France, Spain and Italy – Our Honeymoon In Photos

  Paris exists to remind you that dreams are real.. It’s Sunday. The last day of June.  The sun is high in a clear blue sky.  After the oppressive 35 degree heat in Italy 2 days ago,  21 degrees had me pulling out a light jacket to wear when we stepped out for lunch.  We’re…

Wild Mushroom Risotto

My little piece of the Pacific Northwest is cooooold tonight.  Minus 5 (celsius) and a cloudless sky.  We got a sprinkling of snow on Superbowl Sunday and the icy breeze nipped at my exposed ears and nose on my walk home from work. I’ve been cooking vegetarian a few times a week; curried lentil stews,…

Boscaiola – Italian Woodsman Pasta

Sunday’s are comforting aren’t they?  Especially in the Fall.  The sun streamed through the windows most of the day flooding the apartment with light and warmth; the cats lounging in sun beams on the warm hardwood floor.  We walked along the seawall to Granville Island, the best market in the city.  Farm fresh veggies and…

What I Loved In October

Last night we turned our clocks back and as I write this the sun has long set. I served dinner at 6:30, the city sparkling outside the windows, candles burning on the table. It really feels like the dark half of the year now.  A storm came in yesterday and dumped 75mm of rain on…

Italian Zucchini Ribbon Salad

I had the most amazing birthday this year. 5 days of celebrations; family dinners, presents, parties, I was spoiled.  On the actual day of my birthday, my Fiancee and I had dinner at Savio Volpe an Italian Osteria on Kingsway.  We were still on an Italy high having flown home just a week before and…

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…

Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

A friend recently gifted us 2 jars of his mom’s canned tomatoes.  As much as grocery store bought tomato sauce is convenient, there’s something deliciously satisfying in knowing you made your own sauce especially when you look at the ingredients on many brands (added sugar being a big pet peeve of mine).  My homemade sauce also…