Tomato salsa is great. There is decent stuff available in jars year round, and in late summer I love making my own. But fruit salsas are special. Sure, some stores sell mango or pineapple variations, but they aren’t the same as pieces of fresh fruit, heaped on a chip or served alongside sausage or halloumi style cheese (check out my cherry basil salsa from last year).
Summer is in full swing and we’re enjoying it. Join me this week for a look back at some of the wonderful recipes that have come from the bounty of this part of the season. Continue reading
Yes, it’s summer. Yes, it’s traditionally hot. And it has been. But we’ve returned to reasonable temps, with open windows, lovely breezes and comfortable nights. It’s not typical, which may explain my equally not typical in summer urge to fire up the oven and bake. But I must be out of practice.
It’s been an up and down week. Our little girl needed dental work under general anaesthetic, which went incredibly smoothly, but was anxiety inducing in the time leading up to the appointment. The weather has gone from gorgeous to understandably seasonal (read – muggy & hot), but it produced a gorgeous storm. And just as I was settling into strawberries, cherries appeared! I don’t think I’ve ever bought them this early. They are firmly a July harvest, in my mind. Continue reading
It got hot this week. Like, for a day it got really hot. And humid. And uncomfortable. Partly because we still haven’t turned on the air conditioning yet. But that’s okay. Because the heat did something else. It spurred the local early strawberries to ripen. And ripen they did! It’s strawberry season! Continue reading
The weather has been beautiful. Warm days, very few of them truly hot, and cool nights, perfect for sleeping with the window open. This is how I like my summer (partly because I hate how much it costs to use the air conditioning). I know, I know, it’s not technically summer yet. I’m not trying to rush things, honest (never mind that the year is almost half over already).
This weather has been perfect for our spinach. The leaves have remained tender and vibrant, with no signs of bolting. My daughter and I planted it several weeks ago. It was the first thing to go into the ground, and one of the first edibles from our garden this year. Continue reading