My apologies for the lack of activity and recipes happening here. I was so busy enjoying one of the best summers on record and being a new auntie to the sweetest little man ever I didn’t stop to document recipes or take photos with my camera. This photo was captured at the tail end of summer at Cropthorne Farm.
We are now well into fall and Thanksgiving is just days away. My favourite meal of the year. There is nothing like the first big harvest meal of the season.
I intend to get back in the groove of sharing more photos, recipes and images here in the coming months. A lot of my creative energy has been devoted to a new project I am most excited about. I am starting a food magazine with two dear and talented friends called Bread and Butter Magazine. We are in the final stretch of getting our first edition together and it is all very exciting. I can’t wait to share what we have been up to over the last many months. The first edition will be available online but it is our goal and dream to move to print.
I also shot some photos recently of my dear friend Julie in her beautiful kitchen making orecchiette and tomato sugo. Recipes and photos are on her site Kitchen Culinaire.
I just wanted to take a quick moment to update you on what I have been up to and to wish all my Canadian friends a very Happy Thanksgiving. I am so thankful to be a part of an amazing local food community, to know personally many of the people who grow the food that nourishes me on a daily basis and to have so many creative and talented people in my life that I call friends.
I hope you have the chance to share good food around the table with loved ones this weekend.
Sweet, sweet summer always passes in a flash. It is a funny time of year, as I am beyond excited about all of the incredible food that is in season and yet I am so busy enjoying it all that I don’t stop to document and share it here. I do manage to capture much of it with a quick snap on my phone over on Instgram. It is also a case of not really using recipes during these months.
Summer is all about simplicity, picnics, picking berries, dips in the ocean and laying on a blanket under a big tree. We eat sliced tomatoes with a drizzle of good olive oil, a scattering of fresh basil and sprinkle of flaked salt, apricots baked with a bit of honey and vanilla, ice cream, salmon on the bbq or a late summer succotash with butter, corn, fresh herbs and whatever bits are in the fridge. Delicious for sure but hardly worthy of a recipe.
As far as summers go, we have had one of the best ones I can remember. It has been week after week of beautiful sunshine. All this warmth means it has been a great growing season. Every time I turn around the cucumbers in my garden have doubled in size and the fruit has been off the charts sweet and juicy. I am hauling home boxes of peaches and apricots to preserve for the winter. I spent the afternoon yesterday picking blackberries with a friend and her girls. The day ended with big purple smiles and blackberries in the freezer.
My oh my! Where has the time gone? I last posted about rhubarb and now we are full on into everything summer: berries, cherries, peaches, apricots, zucchini, basil, cucumbers, tomatoes, beans and eggplants. Fear not, I have been cooking and eating lots since I last posted. Sadly it has all made its way into my belly and not onto the blog.
I will post a recipe again soon. In the meantime I wanted to share a few photos from a shoot I did for Edible Vancouver for their high summer issue which is just out for distribution this week. When Debbra emailed a while back asking if I wanted to shoot a story all about meringue, cream, ice cream and berries it was an immediate yes. I even had the pleasure of making and eating a new dessert called knickerbocker glory which ended up being featured on the cover of the issue.
It is a delicious story and series of recipes by Eagranie Yuh. Be sure to pick up a copy before they are all scooped up. It is another beauty of a magazine and won’t be around long. A digital version will also be up on the Edible Vancouver website with the recipes too!
Hope you are having a fabulous summer.