Zucchini Feta Fritters with Poached Eggs

Zucchini Feta Fritters use the freshest summertime flavours - filled with shaved zucchini, chopped mint, and basil, you might already have the ingredients growing in your garden! 

As I said on Instagram, sorry for the very long and unintentional break!

We ended up spontaneously moving – which wasn’t all that spontaneous, really, considering we had been talking about moving since getting married last August. We’d been hoping to buy a house/townhouse – but guess what, the real estate market in Vancouver sucks. Really sucks. As in, can’t-buy-a-detached-home-for-less-than-1-million-dollars sucks.

It’s funny because it feels like the traditional and “expected” progression of #adulting is 1) get married, 2) buy house, 3) have baby, 4) live happily ever after. Which is ridiculous with a capital R, because life certainly doesn’t work out that way.  But somehow I felt like we were failing if we couldn’t buy a home now that we were married.

After much discussion, we realized that just because buying a home was natural/affordable/expected for our parents’ generation or for friends in other cities – it didn’t mean it was right or realistic for us.

And after all my chaos at work this Spring, and the potential of being laid off looming over our heads, we wondered, What’s the harm in renting?

When you let go of society’s expectation of what you should be doing, it’s amazing what other options present themselves. So, why not rent? Why not find our dream rental home?

Our list of desires was not small, but after 5 months of searching, we found it: the unicorn of rental homes. So we moved out of our small rental apartment and into a bigger rental house.

And it is so, so good!

Raspberry Chia Pudding

Beautiful pink berries are stirred in with chia seeds and milk to create a simple and nutritious Raspberry Chia Pudding breakfast.

I’ve been buying a TON of berries from the market lately. Spring just gets me so obsessed with eating fresh berries – it’s like a drought has ended! Berry Banana Bread has been constantly in my oven lately and Raspberry Gin Fizzes are on constant rotation in my belly 😉

So let’s keep the love affair with berries rolling and dish up a super healthy RASPBERRY breakfast! These beautiful pink nuggets are stirred in with chia seeds and milk to create a simple and nutritious Raspberry Chia Pudding.

Chia Pudding is the perfect lazyperson’s breakfast because it is:

  • super duper healthy (chia seeds are packed full of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium)
  • low effort (literally you dump all the ingredients into a mason jar and shake)
  • quick (make it the night before and grab it out of the fridge in the morning)
  • portable (throw the mason jar into your bag and bring it anywhere)
  • filling (chia seeds control your appetite)

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Roasted Asparagus with Prosciutto and Fried Eggs

This is a simple sheet pan breakfast celebrating the Spring flavours of fresh asparagus. Roasted asparagus sprigs are stacked with crispy prosciutto, a soft fried egg, and crumbles of creamy goat cheese and it is the perfect combination of roasty, salty, and creamy.

Just look at that #yolkporn.

Why is the internet obsessed with runny yolks? I have to be honest and say that I don’t love a runny yolk. Does that make me a bad breakfast blogger?! 😉 There are just times when I’d rather my eggs be poached or fried hard! Or medium-hard. But definitely not soft.

I’m coming around to soft eggs though – I like how a soft egg creates its own sauce, to mop up with bread, or to douse over roasted asparagus and crispy prosciutto, like we have here with this Roasted Asparagus with Prosciutto and Fried Eggs recipe.

This is a simple sheet pan breakfast celebrating the Spring flavours of fresh asparagus. Roasted asparagus sprigs are stacked with crispy prosciutto, a soft fried egg, and crumbles of creamy goat cheese and it is the perfect combination of roasty, salty, and creamy.

And  mighty tasty.

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Raspberry Gin Fizz

This Raspberry Gin Fizz is a delicate berry-filled cocktail splashed with a hint of soda water and lime for a light, refreshing drink. Most of the ingredients you already have on hand in your kitchen!

Everyone needs a really good brunch cocktail in their repertoire. A cocktail to serve guests at a brunch party (my FAVOURITE kind of party!) or just for sipping on your patio on a lazy, warm Sunday morning.

Earlier this week I was ruminating over the fact that my raspberry bush is behind by a whole month! For this cocktail, I’ve bought raspberries from the market, but I anticipate making this cocktail again and again (and again!) with raspberries from my garden.

This Raspberry Gin Fizz is a delicate berry-filled cocktail splashed with a hint of soda water and lime for a light, refreshing drink. Most of the ingredients you already have on hand in your kitchen!

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Berry Banana Bread

This Berry Banana Bread is kept moist with a secret ingredient and each mouthful is bursting with fresh berries. My family loves this recipe!

It’s the beginning of berry season! Oh how lovely it is to swap out my bags of frozen berries for fresh berries.

To celebrate berry season, I’ve made my favourite banana bread and stuffed it full of fresh strawberries and blueberries. This Berry Banana Bread is kept moist with my secret ingredient (pssst – sour cream!!), and each mouthful is bursting with berries.

To be fair, it’s not berry season in my backyard yet – for that, we’ve got another month or two to go – and by “backyard” I mean my potted veggie garden on my rooftop deck 😉 . It’s been an unseasonably cool Spring here in the Pacific Northwest, so my strawberry and raspberry plants only have buds so far!

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Blueberry Basil Smoothie

Fresh basil leaves are added to a classic blueberry smoothie, creating a refreshing twist in this healthy breakfast smoothie.

I grew up on an island in the pacific northwest, on the coast of British Columbia, Canada. Taking a ferry to the mainland (where I live now – in the city of Vancouver), through an archipelago of mountainous, treed islands was a regular occurrence – sometimes you could even spot whales!

The ferry passes through a grouping of islands called the Gulf Islands, and one of those islands is Salt Spring. Salt Spring Island is very small in comparison to the island I grew up on, with a tiny town, rolling hills of farmland, artisans, hippies, rocky beaches, and a very, very laid back lifestyle. (It’s a lovely place to vacation! You should go!)

Salt Spring Island has an incredible, incredible farmer’s market during the spring and summer – one of my favourite vendors is Salt Spring Kitchen, who sell artisanal preserves.

Last summer I picked up their Blueberry Basil Jam which has become a favourite to pair with a sharp cheddar cheese and cracker. The sweetness of the berries plays off a hint of refreshing basil – it’s a lovely sweet-savoury combination.

This pairing inspired me to re-create the same flavours in a Blueberry Basil Smoothie! I’ve added fresh basil leaves to a classic blueberry smoothie, creating a refreshing twist in this healthy breakfast smoothie.

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Honeyed Ricotta Toast with Berries

Generous smears of creamy ricotta cheese are paired with blueberries, raspberries, drizzled with lots of honey and tangy mint. A spring breakfast.

Have you ever browsed the hashtag #ToastTuesday on Instagram? It’s kind of the best. Every Tuesday, around the world, people eat toast for breakfast and then post a photo of their toast creations on Instagram. Toast is such a trend right now!

Today is not Tuesday. But we’re still talking about toast. Honeyed Ricotta Toast with Berries, to be precise. #ToastThursday?? 😉

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