shades of blue: breakfast blueberry oatmeal muffins

whole wheat breakfast blueberry muffins; conifères et feuillus

There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance- pray you, love, remember. And there is pansies, that’s for thought. -William Shakespeare

breakfast blueberry oatmeal muffins | conifères & feuillusI love summer mornings when I can wake up with the sunrise and the world (it seems), as well as my loves, are still asleep and quiet. And I have time to sort out my thoughts. I do this best in my kitchen while measuring and weighing, mixing ingredients and watching something great come together.

In this quiet solitude, I take out my hurts and pains; so many shades of blue. I weigh and measure them as I do my ingredients. Some remain raw and heavy as they were the day they happened and I sink them quickly into the deepest, darkest oceans of my thought. In these quiet mornings, I look for answers. That never seem to come. But a walk in my garden always lifts me up; on dew laden grass, barefoot. I hear bird songs over scents of rosemary. I see the miracles of petals and leaves, and small creatures, and the beauty of life and decay and the fragility of it all.

Life is fragile. We are fragile. And we damage easily. But the thing about life is that another morning still comes and begins a new day with a new sunrise and if we are lucky enough to have that, then we should be grateful and make the most of it; weighing and measuring what we have and making something great out of it. Continue reading

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roasted asparagus with thyme, lemon and parmesan

roasted asparagus with thyme, lemon and parmesan | conifères et feuillus food blog

Growing up in a Gujarati household meant being introduced to all kinds of vegetables. The “meatless meals” concept was practiced in our home long before the current fad. In fact, two-thirds of our meals were easily meatless. In the early years when we first arrived in Canada (in the 70s), there were no Indian grocery stores in Montréal so my parents would scour out Caribbean  and Asian stores for vegetables not typically found at the local grocery chains.
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hummus, the humble spread of our ancestors

classic hummus recipe; conifères et feuillus

The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

Hummus is a humble food. At first glance, it really doesn’t come across as all that impressive. Its recipe, simple; its appearance, quite bland. But don’t be fooled.  Hummus is not just a tasty, super healthy food but an excellent substitute for the many unhealthy snacks and spreads we have around these days.hummus recipe | conifères & feuillus
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roasted ratatouille rustic pie

roasted ratatouille vegetable pie; conifères et feuillus

It’s the second week of July and we’ve been lucky to have already had quite a few of those really hot days. But the thing about Montréal weather is that it fluctuates. By a lot. And real quick. So this weekend was more like autumn; it rained, it cooled down, it was grey and drab, and we stayed indoors for the most part. Although Montréalers are known to grill outdoors in the rain and snow (yeah, we’re like that), this weekend I turned to my oven. Ovens are like old friends, they are always there waiting for you and when you go back it’s as if you never left.roasted ratatouille rustic pie | conifères & feuillus

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