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chai tea, compliments of lucy knisley

So I ventured into the graphic novels section at the library (yes, very daunting – the way all the books seem to be competing for your attention. Garfield tries but he really has nothing on Spiderman.) and pulled out a new favourite: Make Yourself Happy by Lucy Knisley. It’s basically a mish-mash of her everyday life, translated into comics. Since she is describing her day-to-day activities the stories themselves aren’t that exciting. And I must admit they aren’t hugely funny but her continual sarcasm is at least chuckle-worthy. Anyway, after moaning through the pains of publishing her first book and going on a weird chug-some-lemons diet she gets to writing down a few recipes! I was dreaming of chai tea and there it was, simple and with cute pictures! So – at the risk of copyright infringement – I thought I’d give you a sample. Just don’t tell anyone I gave it to you.

P.S. I almost forgot! This one’s especially sent out to Seana, in an attempt to cure her of her money-grabbing Starbucks obsession. Stop buying those chai tea lattes and make your own! To everyone else: I hope the new year’s treating you well (or the back-to-school/work one, at least) and when the thought of fast-approaching Fall gets you down, sip some spicy chai and all will be better. Promise!  More about lifting the gloomy Fall spirits to come. 

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strawberry frapp

This goes out to anyone who has ever cracked open a cookbook and panicked. In the style of Recipe Look (which is simply, deliciously amazing) I drew up my own strawberry frappuccino recipe.  (Hardly any text, just pictures.) Try it out and tell me what you think. While you’re blending it up, listen to a little Kate Nash (my latest obsession). I would recommend “Foundations” or “Skeleton Song.” You’ll probably be sipping on your delicious frapp before the music’s done playing – it really is that quick. And, yes, I realize I forgot a “c” in frappuccino. Just go ahead and drink your drink and be quiet.

P.S. I was featured on Recipe Look! Check it out!

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starbucks, my dear

So today I think I’ll introduce you to my love-hate relationship with Starbucks. You should know that Starbucks and I don’t mix often (mostly because he’s ridiculously overpriced and American and I usually go for Timmy’s like the cheap Canadian girl I am) but yesterday I broke dowm and paid him a visit. And what a disastrous decision that was!

I’m over in Edinburgh right now trying to “culture myself” amd after climbing hill after bloody hill trying to find some castle or museum or art gallery (can’t remember exactly what now) I sighed a great sigh, all the while thinking “TEA!” (Jane Austen would have been so proud.) And even though I’m in the UK, surrounded by millions of authentic British tea shops, I ran to that lovely green and white sign I know so well. Oh how comforting a familiar brand can be (why hasn’t Tim Horton’s invaded Europe yet?). My heart warmed at the sight of the “sink-your-butt-into-me” chairs and all the steaming cups of tea and I felt that everything was going to be alright.

Oh, but silly me. I had forgotten I had yet to face the intimidating menu. Turns out the thing about international chains is that terms like the confusing grande, venti, and tall never disappear. And it didn’t help my nerves much that the guy behind the counter was better-looking than most. (Who am I kidding? He was gorgeous! You know, it’s really not fair for anyone to look like some Italian underwear model and have that charming Scottish accent.) I felt like a bumbling idiot with my oh-so-wonderful ordering skills.

“Yes – a small tea. Grande? Oh right, small. I mean, grande. Right. OK.”

And then I stupidly went on to order a scone with jam. (You know, tea and scones? Perfectly British, non-touristy order, right? RIGHT?!!!)

I tried to appear relaxed and cool as I said, “Oh and a scone. A fruit scone? Like with cranberries and apples? Oh, just raisons. Right. Of course.”

And the embarrassment continued.

“Yes, with jam and cream. Whipped cream. Right, now is that whipped cream?”

Shut up. Shut up. Shut up.

“What kind of jam? Strawberry? No wait. Raspberry. No – whatever you have is fine.”

With my tea and scone in hand, I ran from the counter red-faced and sweating.  But the mortification had not yet reached it’s peak.

“Ah miss? MISS? You forgot to pay!”

Of course I would do that. Why not? It was already going swimmingly (as they say over here). Somehow I made it back to the counter, trying to convince myself that Mr. Fruit Scone wasn’t really all that attractive and that the twenty-odd people in line were admiring my new shoes instead of staring at me with pity. But my new-found confidence vanished as I buried my head in my wallet, remembering that this was Scotland and they had their own impossible currency over here. With the help of gorgeous Mr. Fruit Scone (and some of the annoyed customers behind me) I successfully counted out the change and made my escape. And then I found a huge comfy leather chair, opened my book and burnt my tongue on the first sip of tea and for the first time I realized: if you can order at Starbucks, you can do anything.

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meatball sub recipe

Meatball Sub Recipe:

Ingredients:
-bagette
-spaghetti sauce
-homemade/pre-made meatballs
-mozerella cheese
-herb & garlic cream cheese
-feta cheese
-parmesean cheese

  1. Set oven to 350˚F
  2. Warm sauce in pan
  3. Heat meatballs in microwave
  4. Cut & toast bread
  5. Slice cheeses thinly & place on bread
  6. Melt cheeses on bread in oven for 5 min.
  7. Put meatballs & sauce on taosted bread
  8. Sprinkle parmesean cheese on top & serve

Image from here.

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kitchen fascination

“I always look at the fascination of diners coming through from the dining room into the kitchen…you can never get them out because they’re just totally amazed at what’s going on…”

– British chef Gordon Ramsay

The kitchen is where everything exciting happens at home. It’s where I learned (the hard way) not to touch – “it’s HOT!!!”. It’s where I snuck chunks of cookie dough from behind my mom’s back. It’s where I experimented (and desperately failed) with chocolate cake, and where I attempted (and triumphed!) at cauliflower soup. It’s where I laughed, and cried, and danced to my favourite songs on the radio. But I wish someday, for it to look like the kitchens below…

I would love to wash dishes (yes, I did just admit to wanting to wash dishes) in this kitchen. Imagine the gentle evening breeze that would pass through the window as you washed and dried, and sipped a steamy hot chocolate…

The old collection of books nestled under the beam is lovely, as are the well-used china cups hanging from the wall.

Ingenious! Black chalk-board paint on a pantry door – a cheap alternative to a bulletin board.

Wow – what a bright and informal space.

I have always had a love affair with open shelves and I believe I always will. (Silly, I know!)

A floor-to-ceiling collection of dishes – beautiful!

(But what if someone was putting up a picture frame in the next room, or there was an earthquake, or….)

~ Roz

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dans la cuisine

Bruschetta Recipe

Ingredients:
-tomato
-feta cheese
-extra virgin olive oil
-bagette
-salt
-pepper
-garlic
-basil
-herb & garlic cream cheese

1. Set oven to 300 ˚ F

2. Cut bagette into thick slices, glaze w/ oil

3. Place in oven for 5 min., glaze opposite side & repeat

4. Dice tomato & feta, place in bowl

5. Add oil, basil, salt, pepper, garlic to taste

6. Remove bagette from oven & toast in toaster

7. When toasted, thinly spread cream cheese on bread

8. Pour tomato mixture on top & serve

(Good w/ milk!)

~ Roz

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