Monday, May 4, 2015

Dear Spring

Today is May 3rd.

The cherry blossoms have been blooming for a few weeks now, the sun is out and it finally feels like Spring.

I have been spending every free minute outside.

 Hanging with friends while breathing in the fresh air, strolling through the numerous green spaces New York has to offer, slowly beginning to embrace picnic season and also making the change from hot coffees to iced chai.  

I have a confession to make, and that is that I have never truly cared for Spring, until this year.  

There are numerous reasons for this, but a main factor most definitely has to do with location.  There is a lot to be said about living in a city like New York City, which experiences four very distinct seasons.  Growing up in Ireland I always found it much more difficult to clearly distinguish between seasons, often finding that each one would blend into the next.

I can't even begin to recall how many times I have been told and have heard about the dreaded 'first year in New York City'-  with the first year reputed to be the very worst, the toughest, the loneliest.

I consider myself extremely lucky in this regard because from the moment I arrived, I was happy.  

I had a wonderful apartment with two of the absolute best roommates imaginable and I was welcomed into a small creative community where I felt like I instantly belonged, while befriending people with similar artistic mindsets (finally!) whom I knew almost right away would be close friends for life.  

If I am being perfectly honest...

...this has been the easiest transition of my life so far.

So here's to Spring, and to being free.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Who likes toast?!

a friend of mine, Egle, had the brilliant idea of suggesting a toast post to me a while back.  it took a while to get around to it but now finally it's here!

avocado toast has become one of my absolute favorite new foods since moving to New York, where it can be found in almost any and every cute cafe.  i have tried almost every variation under the sun here although i'm sure i'll discover more in time to come.  

some of my personal favorites in New York can be found at Brunswick CafeCha Lait and Little Collins, but for those who want to try it out at home, it is SO easy to make and fun to play around with according to personal tastes.

here are two variations on avo toast, along with a third, sweet toast (no avocado involved!) for anyone like me who has a sweet tooth.

this first toast is the most classic and simple avocado toast, probably my favorite kind:

set about frying an egg (or two!) 
toast some good seeded brown bread
mash up an avocado to your desired consistency + season well with salt and pepper 
spread avocado on toast, sprinkle chilli flakes over and add a squeeze of lemon juice
top with fried egg and a drizzle of olive oil

second is a twist on the classic, really you can add/minus any preferred ingredients- there are a million and one things you can do:  

toast bread
mash and season avocado as above
again sprinkle chilli flakes (clearly I like some spice on my toast!)
sprinkle some pumpkin seeds over your avocado, or any seeds you like
drizzle with olive oil
grate some cheese on top, i like a nice salty hard cheese for this, thought about using pecorino but in the end chose to use ricotta salata which turned out delicious

sweet toast:

use the same bread to toast
in a small bowl mix up some goat's milk ricotta cheese with a spoon of maple butter
(you can use regular ricotta and any sweetener you prefer here too)
spread mixture on toasted bread
halve some figs and place on top
drizzle over maple butter

Sunday, March 8, 2015

a couple sundays ago...

hanging out in chinatown, celebrating the new year with friends and cameras
(check out lublyou's post here)