PACKED LUNCH MONDAYS: DESK DRAWER PANTRY {PART 1}

desk drawer pantry-3 I wanted to do something a little bit different today for Packed Lunch Mondays. Instead of giving you another recipe, let’s talk about what’s in your desk drawer. And I don’t mean office supplies, but rather the little foodie bits and pieces that help make desk meals that little bit more special. If you work in an office environment like I used to, then you know that office lunches are often no fun. Having a well-stocked desk drawer is great for helping you eat well throughout the day, particularly if you have long of ... Read More





        

HOMEMADE FRESH CHILI PASTE

homemade chili paste1 Did you guys have a good Easter? What did you get up to? I: ate too much chocolate, had a relaxed brunch with a friend, and then a nice little dinner at home with the husband. I’m excited about this week because Rols and I have plans to see old friends of ours from out of town, and I have a girls’ night in planned which should be a lot of fun. I spent today clearing out my fridge and getting organized for the week, and I found I had a ton of chili peppers! I bought a bunch this week after forgetting that I already had ... Read More





        

PANTRY BASICS – BASIL PESTO

classic basil pesto-2 I never thought I’d be posting a recipe for basil pesto so late in the year, but seasons here are practically non-existent, and locally-grown produce can really surprise you—it’s a mix of Northern hemisphere and Southern hemisphere crops pretty much all year round. Which brings me to this pesto: nice, big bunches of sweet basil aren’t always easy to find, but when I went to meet a friend of mine (hi Sammy!) for coffee a couple of days ago, she surprised me with the biggest bunch of basil ever! (okay, not ever but y ... Read More