A thick fog greeted us as we exited the house. Visibility was low and the fog horns could be heard clearly. We live on the shores of Lake Ontario but this morning, it felt as though we lived near the ocean. It had warmed overnight creating a cold and moist air. It was picturesque for our city as this event seems rare. My youngest daughter and I spent an hour just splashing in puddles near our home. Peppa Pig’s “muddle puddles” came to mind. I’m really loving just being outside with the kids. No mitts needed and no fear of getting a chill. Here are some links to start your weekend.
Jack’s Wife Freda
Located in New York City, Jack’s Wife Freda is a vibrant café-restaurant with a cult-like following. True New Yorkers, the owners describe their cuisine as “South African Israeli Jewish Grandmother Cuisine”. I love following along on their Instagram account and was delighted to find out that they released a cookbook called, no surprise here, Jack's Wife Freda: Cooking from New York's West Village.
Pleasure by Feist
Feist is releasing her fifth album at the end of April. This much-anticipated album is thought to be “an outlier in Feist’s catalog.” Interviews with Feist hint at growth and a lovely mix of past and future musings. My most prominent memories of Feist are of the days when she played with Broken Social Scene and toured her Let It Die Album. I was delighted when she visited my city and taped “City” and “Lights” to the soles of her left and right shoes (the name of a beloved bookshop in London, Ontario).
The Handmaid's Tale
Elisabeth Moss stars in the mini-series adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale released this month (the trailer is haunting). The novel was written in 1984 and is characterized as “speculative fiction” by Atwood herself. It is thought to be more relevant than ever given today’s political climate. Like many people, I am an Atwood fan. However, I am a bit embarrassed to admit that I have not yet read this novel (though, I have read many articles about it so I do have a good sense of the plot). Shall I read the novel first or watch the mini-series? What are do you prefer to do first- read or watch?
Cooking with Farro
I am always looking for new and exciting dishes to make for my family. I just came across the most beautiful meal by Half Baked Harvest called Farro Tabbouleh with Burrata and Hummus. The colourful palette of foods makes me even more excited as it feels so spring appropriate. While I plan to make this meal as presented for my husband and I, when serving it to my children, I will deconstruct the dish (instead of mixed together, everything will be in neat and tidy piles on the plate).
Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22nd, 2017. I love that this day continues to pick up momentum and spirit. Back in my university days, I organized an Earth Day Colloquium. At the time, it felt that it was only the very keen people who participated. Now, involvement is increasing everywhere. What are your Earth Day plans? I would love to hear about them! Check out your local organizations for ideas and schedules. Events such as tree planting, picking up litter, children’s crafts and music concerts are common ways to celebrate.