Month: October 2015

apple picking + fall recipes

This fall weather is AMAZING. Jean-jacket-and-scarf amazing, especially when my jacket is now adorned with this super cool pie pin. Somehow after 23 years, the novelty of this seasonal change still hasn’t worn off for me. The changing colours, crisp temperatures, abundant produce, the smell of apple pie in the oven or soup slowly simmering on the stove top still make me feel giddy. We went on a drive the other day north of Kingston and explored all these beautiful rural roads, the trees lining the roads to create this beautiful orange-hued canopy. I might have ruined it by commenting, “Holy shit this is beautiful!” one too many times. I’m also pleased because even though winter is coming, I enjoy cooking way more when the temperature drops. I prefer hearty fall and winter vegetables to summery ones, and there is no part of me that wants to crank up the oven on a hot August day. I’m looking forward to soups and stews, roasted veggies, and stick-to-your-ribs type meals, which I can’t seem to accomplish in the …

buckwheat banana bread

I like to think that I am an organized person: I love making lists, I hate tardiness, and I love my day planner. The reality is not that I’m disorganized, but rather that I like to do way too much at once and have a lot of unfinished projects. The kitchen is often a mess with dishes from my baking experiments, laundry is on the floor instead of hanging up, there’s yarn and knitting needles on the table (they’ve been there since March…), and I have at least 3 books on the go all the time. My multiple to-do lists get lost in my purse among the trillion useless receipts, and I have one two different notebooks containing my food scribbles so I am often flipping back and forth between the two to find the notes I’m looking for. This is progress though, compared to my previous habit of writing on loose pieces of paper and leaving them all over my apartment. Part of this doing-too-much mentality is that I sometimes let it sway my cooking/baking projects in …