Podcasts are having their heyday right now – it seems like everyone and their dog is starting a podcast and I love it! I listen to podcasts in the car, instead of turning on the radio, while I’m getting ready in the morning, at the gym, and at work (when I’m not doing something that requires me to be super focused). It’s such a great way to be exposed to new ideas and learn a lot! There are so many podcasts targeted to food bloggers (and for bloggers and food lovers separately!) These are my favourites.
Summertime makes me feel different – there is a hazy laziness in the air – a more accepting, laid-back tone, a greater appreciation for the best things in life: water, sun, wine.
Even though summertime is often the busiest time of the year, we approach it differently, in a more measured way. Dinner is eaten when we drag ourselves away from the garden and the sun, and while J turns on the BBQ to grill some meat, I slice some veggies. Our dinners are usually casual, without following big recipes. Often we eat salads, and that is cool and refreshing, and often enough.
We’ve had the most amazing June in Vancouver – two days of rain and all the rest sun, sun, sun. No June gloom here! It’s another amazing day today, perfect for eating dinner outside. There’s nothing I love more than eating dinner on our little deck off our kitchen. It looks something like this:
This pasta salad packs a whole grain punch, tossed in a tangy Asian-style Soy Ginger dressing, and topped with tons of fresh basil. And most importantly, it’s a cinch to whip up after work when I’ve come home dripping in sweat from a post-work run. To make it a complete meal, you could buy one of those rotisserie chickens from the grocery store and slice it on top of the salad, or grill up your own chicken breast.
Trust me though, this pasta salad is a flavour explosion. And don’t skimp on the fresh basil – I cut some basil springs out from our windowbox garden – speaking of which, we planted all our veggies on our roof garden this past weekend! Horray! It’s always so exciting and a sign of summer approaching once the roof garden gets going.
I am not a runner. Or so I’ve told myself for the past 20 years. I ran and competed in track in high school, but I was only good at the 100 meter sprint – anything long-distance I hated. And so, I decided I wasn’t a runner.
This January, a colleague of mine decided to put together a corporate team for a local 10km run. Her and I are friends and she asked me if I’d run. My first instinct was, “No way, I’m not a runner!” but then I stopped myself before those words left my mouth. And thought for a minute. No, I’ve never liked long-distance running before, but why not push myself into doing something I’m not good at? Why not try? Why not get better?
Risotto, risotto, risotto, how I love thee.
Risotto is one of those dishes I don’t ever remember my parents making – it’s a food that I feel like J introduced me to (other notable foods he’s made me love are pork tenderloin and brussel sprouts). And I love risotto. It is one of those great one-pot meals, requiring a little TLC, a little extra love and attention, and then its warmth perfectly warms your belly on a cold day. Risotto is versatile and fairly forgiving, as long as you don’t neglect it!