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.

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A homestead tour and an interview with Aimée

Spring is gradually edging out signs of winter on our little property, but it isn’t pretty.

The remaining snow lies about in grey icy heaps, a far cry from the pristine powder that fell for so many months. Rain has left pools of sludge in patches where the snow has melted and various unwanted items (like the butt ends from our New Year’s Eve fireworks) are revealing themselves in the mud.

I’m impatient for greenery, which is why Faith’s article over on the Kitchn was such a fun reminder of all that is to come in a few short weeks. The executive editor of one of the most popular food sites on the web dropped in for brunch last fall and I gave her a little tour of the homestead.

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Vegetables for roast lamb

Tips for roasting a whole leg of lamb

When I think of a roast leg of lamb, I think of Jamie Oliver. Can’t you just hear him exclaiming over how it gives you the most tender, delicious meat that just falls off the bone?

He’s absolutely right about that. And he’d probably point out how simple it is to make, which wouldn’t be wrong either. Mastering a leg of lamb is even easier than perfecting the roast chicken. And I think Easter dinner is an ideal time to splurge on an organic, 100% grass-fed leg of lamb.

We’re fortunate to have terrific lamb in Québec. My butcher sources mine from the village of Kamouraska, which aside from it being one of the prettiest towns in the province, boasts several farms that are caring properly for their animals and raising them responsibly.

The last leg of lamb I roasted was for Christmas dinner and it was absolutely ace. So, so good. It even outshone the yorkshire pudding, brussels sprouts and whipped brown butter sweet potatoes. I can’t wait to full up my table with hungry people and do it all over again.

I know there are plenty of recipes out there for leg of lamb, including Jamie’s fabulous looking Easter Lamb, but maybe you can glean a tidbit or two from my roasting tips below.

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Mocha Pie with Espresso Whipped Cream | Simple Bites #pie #mocha #recipe

Mocha Pie with Espresso Whipped Cream

I couldn’t tell you when the craving for a mocha pie originated, only that it is a desire I have been trying to ignore for the better part of a year.

My affections lie firmly in the fruit pie camp, which is why the urge for a rich pudding of dark chocolate and coffee, tucked into a flaky crust and topped with mounds of espresso whipped cream was a mystery to me. I’m usually all about the rhubarb pie in the spring (three recipes and counting), but this year, I’m serving up mocha.

Mocha Pie with Espresso Whipped Cream | Simple Bites #pie #mocha #recipe

Fortunately, Easter is just around the corner, and chocolate is usually on the menu in many shapes and forms. I’m going to go ahead and suggest that this cream-topped mocha pie make an appearance on your table for the holiday. And if it is, please invite me over.

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Weekend links

Have a great Sunday, all!

Brussel Sprout, Walnut & Pesto Pizza on Whole Wheat Crust | Simple Bites #dinner #vegetarian #recipe

A Croatian daytrip and “pizza extra” (Recipe: Brussels Sprout, Walnut & Pesto Pizza on Whole Wheat Crust)

Our first daytrip as a married couple went awry when we found ourselves sitting in an empty restaurant somewhere in the Croatian countryside, starving, and staring at an indecipherable menu.

The drive through the top corner of Croatia and neighbouring Slovenia had been beautiful, but about two hours past lunchtime, we were desperate. We hadn’t bothered to pack anything to eat from our villa back in Lake Balaton region of Hungary, planning to stop along the way and sample the local fare. After all, half the fun of spontaneous travel is tasting the regional cuisine; the only trouble was, we hadn’t seen anything other than the occasional farmhouse.

As our rented Opel Astra bumped along the absurdly narrow roads, I kept busy looking for a roadside restaurant or any sign of food. We finally pulled into a gravel parking lot where a low building flashed a neon Pizza sign in the window. Pizza? That was unexpected, but to us at the time it sounded glorious.

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