Five things

The Farmer’s market had a bounty of delicious goodness this week, with seasonal greens making way for more colourful fruits and veggies.

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Here’s my daughter feigning interest in the radishes. Such a gorgeous pink!

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And the early strawberries were in! We treated ourselves to one of the few remaining pints. I want to take the kids strawberry picking in a few weeks when the berries are more plentiful and bring home enough to make a few batches of jam.

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The whole family pitched in this weekend to help me with a DIY for the fabulous blog So Fawned. You’ll see my post about it on the site in the next couple of weeks, but until then it’s hush hush. (This is very exciting!)

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I saw this print at Target and it really spoke to me so I brought it home for the gallery-wall-to-be. Just $20, framed and all!

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And to end things on a sweet note, two of my favourite digital magazines just released their summer issues. I can’t wait to curl up with my tablet and see what seasonal inspiration EMMA Magazine and Sweet Paul will bring. I’ve made many recipes from EMMA Magazine, including the one for this rather sophisticated orange olive oil and rosewater cupcake, and nearly all of them have been as delicious as they look. Will you be inspired too?

Five things

How do you spend your Sundays? I can’t get moving before a couple of cups of tea, so I like to nurse those while browsing the Interwebs and entering online contests, then strike off to the farmers’ to pick up a few veggies and see what’s new.

hanging plants

I’ve got my eye on these beautiful hanging plants, which the vendor told me are begonia (begonias? Is begonia the plural, or begonias?) called illumination apricot. Which means nothing to me other than a pretty name as I know next-to-nothing about flowering plants.

And plants.

And flowers.

But they’re lovely, aren’t they? And apparently very easy to care for.

jams

It’s still too early for strawberries, but when they finally arrive I’d love to try to make some jam. This one looks fairly straightforward. Do you have a recipe to recommend?

running

Now that the weather’s warmer I’ve got to start getting out earlier for my runs. That, or go in the evening when it cools down a little. I try to do 5K every other day but this week I invited a friend to do a 10K on Canada Day so I’ve got to start upping my game.

Wish I didn’t sweat like a hog. Running in the heat? Not my favourite.

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Are you too hot to cook and looking for some new dinner ideas? This caprese panzanella salad from EMMA Magazine might be a refreshing change. Love the mozzarella balls tossed in.

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And good news! This week my review of Miriam Towes’ fanastic new novel, All My Puny Sorrows, was published on BrazenWoman. (While you’re there, check out my sister-in-law’s wicked recipe for protein balls.)

For the next one I’m thinking Emily Giffin’s The One and Only or Heather O’Neill’s The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, both hot new reads. Which one would you rather see?

Gazpacho for one

It’s mostly greens at the farmers’ market this time of year, so the plump red tomatoes stood out among the baskets of asparagus, cucumbers and herbs when we visited yesterday. A couple of those beauties made their way into our basket, along with a bunch of fresh basil and some Lebanese cukes.

Together they’re the base for this gazpacho for one.

Because I didn’t add any liquid it’s more smoothie than soup, but you could easily add some tomato juice if you prefer it more wet.

It’s refreshing and healthy and smells so good. Shall I whizz one together for you too?

Gazpacho for 1

Makes one generous serving.

Ingredients

1 large ripe tomato

2 medium Lebanese cucumbers, 1 field cucumber or 3/4 of an English cucumber

1/2 stalk celery

1/4 red pepper

3 fresh basil leaves

salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon fresh chopped chives

a dollop of plain Greek yogurt

a slice of lime

Directions

Whizz first six ingredients in a food processor and pour into a fancy glass.

Garnish with yogurt, chives and lime.

Similar recipes also call for garlic, onion, olive oil, tomato juice and Worcestershire sauce. Add or take away as you like.