Making Fresh Pasta

I got a pasta maker for my birthday last month and being a long weekend and having all this extra time, my Fiance and I decided to try our hand at making fresh pasta today.  This was such a fun activity to do together and really was a team effort; we watched a few videos…

A Sunday Roast

It’s 7:20 pm. Sunday. I’m in the studio. This is where my piano is kept as well as all my books, my favourite upholstered chair and a wooden armoire adorned with Indonesian carvings and filled with linens and candles.  I keep extra pillows on top of it and the warmest blankets that only come down…

Colombian Carne Desmechada (Shredded Beef) with Corn Arepas and Guacamole

We’ve been having some really beautiful warm weather on the coast.  I’ve been taking full advantage of it spending the afternoons yesterday and again today, laying out on the patio working on my tan.  All the sunshine and Carlos Vives music I was listening to  inspired me to make some yummy Colombian food today.  I…

Jenn’s Chicken Enchiladas

Today I thought I’d try a dish I’ve never made before. They turned out better than I imagined but I would best leave them as a weekend dinner, when I/you have extra time.  Even though I got home at 5pm today, with this being a new dish and the improvisation that comes with creating the…

Jenn’s Homemade Garlic Toast Spread

Today it rained. Hard. All day.  After running various errands and shopping into the afternoon I was relieved to remember I had cooked up a big pot of my delicious Chilli last night which meant I didn’t have to make dinner and could focus on assembling the nail polish stands that arrived in the mail…

Ajiaco – A Traditional Colombian Soup You Need To Try

  I lived in Colombia for 11 years.  The city I lived in (Cali) was hot and sunny all year. Mango, lemon and fragrant Ylang Ylang trees grew around my neighborhood. Bats swooped down overhead when we’d take walks at sunset and mornings brought the song of Cicadas and blue skies.  Every afternoon, close to…

Roasted Rainbow Root Veggies

Rainfall Warning Issued at 08:25 Saturday 27 January 2018 Rain, at times heavy, continues. A moisture-laden frontal system will continue to move across the south coast today. Heavy rain expected. Approximate rainfall amounts since Saturday morning: 70 mm over Metro Vancouver. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in…

Saturday Morning Pancakes (from scratch)

Salem (our black cat) sits at the window. These rainy Winter days are his least favourite because we don’t let him outside. The courtyard and garden are his world where he spends sunny day’s lounging under the shade of the hydrangea bushes and pretending to hunt birds and squirrels up in the Pine, high and…

Swedish Meatballs

The first real storm of Autumn hit our coast today with gusts of wind that finished off the leaves that were still clinging stubbornly to the trees.  I walked over a carpet of hundreds of them on my way to work, all yellow and soaked with the rain.  Aside from the wind, the city was…

Slow Cooker Irish Stew

I can hear the rain falling outside. The raindrops tap the dry leaves in the trees and on the ground making a crackling that sounds like a wood fire burning.  Salem and Merlin (our cats) have made themselves some cozy nests, sleeping on the thick feather duvet on the bed. I want to snuggle up…