This weekend we had two friends visiting from Toronto, it was so nice to catch up and chat since we hadn’t really seen either since the wedding. The weekend was full of delicious food and drinks and we had such a good time, even though the weather didn’t really cooperate. Today was still a bit chilly so I decided to make a soup for dinner.
Roasting vegetables is now my go-to for an easy dinner option. They work well as a side or in a soup and the best part is you can pretty much use whatever you have in the fridge. I wanted to add a little something to it though, and came across this recipe from theKitchn that suggested dumplings. I’ve made dumplings once before and it went well so thought I’d give it another try. All-in-all it was pretty tasty but I think I would have preferred fresh bread instead. Oh well, you live and you learn.
Check out the recipe below. Cheers!
- Vegetables: today I used sweet potato, zucchini, onion, carrots and a yellow pepper
- A couple cloves of garlic, unpeeled
- Sea salt and pepper
- Olive oil
- Rosemary and thyme
- 7 cups of vegetable stock
- 1 cup of flour
- 2 tsp of baking powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp of chilled butter, cut up into tiny bits
- 1 tbsp each of thyme, marjoram and parsley
- 1/2 cup of milk
Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut up all the vegetables into 1-inch chunks and spread onto a baking sheet. Leave the garlic unpeeled and place on baking sheet as well. Drizzle with olive oil and then sprinkle with salt and pepper and herbs. Roast for about 40 minutes, flipping them half way through. Squeeze the roasted garlic from the skin. Bring the broth to a boil, add the vegetables and garlic, and then puree with a hand blender until you reach the consistency you like.
While the veggies are roasting you can prepare the dumplings. In a bowl mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Next mix in the butter bits with your fingers until the mixtures resembles fine crumbs. Stir in the herbs and then add the milk and mix until combined.
Drop blobs of the dough into the simmering soup (they expand so don’t make them too big). Cover the pot and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the dumplings are cooked through. Bon appetit!
What a great weekend! Not only was the weather amazing, but Chris and I got so much done in the backyard, just need to plant some herbs and stuff and we’re done! We also finished staining the patio table Chris built, he’ll be posting that soon so check back this week.
After a long day of working in the backyard, there’s nothing better then finishing the day with a tasty mojito. Chris and I got hooked on this drink after our first trip to Cuba. I try to have the ingredients on hand at all times, but luckily if we ever need more limes or soda water our neighbours (who also love mojitos) usually have what we are missing.
Other than being deliciously refreshing, mojitos are so easy to make. Check out the recipe (if you can call it a recipe, haha) below. Cheers!
- 1.5 – 2 oz’s of rum (if using a smaller glass 1 oz)
- A bunch of mint
- Half a lime
- Lots of ice
- Soda water
- Stiff straw (to drink and stir with)
Cut lime into wedges, I usually use a half lime per drink. Toss in the limes and mint and muddle. Next add the rum, then ice and then top with soda water; stir it up, pop in a straw and enjoy!
Yesterday was a great day. Just one of those days where everything comes together and you get stuff done! Not only was I super productive at work, but I also managed to get a bunch of stuff done around the house and cook an awesome dinner.
Last night’s menu consisted of grilled cajun catfish with a side of grilled potatoes and onions and an awesome salad. I’m not usually a huge fan of catfish but figured we’d give it a go on the BBQ, because what isn’t awesome on the BBQ? By the time we ate the sun was down, but I did manage to snap a shot of the salad and the delicious cocktail I made. Apparently gin and lemonade is an excellent combo and I highly recommend to anyone looking for a new summer drink.
Check out the recipes below!
Dill & Cucumber Salad
- Cabbage cut into ribbons
- Cucumber sliced however you like
- 3 x radishes thinly sliced
- 2 x green onions thinly sliced
- 1 x celery stalk thinly sliced
- A bunch of fresh dill chopped
- Dollop of yogurt
- Sprinkle of cumin
- Salt and pepper to taste
Gin ‘n’ Juice
- 1 oz of gin
- A bunch of ice
- Top with lemonade
- Strawberry for fun!
Get a new shoe rack! Chris and I have been super busy the last couple weeks and finally have some projects to share with you. The first is a super easy shoe rack made out of two cedar planks and two L brackets. You could make this out of whatever wood or shelving you have lying around, I just love the smell of cedar though — especially right when you walk in the door!
The old shelf we were using was old and rickety and basically falling apart. It was also big and bulky and took up a lot of space. Having just one shelf much lower to the ground made our narrow hallway a little more spacious. The materials we used are listed below.
Oh yeah, and trying to get a picture of the space was no easy feat since it’s so narrow, so please excuse the shifty shots!
- 2 x planks of wood (cedar smells nice and does well with wet stuff)
- 2 x small strips of wood (to act as extra support between shelf and bracket)
- 2x L brackets (Chris found these in our basement)
- 8 x screws
- Level (we didn’t use one cause we had it resting against the floorboard)