Last weekend was our long weekend. We got the Monday off to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday or maybe it’s the monarch we’re celebrating, I’m not quite sure, but it’s definitely the unofficial start to summer in these parts.
We took advantage of the gorgeous weather to prepare our little balcony for all the outdoor summer fun we’ll be having. We spent all our free time at home on our balcony last summer and we’re hooked!
So this past weekend we scrubbed the balcony clean of winter’s dirt and grime and painted it a bright summery shade.
At the plant center we got dahlias, yellow and orange marigolds, lilies, begonias and colourful leafed painted nettles. The balcony looks beautifully welcoming now, I can’t wait to spend blissful sun-filled moments there.
A coffee shop is one of the first things I look for when I get to a new city or town. This is good for two reasons. It lets you take a breather and orient yourself, and you start off your trip with something familiar – coffee. Sometimes you even get great recommendations from the locals; coffee shops are great for that.
On my first trip to Amsterdam, we sat in the charming garden of the Oude Kerk (Old Church) and had our coffee with appeltaart. For this second trip last fall, we got a last minute recommendation for Screaming Beans Coffee Bar but really, having seen it on this list of ’25 Coffee Shops Around The World You Have To See Before You Die’ cemented our decision to try it.
There are certain items in our little cramped pantry that we never seem to run out of because we’re continuously using and restocking them, lentils for instance.
We keep a few varieties on hand; plump and glossy beluga lentils for winter soups; it’s also excellent with roasted okra. We love the peppery earthy flavour of Puy/French green lentils so much we put them in everything.
Pardina lentils (Spanish Brown) are a recent addition to the pantry; it’s sturdy with a rich nutty flavour and the prettiest shade of brown.
This is one of the very first cakes I made when I started baking. I felt so proud of myself when it turned out a success, I told anyone who would listen about this cake I’d baked.
It’s the kind of simple and quick cake that can be easily cobbled together for afternoon tea or snack.
It was the custard powder that initially drew me to this cake; it reminded me of a dessert my mom used to make – warm and creamy custard sauce poured over tender slices of pound cake, it was decadent and perfectly sweet.
The giveaway is closed – a winner has been chosen
Today we’re brewing coffee and giving away Chemex coffee maker!
I’ve often spoken of lazy mornings, and lazy breakfasts at home and how much I adore them.
These moments are both settling and invigorating, there’s nothing like having coffee on a rainy morning and watching the day come to life.
Most of my favourite mornings involve coffee; mornings are so much better when it begins with making slow coffee.
It starts with good beans, sometimes brought back as souvenir from my favourite coffee roasters.
A good coffee maker is equally important, I’ve fallen in love with ritual of brewing with my Chemex, it’s simple and convenient.
Following a few key steps you get a good cup of coffee every time.