Book Club

During the summer and fall months before my favorite TV series start again and I’ve plowed through every possible netflix show (*sigh* buffy the vampire slayer is even better the fourth time around), I read. ALOT. Good books, back books, teen fiction, memoirs…you name it, I read it.  Ryan thinks I’m not actually reading, but just moving my eyes…

…I’m not

dollbabySimply a Great Read: Dollbaby – A novel by Laura McNeal

It’s a coming of age story set in Civil Rights era New Orleans. Need I say more?

 

the fifth waveTeen Fiction: The fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

Throw in an alien invasion and teen survival, I am hooked! And you’re in luck – the second installment of the series just came out! YIPEE~!


wildMemoir: Wild, by Meg Donahue, by Cheryl Staryed (Also a book turned movie)

A 26 year old lady who’s been through a tough couple of years decideds to hike the craziest trail ever. There’s her against the elements…and her own stench. A good read.

Boothis is where i leave youk turned Movie: This is Where I Leave you, by Jonathan Tropper

This was a laugh out loud kind of novel. A dysfunctional family has to spend a full week together after the death of a family member. Everyone can connect to this – maybe not the ridiculousness of the characters, but to struggling to understand where some family members come from? (see: Teen fiction – alien invasion)

Got any other book suggestions? Let me know!

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Stone Fruit Tart

IMG_9860Welcome to the girliest food I have ever made. The pinks, and reds in this dessert are just so fun that some people might say “I can’t even”  (Note: I am not one of those people).

I know I am a little delayed in posting this summertime recipe up on the blog, but if you’re living here in Montreal then you know that these past two weeks has been more of a summer than what we had a month ago! So, I guess this recipe is sort of fitting for the weather we are having, but maybe not the produce. Sorry!

fruit tartBut hey, if you don’t have good peaches around, save this recipe and keep it somewhere safe because it is one of the easiest dessert recipes you’ll make, and it’s tasty and visually stunning. Looks like you’ve spent HOURS making this tart, when in reality it took a couple of minutes. WIN.

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Stone Fruit Tart

Ingredients:

  • 1 puff pastry sheet
  • 3 cups stone fruit, sliced (peach, nectarine, plum, apricot)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • dash of salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • sugar for sprinkling

Directions:

  1. Pre- heat oven to 375 degrees F. .
  2. Place puff pastry on parchment paper in an attempt to make a rectangular tart
  3. In a bowl mix together the fruit, honey, sugar, salt and lemon juice.
  4. Place puff pastry and the parchment paper on a baking sheet. Pour fruit mixture on top.
  5. Brush the puff pastry border with lightly beaten egg and sprinkle raw sugar on the edges
  6. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Once baked, remove form oven and place on wire rack to cool.

Slightly adapted from Baker’s Royale

 

 

 

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Easiest Turkey Bolognese

For the past 3 months or so i’ve been making a couple batches per month of this turkey bolognese. Why so much you ask? For one, it’s super easy and then it lasts all week. I’ll eat it for dinner, I’ll bring it for lunch, and it gives my boyfriend another meal asides from frozen pizza or cereal to eat during the week (and keeps him from complaining that there is nothing in the fridge).

Why turkey? It’s healthier, easy to make and I prefer it over ground beef. But by all means use whichever meat you prefer – ground beef, pork or chicken. Or why not just add more veggies or lentils for a veggie sauce. This is really such an easy sauce to make and oh so tasty that you have no excuse to not try and make it. If you’re feeling healthy, throw it over some spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles. If you’re feeling like a hearty bowl of pasta to warm your sad and cold heart (winter is coming…) use a big bowl of noodles. Pasta makes everything better.

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Easiest Turkey Bolognese

Ingredients:

  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup of mushrooms, diced
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb extra lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp dried parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Prepare all veggies – by hand or food processor dice garlic, onion, carrots and mushrooms into small pieces.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in large saucepan over medium high heat and then add diced vegetables to pot. Sauté vegetables for 5-7 minutes
  3. Add the dry white wine to vegetables, continue stirring until wine dissolves.
  4. Mix in ground meat, and stir occasionally, until meat is cooked through (about 5 minutes)
  5. Add crushed tomatoes, red pepper flakes and dried basil and parsley and mix well.
  6. Add in bay leaf, and simmer sauce for 30 minutes ( less if you’re short on time) stirring occasionally.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste

adapted from The Cant Cook Cookbook by Jessica Seinfeld

Hope you enjoy!

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Maine in Pictures

This year we took a mini vacation to New Hampshire and Maine – our first time in that area! I enjoyed MULTIPLE lobster rolls and clam chowder which was balanced off by us walking around the cute little beach towns we visited. Here are some of my favorite pictures of the places we visited. Note how there are no food pics – I devoured my meals before I could take any nice pictures of them…oopsie.

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I’m back!

Hello!

How do I start blogging again today after months of radio silence!?!? I suppose I should start by just jumping right in to the interwebs and expressing my thoughts!

Thoughts eh? Hmmm.

I got nothing at the moment.

But I suppose I can say where I’ve been these past few months. For one, I became an Auntie to the cutest little munchkin known to this planet (I cannot confirm nor deny that there are cuter beings from other galaxies). Did I mention I became more nerdy?

IMG_9428I have been working. Alot.

And I haven’t been in the kitchen very much. Between my working hours and my boyfriends schedule, we barely share a meal together! But that is going to change. I miss the comfort of creating a meal, sitting at the table, and just talking. As opposed to our new routine of watching jeopordy episodes while eating pizza on the couch. (Hi Ry!)

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So it begins – the new chapter of my blogging life. Second year of residency, the year of being an Auntie, and hopefully much more!!!

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