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Hello Summer! Magic Lemon Ice Cream

lemon ice cream

In celebration of the first official day of summer, this is a recipe for magic lemon ice cream that does not require an ice cream maker, nor any stove top time. The process is incredibly simple and uses just three ingredients: lemons, cream, and sugar. Sometimes I add a bit of rosewater, but I don’t […]

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From the Garden – Green Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette

green salad

When I planted our salad green seedlings I vowed to let them grow for one month undisturbed before starting to snip away at them. Let them put in some good roots, enjoy sunshine, drink rain, and nuzzle with bumble bees. But I’ve been greedily eyeballing them every day and they’ve been teasing me by growing […]

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Orecchiette with Peas and Wild Leek Pesto

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When I brought home a huge bag of fresh peas in the pod and showed them to my husband he groaned because he knew I’d be enlisting his help. He ended up being at work when I decided to use them so was off the hook. I actually like shelling peas, it’s a meditative process, […]

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Sharpen Your Fingernails for Shelling Season – Peas and Fava Beans with Chevre and Mint

peas and fava beans with chevre and mint

Fresh peas in the pod have finally arrived at the market. The tiniest peas are so sweet and tender they can be eaten straight from the pod. Larger ones are more starchy and need to be plunged in boiling water for just a minute or two. To get at the peas (and favas) a lot […]

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Smoked mozzarella, tomato and basil frittata

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At this time of year everyone’s focus seems to shift towards slowing down and relaxing. People are lying around in parks and clinking glasses on patios. At the liquor store today the main display was a wall of rosé wines. This made me smile. The idea seemed so right and appealing I had to pick […]

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Poached Spring Vegetables with Caper Mayonnaise

poached spring vegetables

This recipe is from the beautiful cookbook Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi. Tender spring vegetables are poached in a golden elixir of lemon juice, olive oil, and lots of white wine (2/3 of a bottle!). The rich yellow poaching liquid looks like pure melted butter, but there’s actually no butter in it at all. Vegetables cooked this […]

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Labour of Love – Fava Beans

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Next in the seasonal parade of local produce are fava beans. These silky green beans come in a large thick pod, nestled in downy white lining. They are hella labour intensive to prepare, but well worth it. Favas, sometimes called broad beans, are also available dried and canned but I never bother with these, they’re […]

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Ramps

ramps

Although Canadian winters can be long and brutal, I’m glad to live in a climate with marked seasons. When spring comes we shed our layers and everything comes to life. It starts getting exciting when the first shoots poke out of the snow and the days start getting longer. Soon the first tulips pop up […]

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