{Little of my lately: Summer Highlights}

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Refreshing fruity cocktails are always a great way to cool down in the summer. The strawberry mint margarita at Blue Star Diner fits the bill.

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But my fave drink of the moment has to be the freshly muddled watermelon lime soju martini at Candela

IMG_2437We’ve been enjoying the fresh herbs from our rooftop garden..

IMG_2434…to make one of my favourite condiments, chimichurri! (recipe to come) I’m also on a bit of a pickling kick too..

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Summer means less time in the kitchen for me, so I love quick and easy meals like this. Proscuitto, mashed avocado with chili flakes, salt and lime and sliced radishes with fresh ground pepper. Bon appetit!


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I always look forward to Sunday dinner at my mom’s place, where there is always a table full of fresh bites and a glass of bubbly awaiting our arrival.

IMG_2457I finally got the boy to go to the Sidewalk Citizen Bakery in Kensington where he ordered this decadent slice of pizza. Chunks of tender bacon, mushroom and gooey sharp cheese and bone marrow mayo. Ah-mazing.

IMG_2461And a big chewy oatmeal cookie for dessert..If you stop by, DO NOT miss the orange scented morning buns. It’s like a sticky bun croissant..positively addictive.

IMG_2468We took a trip down to the Town of Carbon, to celebrate the boy’s family reunion. The Carbon Museum is filled with interesting vintage treasures.

IMG_2471Obviously my favourite section was the vintage cooking area..

IMG_2467We spent part of the day touring the area and made a quick stop at these beautiful grain elevators

IMG_2464We stopped at the local bar for a beer, visited the Murder Mystery museum and at the end of the day, we all gathered at his aunt’s farm for a big potluck dinner. The star of the meal for me had to be the locally made sausage from Iricana. I saw several people going back for seconds and thirds 🙂

For dessert, everyone brought a bounty of home-baked treats to share. My eyes were beaming with happiness as I marvelled over the large mountain of treats. My contribution to the table were these flourless crisp peanut butter cookies with strawberry rhubarb compote and Maldon salt. It’s like a fancy PBJ in cookie form. They’re incredibly easy and can be made with items that are already in your pantry. Bon appetit!

Salted Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies w/ Strawberry Rhubarb Compote (adapted from Joy the Baker)

  • 1 cup all-natural chunky or smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar (I used organic coconut palm sugar)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup strawberry rhubarb preserves (or whatever flavour you like)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment.  In a mixer combine peanut butter and sugars until well combined, about 2 minutes.  Add egg and baking soda and mix for another 2 minutes.  The dough will be crumbly.  Roll into teaspoon sized balls and make a small indentation in the center of the dough ball with your pointer finger. Fill the depression with fruit preserves.  Bake for 12 minutes, until lightly browned.  Cool on a baking sheet for two minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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