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
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!
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
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.
Making guys eat their veggies calls for pretty much the same tactics you’d employ with children. You need to serve up the dreaded légumes in creative ways, such as slicing them up really small, smothering them with a favourite dressing or melted cheese, or even puréeing them up before slipping them into soups and pasta sauce.… Continue reading Cheers for chopped cabbage
As a full-time student, I haven’t had the time, energy, or finances to experiment with interesting and exotic dishes that I could turn into eye candy for this blog. As much as I hate to admit it, for the past few months, ready-made tortellini, pour-and-serve pasta sauce, frozen pizzas, and Chinese and Filipino take-out have… Continue reading Do-it-yourself fried rice
Nine years ago, at about this time, I got to stay, along with my sister and brother-in-law, at a little house in Florence. Our hostess, Auntie Gretchen, and my sister’s mother-in-law Nadia had been students together in Rome. Their sons, Simone and Raffaele, are the same age and close as brothers. And so, by affinity… Continue reading Mushroom memories
Oh, the things I’ve done for my siblings. Being the oldest child has its perks. You never get hand-me-downs. You get to do everything first. You get to call the shots. On the other hand, when something goes wrong, it’s always your fault. If you had something to do with it, then you should have… Continue reading Filipino Spaghetti
It’s been snowing all weekend. (sigh) Don’t get me wrong. I love snow days – waking up to whiteness and silence, watching the snow fall, being mesmerized by the starry perfection of each tiny snowflake. But after a while you can only take so much whiteness and so much silence. So last night I decided… Continue reading Confetti Capellini
In the middle of a rainy, occasionally snowy, frequently gray Vancouver winter, I find myself longing for summer. So the other day I bought a bag of limes – I couldn’t resist the bargain price of $2.00 for 7 – and today I went on a Caribbean kitchen vacation. As I sit eating the fruits… Continue reading bLIMEy, this stuff is good!