Farmers Market Soba Noodles with Spicy Chimichurri and Crispy Kale

July 19, 2015

Farmers Market Soba Noodles with Spicy Chimichurri and Crispy Kale

Farmers Market Soba Noodles with Spicy Chimichurri and Crispy Kale

Farmers Market Soba Noodles with Spicy Chimichurri and Crispy Kale

Farmers Market Soba Noodles with Spicy Chimichurri and Crispy Kale

I made this recipe for La Crema and I must say it was a total blessing! I was getting ready to go on a trip and had all this beautiful produce from the farmers market and didn’t want it to go bad, so I whipped up one of those “kitchen sink” recipes that turned out SO GOOD.

There are juicy tomatoes, spicy chimichurri made from fresh herbs, and everything is topped with crispy chip-like kale. Seriously yum.

You can find the full recipe over at La Crema’s blog. Perfect for a “cleaning the fridge” weekend dish!

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Sour Cherry Strawberry Meringue Galette

July 15, 2015

Sour Cherry Strawberry Meringue Galette

Sour Cherry Strawberry Meringue Galette

Sour Cherry Strawberry Meringue Galette

Sour Cherry Strawberry Meringue Galette

More summer fruit? Yep. Using my new favourite surface to take photos? Yep. Wait, what about meringue? Yep yep yep. All of those things just happened and it’s almost magical.

A few weeks ago I got to pick some sour cherries from my friend’s lovely tree and I knew I had to do something epic with them – other than jam. Galette? Yes, that sounds like a good pick, but maybe we can up the game a bit with meringue, because, summer and meringues are definitely besties. The result is super tasty and looks so cool and rustic! Just the way we like it.

If you can’t find sour cherries, you can use regular cherries too! Instead of being bright red it’ll turn out a beautiful deep burgundy. Either way you gotta throw some ice cream in there! Just forget about the word ‘calories; for a while, mmkay.

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Hibiscus French 75 Punch

July 10, 2015

Hibiscus French 75 Punch

Hibiscus French 75 Punch

Hibiscus French 75 Punch

Hibiscus French 75 Punch

Hibiscus French 75 Punch

Need a pick-me-up? Well, it’s Friday, which means, drinks on me! (and West Elm!)

This cocktail is designed to be served at a party or gathering, it looks super nice on a tray AND your guests can participate in the fun (by pouring the champagne, like, how DIY-me-some-booze is that?). French 75 is one of my favourite cocktails, it’s a classic that never disappoints. Since I didn’t want to change the flavours too much, I just added a little extra somethin’ somethin’ in the shape of tea – hibiscus tea nonetheless – which is SUPER summer appropriate.

Hibiscus – for those of you who haven’t tried this delicious flower – is tangy by nature. Back at home we drink it cold with ice and a bit of sugar (kind of like agua fresca). I merged that idea with this cocktail and BAM! The result: a tangy, bubbly, fresh, and boozy cocktail that will A: cool you down and B: make you look like a pro.

This is one of my last collabs with West Elm for the summer (sad face!) so you better go get this recipe! Jump over to Front & Main to get the full scoop.

Happy weekend!

Young Coconut Dark Chocolate Slushie With Smashed Berries (Vegan)

July 7, 2015

Young Coconut Dark Chocolate Slushie With Smashed Berries (Vegan)

Young Coconut Dark Chocolate Slushie With Smashed Berries (Vegan)

Young Coconut Dark Chocolate Slushie With Smashed Berries (Vegan)

Young Coconut Dark Chocolate Slushie With Smashed Berries (Vegan)

Oh man, is it hot out there or what?! I never thought I’d say this, but I kinda miss the rain (for a day or two). Also, there’s a ton of wild fires and Vancouver has been covered by a blanket of smoke for the last couple days, a bit chaotic if you ask me.

While trying to find ways to keep cool at home (houses in Canada are designed to trap heat, and someone missed the memo of ‘hey some summers may be super hot’), without having to stick my head in the fridge (totally did), I made this all-natural slushie. BEST SHIT EVER if you ask me. It’s so refreshing! And well, it has dark chocolate and smashed summer berries – like a cake, but cold, really really cold.

Making these slushies takes little time and A: they look amazing (which will give you bonus points at your next summer potluck) and B: they can be boozed up for an adult version with dark rum, bourbon, or kahlua for a mocha-like flavour.

Grab your coconuts and come over to the artful kitchen! Full recipe after the jump

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Jalapeño Popper Beer Battered Squash Blossoms (dairy free)

June 30, 2015

Jalapeño Popper Beer Battered Squash Blossoms (dairy free)

Jalapeño Popper Beer Battered Squash Blossoms (dairy free)

Jalapeño Popper Beer Battered Squash Blossoms (dairy free)

Jalapeño Popper Beer Battered Squash Blossoms (dairy free)

So whipped up this little number for dinner a couple weeks ago and they were YUMMY. Squash blossoms are total rare gems; it’s super hard to find them at the market! (at least in here), and they’re about $1.50 per blossom, which – as my mama in Mexico says – “ay noooo que rip off is that” considering it’s about $1.50 for a bucket down there, but whatevs, they’re totally worth it.

You can have them by themselves just lightly fried and they’re lovely, but, since they’re a rarity at the table, I decided to go the extra mile and stuff them with a little bit of a jalapeño popper vibe, sans the dairy of course. Inside you get a creamy and spicy jalapeño oregano cashew filling, and on the outside you get a bold crunchy beer batter that begs for the squeeze of a lime. ARE YOU DROOLING? You better be. I kinda wished I took more photos, but damn, I was hungry! haha

Get the full recipe after the jump!

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Best Summer Cocktail: Marrakesh Sangria

June 26, 2015

Best Summer Cocktail: Marrakesh Sangria

Best Summer Cocktail: Marrakesh Sangria

Best Summer Cocktail: Marrakesh Sangria

Best Summer Cocktail: Marrakesh Sangria

Best Summer Cocktail: Marrakesh Sangria

You know I like to hit the bar quite often, and you know I love traveling, so why not bringing both of these loves into one refreshing and super aromatic cocktail? Oh yes, you’re in for a REALLY GOOD TREAT (caps and all).

Cue: The Marrakesh Sangria, a sangria inspired by one of my favourite places – Morocco! We start with a nice dry wine base, then we build up layers of flavour with elderflower liqueur, figs, frozen grapes, and roses. All topped with a nice bunch of fresh mint, of course. You can make this for your next summer party and I guarantee your guests will feel like they’re wandering through a warm medina.

This cocktail is part of my series with West Elm, you can grab the whole recipe (which is super easy!) on their blog Front & Main.

Happy weekend!

Slow Cooked Salmon with Fresh Oregano and Fennel Salad

June 23, 2015

Slow Cooked Salmon with Fresh Oregano and Fennel Salad

Slow Cooked Salmon with Fresh Oregano and Fennel Salad

Slow Cooked Salmon with Fresh Oregano and Fennel Salad

Slow Cooked Salmon with Fresh Oregano and Fennel Salad

Dudes. Have you paid a visit to your fish monger? Not yet?! Then you should. This recipe is all about embracing the bounty of the seas in all its glory – that means – without getting super overcooked and with simple ingredients. Little heat and little ingredients? Yep. It’s possible.

Slow cooking salmon is pretty much the way to go. It helps keep all the flavour but gets rid of that sushi feeling in your mouth. This is one of my go-to party salads, especially for when I’m like “oh shit! The putlock was tonight?!”. You know what I mean? It’ll totally save ya. Get the full recipe and step by step instructions over at Kendall-Jackson’s blog.


Created in partnership with Jackson Family Wines. All views my own. Word.