I can’t believe it’s June already. It seems like we skipped spring and went right from the long, cold winter right into summer! Today is June 8 and we have hit a record high temperature of 31.2 C and well, technically it isn’t even summer yet. I don’t think I ever remember it getting so hot so quickly in the year, and I am just in Calgary. My sister in Vernon has had more than a few weeks of this hot weather. That means that Okanagan BC cherries are ready super early! I saw some at the Calgary Farmer’s Market last weekend and thought maybe they were fibbing because they were so early. As a farmer’s daughter I can’t get too excited about all this heat. I know that a dry winter and spring is going to really affect crops.
Despite the summer like feel of today, I have been doing some spring themed experimenting in the kitchen. Hubby and I got quite a good yield of vibrant coloured spruce buds which I later pickled with cider vinegar.Then I got inspired by our local annual Lilac Festival to create a Lilac Cocktail. I made a Lilac simple syrup which I paired with our locally distilled Spring Equinox spirits from Eau Claire Distillery. I’ve been busy cooking all sorts of interesting salads like this ‘carrot noodle’ salad with home grown mung bean sprouts and furikake vinaigrette. This is the very first time I have used the Heath Ceramics bowl I bought in San Francisco. I guess I was waiting for the right sort of salad to use it.I was so happy with my bowl I had to use it again for this potato and bacon salad I made for the year end football banquet. Don’t worry I didn’t bring it to the banquet, it was just used for a photo op! I was really disappointed I got chosen to bring a salad for the banquet…I thought the boys wouldn’t appreciate a salad. So I decided to ask the boy what kind of salad football boys were likely to eat and he replied, ‘bacon’. Well duh! Some renovations have been going on in my kitchen. I’m curious to find out just how long they take. For now I am really happy with my new sink and streak (leak) free faucet. The old sink was white acrylic and was stained beyond belief. When I could no longer bleach out the stains we decided to begin the renovations by putting a new one in. Not really the usual way to go about things but necessary for sure. Hubby also has one section of the back splash replaced so far…after two months. The tiles behind the new sink are still the old style. Calgary has an ever growing and vibrant filming industry. If you haven’t seen Fargo (the FX series) yet, you should really give it a chance. I didn’t care for the movie but I really loved the TV series. We binge watched it in two nights and I had fun picking out familiar local neighbourhoods and stores in the background. After the season two filming wrap up, there was a prop sale where you could buy props used during filming. It was held in a huge warehouse where there was still pools of fake blood on the floor and an entire constructed house set. Each season of the show is set in a different decade, with the props at the sale appearing to be mostly 1970’s in nature. I can’t wait to see season 2!
And finally in preparation for my youngest son’s Grade 9 graduation I had to go through the photo albums and pick out a baby photo to send to the school. I had a difficult time choosing because he was an extremely cute baby (and not just because I am his mom!) so I took a poll on Facebook. This is the photo I ended up sending in: Special thanks to Celia of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial who organizes this special monthly peak into kitchens around the world and to all the particapants. If you would like to join us, have a look at Celia’s In My Kitchen post and show us what is going on in your kitchen.