Friday, August 28, 2009

august critical mass

share the road

these were ribbons that were passed out by two very cute siblings at the july critical mass in toronto.

the august critical mass is tonight! will you join andre and i?

Friday, August 21, 2009

aaah summer

golden raspberries

golden raspberries

i am in love with all fruit golden.

last fall, my friend V introduced me to golden kiwis. the best kiwis on the planet.

and now this summer the little organics store just behind our house on dundas carried golden raspberries for one week. they are oh so delicious.

the thing with golden fruit is that they have all the characteristics of their regular counterparts but without the tartness. this makes them somehow creamier and richer in taste. so if you can imagine having a raspberry that is all fruity and floraly but without the tangy after taste, that is what these tasted like.


have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

the end of a (very short) era



big sigh. sadly, ms. myae papaya has returned to vancouver due to some unforeseen circumstances. it's only been one day and i already miss her a lot.

but wallowing in my loneliness won't do me any good, so i'll keep myself busy and hopefully this 'busy-ness' will turn into something productive.

listening to: friendly fire by sean lennon

photos: a super windy, chilly day at the beaches

Sunday, August 9, 2009

homemade pesto

makin' pesto

makin' pesto

i had some left over walnuts and my two lemon basil plants had grown tremendously in the last month thanks to the rain, that i decided to make some pesto by substituting walnuts for pine nuts and voila! some yummy pesto! (lemon basil is more peppery in taste so i didn't add any pepper to this batch of pesto.)

and no, those aren't mutant basil leaves. my food processor is actually a mini chopper that my mom got for me, perfect for cooking for two. for my pesto making, though, i had to do it in two parts.

if we keep on getting more rain and more heat i should be able to make at least 2 more batches and next time, perhaps i'll have time to pick up some pine nuts.

walnut pesto
all measurements are approximate, since i never measure

2 cups packed basil leaves
1/2 cup walnuts (pre chop before adding basil leaves if they are whole)
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large clove garlic
lots of parmesan
sea salt and pepper to taste

place all ingredients in food processor and process until desired consistency!