Zucchini!

Zucchini

As my dear sister has pointed out, zucchini is a vegetable best hidden inside of other things. It is fairly bland, and takes on the taste of things it’s cooked in, making it a good low-calorie filler in meals. On it’s own, it can be a “watery foul” mess.

So here are some different things I added zucchini to for a more well-rounded meal. One of the good things about zucchini is how versatile it can be – it works in everything, from appetizers to dessert. Here I used it as an addition to my favourite throw-together curry, as well as the base for a truly delicious lemon zucchini loaf – cream cheese icing and all!
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Broiled Apricots with Fresh Ricotta and Pistachios

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Apricots are one of my new chosen fruits of spring. I can’t get enough of them – I’m on at least two a day. They are so good right now – super ripe and juicy and dripping, but not so big that you feel you have to commit to eating a giant piece of fruit. Like, a peach is a full endeavour that’s probably going to get messy. An apricot – not so bad. You can almost just pop these things in your mouth. And I’m also obsessed with their lovely orange/blush colour. I think this might be my favourite colour in the entire world.

I went on a little search to find some recipes that made the most of my new love affair. While I found (and made) some great crisps, I wanted something that didn’t mask the taste of the apricot under tons of sugar. I wanted a showcase. And I found the perfect recipe with the help of Martha Stewart. The broiled apricots are dusted in sugar, but not wallowing in it. Broiling allows the flavours to caramelize and intensify, and the creaminess of the ricotta is a perfect complement to the tart sweetness of the apricots.
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Smoked Salmon Pasta with Asparagus

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This is a really interesting recipe that gave great results. It’s fresh, really easy to make and ended up being delicious. I was at first somewhat intrigued by the mix of ingredients – I rarely use pistachios in my cooking. But it turned out great. It uses fresh spring ingredients, and I was able to find some great Norwegian smoked salmon. The whole family loved it and it’s been asked for as a repeat for sure.

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Playtime in Geneva and the hazards of slippery sandals

I was really starting to feel more comfortable in the city. Navigating the transit system was becoming old hat and there were at least several Genevois who looked past my terrible accent to understand what I was saying in French. So I was feeling pretty good about myself. Friday afternoon was a sunny one, so I slipped on a sundress and my shades and we went out exploring. I was feeling, dare I say it, rather hot. I even received a few complimentary looks from the French men.

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Urban Swiss Fairytales

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Do I get to be Cinderella in my own fairytale?

When I think Switzerland, I often think of a land of fairytales. A place of maidens on mountains, castles perched atop cliffsides, maybe even a dragon or two. Moving here hasn’t done much to dissuade the feeling that things are slightly more magical here. I have said out loud here: “oh, look, there’s a castle on that mountain.” Not sure if there were any maidens up there, but it seemed like the place. So it’s hard not to think of our urban adventures in terms of fairytales sometimes. When I come home at the end of the day, sweaty and exhausted with my trusty steed (stroller) next to me, I often feel like I’ve been on an epic journey.
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Tartiflette


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Using up the leftovers in my house has become so much more fun since I’ve moved to Switzerland. Because, usually, I have some interesting, delicious food in the fridge just begging to be turned into something delicious. In my case the other night, I had some garlic sausage and herbed brie that really needed to be eaten. So I went in search of something tasty to use these ingredients in (besides, you know, just stuffing them in my mouth). I came upon a recipe, or rather several recipes, for tartiflette, a traditional French recipe that I believe comes from this area here.

Now, this is not strictly an actual Tartiflette – I don’t want to offend anyone by saying that it is. For it to be genuine, the cheese used has to be a Rebluchon. I substituted my herbed brie, so this is just a counterfeit Tartiflette. That happened to be DELICIOUS.

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Book Review: Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, by Helen Fielding

Book description: Bridget Jones is back!

Great comic writers are as rare as hen’s teeth. And Helen is one of a very select band who have created a character of whom the very thought makes you smile. Bridget Jones’ Diary, charting the life of a 30-something singleton in London in the 1990s was a huge international bestseller, published in 40 countries and selling over 15 million copies worldwide. Its sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, published soon after was also a major international bestseller. Both were made into films starring Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.

Set in the present, the new novel will explore a different phase in Bridget’s life with an entirely new scenario. As Helen Fielding has said: “If people laugh as much reading it as I am while writing it then we’ll all be very happy.”
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