5.18.2015

MARKET HAUL SWEET POTATO FRIES WITH RAMP PESTO

Market Haul Sweet Potato Fries with Ramp Pesto | Sevengrams

Ahh, long weekends. How I love them so. For once, we decided to stay put, relax in the comfort of our own city and it felt great.

The four day weekend kicked off with cookies, drinks (possibly too many) with an old friend, and a really delicious dinner. On Saturday, we made a trip to the farmer's market and took in some really great live music. We don't often venture over to the farmer's market, but man was it a treat! Never have I ever stumbled onto baby turnips or ramps before, and I was so excited to get back to the kitchen. I made this giant bowl of goodness for lunch yesterday -- we grabbed 2 forks, 2 beers and just plunked ourselves on the patio. Long weekend perfection if you ask me.

5.04.2015

SPRING PEA + MINT DIP WITH ZA'ATAR PITA CHIPS (AND A DIP ROUNDUP)

Spring Pea + Mint Dip with Za'atar Pita Chips | Sevengrams

This past weekend was sunny, warm and glorious -- some may even say it almost felt like summer. We had loads to do around the house, but sipped our morning coffee outside, ate lunch on the porch and strolled over to the record store for a fabulous new album.

With backyard//patio/picnic season slowly picking up, I figured it was time for a dip recipe -- something new that screams SPRING, and a few trusty favourites. So pull out the food processor, invite some friends over, crack open a bevvie, and get dipping!

4.29.2015

CRISPY POLENTA WEDGES WITH SPRING GREENS AND A LEMONY-DILL PESTO

Crispy Polenta Wedges with Spring Greens and a Lemony-Dill Pesto | Sevengrams

Spring, finally! It took a little while to get here, but fingers crossed it's here to stay. Spring produce is slowly creeping its way into the market, and though I'm still waiting on rhubarb and adorable radishes, I'll happily settle for the green guys in the interim. This was my first attempt at polenta, and if I'm being totally honest, I was pleasantly surprised. I love a good cornbread, but was worried that the texture of polenta and I just wouldn't jive. Nothing a little roasting and crisping can't solve. Happy Spring Folks!

4.20.2015

THE LAST GRANOLA

The Last Granola | Sevengrams

Somewhere around this time last year, I was mulling over the idea of participating in my first ever flea market. Inspired by a dear friend, I was tempted to try selling some of my homemade granola. The idea excited me for a whole slew of reasons: one - spending a whole day doing nothing but baking and bagging granola; two - for the fun of choosing the packaging and designing a logo; and finally - the fact that people other then myself may actually love the product and buy a bag of 7granola (yahoo!).

Here we are one year later, and though the flea was a huge success (!!!!!), it won't be happening again any time soon (too many other fun things on the go). So I figured, in true fairness to you, that I would share a version of last year's famous granola. Happy snacking!

4.13.2015

SALMON BOWLS WITH PICKLED RED ONIONS, ROASTED SWEET POTATOES AND SAUTEED LEEKS

Salmon Bowls with Pickled Red Onions, Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Sautéed Leeks | Sevengrams

This past weekend was the first of several bachelorette parties, showers and weddings to come (whoa summer 2015). A sun drenched, spring time weekend in NYC with my ladies, was just what I needed. Big hugs to the gaggle.

After a few too many beers + fries, unlimited mimosas, and some of the best desserts I've ever had, I came home both exhausted, and craving something fresh, light and seasonal. Spring has finally arrived (!!!!!) and dinner had to reflect that - colourful, tangy, crunchy and doused in a lemon-dill vinaigrette.

ps. looking for some tips on NYC - check out last years trip

4.07.2015

PASSOVER CARROT CAKE

Passover Carrot Cake | Sevengrams

When we started dating, I assured Nigel that Jewish holidays and Catholic holidays didn't overlap. I'm not really sure what I was basing that on, but boy was I wrong. Without fail, for the past 3 years, Easter and Passover have fallen on the same weekend.

As such, while I'm stuck eating matza this, and matza that this time of year, I find myself tantalized by all the delicious Easter eats that pop up online. Not this year! This year, passover got its very own carrot cake - and though the texture is more sponge cake and less 'typical carrot cake', the flavours are all there, and the satisfaction bang on.

3.30.2015

PASSOVER PAVLOVA WITH MAPLE ROASTED STRAWBERRIES

Passover Pavlova with Maple Roasted Strawberries | Sevengrams

Passover is coming, and you know what that means? No oats, grains, beans, rice or leavening agents -- eek! I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a bit of a struggle, but I love any opportunity to get creative in the kitchen (you know that by now, right?).

In the past, I've turned to nut flours and coconut, but was looking for something different on the dessert front this year. Since I won't be making it home for the holidays, I knew that I'd be missing my Oma's crispy meringues and strawberry ice cream, so I decided to take a stab at an alternative -- light and fluffy pavlova, doused in juicy roasted berries. YUM.