Sweets

Apricot Lavender Cake

August 16, 2017

apricot lavender cake

In keeping with the Moroccan theme of the week, (click here to read about my Moroccan inspired outdoor movie night), today’s recipe pays homage to the French influence in Moroccan cooking.  Despite the short lived colonization of Morocco, France’s influence on the country’s food remains.  And this Apricot Lavender Cake is quintessentially French in flavour.

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Gatherings Tips and Tricks

Moroccan Outdoor Movie Night

August 14, 2017

outdoor movie night

Like the famous Peter Allen song, Everything Old is New Again, things have a way of coming back into style.  We see it in fashion and home decor all the time, but it happens in the way we live as well – record players are hip and outdoor movie theaters are the all rage. From drive-ins to backyard viewing, watching movies outdoors is a major summer-time phenomenon.

But if like me you lack a backyard or yard space of any kind, the thought of creating an outdoor movie night might seem unlikely.  If you read my post on inner city outdoor entertaining, you know that I’m all about embracing our spaces and making the most of them.  With a little creativity and friends who are always willing to play along (#blessed) I created a Moroccan inspired outdoor movie night in the courtyard of a friend’s condo complex.

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Sips

Rosemary Grapefruit Frosé

August 10, 2017

Rosemary Grapefruit Frosé

I have been meaning to make a Frosé all summer long, a delicious adult slushie made with Rosé, and while summer’s end is nearing (I’m sorry, but it is!), I figure it’s better late than never, right?  Frosé isn’t your last minute, whip it together kind of cocktail, but it is delicious and worth the little bit of effort.  And bonus: it can me made and left in the freezer for those hot summer nights or when friends pop by unexpectedly, the alcohol keeps it from freezing solid, so it’s ready when needed.

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