I am writing to you from my apartment in Montreal! Sebastian and I moved back on Sunday, and it feels good. It is a strange feeling to move from somewhere familiar back to somewhere else familiar - each comforting in their own separate ways.
This space holds a lot of meaning for me. It is simple, small, and entirely ours. Filled with our books (stacked up all over desks and bookshelves alike), music, art, and just things, I think it holds parts of us that I was missing this summer. I will miss living with my family though, because they are truly some of my favourite people to be around, and this summer was brimming with good food, laughs, adventures, and so much love.
I feel truly lucky to have this and that.
Here we are, though! School has already started (although I don't have my first class until today) and being back in this city is exciting. I spent a few hours yesterday looking for fairy lights, and even though I didn't find them (very hard to find this season apparently) I meandered through and past my neighbourhood, getting re-acquainted with the streets and feels of this city. It is truly beautiful, especially on these warm summer nights.
Sometime in the next week or so, Sebastian and I are going to pickle! Last year this time, we water bath canned 12 jars of pickles. I am so excited for this year, and knowing the process a bit better will hopefully give us a head start. My mom gave me this beautiful book for my birthday, and I can't wait to try out some of the recipes/ ferment and preserve everything in sight!
I promised to share photos from my trip to Vancouver... And I will, as soon as I figure out how to get them onto my computer (AHEM, some technical difficulties)!
In the meantime, loving all the small things and looking forward to endless kitchen adventures <3 <3 <3
This toast is so easy and absolutely delicious! I know a recipe for toast might seem like a bit of a copout, but really when it is stacked high with tamari roasted broccoli, layered with sweet apple slices, drizzled with tahini and honey, and topped off with some toasted slivered almonds, all you can do is take a huge bite!
I find that when I am working at home for long periods, I don't always want to make a meal for lunch but I need to eat something substantial to prevent the inevitable snacking/procrastination habit. A full slice of toasty goodness is just the perfect answer.
Each bite is a myriad of flavour - umami from the tamari roasted broccoli, crispness from the sliced apple, creamy dreamy tahini that holds it all together, a slight sweet surprise from the drizzled honey, and that perfect crunch to top it all off.
If you work from home or are just looking for a quick snack mid-day, this is your answer friends! I hope you love it as much as I do. Talk soooon! XO
roasted broccoli + apple toast w/ tahini honey drizzle
Makes two slices of toast - can easily be doubled (or even tripled)!
- 1 stock broccoli, cut into florets
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp tamari (or soy sauce)
- 1 clove galric, minced
- 1 tsp black sesame seeds
- pinch of salt
Toast + Toppings
- 2 slices whole grain bread, toasted
- half an apple, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup (or small handful) toasted slivered almonds
- tahini + honey for drizzling (maple syrup or agave if vegan)
Preheat the oven to 400.
Toss the broccoli florets with the sesame oil, tamari, garlic, sesame seeds, and salt. Lay out on a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes (or until golden brown), tossing halfway through.
Assemble the toast by spreading a thin layer of tahini first. Next, layer the apple slices and top with a generous handful of roasted broccoli. Top with toasted slivered almonds and drizzle with tahini and honey. Serve immediately!