July 31, 2014

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

It’s officially summer here when the pick-your-own strawberry farms open up, and I went to pick my fill.

I debated about what to make with the fruits of my labour. I really enjoyed the strawberry rhubarb pie from last year but didn't want to go through the hassle of making pie crust. Laziness triumphs over ambition.

This is where the crisp comes in.

June 30, 2014

Kale & Asparagus Pasta Alfredo

For me, the appearance of asparagus at the market means the end of winter. Finally.

Suddenly life becomes brighter, more enjoyable. Warmth and sunshine will do that to you.

I bought a bunch of asparagus before realizing my garden was thriving – the kale ready for picking, the lettuce ready for salad-making.

May 31, 2014

Rome & Naples

I suffer from a condition called wanderlust. It's only been a month since my last trip and I'm already dreaming about where to visit next.

After I graduated from university, my friends and I did a jam-packed backpacking tour of Europe - nine cities in five weeks. It was a trip where I got to sample a bit of everything, vowing to return to experience certain countries in full. Italy was high on that list.

One of my biggest regrets was not going into the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, so I made sure to do that this time around. Other than that, I didn't have anything specific in mind that I wanted to do in Rome. Instead, my favourite way to explore a city is to wander aimlessly and soak in the sights and sounds.

April 29, 2014

Sneak Peek: Italy

I landed on Canadian soil two days ago, am still jet lagged and haven't had the chance to sift through my photos yet. But I have many, many photos! This is a preview of things to come, so stay tuned.

March 31, 2014

Pasta with Tuna and Tomato Sauce

Sometimes, a meal made of canned goods is the way to go.

You know those days: when you're feeling lazy; the vegetables look sad and wilted at the grocery store because we're on our eleventy month of winter; you don't think you can do another dish of root vegetables.

(I will admit to eating mashed sweet potatoes and nothing else as a meal and do not regret it.)

This is one of my favourite pasta dishes because it contains:
  • Anchovies, which gets a bad reputation but adds so much depth to a dish.
  • Tuna, because who doesn't love tuna? (A list of sustainably sourced tuna is listed here.)
  • Pasta. I love pasta, so much that I think it would be the last thing I would eat before dying (though I have the right to change my mind at any time). Note to self: stop buying gluten-free pasta because it lacks the al dente goodness and hence, is terrible and not worth eating. Life is too short to go gluten-free (unless necessary).