Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Afternoon snack on the front steps

beetroot-hummus-and-iced-tea Isn't betroot a delicious colour? Lots of beets at the farmers markets at the moment so I made this beetroot hummus for a tasty afternoon snack. I'm savouring time at home with Josh before I start my new teaching job next week and he is back into full-time study. For dipping I made some pita wedges which i think I was introduced to by my beautiful sister Cath. I look out for packets of pita bread on special (79c when they're getting near their used by date at Kitsilano Natural Foods) and I use my trusty scissors to cut the pitas into wedges. A sprinkling of extra v. olive oil, some chunky rock salt, a few minutes under the grill and they brown up beautifully.

Iced Tea is something I have wanted to try making for a while. (I've heard the commercially made brands can have as much sugar as soft drink!). I steeped 2 bags of Citrus infusion tea and stirred in some honey to sweeten it a little. Then I let it cool in the fridge and poured it over ice with some fresh lemon and mint to serve. Summer on the front steps.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Bunnies in Blackberry Bushes

beautiful eyes
How cute is this little fellow? This is how i met him... A couple of weeks ago a friend Jen and I rode our bikes down to the beach (we live 5 minutes from the beach by bike!) where we read our books in the sun on a pretty patchwork quilt on the sand. Sound divine? It was! On our way from the beach to dinner at a local pilgrimage spot the Naam I spotted a little guy like this one, then I saw some children crowded around a few more bunnies. Altogether I saw about 10 in a small space of time. I called out to Jen who was riding ahead of me but my voice was lost in the wind. Jennifer continued riding on but I just had to stop and see these cute things. They were coming out of the blackberry bushes and quite content to be around others equally as enthralled as I.

I jumped back on my bike and raced ahead to Jen who had begun to worry about how she'd managed to lose me. She seemed so cool about it all as I blabbered on and on about the bunnies. I vowed to return and see these little furry friends again. So yesterday Josh and I took our Aussie mate Liam to meet some more little bunnies and I'm sure we'll return again to sigh over their sweetness and pick blackberries (and small apples growing wild) too.
cute white socks
bunny with carrots
caramel bunny
Liam and Joshy
white stripe hiding
apples and blackberries
mini apples
2 black bunnies
soft for a bunnies bed
sweet little things
bossy big rabbit
snacks for us and the bunnies
It seems these bunnies once had homes with humans but were released or escaped and have made themselves at home in the thickets in Jericho Beach Park near the Tennis Courts and Sailing Club. They hardly look feral do they?