Weekend links and photos

I know it’s been a sobering week for my readers in the United States and I feel deeply for you all, I really do.

The blog stayed quiet as I couldn’t bring myself to add more noise to your email inbox and social media feeds. Today, the children and I unplugged completely, and took a long, long walk by a river. They chased ducks, hunted for snakes and skipped up and down the river bank, while I attempted to find some peace under the grey skies.

It helped, a little. Later we returned home and made pizza together, covering the kitchen in flour and bits of cheese. Life goes on, despite the state of the world and mankind. Sometime I think my biggest contribution is raising three little people to love others, no matter their race, religion or whatever. It’s a daily responsibility and privilege.

Alright. On to the list of links.

June photos

On a much lighter note…we had two holiday weekends back-to-back here in Quebec, and both were celebrated to the max. The trends are obvious: pie, berries, salad, barbecue, repeat.

steak with compound butter | simple bites

A grilled rib eye with compound butter kicked off our summer, served up with grilled sweet potato, wilted turnip greens from my garden, and the aforementioned Kale and fennel salad with lemon dill dressing. This could very well be my favourite summer feast.

basil scapes

The basil has taken off in my backyard garden and so homemade pesto was on the agenda recently. Flavoured with garlic scapes, it’s is now sitting pretty in my freezer.


I’ve been perfecting a recipe for strawberry-rhubarb pie for my next cookbook and I made six or seven last month. I’ve nailed it – not too sweet, not too sour; not too firm, not too runny. Pie!

Clara market

Clara’s accompanied me to the market for berries every time. It’s never too early to start teaching kids about the benefits of sourcing food locally, seasonal eating and why food sustainability matters.

berries bowls

Simple summer dessert of soft whipped cream and seasonal fruit – easy peasy and loved by all.


My refrigerator was packed before our Canada Day backyard barbecue. Good thing I know 8 ways to maximize refrigerator storage capacity when entertaining! I made the stone fruit sangria and the Asian fusion chicken wings from my cookbook, as well as loads of pickles, grilled pork tenderloin and sausages. Friends brought salads, chips and beer. It was a feast.

cake party

Oh I also made my Feed-A-Crowd Perfect Chocolate Cake. Danny’s birthday falls on Canada Day, so we celebrated him with this berry-topped cake in all its chocolate cream cheese frosted glory.


We had a glorious few hours of sunshine, where we mingled in the yard over drinks and barbecue smoke, and children ran wild in the forest. Then the wind whipped up, we piled inside and the rain hit, hard.


We set up the buffet of barbecue and salads on my dining room table and partied into the night. Rain be damned! The weather will always be an unknown, but it should never stop you from inviting over way too many people and making memories together.

Have a wonderful weekend, 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. Thank you for your special words – your kindness is much appreciated. Be safe and happy.

  2. I just totally love your weekend links and photos! I have been enjoying your cookbook on the porch with my morning coffee on vacations. full of delight and I cannot wait until your next one arrives!!!! well done.

  3. Yes, it’s been a tough couple weeks here. I feel like I have so much to say. But I can’t seem to find any words. Sigh. Sending you love and peace and strength. Gorgeous photos of your food and beautiful family. XOXO.

  4. Carol Wallace says

    Thank you, Aimee, for your voice, which is always kind, gentle, thoughtful, and wise. Wishing you and your family a good week ahead –

  5. What beautiful and inspiring pictures of our passed holidays! 🙂 I really wish I would sip that sangria right now with the Montreal heat… Ouf!
    I raise my cup of iced tea to you my dear, your beautiful words are a soft balm in these grey and complicated times.

  6. Cite-Menu says

    That color of steak is damnn !!

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