Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New friends

This cute little guy is always dropping by to say hello. My very first friend in the new city!

Friday, September 26, 2008

A perfect afternoon

A warm autumn breeze, a cozy sweater, a cup of Earl Grey tea, a good book, and this view from my deck...one of those perfect moments.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Discovering pears

I always loved pears. For 25 years, while I was living in Buenos Aires, I'd buy my pears at Carlitos' store. It was simple, I'd ask for 1kg, he'd ask if it was for today (that's how they determined the ripeness back then), and I'd go home to enjoy my bag of fresh juicy treats. End of the story.

But since I moved to Canada I discovered that diversity not only involves people...it's about fruit too! So many varieties, colours, origins...so confusing and enticing at the same time! So I decided to do a little research. Next time I go to Sobeys I'll be an expert :-D

When selecting the perfect pear, look for pears that are firm, not soft, free of blemishes or bruises, with intact stems. To determine if your pear is ready to eat, apply gentle pressure to the stem end of the pear with your thumb and if it yields slightly it is ready.

Yellow Bartlett (BART-let)
Available: August through January
Ripens to bright yellow. Aromatic, perfect for fresh eating. Very sweet and juicy. Excellent for canning or cooking.

Red Bartlett and Starkrimson (BART-let, star-KRIM-son)
Available: August through January
Bright red skin when fully ripe. Similar flavor,texture and use as yellow Bartletts.

Green Anjou (ON-ju)
Available: October through June
Abundant juice and sweet flavor when ripe.They do not change color as they ripen.

Red Anjou (ON-ju)
Available: October through May
Much the same flavor and texture as green Anjous. Remains maroon red ripe.

Bosc (BAHSK)
Available: September through April
Highly aromatic flavorful pear. Dense flesh makes it ideal for baking and cooking. They are brown and often russeted. They do not change color as they ripen.

Comice (Co-MEESE)
Available: September through February
One of the sweetest, juiciest varieties, and often are very large. An elegant dessert pear that's excellent with cheese. Almost no color change when ripe.

Concorde (CON-kord)
Available: September through January
Known for its tall, elongated neck and firm, dense flesh. Skin is a beautiful golden green and oftentimes has golden yellow russeting in spots. Has a vanilla-sweet flavor and firm texture that holds up well when baking, grilling, or poaching. Shows little color change during ripening.

Seckel (SEK�L)
Available: September through February
Tiny pears with ultra-sweet flavor, maroon and olive green in color. Excellent choice for children's snacks, pickling, or as a garnish. No color change when ripened.

Forelle (For-ell)
Available: September through February
A smaller variety. Turns bright yellow with crimson freckling when ripe. Sweet, very juicy.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Autumn in Regina

Autumn, my favourite time of the year. The warm days and chilly nights, the storms...the colours ...so beautiful! Thanksgiving (you get to eat turkey without the stress of the holiday season! And you can really focus on what's important: food a family holiday ;-) )...Halloween (I can't wait to get my boy a cute costume)...and probably the most important one: My birthday!

I love autumn...I'm already starting to crave pumpkin pie!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Prozac for the home.

I can't think of a better way to lift the mood and give you that "I want to smile just because" feeling than a beautiful home scent. Nantucket Briar - Scented Drawer Papers are just Prozac for the home! A blend of briar roses, bergamot, fresh greens, amber and vanilla...in other words it smells wonderful!

I spoiled myself at The Bay yesterday, expensive...but worth every penny.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Inherited garden

I am ecstatic to find out such a beautiful garden in our new house!

Now if I knew the names of the plants...I need to learn how to take care of them and I have no idea where to start? Big city girl at heart...