Recipe review: Marla Meridith’s Blackberry Barley Breakfast Bake


Here’s the thing about breakfast: It’s the meal that I struggle with the most.

On the one hand, there are definitely breakfast foods that I absolutely love–French toast. Omlettes. Bacon. Waffles.

At the same time, I tend not to actually eat any of those foods at breakfast time, and rarely during the week. I’m just not hungry enough in the mornings. Even when I am, I generally don’t have the time to make something.

I know, though, that  should be eating breakfast every day, so I make an effort to eat something by at least mid-morning. That means I’m only left with one problem: What can I prep ahead of time and take with me to work?

Well, that’s where recipes like Marla Meridith’s Blackberry Barley Breakfast Bake come in.

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Recipe: Strawberry-Swirled Lemon Loaf


Cravings–we all get them. Yet there are some flavour cravings that I rarely get. Salt, for example, or anything sour. Lemons fall into that latter category.

And yet, every once in a while, they happen. A couple of weeks ago, I was hit by a major craving for something lemon-flavoured. Especially a lemon-flavoured baked something. I tried staving the craving off with something a little more healthy, but that attempt didn’t work (mostly because that recipe didn’t work out for me).

So, I went back to an old favourite of mine: lemon loaf. This time, though, I added a little something extra, which led me to a new spin on the old classic. I ended up with this Strawberry-Swirled Lemon Loaf.

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Sweet and sour


I’m not generally a big fan of sour foods, but there’s something about lemons in baking that I just adore. Lemon Loaf was a regular entry in my baking rotation a few years back, and I still get a craving for it now and then.

Last week I had a particularly strong craving. But I also wanted something sweet to complement the sour. That’s where the strawberries came into play; a swirl of strawberries through the lemon loaf seemed like the perfect addition.

I’ll be posting the recipe next week, but for now I wanted to share this photo. It was my favourite photo from the batch I took for the recipe post; there are so many elements in it that I love. The fuzz on the strawberry leaves, the texture of each the strawberries and the lemon, the red against the yellow. It just makes me feel happy, for some reason.

Honey pomelo


Sometimes, the assumptions I make in the grocery store don’t make a lot of sense. Take this honey pomelo as an example. The reason I bought it was simple: it has “honey” in the name, so it’s probably similar to a honeydew melon.

Yes, that was my actual line of thought. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, and it turned out to be wrong. Very wrong. Although, to be fair, it did look like a melon of some sort. It was similarly coloured, and big enough.

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An apple a day


Honestly, I don’t much like apples. I think I may have told you that before, actually. But, every once in a while, I see them in the grocery store and can’t help thinking they look really good. So, I buy some.

Unfortunately, no matter how many I buy, at least a couple of them end up going to waste.

Last weekend’s apple purchase isn’t looking to be an exception; I bought a few, and most of them are gone. But there are a couple here and, well, I have no desire to eat them.

I know, I’m a horrible person for wasting food like that.

But, to try to make myself feel better, I had a little photoshoot with them. Somehow, getting some nice apple pictures makes me feel like I didn’t waste them. Or, at least, like I didn’t waste as much.

How about you? Is there something you buy that, no matter how hard you try, you somehow end up wasting? Or am I alone in that field?