Strawberry, Rhubarb and Apple Crumble

Strawberry, Rhubarb and Apple Crumble

Strawberry, Rhubarb and Apple Crumble

I came straight home from work yesterday, dreaming of luscious rhubarb crumble with ice cream.
We got strawberries from the farmers’ market this weekend, it’s those small, soft and intensely sweet kind that bruise easily and stain your fingertips; I can only find these at farmers’ markets.

Another thing you can’t miss at the market this time of year are the reddish hues of rhubarb stalks. I actually bought a few from the grocery store the other day, and then found even lovelier deep hued ones at the market over the weekend, so I promptly snatched them up.
So, we’re not just making this rhubarb crumble this week, we’ll be making simple syrup and muffins too.

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Coffee Journal | Ralph’s Coffee, NYC

Ralph's Coffee, NYC

Ralph's Coffee, NYC

Ralph's Coffee, NYC

Ralph’s Coffee is tucked away in a bright corner atop the Polo Ralph Lauren store on Fifth Avenue in midtown New York.

It’s a charming spot… one of those quaint coffee shops that tempts you into staying for a long while.

The space is adorably inspiring, clean and airy with vintage accents; marble-top tables, giant windows overlooking busy Manhattan streets, and white-washed walls and fixtures.

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Slow Roasted Tomato and Pepita Pesto

Slow Roasted Tomato and Pepita Pesto Slow Roasted Tomato and Pepita Pesto

Slow Roasted Tomato and Pepita Pesto Slow Roasted Tomato and Pepita Pesto

Things have warmed up considerably around these parts. It certainly feels like summer now, we could get as high up as 30 degrees (celsius) this weekend, they tell us.

I slept with the windows open for the first time last night and made my first batch of summer pesto with basil from our little plant tucked away on the balcony, it grows so fast we’re probably going to have our own basil farm in no time!

The neighbourhood Farmers’ Market is back for the season, and I’m predictably looking forward to the sweet juicy fruits of summer. I’ve been dreaming of tomatoes…tomatoes that taste like the way my mom talks about tomatoes from her childhood, back when they grew tomatoes in Northern Ghana. Even though it’s available year round, there’s nothing quite like the taste of fresh luscious, locally-grown tomatoes of summer.

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Donuts for Breakfast

Donuts for Breakfast

Donuts for Breakfast

We had a leisure day yesterday, waking up lazily as if it was a weekend. We settled on donuts for breakfast, there’s this new(ish) donut shop close to my work place we’ve been meaning to try again.

I got a box of donuts from there on my way from work a couple of months ago in a bout of spontaneity.
I’ve talked about not really being ‘donut people’ before, but the unique and aromatic flavours were a pleasant and luscious surprise.
They conveniently offer baked, vegan and gluten-free varieties too!

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Spelt Waffles with Rosewater Maple Syrup

Spelt Waffles with Rosewater Maple Syrup

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!

Spelt Waffles with Rosewater Maple Syrup Spelt Waffles with Rosewater Maple Syrup

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.

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