Breakfast and Brunch, Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert, Food

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

Nicoletta July 29, 2016

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake, as simple as the title states and flavors that are luxurious and moist, and delectable, using the freshness of B.C. strawberries and the passion for baked goods.

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

Sometimes simple is all you want to do, meals and desserts that take almost no time between the preparation and the cooking time. But that still pack a ton of flavor in your mouth and leave you with a sense of fulfillment. It is the case of this Strawberry Buttermilk Cake, easy, quick, summery and deliciously juicy and sweet.

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Dips, Sauces and Spreads, Food, Pasta, Vegetarian

Spinach Pesto

Nicoletta July 27, 2016

In this Spinach Pesto,  distinct earthy flavors of the spinach combined with the pungent nature of the grana padano cheese, the sweetness of the pine nuts, and the unmistakable garlic essence, absolutely delicious.

Spinach Pesto

The weeks are rolling down so fast, I cannot believe we are almost at the end of July. Back from our little vacation, the days are going by quickly, among jazzercise and yoga classes, few translations, some shopping, house cleaning, a concert, summer events in the city and of course the blog, I had to steal some time to just sit and enjoy my book. I eventually managed to finish it, the one my friend Jane lent me, and I absolutely loved it. It is called “Dance, Gladys, Dance”, by Cassie Stock, the first novel of an emergent Canadian writer. I’ve already started the next one, I usually let pass at least a day between one book and the next one, so that the characters don’t get mixed up in my brain 🙂 .

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Food, Sides, Vegetarian

Grilled Portobellini Feta Salad

Loreto July 25, 2016

Grilled Portobellini Feta Salad. A salad robust in flavors, vivid in colors, just what you would want for an easy light summer lunch.

Grilled Portobellini Feta Salad

Salad has always been an important part of our family meals. I can remember being a teen and would make pita salad sandwiches. My parents make their own vinegar from wines that are old. The vinegar was very strong, but that salad wrapped in that pita bread was so good. It made me feel healthy, vibrant, and so full of energy. This day and age salads have become complex. Not that simple greens mixture with oil and vinegar, but a medley of greens, micro greens, and the additions of proteins, grilled and caramelized, making a salad suitable for a full course meal. Today’s take on this evolutionary dish is Grilled Portobellini Feta Salad.

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Food, Soups, Stews and Sandwiches

Green Apple Gouda Grilled Cheese

Loreto July 22, 2016

Grilled Cheese with Green Apple, Gouda, and some beautiful crusted multi grain bread  and you have the makings of an amazing grilled cheese sandwich. Sweet and savory, toasted and gooey, a perfect lunch time meal that is both delicious and nutritious, simple and easy, lets get grilling!

Green Apple Gouda Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese sandwiches, what child or adult for that matter doesn’t like that crusty encased melted cheese, full of flavor lunch? Well we have put our own spin on the classic, adding texture and diverse flavors, stepping the class of grilled cheese to new levels.

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Dessert, Food, Frozen Treats

Honeydew Strawberry Popsicles

Nicoletta July 20, 2016

Fresh, naturally sweet and thirst quenching, these Honeydew Strawberry Popsicles are the perfect summer snack for kids and adults and a good end to a meal.

Honeydew-strawberry-popsicles

People often ask me what is the main difference I found moving to Canada from Italy and although there are few things that comes to mind, I have to say, now: summer. I miss my summers.

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Food, Pasta, Vegetarian

Roasted Veggie Bocconcini Pasta Salad

Nicoletta July 18, 2016

This month’s feature for the amazing #CDNFoodCreatives is “Fresh from the Graden”. What better than a whole bunch of vegetables and herbs roasted in the oven and blended with bocconcini cheese and homemade pasta? So, we created a warm “Roasted Veggie Bocconcini Pasta Salad” for the occasion!

Roasted Veggie Bocconcini Pasta Salad

Rain or shine, winter, spring, summer, autumn, every Saturday you bet you’ll find us at our local Farmers Market. We simply love it there and couldn’t imagine buying our fresh produce anywhere else. It is a way of supporting our local farmers, but it’s also a way, for us, to plan our weekly meals, and eat outstanding organic dishes thanks to the fresh produce we fill our bags with on Saturday mornings. During the summer we split among our regular indoor Old Strathcona Farmers market and the outdoor ones, City Market 104th and St. Albert Farmers Market. Each unique in its own way.

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