Broccoli Fritatta

While I love every meal of the day, there’s something really special about making brunch/breakfast on the weekends. Nowhere to be but home, I lazily throw ingredients together and set the table outside in the summer months.

One of my tricks to eating healthy is stocking the house with only good-for-you quality ingredients. My aversion to throwing away food encourages me to cook up all the produce in creative ways. I had never had a broccoli frittata before but I love broccoli and I love eggs so I figured it would be a match! I was pleasantly surprised with the result and will definitely make this again.IMG_4071 IMG_4072     IMG_4077

Broccoli Frittata
Serves 4

1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 pinch of red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp water
1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
6 eggs, whisked
1/2 cup finely grated parmesan
small handful of fresh basil

1) Preheat the oven to 375.
2) Heat a non-stick, oven proof pan over medium heat on the stove. Add the olive oil. When shimmering, add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant.
3) Add the broccoli and water to the pan. Cover for 3-5 minutes until tender and water has evaporated.
4) Add the eggs and cook until the sides are starting to cook.
5) Top with cheese and place pan in oven for 12 minutes, until the eggs are cooked through.
6) Sprinkle with basil.

Have a great rest of your week!

Vietnamese Chicken Salad

While I love reading home decor magazines for their tips and tricks and beautiful interiors, I also love checking out the recipes as they’re often approachable and always in season. I came across this Vietnamese chopped salad with grilled chicken skewers and chili lime dressing and I immediately fell for the vibrant colours and interesting flavours. I modified the recipe the address my tastes and would definitely make it again! It’s a perfect healthy weeknight meal that will certainly yield leftovers.

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Vietnamese Chopped Salad (adapted from Style At Home)
Serves 6 

Chili Lime Dressing

1 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp sriracha
1 small bird’s eye chili, minced

Salad

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut lengthwise 1/2 inch thick
1 red pepper, julienned
1 cup green cabbage, sliced thinly
1 cup red cabbage, sliced thinly
2 julienned heads of baby bok choy
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 ripe mango, peeled and thinly sliced
1/4 cup basil and mint
1/3 cup unsalted peanuts, pan roasted
1/4 cup fried shallots

1) Make two portions of the dressing. Add the chicken to one portion and reserve the other portion.
2) Marinate the chicken for about 30 minutes-an hour.
3) Add all of the vegetables to a platter.
4) Thread the chicken onto soaked bamboo skewers and grill on the (lightly oiled) BBQ for about 6 minutes until cooked.
5) Drizzle the 2nd portion of dressing to taste on your veggies. Top with peanuts, shallots, herbs, and chicken.

This is great as a make ahead lunch for the week, just reserve the dressing!

Growing Your Own Food

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Growing up in Toronto meant that there wasn’t a ton of opportunity to grow your own food in your backyard. Chalk it up to dramatic temperature changes and the frozen winter. Even though we didn’t have a grocery store in our backyard, my parents always instilled in me a love for fresh, homemade food that I appreciate everyday. Since I’ve moved to Vancouver, I’ve been lucky enough to have access to year-round local produce from the Farmer’s Market (yes, even in the middle of the winter) and growing our own herbs on our front patio. While one day I’d love to have a much bigger vegetable plot, I’m more than happy with the arugula, jalapeño (not doing that well this year) basil, celery, parsley and rosemary that we grow. It makes upping the flavour profile in your food that much easier, and I absolutely love the look and smell.

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While sitting around the dinner table last weekend with Peter’s parents and munching on an egg dish filled with potatoes, peppers, onions and zucchini all from the garden, I mentioned that I would love to one day have a chicken in our backyard. While the drawbacks of having such a…pet…may inhibit us from actually taking the leap, I was pleasantly surprised by what was said: “Sophie, you’re such a farm girl at heart!” While most people know I’ve lived in the city my whole life and I’m pretty far from being a farm girl, I was happy that my roots (my dad grew up on a farm) were somehow shining through in my adult life. I’m also lucky enough to date an Italian who’s family is full of gardening experience and advice and who yearns to carry on the traditions of his parents and grandparents while I’m along for the ride.

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While I may never life on a farm (never say never) and I may never have a chicken, I’m lucky to see the value in growing your own produce: ease, affordability, health, and beauty. I’ll always have some sort of vegetable/herb growing near our home and I’ll try to make use of it as much as possible.

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One thing we try to keep in mind is: sometimes, it doesn’t work out. Last year, we planted a jalapeño plant that got about 6 different peppers on it. This year, no dice and who knows why! Just keep trying new things and you’ll realize what works and doesn’t work. We tried to plant strawberries as well and we yielded one strawberry…in two years. It was a really good strawberry though.

