My response to a friend's inquisition of "Did you want more tea bags?" prompted the realization of a newly-founded dependence on caffeine.
Beyond whale lattes, cold cappuccinos, more cheese custard-filled browniest cookies, and pan-fried gyoza were samples of Ontario craft beer. Muskoka Brewery's Late Bloomer was an invigorating limited release perfectly suited for days where ciders feel a tad syrupy, lagers a bit lacking, and IPAs a bit acerbic.
Drawing inspiration from those with too much time on their hands, our pantry staple of luncheon meat was transformed into two dual-toned dishes with the help of my favourite spring-themed cookie cutters.
I much prefer their Northbound Lager over this, though any can of Waterloo Brewing's over them both.
Newcastle Brown Ale was at the stark opposite end of the spectrum: a truly wonderful concoction with a more formidable history than imaginable.
Yet, I adhered to her recipe, straying not even once from the guideline with the exception of cooking times, as I was preparing one whole loaf instead of three minis. And might I declare that 檸檬砂糖 is the best combination to ever grace us, especially when prepared from fresh, supple lemons.
After catching the final episode of When My Love Blooms (huzzah!!), I set out to deploy my toasted walnuts in a second iteration of Chinese Walnut Cookies.
Her love materialized in the forms of ube crinkle cookies, meringue drops, crème brûlée foil trays, and cheesecake(s) in a jar on my doorstep - hard evidence that true friendship knows no geographical boundaries. While her current positioning is that of 13900 km away, she never ceased to demonstrate care, regardless of the highs or lows.