toast for dinner – spiced saucy corn on toast

The last week has been a late golden surge of summer. After a fairly chilly late August, the little burst of warmth and sun was so welcome, fleeting and fickle though it may be. I always find this time of year a bit melancholy, and it seems this year more than ever. Everything is dying,… 

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glorious garden gazpacho

Is summer still summery where you are? If so, lucky you. The seasons always change so quickly here, and it catches me off guard every time. Although summer still technically has another month to go, there is a bit of a nip in the air already. The good news, though, is that the summer was… 

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grapefruit and avocado salad

Sometimes simple is best. This is a lesson I learn over and over, both in life and in the kitchen. There were so many good reminders that simple = good on our recent weekend in Rome; if you put a just a few good-quality ingredients together, magic happens. A few weeks back when I posted this grapefruit… 

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lemony roasted cauliflower

Does anyone else feel like time has been speeding up lately? The weeks seem to be whipping by at breakneck speed. We’re now well into the Circle of Darkness – the period from mid-November till mid-January – where things are dark all the time here. All. The. Dang. Time. Perhaps one explanation for my sped… 

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panisse, two ways

Although I have been vegetarian for over 20 years now, there isn’t any profound moral, political, or ethical reason behind it. I’m a vegetarian because I’m a picky eater, and the thing I’m picky about is meat. I plain old just don’t want to eat it. People ask me all the time if I miss… 

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game changing hummus

Our kitchen has a large window that faces into our building’s courtyard. Across the courtyard from our apartment, but directly in front of our kitchen window, are the balconies from another building. One of these balconies belongs to a couple who, each and every single day, bring all of their blankets, pillows, and rugs outside… 

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Honey Dijon Broccoli Salad

I just finished an exercise, in the name of science, where I was required to weigh everything I ate or drank (except for water) for three days. Let me tell you, this is an experience I do not care to repeat. Not only is it incredibly annoying to have to lug a digital scale everywhere… 

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curried devilled eggs

Have I told you before that I hate Easter egg hunting? Like, for real hate it. Am traumatized by it. Why? Because I can’t find the dang eggs. Can. Not. Find. Them. In my house Easter egg hunting was a colour coded thing. My Dad would hide eggs in the living room, then each child would… 

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Moroccan carrot and chickpea salad

A little while ago, Paul went on a holiday to Morocco. He went by himself, on a solo holiday, a ‘Pauliday’ if you will. We’re very different vacationers, he and I. I’m more of a lie-on-beach-with-book kind of a vacationer, and he’s a very activity driven vacationer. When you’ve lived with someone for nearly 10… 

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orange braised broccoli

Hey there! Happy New Year! Gott Nytt År! I hope you’re all doing tremendously well. Thanks for standing by while I took a little break – it wasn’t my intention to take one, but such is life. And really, if these views were what were to your immediate left and right, would you want to… 

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roasted acorn squash salad

Roasted Acorn Squash Salad with winter greens, crumbled cheese, and toasted seeds served in a roasted squash bowl. Perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Cheerio! I’m writing from my sister’s flat in London sipping on a mimosa before we all (Paul, my sister Emily, my brother-in-law Andy, and I) head back to Heathrow and hop on… 

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multigrain edamame salad

There are times when you should leave well enough alone and times you shouldn’t. I’ve been contemplating that a lot now that I’m into the second course of my program and have been well reminded of that constant state of anxiety that comes with being a student. There is always something I should be doing… 

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barley salad with charred corn and tomatoes

I’m sneaking in a couple of late summer recipes before switching over to apples and squash and cold weather comfort food. There is still corn at my local farmer’s market, and plenty of tomatoes too. I imagine if I can find late summer produce in a cold, northern country where there were only SIX days… 

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carrot quinoa salad

This summer I have had the great privilege, twice, of spending time with groups of people who habitually spend their summers together. Although on opposite sides of the globe, there were some commonalities: lazy afternoons on the beach, friends, family, laughter, and shared meals. The first, in a little beach town in the south of Sweden, was a… 

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spinach salad with summer berries and black sesame crusted goat cheese

I love summer salads. I do not love how much restaurants like to charge for summer salads (or salads in general, as it were). You know the type; simple, just a few ingredients, but ingredients that are in season and full of smack you in the face intense summer flavours. Make your own summer salad!… 

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recipe roundup – Father’s Day

I thought I’d post a last minute recipe roundup for Father’s Day, assuming that many of you are getting together over the weekend for some grilling or picnicking or what have you. What follows is a list of mainly salads and sides, things that are easy to throw together and transport well, things that will… 

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soba noodle salad with spinach

The last weekend of May was a bright and sunny affair in Stockholm. I biked around wearing a skirt and a sleeveless top. We drank cold beers on sunny patios. Paul and I planted a little garden on our patio. I even got a touch of a sunburn one day. And then, June arrived. What… 

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roasted chickpeas with three paprikas

Whenever we go traveling our souvenir of choice tends to be something that brings back the flavour of the place. Hungary is of course famous for paprika, so while we were in Budpest we were sure to seek it out and bring some back. We didn’t have to look very hard, any tourist stand was brimming with… 

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