Ultimately, it’s all about having fun and being inspired by your surroundings. Walking into our place and seeing our herbs everyday gives me a sense of homeyness that would definitely be missing if they weren’t there.

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Do you grow your own food? What works for you?

PS – it’s almost my favourite time of the year in Peter’s grandma’s garden – FIG SEASON!

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Life Lately

As I said yesterday, I’ve been really enjoying summer so far. With lots going on, some short trips to California and lots of fun times with friends and family.IMG_0811

While I’m usually hopping out of bed early on a Sunday, today was a rare few hours of reading and relaxing with a coffee.

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We tried the new Rain or Shine ice cream shop on Friday  and I was thoroughly impressed with the Chipped Mint! Must-get.

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Nonna’s fig tree is bursting with the little fruits! Can’t wait for August when we finally get to enjoy them.

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Some exciting news: I’ve been helping two of my best friends from the MBA program with their social media for their brand new spin studio: Spin Society. I can’t wait for it to open in September! Make sure to follow along on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as I take over their social media channels!

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It’s wedding season!! I had lots of fun at a good friends’ wedding last weekend with Gill.

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A quick trip to San Francisco for work confirmed what I already thought I knew: I could easily move there. Especially now that Adriana lives there!

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I mean, really? SO beautiful!

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While on my biz trip to SF, I treated myself to a little something special that I’ve wanted for a while: Jo Malone’s Peony & Blush Suede Cologne and I’m obsessed. 

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My first time to the stone yard was…amazing. I fell in love with two types of Quartzite: White Macaubus and Super White.

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Just hanging out with the newly-minted Sociology Honours UCLA Grad on my favourite street in LA: Abbott Kinney before lunch with the family at Gjelina.

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I also graduated from SFU the same week. Very excited to finally call myself a MBA!

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Here we are sitting outside our house with our newly planted pots (thanks to my Mom’s green thumb!)

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I hope your summer has been equally as fun so far!

Weekend Links

Woah, it’s really been a while! I always feel guilty when I don’t update my blog, but then I realize I write it because I find it fun and that’s all that matters! It’s been a crazy month. Tomorrow, I’ll be posting pics from my life lately, but today let’s stick to my favourite post to write: Weekend Links.

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Summer has officially begun and I couldn’t be more excited. This means long nights spent with friends on patios, sleeping in just for fun, walks along the water, and just a general life live vibe in the air. I love it! We have a lot of exciting things going on this summer: namely, a trip to France coming up in August! I’ve wanted to go to France my entire life. I think it’s the mixture of living in a country where you learn French from such a young age, but also the many images you see of the la tour d’eiffel. There is something so romantic, incredible and awe-inspiring about that country and I cannot wait to discover it. Here are some of my favourite links from the week.

I’m a huge affogato lover, and I love this take on it: Affogato with Olive Oil Vanilla Ice Cream & Rosemary Biscotti. Perfect summer easy dessert.

I think this is such a cute summer look and I may be rocking it to a BBQ tomorrow.

I’m absolutely obsessed with this Summer Wedding Shoot by local Vancouver photographer and my personal photog coach/friend Christie Graham.

A very cool collection of high-end pools.

Speaking of France, I’ve spoken about Mimi Thorisson before, and somehow every time I visit her site her life looks more and more beautiful. Her blog is a must read.

Have a beautiful weekend.xx

image from Pinterest (not sure of the original source)

Yes Way Rosé

It’s been a while since I wrote a post about my favourite wines. With summer in full swing here (shoot, did I just jinx it?) the rosé is flowing! It’s one of my favourite types of wine because it’s so versatile, can be drunk without food, and everyone seems to love it. Plus, it’s pretty. Here are my favourite rosés right now (some are tried and true faves from years back, and some are new to me and hopefully to you).

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From Left to Right:

1) Villa Teresa Rosé: A perfect rosé bubbly from one of my favourite regions (Veneto in Italy). This can be paired with anything from BBQ ribs to a cheese plate. A great special occasion wine (at a table wine price) to keep in the fridge.

2) Joie Rosé: This has long been one of the best selling rosés in British Columbia, and for good reason. The taste is clean, simple, and delicious.

3) Quail’s Gate Rosé: This is a new find for me (Thanks, Peter!) but it’s my go-to for this summer. It’s very reasonable (under $20), locally made in BC, and is the perfect balance between slightly sweet, totally fruity and perfect with your light grilled meats.

In other news, I’m pretty sure I need this phone case:

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Make sure to pick up a bottle on your way home. It’s almost the weekend after all :) Speaking of the weekend, I’ll be spending it with my family from Toronto & California. I graduate from my MBA on Tuesday and I can’t wait to sip a glass of rosé with all of my favourite people.