trip of the year for us. Two weeks ago, we spent 4 days camping on San Juan Island, just a few hours drive and an hour ferry from Seattle. We camped at Lakedale Resort, which is a favorite of ours. We've been camping at Lakedale for the past 7 years, every summer making at least a trip or two. Before Sebastian, we used to leave our car in Anacortes and take our bikes on the ferry. We would spend the weekend biking around the Island, doing ridiculous things that I'm glad we got out of our system before having kids. This year was a bit different, toddler in tow.

June 28, 2017

Chewy Chocolate Fudge Pops with Brownie Bites

Since meeting Brent, just over 12 years ago, our tasted have merged ever so slightly. I now eat more bread and carbs, cheese and fats, and he eats more fish and fiber. We used to order completely different meals off of the menu, but we now seem to gravitate towards the same thing. Together, we have developed new taste preferences. I'm still more fond of Thai food than he is, and he likes savory, smoky, BBQ flavors more than I, but generally speaking, we both love savory, cheesy, tangy, spicy, and sweet. 

June 23, 2017

Pancakes with a Balsamic Strawberry Compote

We're back in Seattle, slowly settling in and getting back into the groove. My gardens have exploded into a giant mess of a jungle. I've been slowly chipping away at the weeds, dividing and replanting. I scrubbed the deck, washed away most of the spiders, and finally brought down the patio cushions. This weekend is going to be amazingly warm, so I envision lots of patio drinks and grilling.

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.