Weekend links and photos

It’s been so wonderful to get back into the kitchen this week after so much recent travel. Clara still asks me daily if I’m “leaving on an airplane”, so I’ve been inviting her to join me at the counter to reassure her I’m home for a good long while.

Together we shopped to re-stock the pantry and prepared a few treats for her birthday brunch: granola, yogourt and ricotta for homemade bagels. Oh, and cake. I’ll be sharing that recipe for banana cake with caramel frosting very soon.

Here’s what I loved reading this week:

The week in photos

Simple pasta with peas, pesto and shrimp

I couldn’t get out to the market one day, so dinner was completely from the pantry & freezer: pesto fettuccine with garlic shrimp, peas and preserved lemon. Also, What’s this? Sunlight at suppertime? Lovely.


I heard melting this week…and my outdoor eating area is starting to emerge from the snow. Oh, come ON, Spring!

Homemade ricotta

Homemade ricotta, seems like the thing to be making on cold (still) winter days.

Homemade staples

Dark chicken stock, yoghurt, granola, ricotta, whey and a vegetable lasagna in the slow cooker. Yep, I avoided doing laundry again this week.

Clara is three

Clara turned three this week. It seems like she was this tiny only yesterday.

Pantry ingredients

Stocking the pantry for recipe development. I love hearing what YOU want me to make; thanks for sharing your feedback on Instagram!

afternoon tea

Afternoon tea and biscuits leftover from my London trip.

Have a lovely Sunday, all!

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. Oh my…Irish Creme is my husband’s favorite guilty pleasure and it’s *so* expensive here…(over double the price from where we used to live in the States) I’m forwarding him that recipe so we can make it for much cheaper! Thanks!
    Sarah M

  2. the bahn mi sandwiches sound fabulous!

  3. Aimée – thanks for featuring my Easy Frozen Yoghurt Easter Shapes! And Happy Birthday to Clara! My son turns three this week!

  4. Hi Aimee,
    I’ve been following along for a while and really admire what you are doing. I even showed my husband a few of your posts, “See! I’m not the only one who thinks urban homesteading is a good thing! I just need a lawn with a little more sunlight! AND she’s from Montreal!” Being from Montreal is a badge of honour here in Mississauga, Ontario. You can take the girl out of Montreal but you can’t take Montreal out of the girl. Then I read the article in the Gazette and I’m even more jealous – I am actually from Laval. 🙂
    So I thought I would just say that I love the work you are doing and I really enjoy your blog. I’m eagerly waiting for spring planting to begin!

    • Thanks for your comment, Joelle! It made my day. 🙂
      Spring seems very far away here in Laval. We just got another dump of snow…
      Anyway, I appreciate the support. Thanks for reading!

  5. You’re amazing! xo

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