The Atwater Library in Montréal stands near the corner of St. Catherine and Atwater, an oasis of English in this French-speaking town. It’s a proper, old-fashioned library, with arched windows, marble floors, a reading room, and quirky librarians who still stamp the due date on slips in the books you borrow. Pure heaven. It was there… Continue reading Tuna tartlets
What better cookbook to consult for Christmas recipes than Nigella Lawson’s Feast? This dish instantly caught my eye because of the main ingredient, eggplant, which I love, combined with many other favourites: soft mozzarella, parmesan, pine nuts, and lashings of good olive oil. The deep tomato red and brilliant parsley green make it look truly… Continue reading Wrapped up in love
This year I’m thankful to be with my mom and grandpa for Thanksgiving. We haven’t been together for this holiday in a long time. Mom and I spent a cozy, companionable afternoon, grocery shopping for ingredients and then cooking up this simple but scrumptious feast. Why have turkey when you can have duck? Duck breast… Continue reading Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!
I find it hard to believe now that there was once a time when my younger sister and I didn’t get along. Her arrival, four years after mine, disrupted my secure little universe. She was the usurper to my throne. Besides, she had the (I thought) disgusting habit of sucking her toes. And as she… Continue reading Playing with my sister’s toys
A few weeks ago I joined this blog called Gastropost, but didn’t have time to complete any of their “missions”—until this week, when they announced that anybody who posted about the current mission, peaches, would be included in their column in the Saturday National Post. Who could resist a lure like that? After a long… Continue reading A peachy photo-finish
All last week I was wondering what to prepare for dinner-by-the-pool at a friend’s place. Just when I had decided on a safe-but-boring pasta dish, this recipe from Bon Appetit came through my Twitter feed. A one-pot clambake! What could be more perfect for a poolside party? This dish is amazingly easy and quick to prepare, and… Continue reading One-pot Clambake
I’ve been going on crazy shopping sprees at the produce store lately—so many gorgeous colours, textures, and tastes, fruits and vegetables coming into season, bundles of fresh herbs. Last week was strawberry week. I had fresh sliced strawberries in my breakfast cereal every day, and I made strawberry syrup after a friend passed on this… Continue reading Fruity summer salads
Baby bellies, especially. Just ask any of my younger siblings and cousins, all of whom have been recipients of raspberries blown on their tummies by yours truly, beginning in their infancy and for as long as they would let me. (By the time they were pre-schoolers, they usually started running in the other direction when… Continue reading I have a thing for bellies.
Supermarket rotisserie chicken is one of my favourite money-savers—they cost about the same as a whole raw chicken—and they are a great midweek meal-saver as well. I cut off the appendages and add butter chicken sauce, or coconut milk and curry, or pasta sauce and olives (et voilà, chicken cacciatore). We are not chicken chest… Continue reading Kicked-up chicken salads
My friend and I were mulling over the difference between cupcakes and muffins, and the best I could up with was, “Cupcakes are cake, and muffins are—healthy?” I’ve recently made both, and to further refine my definition, I guess cupcakes are generally more appropriate for special occasions, while muffins are for everyday. Kind of like… Continue reading Cupcakes vs. Muffins