So I’ve been MIA for the past week due to the hectic stress of moving. My cousin was fortunate enough to be offered a house sitting opportunity 10 months ago, which she extended to me and my sisters. This beautiful 1930′s home needed babysitting while the company that owned it searched for buyers. We had an amazing time living here, but unfortunately for us the property sold in March, and we were kicked to the curb.
Farewell sweet Poolhouse
The packing process was simple enough, after moving from Montreal to Vancouver in September I really didn’t have a lot of possessions other than clothes. However cleaning the house and throwing out what we didn’t want was time-consuming and physically draining. No time to blog or photograph all the interesting things I made in order to use up our food.
One thing I did get around to making before we left was roasted garlic. Several recipes I’ve been wanting to make have called for roasted garlic and I was eager to try it out. I used this to season fried rice, for stir fry and mashed potatoes, and a tomato salad. When you roast garlic the harsh garlicky bite is subdued, and you’re left with this flavourful, almost earthy taste. Next time I’ll make it with the elephant garlic.
So Phil and Tyler have already gotten an apartment together (Bromance is a beautiful thing), while Em and I relocated back to our Mom’s house. Augh, to be living at home again…I never planned to move back into the family abode, and though the rent-free environment is something to be grateful for, that’s not the only reason I moved back home.
Come July, my family is packing up our home of 18 years and moving to Nova Scotia, without me. Dramatics aside, the Moms have decided it’s time for change and a new adventure. Before settling in a currently undecided upon Nova Scotia town, they’ve planned an elaborate road trip across Canada, leaving me with just three months to soak up all the family time I can get.
Home Sweet Home
There was never any questions as to whether I would move back east with them; after living in Vancouver my whole life save 5 years spent in Montreal for school, I’m excited to be living here at this stage in my life. My education, career, and personal aspirations are just starting to gain traction, and I want to explore where they take me.
At times I’m overwhelmed by moving home and surrendering my freedom, personal space, and independence. But as hectic as this accommodation can be, I don’t want to miss out on these last months of us all being together.
A while ago Phil’s Mom told me an old Chinese saying, “It’s not what’s on the table, it’s what’s on the chairs that matter”, the point of which is well suited for my current situation: It’s not about where you are, but who you’re with. Right now, I’m happy to be home with my family.
1 garlic bulb
Season the garlic as you please, or leave it plain and enjoy its natural flavours. I sprinkled mine with a little Rainbow Pepper and salt.
Preheat the oven to 350. Slice of the top of the garlic clove, revealing the individual cloves.
Place the garlic inside aluminum foil and drizzle with olive oil. Season to your liking.
Wrap up the clove and bake it in your oven for 30-40 minutes. When its cooked the garlic cloves is easily squeezed out.
Use in any recipe, especially good in bruschetta and humus. Happy Eating