The weather continues to force me to make my own sunshine. It’s cool! I can totally handle it – I’ve got Meyer lemons. And when life hands me Meyer lemons I make not only lemonade but all sorts of things. Last year it was these adorable cakes (excuse the photos, I didn’t know what I was doing yet), this year it’s these Meyer Lemon Alfajores.
If you’ve read this blog before, you know I have a tendency to rant. And, more often than not, those rants tend to be about the weather. Remember this gem from February? In my defense, I am from Nova Scotia and complaining about the weather is kinda our thing – it’s kinda a thing for most coastal populations. Although I’ve called Toronto home for nearly 10 years now, sustained exposure to Lake Ontario doesn’t take the Maritimer out of the girl. So today, I’m gunning for spring and it’s diabolical plan to limit my enjoyment of this Cantaloupe Caprese Pasta Salad and its inability to reward me for my heroic survival of winter.
What happens when you want pork dumplings, anything teriyaki-ed, and peanut satay sauce all at the same time? These Pork Teriyaki Peanut Butter Burgers, that’s what. Yes, once again my conflicting cravings have taken the wheel. This isn’t always a good thing. Sometimes it’s a very bad thing. I remember a batch of pink peppercorn Jell-o jigglers being one such disaster. You have no idea what I’m talking about because you never saw them and I intend to keep it that way. Thankfully, these Pork Teriyaki Peanut Butter Burgers did not go the way of the pink peppercorn Jello jiggler, they instead became an instant favorite.
Have you ever resented the fact that takeout sushi is not as good as in-restaurant sushi? You know, where the sashimi is freshly cut, the maki is freshly rolled, and the rice is so fresh it’s still warm. That level of sushi excellence makes my heart sing. But I do have a few major issues with in-restaurant sushi and I do mean major. I can’t wear my pajamas, I’m expected to wear a bra, my couch is nowhere in sight, AND when I’m at my most vulnerable, i.e. full and sleepy, I have to find my way home. So oppressive! For a long time, I defaulted to takeout sushi because what else was I going to do? Roll it myself every time a craving hit? I would never leave the kitchen. Luckily, these Wasabi Tuna Onigiri offer a quick sushi-like fix, free of takeout disappointments and time-consuming rolling.