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Lime-Spiked Peanut Sauce 0

September 28, 2016



Finally, the third installment of my sauce/dressing series. (One and two here.) This one is less leafy salad condiment and more noodles/rice/stir-fried veg enhancer. It’s peanutty and sharp with lime and fragrant with cilantro. If you like it a little heavy on the garlic it has a nice punch of heat when you first make it, but that will mellow over time (I’ve kept this in a jar in my fridge for weeks and it’s still good). It’s great for dipping things in, for tossing with rice or egg noodles or in a bowl of jasmine rice and Asian greens. We love the broccoli-yam combo around here.

And it’s so, so easy. If you like a bigger kick of heat, you can add your hot sauce of choice, or red chile flakes.


Lime-Spiked Peanut Sauce


Adapted from Rebar Modern Food and Bon Appetit


1/2 cup smooth natural peanut butter

2 garlic cloves, minced (or 1 if you like it less garlicky)

1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced

2 tbsp honey

1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves

juice and zest of one lime

1 tbsp sesame oil

1/3 cup soy sauce (use low sodium if you want)

2 tbsp rice wine vinegar


In a food processor or blender, add everything together and process well to a smooth sauce. I always taste and adjust seasonings accordingly–sometimes I need more lime, sometimes more soy sauce.







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Sweet Little Something 0

March 28, 2015

For the next few Sweet Little Somethings we will be trialling a small change. One of us will post a picture from our week – a moment, something noticed, an image worth treasuring – and the other will leave a comment, haiku or link inspired by the photo. Please feel free to join in the game and leave your own thoughts, notes or poetry. We love to hear from you! H & R xo


From Ria:


E and cat


From Hannah:


You cannot expect

A fine round cat, like myself

To play jump rope.

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Fruit + Bread 4

January 27, 2015

There’s this sandwich spot in Vancouver that everyone seems to love called Meat & Bread. I’d love it too if I ate meat, but it has a tiny menu–too tiny for a vegetarian option. And that’s fine. I respect that. I still enjoy looking at the photos and reading about the new sandwiches they offer. (Is that weird if I won’t eat them? Maybe. But I also like perusing real estate listings in cities I’d never live in. So.) I like that the name is almost an equation–a lunch equation! Surely the best kind of math: meat + bread = lunch. = handheld meal. = satisfaction in the middle of the day.


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Sick Tea 4

April 13, 2014

I wanted to write a post about the arrival of spring, the chirping of birds and the buzz of bumblebees in our glass-walled studio. (Maybe I just did, in a single-sentence-blog-post kind of way). Okay–have a photo too.


But, I am sick. This is supposed to happen in the winter, right? What’s this sneaky virus doing bothering me in April? (I know, I know, plenty of sickness occurs in the warm months, but it should be confined to winter, I say. Universe: make it so.)

Instead of reaching for my garden spade, I reached for the ingredients for my go-to sick remedy. Sick tea. I should really rename it. I’m a writer. I mean, come on.  “Sick” is not one of the ingredients, and all of the actual ingredients are perfectly good recipe-name possibilities. But I’m sick. So I haven’t. You can have a go if you like.

[In a perfect world, I’d also be making Jeni’s Influenza Prescription sorbet, with all the best things for a sore throat. I digress, but you should check it out.]

Sick tea has only three ingredients. Well, four if you include the water. Ginger, lemon and honey. But it is the best, THE BEST for sore, scratchy throats and general malaise.

You peel a good two inches of fresh ginger and chop it fairly small, then boil it in a saucepan full of water for about ten minutes. I let mine steep in the water overnight, or all day, until I’ve drunk all the tea and need to start again. The longer you leave the ginger in, the spicier (read: better) the tea gets. To drink, just pour the tea through a small strainer into your tea cup (either hot or cold-t0-be-reheated), add a few squeezes of lemon juice (and throw the lemon slices in too if you want), and a bulging teaspoon of honey. I always want to be generous to myself with the honey when I’m sick. (Or when I’m healthy, come to think of it.)


And now I must shuffle to the kitchen to make another batch. What do you like to drink when you’re sick? And what comfort foods do you crave? Don’t get me started on the cantaloupe I’m coveting right now…

XO (sniff)


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Sweet Little Something 2

November 29, 2013

This week’s Sweet Little Something is a little morsel from each of us that we would love your comments on. A photograph, a link, a poem…a tidbit of inspiration. Leave us a note or create a haiku for a photograph if it takes your fancy. Have a happy weekend.

From Hannah:

I love, honour and respect picture books. I adore the funny / poignant / heart-warming messages and morals. But this post, cynically re-titling some children’s classics did make me laugh. Which is your favourite?


From Ria:



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