Putting Kitchen Tools and Herbs to Good Use – Fresh Basil, and Egg Salad With Dill

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Our kitchen at home has never been the showcase for fancy tools, machines, and gadgets.  Sure, we have a rice cooker and we have a wok hiding somewhere (my mum hasn’t used it in years), but other than that, our kitchen work bench is pretty simple.  No stand-mixer, no immersion blender, no sandwich or panini press, no slow cooker, nothing of the sort.  But our kitchen made friends with the new girl in town and what you see here is our very own, brand spankin’ new mini food processor in action!  I know, I know, how could I not have a food processor after all this time??  Food processors and mixers and the like are queens of the modern kitchen and ours has always felt a little bit empty without one.  My mum and I have asked ourselves that question many times and we finally hunkered down and bought a little one to go food happy with last week!  And did we ever have fun 😀 

We were contemplating what to make first and I figured that something simple to start off would be best, nothing to aggravate the blade on the first go-around.  So we made egg salad with lots of fresh, delicious dill that I bought at the Bloor & Lippincott farmers’ market!  I loooove dill and we always like to dress up our egg salad with something whether it’s with paprika, chili flakes, or celery so dill seemed like the natural choice for this time given how much I bought that day at the market.  Our food processor worked like a dream!  It’s a manual food processor, not an electrical one, so turning the crank was quite fun, ha!  The result was perfectly fluffy, luscious dill-y egg salad.  We mixed in a little mayo and we were good to go. 

Aside from eating my dill and sticking my nose in the baggy to smell it, I have been hugging and squishing my basil plant (no, not literally) because I love it so much.  I lovingly stare at it when I’m at my kitchen sink, I rotate it several times a day so that all the leaves get equal amounts of sunlight, and I handle the fragrant leaves as gingerly as I would priceless china.  It’s my baby.  I’ve never had a basil plant before so this was so super exciting for me!  I live on the edge, don’t I?  With the exception of two days, I’ve been eating basil with everything and I am absolutely LOVING it.  I stick basil leaves in my sandwiches, sprinkle some on my noodles, and I can’t wait to do more with it.  I’m crossing my fingers I don’t do anything to mess up my plant, but I would think that after nearly 3 years of working in a flower shop I wouldn’t hurt my plant that easily and quickly if at all!  I’ve been taking the utmost of care with it and like I said yesterday, it’s the gift that keeps on giving 😀

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The Bloor-Borden farmers’ market is located off the intersection of Bloor St. West and Lippincott St., just east of Bathurst St.  The farmers’ market is located in the parking lot south of Bloor St. on Lippincott.  The market is held every Wednesday from 3pm-7pm.  For more info, click here.

Happy Canada Day! Enjoying Picnic Food and a Giant Bowl of Potato Salad

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Before you go “Oooo!”, I didn’t make these myself!  This was just a cute cupcake display celebrating Canada Day and Canada Day long weekend!  I feel kind of silly for not thinking of this sooner, but I totally should have compiled a bunch of food posts related to yummy maple things in the city!  A d’oh! moment on my part now that it’s after the fact, but the idea has inspired me to be on the lookout for some sweet maple goodies the same way I want to find all the best Nutella items in town!  I have a few maple foodie items in mind already (maple cupcakes!  Maple crepes!), so hopefully when Canada Day rolls around again next year, I’ll be prepared. 

I hope everyone is having (and will have) a fantastic weekend whether you’re staying in the city, going to the cottage, or leaving the province all together.  I’m actually spending my entire weekend at home and I am so looking forward to it.  I’m a little bummed to be missing out on some awesome food events (the 1st gourmet food truck fest in Toronto at the Distiller District tomorrow!  Why oh why did it have to be THIS weekend at one of my fave neighbourhoods when I’m not going out??), but I know that the heat won’t be good for me and I know when my body is telling me to slow down and stop.  So staying at home it is.  I’ll be catching up on my ZzzZzzz’s, scrapbooking, cookie baking, reading, watching baseball (I’m still bitter that our Jays lost today!), and taking advantage of some much needed down time.  Hopefully I’ll be able to take new photos of some previous scrapbook layouts, update the Food Calendar, and pinpoint my next farmers’ market visit for next week which is expected to be quite the scorcher, eek!   

I was very excited about dinner today.  Canada Day = picnic food in my mind and we had a giant bowl of potato salad chilling in the fridge from this morning with the baby potatoes I bought at the Queens Quay market on Wednesday.  Carrots, cucumber, red bell pepper, green onions, hard-boiled eggs, julienned salami and ham, black pepper, and chives make for one yummy Canada Day summer salad!  Annnd we can’t forget about the ice cream 😉  A lickety good ice cream post to come tomorrow!  Happy long weekend and happy Pride everyone!

Chunks of the baby potatoes, diced cucumber and red bell pepper, sliced carrots, and green onions all mixed in together.

Adding the wedges of boiled eggs, YUM!

The finished potato salad dressed in some mayo and seasoned with black pepper, dried chives, and bacon bits!  I like eating my salad on bread, so here’s the potato salad sitting on a bed of romaine lettuce on French bread.

P.S.  My brother has recently discovered the joys of sticking bars of chocolate in the freezer.  He says it tastes incredibly good, much better than room temperature chocolate *chuckles*