April Escapades from Olive and Ruby

Technically speaking Spring is here, but is it really? I still have my heat on and I'm just a WHOLE lot upset about that. The almanac says it's spring but I'm still in my winter coat so I'm calling not calling it until I feel it. After a long incredibly hard winter, I don’t know about you but I’m ready to sweat.  Bring on the dog days of summer. Yup – there will be no complaining about how hot it is on this site. Hmmm summer, warm weather, BBQs,

This month worked kicked me in the tuckus. I had big projects drop in the third and fourth week of the month, and it seriously curtailed a lot of my blogging activities. Late nights and weekend work = not a lot of blogable (is that even a word) activities. Now don't get me wrong I still cooked regularly but I baked a ton more bread, which I think is in direct correlation to the amount of stress that I’ve been under at work. I bought a new cookbook and that inspired me to being more religious about using more unbleached flours for more artisinal breads. I'd really like to make a sourdough starter but I have to admit that I'm a little intimidated by the amount of work required to actually get one started. 

Depite that there were a couple of blog worth moments in the Olive and Ruby kitchen

  • I found a recipe for a Pain sur Poolish, and while I wasn't absolutely thrilled with the way that the pictures ended up looking, I was a BIG fan of the flavour of the bread. Definitely made this a couple more times. At least one of those times, the bread looked beautiful but I didn't get home in time to photograph it before it was consumed. Oh well, I've just gotta make that one again.
  • I also made a no-knead Olive bread, and I can't say enough about how absolutely sinful this bread was. It combined all of my favourites - flour, yeast and olives into one tasty golden brown boule. This bread disappeared in 2 days. Don't judge, we had friends over so copious amounts of red and white wine, olive bread, balsamic vinegar and olive oil was consumed. 
  • After all of that bread making, I used the left overs to make a wicked Apple-Raisin bread pudding which I paired with homemade vanilla ice cream. I rushed through my veggies at dinner just so that I can get to that dessert. 

Buttermilk_Fried_Chicken ©OliveandRuby.com

For the last little while, I've been moaning about a craving for fried chicken. I was trying to find some healthier alternatives so I made Oven-Baked Crispy thighs, and some Crispy Jerk Chicken wings but in the end I caved and made what I really wanted - Rosemary-Brined Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and oh god it was good, some might even say orgasmic. Yup, I went there.

Oh yeah, I also finally got around to making and photographing a vegetarian dish that I make a couple times a month, an Eggplant, Onion and Red Pepper Stew, a great filling dish that even non-vegetarians enjoy.

Since the weather's getting warmer, slightly, I got out a bit and caught up with foodie and non-foodie friends.

  • At the start of the month, I went to the Good Food and Drink Festival with my foodie friends, and I brought my bestie along cause she's a wanna be foodie, she just doesn't blog about it. We ate tons of tacos, churros, poutine, fries, cheese, bread and a whole host of other treats. My favourite "drink" was a series of infused maple syrups, and I finally got to eat a ME.NU rice  ball which I've been seeing all over twitter and instagram. It was gooood and worth the wait. 
  • That weekend, I also went to Papa Giuseppes, a place I absolutely adore. Pizza, pasta, cozy neighbourhood joint in bustling Port Credit. Be warned though going there at prime time is not for the faint of heart because they don't take reservations and the wait is long. There's no telling what you'll do as you wait, and wait, while staring hungrily at the food coming out of the kitchen. You might be inclined to sidle up to a table and make new friends. 
  • I also introduced a good friend of mine, who works for Mississauga transit, to my favourite Roti joint in Mississauga - Leela's Roti & Doubles. There have been many days that I hopped off the train and called in my order for dinner. If you ever swing by there and see a Mississauga transit bus parked and a driver anxiously waiting in the line, it may or may not be my friend. Ooops!
  • Last but not least I had brunch at the Ivy. Not THE Ivy in LA but the Ivy Bar + Kitchen in Burlington. The usual crew was in attendance - Robyn, Heather, Jenny, Meg and even Christina who made it up from her neck of the woods. TONS of FUN as always. Check out Robyn photo-bombing my mimosa, :)

Brunch at the Ivy ©OliveandRuby.com

I follow a couple of teachers on twitter and they've already begun to countdown the weeks that are left for the rest of the semester. Lucky them - sigh!

That got me talking to my brother and sister-in-law about the activities that my niece and nephew and getting up to this summer. The kids are really interested in cooking so I did some research, and shared my findings, in a post entitled Encouraging kids to cook this summer

Next month, Olive and Ruby are on the road. We're taking one trip for work and another for pleasure. I hope to be able to blog about both, time permitting. See you next month when I know the weather will absolutely be warmer. 

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