Since I went home for Father’s Day weekend, I decided to take full advantage of the occasion and the home food resources to make a meal for my family. Also, I took a trip to the local Chapters yesterday, where I got a few new cookbooks, including Canadian Living’s Make It Tonight cookbook!! Oh happy day! I also got two other new cookbooks, which I’m sure I will be mentioning in future posts, so stay tuned to find out more about those.
In honour of this new cookbook purchase, I decided to take two recipes from it to make tonight’s dinner. Something noteworthy: I tried black olives tonight for the very first time, as they were an ingredient in the pasta I made. As you can see below, I entered my quest to try olives optimistically…
…BUT, that smile very rapidly deteriorated into a cringe, when I decided that I wholeheartedly DO NOT like olives. At least I tried them right? All that was left on my plate at the end of the night was a sad looking pile of olives. Apologies Veggie Gods.
Okay, so back to the meal…for the main dish, I made Pasta with Peppers, Tomatoes and Olives(yuck to the olives, YUM to the rest of the meal). It was kind of odd to have a pasta dish without a semi-dominating sauce, but this was something new that took advantage of some amazing, fresh produce. Also, I love home-time… we had fresh parsley!! This never happens!! It was great.
For dessert, I made a Layered Apple Cake, also from the Canadian Living cookbook.
It had a delicious graham cracker crumb base and top, with a soft, scrumptious apple cake centre. SO GOOD. Add some ice cream, and I have officially reached my foodie heaven. I seem to be starting a trend…whenever I bake at home, it always seems to be a pasta dish and a cake crumble. Perhaps I will try my hand at BBQ-ing next time?
Back to Ottawa tomorrow, and back to my student house hole-in-the-wall-kitchen.