summer salsa

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we haven’t turned on the oven or stove much this summer
save for the quick pasta salad fixes
or soft boiled eggs
or slow roasting tomatoes
we’re also training –
me for the half (WHO AM I?)
he for the full (HE’S CRAY)
all i want to do most nights is throw things in a pile
douse in olive oil + balsamic vinegar
and top on toast or crackers.
so that’s what we do.

this salsa is a deviation from that,
using lime juice instead
and tortilla chips are the vehicle to bring
summer’s deliciousness to your mouth.

Summer Salsa

summer salsa

*note: depending on the liquid seasoning that you use, this can be either a salsa or bruschetta topping. in parenthesis i’ll add in what alternative ingredients you can use to make it a rustic, summery toast topper.

1 large just ripe peach, pitted and diced
1 half red onion, diced
2 jalapeno, seeded and diced
2 ears of corn, sliced as close from the cob as possible
2 large tomatoes
juice of two limes (drizzle of olive oil + balsamic vinegar)
bunch of cilantro, rough chopped, leaves + stems (bunch of torn basil leaves)
salt + pepper, to taste

this is not rocket science, slice and dice to your hearts content. depending on how sweet your peaches or how tart you like your salsa, season to your taste.
mix in a bowl.

allow to mix and mingle for a few hours, ideally overnight.
serve with tortilla chips.


Summer Salsa

1 year ago: peach ginger scones – vegan
2 years ago: vietnamese pickled carrots + daikon

other dips or toppers:
mango pomegranate guacamole
za’atar socca + middle eastern smashed avocado
roasted bone marrow

thai popsicles

thai pops - blueberry

it’s august,
it’s hot
i’m still obsessed with my
popsicle mold
i’ve made three flavors,
this one being dw’s favorite
and because anything the man loves
i want to recreate for him,
so i’m journaling it here.
for next blueberry season.
hoping your summer’s been loverly.

thai pops - blueberry

thai pops
makes 10

*note: if you can’t get your hands on Kaffir lime leaves, use organic lime rind, using as little of the bitter white pith as possible. it’s not exactly the same but it’ll still give you that bright citrus-y hint.

3 cups blueberries
10 Kaffir lime leaves
2 lemongrass sticks, gently bruised
1 can of full fat coconut milk
generous knob of ginger, peeled
sweetener of choice, like agave, sugar, honey, maple syrup, completely optional

you’ll be using two saucepans:

in first saucepan, gently simmer the blueberries with lemongrass and Kaffir lime leaves. it’ll thicken and bubble, let it hang out and infuse. if you think about it, using a fork squish the berries. simmer for about 15 minutes and allow to cool. i left it rough textured, but if you want it smooth, discard the lemongrass and Kaffir lime leaves and zip in vitamix or blender.

in 2nd saucepan, gently simmer coconut milk with ginger. if you want, you can sweeten with whatever sweetener of choice. the goal is to infuse the milk with just the hint of ginger, should take about 20-30 minutes on low. allow to cool. discard ginger knob.

pour into pop molds, alternating between flavors. there is no science to it, and it should be enough for all molds but as you can see, it’s entirely up to you how strong you want the flavors to be and how full you want the molds to be.

freeze at least 3 hours. to unmold, run under warm water and gently pull out.


thai pops - blueberry

1 year ago: blueberry pie smoothie – vegan
2 years ago: vietnamese vermicelli noodle bowl

other blueberry recipes:
blueberry breakfast cookies – vegan
blueberry clafoutis – dairy free
blueberry jam danishes – vegan
blueberry pie smoothie – vegan
blueberry swirl macaroons – gluten free, dairy free
blueberry swirl muffins – dairy free


popcorn - blueridge blends

today we are four days deep into August.
at last count, since may,
we’ve been to the movies 10 times
actually, 11,
we saw Jurassic World twice, with the nephews.
oh wait.
i saw Pitch Perfect with the girls
sans dw.
so we like going to the cinema
me more than dw,
but he really likes popcorn.
thrice while on vacation
he went to the island theater to get popcorn,
but didn’t stay for the show.

it makes sense that we make it at home
i can’t say that i care for popcorn
but damn if i don’t reach for a few handfuls.

dw’s method is straight forward
he keeps it quick, five minutes tops.
he lightly salts it
and when we’re feeling fancy
he might do kettle corn
if i’m feeling fancy,
i might make vegan coconut caramel
to drizzle on top.

this latest version
is simple to the point
and so delicious.


popcorn – dw style

1/2 cup kernels (organic arrowhead mills)
2 TBL canola oil (or anything neutral with high smoke point, like grapeseed or sunflower seed)
generous pinch of saera’s seasoning salt, regular salt is fine but this seasoning has bite to it

pop on stovetop in a whirly pop.

heat up oil at medium temp, throw in a few kernels & wait for them to pop.
that’s when the oil is hot enough.
add the rest of the kernels and shake to coat.
crank the hand crank and let it happen.

this shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes, cold pan to fully popped and done.

sprinkle with blueridge blends’ saera’s seasoning salt to your heart’s content.

this post is sponsored by blueridge blends. all opinions are my own.

