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appetizer, main dish, recipe, summer

Summertime Salmon Tartare

 Summertiiimmeee, and the living’s easy… Most of the time, anyway. Or, it was when we were kids and got a break from school during the summer months. How lovely that was! Imagine if we got the entire summer off from work? I probably would disappear to the cottage eating nothing but freshly-picked wild blueberries and cottage  ...

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autumn, recipe, summer, sweet

French Almond Pear Tart

I live in a box. Rather, I live in numerous boxes. As Ben and I pack up to move (in nine days!!), I realize how temporary homes can be. I will be moving for the fifth time since I first called Montreal my home, and each time I feel like an uprooted tree… But, of course, I’m sure fresh roots will run deep in this future apartment. I  ...

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recipe, summer, sweet

Lazy Cocoa Berry Sorbet

Slowly but surely, the stack of boxes in my living room is getting higher and higher as Ben and I prepare to move. A month today we will be moving into our new apartment! Before we do that, however, Ben and I had to take care of a couple major purchases: a washer and dryer. We were constrained by size, dimensions, and they had to be stackable.  ...

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breakfast, recipe, summer

Blueberry Sesame Muffins

Blueberry and sesame. They aren’t necessarily two flavours that we ceremoniously pair together. But they are delicious! The toasted and mild flavours of the sesame seeds add a texture and flavour contrast to the sweet and juicy blueberries. Both flavours are enveloped in a dense and moist muffin cup. I found these flavours somewhat  ...

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condiment, recipe, summer

Homemade Vanilla Pear Jam

I have very fond memories of growing up eating my Grandmother’s homemade jam. She made jams and jellies in every flavour it seemed: peach, strawberry, raspberry, grape, apricot, blueberry, choke-cherry… So when I was at the local Farmer’s Market and I purchased a too-big basket of Bartlett pears, it seemed like an obvious  ...

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