Cook the cover: March

Back in March during our never-ending winter, I tackled Bon Appetit’s March cover recipe, Short Rib Pot Pie.

This recipe sounded intense: pounds of short ribs, onion and wine filling a flaky classic pie crust. I decided cooking such a beast should be celebrated. I invited over two of my dearest friends, for whom a month later I’d travel to Ireland to see  married, for a pre-wedding feast.

I’m not going to lie, making the recipe was just as much fun as eating it was. Hunting down the short ribs, cooking the filling the night before and filling my house with a heavenly smell made me excited to finally eat it. The recipe certainly isn’t difficult, just a wee bit time-consuming.

The eating of the pie, on the other hand, took way too little time. Although extremely rich, both my guests and I devoured our slices. We washed the rib filling, sweetened with slowly cooked onion and enveloped in a salty crust, down with a strong Beaujolais.

The pot pie was just as good eaten cold, straight out of the fridge, the next day.

I wouldn’t have cooked this recipe without the cook the cover challenge, but boy am I glad I did. My mouth is just watering, months later, thinking about that meal.

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Summer’s Blooming

It’s officially summer.

I can’t think of a season I embrace more – I’m talking about evenings spent running through the sprinkler, drinking sangria on patios and plotting trips to cottages.

On this steamy Monday evening, however, I’m simply enjoying a cool breeze on my patio.

Faded Peonies

Neon Dahlias


Sunglasses and Succulents

Succulent close-up


Spring Ice Storm Essentials

Winter isn’t leaving without a fight. Ice storm warnings began last night.

I’m sitting in my home office listening to the rap of ice pellets against my window hoping and praying that this is the last blast of cold. Spring weather has to come eventually. Right?

Here’s how I’ve been surviving this *final* brush with the cold:

Spring tulips

Flowers are necessary! I’m a purist when it comes to my flowers. I prefer the garden variety: tulips, iris, peonies, lilies and ranunculus.

G and T

Sometimes you need something strong to get you through it. You know what I mean? Last night I decided it was time for a summery cocktail. My all-time favourite is the gin and tonic. With extra lime. You can’t go wrong.

Veggie lunch

Vegetables.  I don’t know why, but eating brightly coloured vegetables assures me that spring is coming.

So that’s how I’ve been coping. How about you? What’s helping you get through this final wintry blast?



Love is all around

Valentine's flowers

Happy hearts day. Today (like every other day) is the perfect day to tell someone you love them.


Sunday Snaps: Snowed-In Solitude

After a busy week of work and personal commitments, I unplugged this weekend.

We were finally hit with a snowstorm that shut down the city. I tried to make good use of that snowed-in silence. I finally unloaded the dishwasher, shovelled off my car and drank an epic amount of tea.

And then I spent most of Sunday setting up and playing with my new iMac. I may not have left my home office all day.

Girls Night cupcakes

Girls Night candy buffet

Girls Night nachos

new dining room rug

Snow storm and bobcat

tea cup cupboard

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Sunday Snaps: Texture Play

Overcast dull days drove me to find brightness and texture. From flower petals to animal prints I found the contrast and colour I needed to shake off grey weather.

Frosty Branch

Flowers in the sink


iphone case

Purse and chair

cupcake on counter



Sunday Snaps: Around the House

This was a lay low and stay close to home week. I was out of commission last week – which put a serious dent in photo taking.

Looking at pictures over the past week I saw a clear pattern: I’m dreaming of bright pastels, and demanding colour. How much longer till spring time?


Purple Nails

Spring colours

Winter Still Life


Pink Carnation Close-up

Recycled Sparkle

Feel Better Flowers

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