Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Loving the new FEED trick-or-treat bags benefiting UNICEF.
It's never too late to check in on what the world's most unlikely Halloween fanatic is up to this time of year (aka Martha Stewart). After all, it's a tradition going on 3 years now.  New for 2010 is Medusa Ice Face and Hands Punch (left). Check out the how-to video here.  I don't know, looks more Close Encounters of the Third Kind to me...
Finally, because I mentioned my appreciation of the Beetlejuice aesthetic in last week's post, I feel that I have to share this fun post on Design Sponge. 

Enjoy your evening!

Sunday, October 24, 2010




I'd had a package of zebra pasta in my cupboard for months waiting it would seem for a spark of inspiration. And I guess, with Halloween coming and all, that inspiration came today.

Here's how I threw this dish together:



1/4 cup butter
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 cups)
1/2 head radicchio, cored and thinly sliced
250 g zebra linguine
Salt and fresh ground pepper
Grated Parmesan cheese for topping


Melt butter in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat, then continue to cook until it is golden brown (about 2 min). Add sweet potatoes and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until golden and tender, 6 to 8 min. Reduce heat to low, add radicchio and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring, until radicchio is wilted and just tender (about 3 min).

Meanwhile, cook pasta in a pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain pasta and top with sweet potato mixture, or add the pasta to the mixture and stir to combine.

Serve topped with the grated Parmesan.

This meal was as satisfying as Beetlejuice the movie was underrated. Rewatch it if you doubt the film's brilliance. (I loved the aesthetic too.)




Pasta A La Lydia (Halloween Inspired) on Foodista

This week at the grocery store...

After months in Canada, grapefruit flavoured Perrier has finally made its way to my grocer's shelves

Now I find myself victim of my own high expectations.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Vote for my cheesy pasta!

My famous Butternut squash macaroni and cheese is a finalist in the 20-minute supper club's cheesy pasta food fight!

We are competing against some very similar dishes, so we need to separate from the rest of the pack.

Please vote early and often!



Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Arch!

I wasn't the only one taking pictures of the arch this morning.

San Francisco's got nothing on Ottawa. (When it comes to Chinatown arches.) After months of hard work, the artisans have packed up and gone back to their homeland, and we residents of Centretown have been left with a breathtaking gateway to Chinatown.

Judge  for yourself:

This is San Francisco's Dragon Gate:

And, this is Ottawa's new arch:

My attempt to capture some of the detail.

This is only one of many positive developments in Ottawa's Chinatown, which I hope to write more about in the weeks to come.

It's all very exciting!

Photo credit: The San Fran pic is from the flickr stream of one Paul 'Tuna' Turner. (I guess when I was there this summer I was too busy taking pictures of grilled cheeses and other important landmarks like the Oracle robot that everybody hates to get a good shot of the Dragon Gate.)