rhubarb muffins

I love seasonal food that’s only really, truly fresh and local for a few weeks of the year. Probably something to do with the memories of picking and eating fresh-from-the-large-farm-garden we had growing up.

It’s rhubarb’s time. And I just made some whole wheat rhubarb streusel muffins, thanks to a Smitten Kitchen recipe. I used plain yogurt instead of sour cream, and added some ground flax seed to the streusel.

My new non-stick muffin tin is something I should have upgraded to years ago…glad I had it today.

I’ve tried streusel muffins before and the topping always falls off. Learned the trick is less batter and pat down the topping to stick onto the muffin as it rises in the oven.

Perfect recipe for a rainy weekend morning with a coffee and the crossword.




friday favourite – gin (surprise!)

I think it’s been weeks (months even) since I wrote about gin. Oh but warm weather is coming and that means new gin options popping up all over.

I am pretty proud of my gin collection but found a new one this week to add to the lineup. Gin Mare – a Spanish gin that’s “distilled from olives, thyme, rosemary and basil.” Sounds intriguing.

And I got a refresh of Dillon’s Unfiltered Gin 22 – a local Ontario gin with a grape base.

I’ve been trying different tonic water (finally) and am loving Fever Tree gin – not nearly as sweet as the usual suspects. I have a new tonic to try – Jack’s Tonique, made in Quebec.

Cheers to my international Friday Favourite. Hello. Long. Weekend.


bullet journal

It started with an email from my friend ACC who saw an article in Popular Science about Bullet Journaling and sent me the link with the comment that she thought this was something I would do. Not sure how to interpret that since the subtitle for the article is A Nerd’s Guide to Bullet Journaling, but I won’t get into that today! The title seemed intriguing: How one notebook could replace all the productivity apps that have failed you. Hmmm. I don’t really use productivity apps but I sure like notebooks—moleskin, miquelrius, filofax — so I read the article. I alternated between WHAT? and that sounds appealing. 

I went to Bullet Journal to read more and that’s where I got a little overwhelmed. The site explains that The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less. 

Next I watched the Youtube video showing you how to start your bullet journal. I decided if I need to take notes about how to write a to-do list, this was not for me…but I did like the notebook with little dots…that would be fun to doodle in, sketch, write my grocery list, so I persevered. And I ordered the Leuchtturm Notebook A5 Medium Dotted Navy Blue because who doesn’t need another notebook?!

Then I googled Bullet Journal to get the real story. I found an article on BuzzFeed called WTF Is A Bullet Journal and Why You Should Start One. This is what I needed.

Bullet Journal

The bullet journal system uses a lot of fancy language that makes everything more difficult to understand. Here’s what those terms actually mean:

Bullet journal: a method of note-taking that uses bullet points as the core structure
Index: a table of contents that you update as you go
Daily Log: shit you did and/or need to do today (+ other observations)
Monthly Log: traditional month calendar + shit you need to do that month + shit you forgot to do last month
Rapid Logging: symbols that help you get that shit done
Future Log: year-at-a-glance calendar where you put events, goals, and long-term shit you need to do

So, it’s a rainy Sunday afternoon and I am going to crack open my new Leuchtturm notebook and consolidate my notes and lists. I’ll let you know how it goes and please…if you have a bullet journal, let me know because I am really curious if this is worth it!



finding veggies again

Well, it’s not exactly warm spring weather yet, but seems like it’s time to start to find some vegetables and salads again. I don’t know about you, but winter left a few extra pounds hanging around, so I made my first chopped veggie salad of the season to lighten up.

I found a cool mix of grains and lentils from Floating Leaf food company in Manitoba. I cooked up a cup of them. Roasted some fresh local asparagus. Chopped up grape tomatoes, cucumber, green onion and some salami chunks.

Tossed it all with olive oil and lemon juice, salt/pepper and a mitt full of crumbled feta.


friday favourite – the death of my fitbit

R.I.P. fitbit. It was fun while it lasted. We stuck together all day, everyday, except when I took a shower. You made sure MAX got an extra walk so I could hit 10,000 steps daily and stay on top of the list of my fitbit friends. And seeing how much sleep I got was interesting, until it wasn’t anymore. What I learned is that I walk a lot and sleep really well, for the most part. So when my fitbit fell apart, I decided it was time for our relationship to end. Plus the colourful washi tape I used to hold it together didn’t always match my outfit! Thanks fitbit, R.I.P.



chunky wild leek and potato soup

I love watching the wildflower emerge every spring in the wooded trails in my area. It’s a game to see if I can remember all their names.

But before the flowers…there are wild leeks or ramps. It’s a ritual to make at least one pot of leek and potato soup each spring with freshly foraged ramps. If you’ve done this before, you’ll know you need to harvest them with a heavy duty trowel. They do not give up the earth easily.

This year I tried a Jamie Oliver recipe for the soup. I sautéed leeks, carrots and onions in a combination of butter and oil. Added in baby potatoes cut in cubes, simmered it all in a mix of veggie and chicken stock. Then finished it off with a rough blend, some cream, salt and pepper, and lemon juice. And feta.

Thank you nature for the great things you grow.