Happy Canada Day (an hour late), dear readers! I am, as usual, linking up with Leigh Kramer to share what I’ve been into this month.
To be honest, I’ve pretty much lost count of how many books I read this month. I’m blanking on most of them, so they can’t have been that memorable. My favourites were Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross (a follow-up to Kill Me Softly, also set in Beau Rivage), Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge (it wasn’t quite Cruel Beauty, but she still rocks the redone fairy tale), and A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan (a fantasy novel with the feel of a Victorian memoir–great fun!)
Since it’s summer, most of my regular shows have been on hiatus and I haven’t quite known what to do with myself show-wise. I ended up watching through the new season of Orphan Black, the first season of The Good Wife (I love a good legal drama, but I can’t help but think how much simpler Alicia’s life would have been if she’d just broken up with Peter before the show even started. Seriously, he’s the worst). I’ve also been watching through Full House for the first time and finding it surprisingly enjoyable. The scene where Jesse and Joey follow Stephanie out the door on her first day of school while singing Sunrise, Sunset from Fiddler on the Roof is pure gold. I’m also 95 percent sure that, if this show had aired 20 years later, Jesse and Joey would have become a couple.
I’ve also watched a surprising amount of movies this month, thanks to rediscovering the library’s DVD collection. Judi Dench was phenomenal in Philomena, and I held back tears through the whole second half of Saving Mr. Banks. And then, pf course, I had to watch Mary Poppins again. Aaron and I also went to see Inside Out with friends, and I cannot rave about it enough. The whole audience was alternately in stitches and in tears. Pixar has outdone itself, for sure (and the casting was spot-on, too). Also, Sadness is my spirit animal. This is me, all summer.
This month, food-wise, I’m majorly into strawberries. Summer is unquestionably my favourite culinary season. I can barely bring myself to touch imported out-of-season strawberries, but in June I’ll happily spend a premium on a beyond ridiculous amount of fresh, juicy strawberries. Food photography isn’t my forte, but I assure you that this pan-fried halloumi with strawberries and mint was to die for
I also loved this chocolate cake with Nutella, strawberries, and whipped cream.
I’ve also taken advantage of rhubarb season, and I think this rhubarb custard tart with pecan shortbread crust was my favourite experiment on that front.
As usual, you can find all my favourite recipes of the month (and there are more than usual, because summer!) on my monthly What I’m Into Pinterest Board.
June hasn’t been the jet-setting month May was for me, but it’s been a good kind of busy in its own way. We’ve done a lot of having people over for food (I need to find people to help us eat all these desserts I’m making while fruit is in season) and games (this just in, Hanabi is wicked hard, but addictive). It’s shaping to be a quieter, more stay-at-home summer for us, and I’m looking forward to it.
That’s it for me for the month. Be sure to head over to Leigh’s blog and check out some of the other submissions.