Weekend links and photos

Happy Mother’s Day!

I am writing this in hopes that you are lounging in bed or lingering on a sunny patio, waiting for breakfast or at least coffee and a croissant. I’m doing the same; don’t worry, this post was scheduled in advance!

Yesterday my Mother’s Day gift arrived: a load of earth, deposited on our driveway. We spent a good part of the day moving wheelbarrow loads of soil around to the four corners of the homestead. The raspberries got a top-up, the raised beds had a layer added, I dug a new bed for sunflowers, and all of my pots & planters were filled.

My back and shoulders a little stiff and sore, but I’m thrilled that we are now ready. to. plant! Today, however, is for relaxing: breakfast in bed, reading, and a long walk as a family.

Here’s what I’ve been reading and loving around the web this week:

Links for bloggers:

As usual, I’ve been cooking up a storm and doing a lot of experimenting and recipe testing. Some of it’s been bad, some good, and occasionally, greatness is achieved.

Tortilla soup| Simple Bites

My sister, Haidi, who lives in New Mexico, talked me through her recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup on the Voxer app recently. (Do you use Voxer? It’s the best for quick conversations and staying in touch). It was loved by all and I think I’m going to have to bring it here to the blog. It uses unique methods to build a lot of flavour with minimal effort – and is unlike any recipe for a similar soup that I have seen.

carrot hummus | simple bites

Remember the harissa I made a few weeks ago? It’s utterly delicious in homemade roasted carrot hummus. I used my usual recipe for roasted rutabega hummus, but used roasted carrots in place of the rutablega, and added 2 tablespoons of harissa. Delish!

food for others

I brought some of that hummus to a new mom friend of mine, along with grilled chicken, granola, quinoa salad, pound cake and chocolate oat energy balls. Power foods for a job that requires limitless energy, day after day. This is just one example of food for others, a personal passion of mine.

chicken caesar

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad is always a good way to feed a crowd. Let the season of simple summer entertaining begin.


Here’s what an early spring harvest looks like: ramps, oregano, trout lily and the first eggs from our hens.


Speaking of hens, they are a pretty bunch this year. I’ll introduce them soon!

Happy Mother’s Day; enjoy your Sunday!

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. Those food pictures were stunning! I loved the salmon still life with the bok choy. 🙂

    Tasty videos are so fun to watch, but generally they are pretty unhealthy recipes-or maybe I notice that because there are so many ‘sweets’ videos and I prefer savory. I’ve tried two of their dinner ones and I haven’t been impressed….just not a lot of flavor. They are very basic, which is great for the person who is just learning to cook.

  2. I have a friend due with her fifth (!!) in a couple of weeks and I’m going to be using some of your ideas to put together a meal and snacks for her. Food for others is such a nourishing gift.
    Love Voxer but don’t use it as much as I’d like too.
    And Rebellion is on my list to watch, it looks fantastic!

  3. Renee P. says

    Yes, please share the recipe and technique for that soup!

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