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    World Diabetes Day | Living with Diabetes, an Interview

    Living with Diabetes, an Interview

    A friend’s son was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, turning their world upside down. Listening to their diagnosis story and the familiar fear and anxiety of navigating the unknown world of Type 1 diabetes made me think of my sister.

    Today (November 14th) is World Diabetes Day, a day set aside to raise global awareness for people living with diabetes.

    My sister Pearlsa has lived with Type 1 diabetes for several years now and frankly (as far as I’m concerned), is a badass at diabetes management (and she said, “noooo, don’t put that in there”).
    In honour of World Diabetes Day, here’s an interview with Pearlsa on what it’s really like to live with diabetes and some advice for anyone newly diagnosed.

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    Roasted Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Kale Salad

    Roasted Sweet Potato, Black Beans and Kale

    Sweet Potato, Black Beans and Kale
    Around this time of the year, when sweet potatoes are abundant at the market, this roasted sweet potato, black bean and kale salad is one of the meals we make regularly. We’v been through a few modifications, but it’s loosely based on a recipe we found years ago on the New York Time’s Cooking website (it’s behind a paywall now).
    Anyway, it’s one of those warm hearty salads that’s satisfyingly flavourful and also comforting for the season. As a matter of fact, we’ve been making some iteration of salad with roasted sweet potatoes now for the past three weekends.

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    Coffee Journal | Shakespeare and Co Café, Paris

    Shakespeare and Co Café, Paris

    Shakespeare and Co Café, Paris Shakespeare and Co Café, Paris

    Shakespeare and Co Café, Paris

    If you’re bibliophile with a healthy streak of wanderlust, there are a few bookstores around the world you hope to visit someday. I have one of those lists; the Libreria Acqua Alta in Venice, Daunt Books in Marylebone (London), Libreria el Pendulo in Mexico City, The Strand Bookstore in New York City, Cook and Book in Brussels, Bart’s Books in Ojai, Powell’s Books in Portland and Shakespeare and Company in Paris.

    During one of my very first visits to Paris, I spent a charming rainy afternoon tucked in a little nook upstairs at the Shakespeare and Co bookstore reading while a cat napped nearby. As the rain drummed on outside, fleeting notes from an out-of-tune piano and the quiet chatter of people milling about kept me company. It felt delightfully cozy, and to this day, remains one of the most Zen moments of my life. The only thing missing was a cup of coffee.

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    Black Sesame Thumbprint Cookies

    Black Sesame Thumbprint Cookies

    Black Sesame Thumbprint Cookies Black Sesame Thumbprint Cookies

    Fall isn’t my favourite season. As pretty as the turning leaves are, it’s still not summer and the onslaught of rain and cold and dark grey clouds feels jarring at the beginning. I do however love this time of year for being able to comfortably turn on the oven again to bake. I’ve been baking quite a bit since I came back from vacation and I baked cookies before I left.

    I took about half a dozen of black sesame thumbprint cookies for the plane ride. I want to make more this weekend to use up the last of my black sesame seeds.

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    Tortellini with Peas and Pesto Cream Sauce

    Tortellini with Peas and Pesto Cream Sauce

    Tortellini with Peas and Pesto Cream Sauce Tortellini with Peas and Pesto Cream Sauce

    I’ve been gone for so long (almost 2 months!) I feel like I should reintroduce myself.
    Hi, I’m Elsa and welcome to my blog; today I thought I’d share with you this almost no-recipe recipe for tortellini with peas and pesto cream sauce.
    I started working on this post towards the end of summer. I was going to post it along with my notes on the bountiful late-harvest produce from our farmers’ markets, and how I thought summer was undoubtedly the best season to eat local based the chock-full of locally grown produce at the market. We were so inspired, we tried our hands at preserving some late-summer produce to enjoy throughout the year – a summer forever sort of thing.

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