TGIF

I finally understand people who truly, deeply crave salad.

After spending two weeks in France, eating nothing but cheese and bread and chocolate and caramel, I spent my last night in Paris diving into a thai beef salad, so desperate was my poor body for vegetables beyond the occasional olive on a cheese board.* I may be borderline scurvy-ridden, but man was it worth it.

I'll have a full post on all the delicious places I visited in Paris up soon, but for the meantime, I'll be attempting to replicate the delicious falafel I had there, starting with Molly Yeh's falafel sliders. (Does anyone have a food processor I can borrow??)

While I didn't shell out the big bucks to see Beyoncé on her recent Toronto stopover, I can appreciate the love (and $) she threw Caplansky's Deli.

I've spent all spring thinking of ways to use ramps if I come across them at the farmer's market, only to learn that I should probably leave them off my plate.

The mercury is rising, which means we've officially entered that time of year when I try to cook anything and everything outside, in order to keep the heat in the apartment at a manageable level. I can attest that this delicious grilled cauliflower recipe is 100% worth firing up the bbq for.

Speaking of the bbq, I arrived home from my trip to the warm embrace of a new issue of Bon Appétit magazine, all about grilling, and now I can't put it down. Gimme all the skewers!

Happy Friday everyone! Eat an extra scoop of ice cream on my behalf this weekend!

*yes, yes, olives are fruit. whatever.

TGIF

 
 

Baseball is here! Baseball is here! 

Okay, technically baseball has been here all week, but today is the Blue Jays home opener, and while I (sadly) will not be in attendance, it's still hella exciting. Here's to a long season, and to me coming up with some delicious snacks to sneak into the stadium so I don't fall prey to nachos with that plastic-y cheese. I'm not making any excuses for my love of Bud Light Lime, though. On that, I stand firm.

What have you been cooking, lately?

This week I stumbled on Smitten Kitchen's iteration of Lucky Peach's Hot and Sour Soup, and hot damn, I've got a new perfect weeknight meal. I have never had such a savoury, delicious soup come together so quickly -- she really isn't lying when she says the active cooking time is 10 minutes! I added way more hot sauce, and some cooked rice noodles to bulk up the soup a bit for dinner (further stretching its 'inauthentic' label, but to delicious results), and slurped up the leftovers the next day with glee. This one's a keeper.

This delicious & simply recipe, originally designed for brunch, has become one of my go-to dinners. Except without poached eggs, because I cannot poach an egg to save my life. And I add bacon, because why not? Anything we can eat out of a bowl is a winner in my house.

I finally received Yossy Arefi's gorgeous new book Sweeter Off the Vine last week, and I'm overwhelmed with options with what to make first. Thus far I've only salivated over the beautiful photos, but I can't wait to dive in!

I also managed to score a copy of the amazing, punchy, soul-satisfying Koreatown: A Cookbook from the library this week, and I will be making a pilgrimage to Toronto's own Koreatown this weekend to stock up on gochujang, ganjang, and chunjang before I dive in.

In other cookbook news, between this and the copy of Fäviken that I flipped through in the library yesterday, I have realized that I fundamentally do not understand cookbooks that don't feature food on the cover. Gimme some food porn, man! I'm buying a cookbook, not wallpaper.

The photo above is one I instagrammed last summer (and stumbled upon when I fell into a k-hole of my old photos last night), of Smitten Kitchen's utterly perfect Blueberry Crumb Cake. Tonight I'll be dreaming of blueberry season.

Happy Friday, y'all!

 

TGIF

 
 

It's spring. SPRING! I know it's only March, and there may well be some snowstorms in store in the coming weeks, but for now I have my optimism blinders on. It's going to be 15C and sunny tomorrow, and as far as I'm concerned, it's spring.

This week, I pre-ordered Yossy Arefi's new book Sweeter Off the Vine. I'm eagerly counting down the days until it arrives on my doorstep, and until then, I'm going to tide myself over by making her Rhubarb and Gin Sorbet the second I find fresh rhubarb at my neighbourhood fruit & veggie stand.

While spring is in the air, winter citrus is still in stores. I'll have to make Sweet Style CA's Citrus Cake with Cream Cheese and Toasted Coconut while I can still take advantage!

I made a mocha banana bread last night that piqued my interest in using espresso in unexpected places. And I don't think you can get much more unexpected than this oatmeal/latte hybrid from How Sweet It Is, which is so dreamy looking it's practically begging me to try it on a lazy Sunday morning.

This weekend I'm hoping to make another visit to Archive wine bar on Dundas. We lived right around the corner from it for over a year, and somehow never went. I'm kicking myself now that I discovered its amazing (and reasonably-priced!) wine list, and delicious food. Gimme all the chorizo devilled eggs, plz.

The header image is from a birthday cake I made myself at the end of February, which was very much an experiment, and one that needs a lot of tweaking. But I couldn't help but share those delicious drips, even in a hastily-shot iPhone photo! Right now I'm starting to gather cake ideas for my brother-in-law's upcoming birthday. I'll be sure to share the final recipe here. 

Meanwhile, I'll be spending approximately 75% of my days staring at this tweet.

Happy Friday, y'all!