January 31, 2016

Roasted Butternut Squash, Lentil & Farro Salad with Pomegranate & Tahini Dressing


We're deep into root vegetables season and my go-to way to prepare them is to coat them in some olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast them in the oven. Toss the caramelized veggies with some quinoa and maple syrup vinaigrette, and you have a meal prepared in less than an hour.


To change it up a bit, I roasted some cubed butternut squash and, rather than quinoa, used farro and lentil to bulk up the meal.


I also used my newly purchased Turkish ingredients of tahini and pomegranate molasses to make a dressing. The pomegranate molasses was an impulse purchase, but I'm so glad I brought some back with me. The tahini is the best I've ever had, with a deep, intense sesame flavour.


December 30, 2015

Turkey


Turkey has always been a must-do on my travel list and while I was a bit apprehensive due to its geographic situation, I decided it was now or never to make it a reality.

suleymaniye mosque

The first stop was Istanbul, where the city is filled with gorgeous, ginormous mosques. Any mosques I visited afterwards could not live up to the grandeur of the ones in Istanbul. I spent one afternoon watching the sunset with the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia in sight while the call to prayer echoed around the city - it was magical.



Next up was Cappadocia, an area known for its unique landscape. Yes, some of the structures do look phallic (hardy har har), but the more fascinating thing about this area is that people carved caves into these structures to create living quarters. Some of these caves have been turned into cave hotels and I can tell you that it's pretty damn cool staying in one.



Hot air ballooning at sunrise is one of the most memorable activities you can do in Cappadocia. While the sun decided not to make an appearance on my balloon ride (I did catch it on other mornings), it was still breathtaking and slightly terrifying on how high we flew. I also did quite a bit of hiking in Cappadocia, which was an absolute highlight.



November 29, 2015

Sneak Peak: Turkey


I took an amazing trip to Turkey earlier this month, but work has been nuts since I got back and my computer has decided to stop functioning, so this will have to do for now. Lots and lots of pictures to come.

October 20, 2015

Mini Apple Pies


Another autumn, another apple recipe. Though no complaints on my part.


Rather than making the usual 9-inch pie, I attempted mini pies to maximize shareability. Also, they're just so much cuter.



Lattice tops on the mini pies are more difficult to handle because the dough tends to warm up and soften more easily. To combat this issue, I used heart-shaped cookie cutters to make the pie tops instead.


September 28, 2015

Caprese Salad

Clinging on to the last vestige of summer:


Using the last tomatoes from my garden, I made a Caprese salad. No recipe needed (though Serious Eats has a guide on how not to screw it up): tomatoes, basil, mozzarella di bufala, olive oil, salt and pepper. Simple and delicious.