1 year ago: homemade bánh cướn chay
2 years ago: chocolate + coconut macaroons

Strawberries + Kefir Popsicles

Strawberries + Kefir Popsicles

we’re currently on vacation
which means that i’ve been checked out
from everything:
but not when it comes to desserts.
these popsicles
were borne from necessity:
using up the last of the kefir
the last of the frozen strawberries
best of all,
these could be breakfast OR dessert.
happy summer break!

ps. i will be scarce for awhile.
but you can follow along with our adventures via my instagram

Strawberries + Kefir Popsicles

strawberries + kefir popsicles
makes 10

*note: i used up the last of kefir and a bowl of blitzed strawberries, the exact measurements for popsicle varied. use your best judgement.
**note: kefir is usually lactose free, or very low in lactose, which i am able to consume.
***note: i used these molds, which are my new favorite kitchen toy

approximately 1/2 cup kefir (my preferred brands are lifeway or green valley organics, whichever is on sale that week)
1/2 – 3/4 cup strawberries, sweetened with 1 TBL sugar or honey, vitamixed until smooth

pour each into pop molds, alternating flavors until all are used up and/or filled.

if you’re feeling fancy, use a skewer stick (in my case, a chopstick) to marble the mix together.

freeze at least 4 hours, ideally overnight.


Strawberries + Kefir Popsicles

1 year ago: diy copper pipe wall sconces
2 years ago: coconut egg curry, lactose free

other ice cream concoctions:
coffee chocolate chip ice cream – lactose free
peppermint chocolate chip ice cream – lactose free
spiced coconut pecan ice cream – dairy free
strawberry ice cream + almond waffle cones – dairy free
tangerine ice cream – lactose free
cayenne chocolate ice cream – lactose free
strawberry ice cream cookie sandwiches – lactose free

strawberry ice cream cookie sandwiches

Strawberry Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

strawberry season has come & gone,
around these parts anyway.
they’re still available at markets,
fret not,
but once they’re no longer pick-able for us
the season is done.
what we do is we pick more than we’re able to consume,
freezing the rest
for smoothies
for ice cream
for breakfast
for dessert
this year’s yield ,
while beautiful,
did not taste as they looked.
as a result
this year’s batch of ice cream wasn’t the best.
in lieu of chucking it
i figured sandwiching them would solve mediocrity.
thank goodness i was correct.
*note: any kind of ice cream flavor,
at any level of mediocrity or awesomeness,
will work.

PS. happy independence week! be safe, be good.


strawberry ice cream cookie sandwiches
cookie recipe makes about 30 cookies

4 ounces room temp ghee
4 ounces coconut oil, softened, just on the other side of solid
3/4 cup sugar, scant
3/4 cup light brown sugar, scant
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups ap flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
super intense strawberry ice cream, or whatever flavor you want

in mixing bowl, with paddle attachment, cream butter + coconut oil + sugars. add the eggs, followed by the flour, salt and baking soda. scrape the sides of the bowl, you’re aiming for an incorporated batter.

cover and fridge, for at least an hour, up to over night.

preheat oven to 325, prepare baking sheet with parchment paper.

using a ice cream scooper (ours is just shy of 1 TBL), scoop out the dough onto prepared baking sheet. leave a few inches between cookies as they will spread.

bake for 12-14 minutes, i aimed for 13 minutes.

allow to cool completely on cookie rack, then freeze them.

to assemble, scoop out ice cream and sandwich between two cookies. consume immediately, or stick back in freezer, covered until ready to devour.

if you’re like dw, you could freeze the ice cream in a casserole dish. allow it to thaw a bit, then using a biscuit cutter almost the same size at the cookies cut out the ice cream.
then, if you’re like me, you could use an off-set spatula to smooth out any bumps that the biscuit cutter didn’t smooth out and run it along the edges.


Strawberry Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

1 year ago: diy linen board
2 years ago: tiny, beautiful things – i read a book!

other ice cream concoctions:
coffee chocolate chip ice cream – lactose free
peppermint chocolate chip ice cream – lactose free
spiced coconut pecan ice cream – dairy free
strawberry ice cream + almond waffle cones – dairy free
tangerine ice cream – lactose free
cayenne chocolate ice cream – lactose free