We spent the afternoon at the Pickering Skate Park. It was a beautiful, sunny and windy day. Wyatt spent the day running around and getting into trouble, while I sat in the sun and watched the big space get covered in bright spray paint. I even got to help (… fill in a few very little spots in black, which took me much longer then it probably should have lol)! It was pretty much the most exciting thing ever!!
We decided to head up to the cottage last weekend. It was insane, I have never seen or walked through so much snow. We hiked in Friday night, in the dark, with the puppy and snow up to our knees. When we finally got to the cottage we didn’t notice just how cold the powerless cottage was. We had totally bundled up for the 20 minute hike, which left us hot and exhausted. We lit a fire, turned on the power, and plugged in the electric blanket and before we knew it we were shivering waiting for the cottage to warm up.
We decided to make a warm drink. We had packed a small mickey of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, hot chocolate and some cream. We quickly boiled some water mixed our hot chocolate and topped it off with cream and rum. It was the perfect. A few hours later the cottage was toasty and we were excited for the rest of the weekend. We spent Saturday wandering around the wintery wonderland (by then some of the snow was up to our waist!), reading, watching movies and of course eating.
This weekend we finally got into the Christmas spirit! We enjoyed an awesome ugly sweater party with a few friends. We made Ramen soup, topped our eggnog with Christmas spices and spent hours decorating our tree. Our little puppy was the most excited, tugging on the branches and even managing to steal a few ornaments.
It was chilly this weekend. It rained most of Saturday so we lounged around watching old horror movies. We did run out for a quick lunch in Kensington market. Chris has been wanting to stop into Seven Lives (a little taco spot in the market specializing in SoCal style tacos) for weeks. It was everything we wanted it to be. We ducked in soaked from the rain quickly grabbed a couple Baja Fish Taco’s and Strawberry Agua Fresca (Chris grabbed the mexican Cola). Then ran home trying to dodge the rain. Once home we curled back up exactly where we had left from.
Finally Sunday the sun was out and we took Wyatt over to Chris’s moms. She has a wonderful house in the neighborhood we grew up in. She has a big backyard with big old trees and an awesome big lawn, perfect for an excited little puppy. We let our sweet little pup run around until he was totally tuckered out. Chris’s mom also found us a great old book printed 1964. I love it! The pictures are so great.
Now that autumn is in full swing it was time to start making our favorite quick dinner….soup. We make a ton on Sundays and stock it up in the freezer so, when we get home tired and cold from work we can quickly heat it up. This time we made a Broccoli Soup…it turned out rather boring so we added almost 1/2 a can of green curry paste we had bought from T&T Supermarket a while ago. If you LOVE broccoli you’ll love this bright green soup without the spicy kick.
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1/4 cup diced sweet onion
1 head of fresh broccoli, rough cups
1 handful of stemmed green spinach
Fresh water, as needed
Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons each: parsley, some fresh basil from my garden
1 cup light coconut milk, or more, to taste
1/2 can of green curry paste
Thanksgiving weekend officially marks end of summer for me. Although I am sad it’s over the weather has been amazing! the sun has been shining most of the long weekend (except Sunday) and with the beautiful leaves full of color it’s been awesome to wander with our new puppy around our neighborhood. It’s crisp but not at all cold.
Now that summer is over and our weekends are finally quieting down. I have more time to get back to trying to teach myself to cook (and blog). Seems the summer was mostly spent repeating the few recipes I had learned……or us scrambling to make something quick while rushing in and out of the house.
This weekend I made a delicious Plum Torte (originally posted on Smitten Kitchen). I had to switch up some of the ingredients cause we didn’t have some things on hand. But, it didn’t seem to matter. This was super easy and really, really good. I know plums are not a autumn fruit. I don’t care. They should be. …..or look like they should be.
While it baked in the oven I curled up under our big blanket, snuggled in with our sweet puppy to watch ‘Thérèse’ with the beautiful Audrey Tautou. When it was done baking i pulled it out of the oven and headed to our back deck to let it cool. It was bright and sunny outside so Wyatt and i played in the leaves. After we came inside our house was still filled with the most amazing warm scent of fresh baking. As soon as Chris came home we couldn’t resist, we cut ourselves a couple pieces and enjoyed it still slightly warm.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup dark brown sugar plus 1 to 2 tablespoon
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
10 plums, halved and pitted
½ fresh lime (juice)
2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Heat over to 350°F.
MIx flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. In a larger bowl, cream butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until light in color. Add the eggs, then the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
Spoon batter into an greased 9-inch springform pan and smooth the top. Arrange the plums, skin side up, all over the batter, covering it. Sprinkle the top with lime juice, then cinnamon, and the rest of the sugar.
Bake until cake is golden and a toothpick inserted into a center part of the cake comes out free of batter (but of course not plum juice), about 45 to 50 minutes.
Cool on rack.
Summer is finally over. I LOVE summer. The only thing I hate about it, how busy everyone is. It’s hard to get together with anyone, let alone 4 others (my besties and their perfect and wonderful other half’s …. 6 actually, including Poppy and Chris).
We did it. Finally after the heat was long gone and the leaves were changing color we locked down 3 of them (sadly we were minus one, do to some stupid wisdom teeth). We got together in the morning with warm latte’s, bubbly mimosa’s and of course a huge brunch.
We woke up early, grabbed coffee, turned up some music, straightened up the place and started chopping up our fresh fruit. We made a baked french toast (which was perfect, all the work was done the night before), apple/cinnamon smoked sausage from St.Lawrence Market and threw the pile of bright fruit on the table and we were set! As soon as everyone arrived and we were ready to go! We chatted (mostly with my mouth full), laughed and watched poppy and our puppy. Before we knew it, it was time for them to head home to put beautiful Poppy down for a nap. It was such an awesome time. Within the first couple hours of them leaving we had our next brunch date set! Just a couple weeks from now. I love them all so much! I CAN’T WAIT!!
- 1/4 pound pancetta; diced
- 1 baguette, thinly sliced
- 1/2 pound ricotta cheese
- 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon; divided
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar + 2 tablespoons to sprinkle on top
- 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
- 6 large eggs
- 1/2 cup half and half
Butter a casserole dish and set aside.Heat a saute pan over medium heat and cook the pancetta 5-7 minutes until cooked through. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.Fold together ricotta, 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup and dark brown sugar. In a separate bowl whisk together the 5 eggs, half and half and 2 teaspoons cinnamon.
Place a layer of ciabatta in the prepared pan. Spread the ricotta cheese mixture over the bread. Sprinkle cooled pancetta over top. Layer the remaining bread slices over top. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the bread, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Remove the casserole from the fridge and allow to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with extra sugar. Preheat the oven to 350 F and bake 40 minutes or until the custard is set. Serve warm.
* I think it was a little dry. If I were to do this again I would add 2 more eggs and a little more cream (yup, TWO more!)