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.
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.
Not sure about you but my motivation for cooking complex, intricate, new recipes goes way down in the summer. I just want to get out there and enjoy the sunshine! So, I end up relying on very easy but still delicious meals to minimize kitchen time and maximize beach time. Cue in the salads, BBQ’s and quick pasta dishes!
On my last SIDEWALK Supper Project, I made my ultimate go-to summer menu, grilled veggies and chicken panini with a goat cheese and strawberry salad. I’ve had a few inquiries about it so I decided to share my recipes.
Earlier this week, I headed out for my second Kits SIDEWALK Supper Project On the menu: my go-to summer meal, panini with a summer salad. I had a bit of extra time and also baked chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies (because who does not like cookies right?).
Moe and I love to explore new spots in the city. Of course, we have our go-to places and neighbourhood favourites but it’s always fun to try out something new. Sometimes, we’ll go for a walk and just discover a cute little cafe and other times, we’ll go somewhere specifically to try something out. After a bit of a stressful week, there was nothing I looked forward to more than trying a new ice cream place Moe had been talking about. Lik is just as much about eating ice cream than about watching them make it with liquid nitrogen. It was fun to go with a few friends before a walk on the sea wall.
I absolutely love feeding people and strongly believe a kitchen table should always be full of hungry friends ready to enjoy the delicious food you’ve made for them. After all, food always tastes better in good company! Joining the SIDEWALK Supper Project made perfect sense to me. I’m not sure why I did not think of it before. I’ve instantly gained new friends to cook for!
Growing up, I’ve always loved my family traditions. From our holidays in the South of France every fall to my dad taking on the challenge of cooking our Christmas dinners every year, I cherish those memories dearly. In the last few years, Moe and I have started creating our own traditions, most of them revolving around friends and food. We now have an annual camping trip, a Pi Day celebration, wine and cheese party and at the beginning of summer before everyone gets too busy, we get together for a favourite tradition: our pickling party. It might be a bit of an untraditional tradition but it’s certainly fun and delicious!
Have you ever been asked the question “If you had to choose one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?” My answer more often than not is pasta (although sometimes I lean towards Ramen which is also pasta I guess – would that count?). Pasta is just my favourite go-to food. You can dress it up or down in so many ways. Have it cold as a nice summer salad or hot as in spaghetti and meatballs. How can you go wrong?
My other favourite food group being cheese, it might not be a surprise that one of my top pasta dish is spaghetti and bocconcini-stuffed meatballs. I one up the ante on this one and accompany it with my very own homemade roasted garlic and herbs pasta sauce.
For me, eating is pretty much a synonym of travelling. When visiting a new place, I often have a very detailed list of all the foods I want to try and I can’t wait to ask all the locals about the best places to get each one of them. In Thailand, we did it all – the street food, the curries, the coconut shakes. It was all so good!
Food always has been a big part of each little moment in my life. A tea and pastry when catching up with a friend, a fancy dinner out in the city to celebrate a special occasion, a beautiful roasted chicken for a family meal. At the end of a long day, it would make sense that I have something to go-to for a little comfort. That meal for me is a traditional croquet monsieur – crispy bread with the perfect amount of melted cheese inside and to top it off a creamy nutty buttery béchamel sauce. After the first bite, everything already feels better!