Vibrant Veggie!

What a flavour sensation tonight for dinner…

There are two main grocery stores in Harpenden, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose. Waitrose seems to have more gourmet type foods and I love the simple modern packaging of their name brand products. Sainsbury’s has everything you’d need as well but doesn’t seem as shi shi. What I really love is going to each store and finding their new magazine for the month. They are good magazines, I think Loblaws should consider one!…

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I like reading these every month because I feel I learn a little bit more about English culture and cooking with every issue. The Waitrose magazine is more about the fancy food and wine and Sainsbury’s has a little bit of everything, e.g. fashion, everyday recipes, advice columns etc. I think I prefer the Sainsbury’s magazine better but still get both.

Each month I like to try a few recipes out of each. There are always veggie recipes to be had. John got home from Copenhagen tonight so I decided on 2 Indian recipes from Sainsbury’s in the Anjum Anand feature. She has a new veggie Indian cookbook coming out in September which I’m excited to get. I made the “Grilled paneer and mango salad with ginger dressing” and her “Griddled courgettes with chickpea salsa” (courgettes are zucchini’s for us Canadians)…

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We both loved the fresh and vibrant flavour of these dishes. Perfect for a UK and Canadian summer feast!

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Back to School

It’s that time of year again…new books and pens and back to school clothes. Here in the UK it’s a bit different because all of the children wear uniforms and little black shoes…

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If Lady Fia was going to school this year she would wear the Mary Jane pair of these shoes and this little dress…

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She’s only 2 though so she’ll have to wait a few years yet but I got her this little uniform to get her ready! The kids here look so sweet in their little outfits. I think it must be cheaper for the parents too. I remember going back to school shopping and wanting so much to wear my new clothes on the first day but it was always way too hot! Ah, late summer in Canada…my fav.

I start work next week so I’m going to have to work really hard to keep quilting and knitting. I have a set of placemats that I would like to work on for John’s parents for Christmas. I gave them a Christmas themed set last year and they use them throughout the year because they like them so much. I figured I could make them an everyday set too this year. Stayed tuned for pics, hopefully by the end of this weekend!

Bye Bye Cottage

A sad state of affairs…it feels as though the summer has come to a close. I’m happy to be back writing again but it does mean my cottage time is over and work, sewing and knitting can begin again. We had a fabulous time. I’ve been to many cottages but I’ll be biased and say there is nothing more unique and beautiful than Georgian Bay’s Cognashene area. For those that now cottage country we headed up the 400 from Toronto about 2 hrs to Honey Harbour and then it’s about a 25min boat ride to paradise!

Of course you have to bring everything with you and we were packed to the brim but happy as Larry…