About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

Honey-Drizzled Raspberry Brie Brûlée || Simple Bites

Honey-Drizzled Raspberry Brie Brûlée

The first time I met our elderly neighbour, Oskar, he was leaning on his shovel on the edge of his sprawling corner plot of land.

I can’t remember who nodded hello first, but we hit it off at once in a discussion about his garden. It was a beautiful, well-maintained plot, surrounded by a low rock wall, which my three children scrambled up in mere moments. He didn’t bat an eye at their antics, as they skipped up and down the ledge, probably because his children used to do the very same thing.

Over the years, and many visits across the rock wall, I came to learn that Oskar was a true homesteader. His wife had passed away shortly after delivering his sixth child, and Oskar raised the family himself. He had an impressive garden – the raspberry patch itself could supply his large family with berries galore. But alas, they had all grown up and moved away, save for one.

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Simple bites garden produce

Weekend links and photos

Happy weekend, friends. It’s going to be a productive one for us; after all, there must be some balance to all the pool parties and backyard barbecues of late.

Our July has officially reached cruising altitude and will continue to fly by until we decent into St. Johns, Newfoundland in a little less than two weeks time. There, amid the remote costal villages and scenic seascape hikes, we intent to unplug and connect with nature as a family.

If by chance there is anyone from Newfoundland and Labrador reading this blog, please drop me a note with your best suggestions for good eats, strong coffee…..and best views. I’m simply longing for an ocean view.

Until then, I’ve got cookbook edits to finish, a dozen errands to run and and family to pack up.  I simply must do something with all the basil in my garden before I go. Oh, and I should probably kick this poison ivy rash to the curb. Begone! Does anyone have a good natural remedy to share? Because Benadryl is currently slowing me way down during the day.

Poison ivy, to-do lists and packing aside, I’ve had a beautiful week. Here’s what I loved reading around the web. And below that, a few of my favourite photos for your dinner inspiration.

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Grilled Green Onion & Sweet Potato Salad with Warm Chèvre | Simple Bites

Grilled Green Onion & Sweet Potato Salad with Warm Chèvre

If you haven’t hit your grilling stride yet this summer, today’s recipe will be the incentive you need to fire up the coals.

Let’s see, I’ve prepare it two…three…four times already and each time I delight in the smoky sweet potato, charred green onions and the tangy goat cheese that finishes off the dish. A hint of maple syrup in the mustard dressing brings balance to the salad and a few zesty grilled garlic scapes add a touch of excitement.

Every summer I tend to get stuck on a particular grilled salad – last year it was with strawberries and asparagus, before that it was green beans and cherry tomatoes. This grilled green onion & sweet potato salad with warm chèvre is definitely my 2016 summer salad obsession.

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Strawberry rhubarb pie header

Weekend links and photos

I know it’s been a sobering week for my readers in the United States and I feel deeply for you all, I really do.

The blog stayed quiet as I couldn’t bring myself to add more noise to your email inbox and social media feeds. Today, the children and I unplugged completely, and took a long, long walk by a river. They chased ducks, hunted for snakes and skipped up and down the river bank, while I attempted to find some peace under the grey skies.

It helped, a little. Later we returned home and made pizza together, covering the kitchen in flour and bits of cheese. Life goes on, despite the state of the world and mankind. Sometime I think my biggest contribution is raising three little people to love others, no matter their race, religion or whatever. It’s a daily responsibility and privilege.

Alright. On to the list of links.

Now hit the jump for my favourite photos from June….

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Tour the Simple Bites backyard garden in spring

Tour the homestead garden: Spring edition

I have a longstanding habit of visiting my garden first thing in the morning with coffee in hand and waking up amidst the fresh scents of rain, earth and herbs.

It’s a brief moment of stolen solitude, before I return to the clamour of hungry kids in the kitchen as the day takes off to a roaring start. Just the other morning, I slung my camera over my shoulder and attempted to capture the garden with its sprinkling of morning dew among the waving pea tendrils and rows of carrots.

A recent back injury (which was indeed confirmed as a herniated disc) considerably slowed down my gardening efforts this June. And so although they are not my prettiest raised beds to date, I am enormously proud of all I accomplished in spite of my limited time there. I know it’s technically been summer for a few days now, but today’s post is a snapshot of what’s been growing in my garden all spring. Enjoy!

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