Indian Food with Dee’s Mom
One thing I love most about food (beside eating it) is its power to bring people together and bridge cultures. Through my travels, I have had countless experiences where I’ve made new friends while sharing a meal or have had the opportunity to learn more about a different culture through its food. In the last couple years, I have not been able to travel as much, but why should that stop me? I’m so lucky to have friends from all over the world right here in Vancouver. And so – I’ve decided to start a Cooking with Friends blog series .
Lists, lists, lists. I never get to seem to get away from them. What can I say? I’m a planner. Even today on my day off, I couldn’t resist the urge. Bike ride, clean house, laundry, blog… It’s just such a nice feeling when you check them off!
It’s amazing how a little sunshine can just turn things around so quickly. One thing is sure, this winter has been a long grey (and sometimes white) one but that means those little rays of sunshine are even more appreciated now that they have arrived. Whether it’s the first BBQ of the season, the sun glistening into the ocean or a perfect blue sky for a bike ride, I’m taking each little moment in and making the most of it.
When I think of the ultimate comfort food, pasta comes to mind quickly followed by (and this might not be everyone but it’s in my gene…I’m French) cheese! It might not come as a surprise then that over the years, I’ve enjoyed perfecting my very own recipe for the ultimate Mac n’ Cheese.
Last week, as a special Easter celebration, I decided to go back out in the streets of Kitsilano to offer my neighbours in need a homemade lunch. Armed with gourmet mac n’ cheese with a side of salad and tasty carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, I set out to hand out a few meals.
When life gets overwhelming, it’s easy to close off onto yourself. A lazy day of hibernation can sometimes be a good thing but if I’ve learned anything – reaching out to friends can be a good way to get a smile back on my face. During those times, I will make an effort to go out to that birthday party or call a girlfriend for an impromptu tea and croissant. Before I know it, I feel much better.
PS – bringing balloons to that said birthday party always gets extra smiles!
The April showers are certainly persisting until the end. This means, we have to be more creative about finding our own sunshine – an excellent skill to have if you’re a Vancouverite! Whether, it is inside a tulip or around a table filled with foods and surrounded by friends, take your pick and enjoy! May flowers are just around the corner.
A couple weeks ago, I walked by a man in the street. I actually see him quite often in my neighbourhood. He’s always smiling and always has something nice to say to passerby – sometimes it’s a joke, sometimes it’s a compliment. He is also usually asking for help – a bit of change if you can spare it – and for this reason, people mostly ignore him. Some days, I just smile and some days, I give him a few coins. That day, I had a toonie in my pocket and as I was giving it to him, someone made a comment that stayed with me “You care too much. People take advantage of that.”
Rain, cloud, rain, sun (!!), wind, rain…. and repeat. April is turning out to be a bit all over the place – kind of like me actually as it is a busy month. There’s been a couple time when I’ve gotten overwhelmed but I need to keep reminding myself to stop, take a breath, smile and go on… Even with all the craziness these days, I don’t want to miss out on those beautiful perfect little moments – whether it’s randomly finding the perfect card for a friend or that little ray of sunlight that came out on a grey day at just the right moment.
Looking for smiles around town, I sometimes spot little details people don’t notice. Has anyone else seen these little red monsters pop around Kitsilano? This mural is pretty obvious but look for little guys hanging off roofs or hidden in a corner. Kind of fun looking for them!