Friday, 31 August 2012
This year I decided to try growing beets. I hate beets (but the BF likes them)...so no biggie if they didn't grow. Well, they did grow, and well! So now I have lots of beets on my hands, and no idea of how to cook them. I found this beet chips recipe, and thought it was worth a try. Anything that is slathered in olive oil and salt and pepper should taste OK, right?
Wednesday, 29 August 2012
This summer I have been biking to work a lot. It is a relatively flat 5km ride, and for the most part, it is very relaxing. However on my way back home there is a busy stretch near my house where I actually have to try and keep up with traffic. By the time I get home, I am usually overheating. The best solution I have found is a nice cold cranberry juice with soda water. It is so refreshing and cools me right down.
Today, it was 28 degrees, and I was HOT when I got home. This time, I decided to try a new drink that also incorporates fruit and bubbles...sparkling strawberry lemonade!
Monday, 27 August 2012
My last salad post seemed popular, so I thought I'd do another one! This post involves two salads that are a little more unusual. These two salads have a few things in common: they both contain fruit, they both play on sweet and savory, and they are both fresh and perfect for summer.
Sunday, 26 August 2012
Today's inspiration came from a couple of garden ingredients: 1) tomatoes and 2) jalapenos. I have been nurturing my tomatoes all summer and have been patient with them- until now! It is almost the end of summer and all my Roma tomatoes are still green! Enough is enough. I decided to use some of the green tomatoes in a recipe. We are big fans of Salsa Verde, usually made with tomatillos. When I found out I could also make it with green tomatoes, I was sold!
Saturday, 25 August 2012
I have been eying this cocktail recipe for an 'adult' root beer float for weeks! Given that there isn't much time left in my weekly summer cocktail fun, it was now or never! Root beer floats remind me of being a kid, and I can't say that I've had one in the last ten years. This is not actually a traditional root beer float, in that there is no ice cream, however it tastes very similar to a real root beer float. Rich, delicious, and pretty, as you can see above!
Thursday, 23 August 2012
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Monday, 20 August 2012
This summer I have learned that those flowers on your zucchini plants aren't just pretty, they are also delicious! I have been experimenting with them for the past couple of weeks, and have been impressed by their delicate flavor. I have learned a lesson or two about how to use them, and have three recipe ideas...after the jump!
Sunday, 19 August 2012
I just realized it is mid-August and we haven't had any watermelon yet this summer...time to rectify the situation! This week-end we went for a long, hot bike ride, and when we got home, the BF and I were in the mood for an ice cold refreshing drink. I have gin left-over from this drink, and found a recipe that would incorporate my left-over gin as well as watermelon. Perfect!
Saturday, 18 August 2012
upside-down one, but I still have probably only gotten 5-8 smallish zucchinis from him.
I have been saving up my zucchinis for about a week now, waiting until I had enough to make this recipe. I have made these zucchini and feta patties several times, and they are great!
Thursday, 16 August 2012
Fact: Pistachios make everything better. Everything. My all time favorite is pistachio gelato. It doesn't sound like the flavors would work, but boy do they ever work! I actually went back for two gelatos on my last day in Croatia when I was on holiday there last fall. So good!
Wednesday, 15 August 2012
This week my beans started finally producing! I have quite a few bushes this year, so I have had several large harvests already. I was feeling inspired by my beans and wanted to find a recipe that did not just treat beans like a side dish. I stumbled across this recipe for Chickpea and Green Bean Tagine, and was sold.
Monday, 13 August 2012
Sunday, 12 August 2012
Saturday, 11 August 2012
Thursday, 9 August 2012
Tuesday, 7 August 2012
Monday, 6 August 2012
This long week-end had the best weather forecast: sun, sun, and more sun! For this week's cocktail, I wanted something ice cold and refreshing...maybe something part popsicle, part cocktail? A few weeks ago, I made strawberry prosecco popsicles, and this week, I wanted to be even more adventurous and try this recipe.