Returning home and Tomato Farro Salad

I‘ve returned from a week of travel on Canada’s West Coast and have found myself surprisingly short on words. Could I be talked out? It’s entirely possible.

First there were two short days on my brother’s homestead nestled under the towering peaks of Hudson Bay Mountain. Over meals such as grilled wild salmon and apple cider braised grouse, we shared our hearts with each other far into the night, making up for lost time.

Beautiful British Columbia

From there I took two flights and two ferries to meet up with my retired parents who are setting up on Cortez in the Discovery Islands. We roamed beaches in the first light of day and pried open oysters harvested from under our feet at the water’s edge. We talked of the past, present and future; we laughed and even argued a bit. Family does that.

Cortez Island, Beautiful BC

I ended the week at the Food Bloggers of Canada conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver. Conversation never ends at those events. It trickles from the elevators, down the long hallways and spills into rooms filled with writers from across the country.

Over cocktails and cupcakes, we connected with each other, renewing former friendships and igniting new. On the last day, I spoke from the stage, urging my fellow bloggers to seek inspiration in one another instead of imitation. To choose community over competition.


By the time I buckled my seatbelt for the red eye flight back to Montreal, my throat was hoarse. I could barely croak out a request for tea to the flight attendant.  Since I’ve been home, I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to focus my thoughts.

I witnessed such beauty in the landscape of Northern British Columbia, I am doubtful I can put it to words just yet. Similarly, I left the conference speechless; I am still filing everything away – the pep talks, the encouragement and the inspiration.

cherry tomatoes

A blanket of leaves fell on the homestead while I was gone, camouflaging all but a few cherry tomatoes that continued to ripen despite the cooler temperatures. I harvested them all for a salad, a recipe I’ve been meaning to share with you since it went up over on Jamie Oliver’s blog.

tomato farro salad | Simple Bites

Now that we are well into fall, healthy grains have taken the place of my leafy summer greens in daily salads. I’ve gotten into the habit of keeping a bit of cooked quinoa or farro on hand in the refrigerator so my lunches can come together with minimal effort.

Farro is a versatile ancient grain with a nutty flavour that pairs well with delicate tomatoes and mild herbs. Its delightfully chewy texture holds up well to bold vinaigrettes and the grains don’t get soggy overnight in the refrigerator.

Find the recipe for Autumn Tomato Farro Salad on

I hope to write more about my trip soon, when my words return and flow cohesively. Let me just say that your warm response to my cookbook cover reveal has also factored into my speechlessness. Thank you for your kind comments and emails.

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. Canada is so beautiful. I live in Toronto, and it’s sad to say but I’ve hardly explored the country on a whole. I’ve been to Ottawa and Montreal — but that’s really it.

    Your pictures are stunning!! I’m hoping to attend next years Food Bloggers of Canada conference in Montreal 🙂

  2. I love all grains, but I think farro is one of my favourite. I think it’s that nutty chew that I love most. And I’m always looking for new ways of incorporating farro. It’s so pretty with that Romanesco cauliflower 🙂

  3. I am a new resident of British Columbia. My husband grew up and graduated high school here before moving to the States (where we met). I can’t wait to see your photos and perhaps explore those places someday!
    Sarah M

  4. My parents honeymooned on Cortez and Quadra, I’ve always wanted to go there. Your photos were all stunning and extended family time is special. But so is home with your own loves all around you.

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