We had our Canadian Thanksgiving last weekend and we were invited over to a friends house for Sunday night dinner. My boyfriend, Pat, and I always like to bring appetizers when we go to dinner parties, so we decided to make a little west coast version of bruschetta. We've started smoking our own salmon and the other day tried out cold smoking salmon. And oh my goodness - it's delicious!!
Our west coast take on bruschetta has, you guessed it, smoked salmon lox. You can purchase salmon lox at your local fishery or grocery store. I used red, orange, and yellow tomatoes and sheep romano cheese. You can, if you wish, use just red tomatoes, but I like the colour that these tomatoes bring. It almost creates a autumn feel to the apply. You can substitute a strong parmesan cheese for the sheep romano, if you can't find any.
Ingredients: (makes around 50 pieces)
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes
- 3 cloves garlic - chopped into 1/2" bits
- 1/2 cup grated romano or parmesan cheese
- 2 Tbl. minced rosemary - fresh is best
- 1/2 Tbl. dried basil
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. pepper
- 150 grams smoked salmon lox (cold smoked salmon)
- 1 baguette
- cracked pepper and rosemary stem to garnish
- slice baguette into 1/2" pieces
- preheat oven to 350°F
- mix tomatoes, garlic, cheese, rosemary, salt and pepper into bowl
- lay down slices of bread on a baking sheet and add a slice of salmon to each
- top with mixture
- bake for 8 minutes
I know I know, it's been FOREVER since I last posted. But I have a good reason - I've been super busy getting my business up and running, working on some fun graphic design projects, and taking lots of photographs.
Here's a little more of what I've been up to:
- I just finished reading Mindy Kaling's book, 'Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). Which is absolutely hilarious. I caught myself laughing out loud countless times.
- Creating new pieces for HART + STONE on etsy. I've been working a lot more with stones and slowing finding a place and style that I love. I feel as though I've come a long way from beaded work. I'm now mostly soldering my pieces and drilling holes in stones.
- Having fun pinning adventure inspired pictures on pinterest.
- Working on my new website for HART + STONE. It's still a work in progress, but I love the simple layout and the fact that it's powered by wordpress... meaning I already know how to use the program.
- Reading my favourite blog, Garance Doré. Who inspires me every day to create and illustrate. This graphic design job I mentioned early has me drawing -- so much fun!
- Enjoying this warm fall weather and watching the leaves turn.
- Re-did my category buttons on my blog and created a new shop logo - as you can see to the right.
What have you been up to lately? I would love to hear how you've been.
I originally started the business EMILY HART as a clothing line and since going in the jewelry direction I felt like I needed a little name change to co-inside with my brand. HART + STONE was born. This way EMILY HART will continue to be my outlet for blogging and HART + STONE will be the new face of my jewelry line.
I had played with the idea of using the name before, but never fully felt ready for the change. Ever since I learned how to solder I have been falling deeper and deeper in love with making jewelry.
Now that the air is getting cooler my time working outside has been coming to and end, which means I have one less job and more time to spend on jewelry and blogging. I'm so excited to be creating again.
I have some fun posts coming up, and really looking forward to sharing them with all of you. Hopefully you haven't run off from my lack of posts.
Which brings me to wondering - how was your summer? What have you been up to? I would love to hear from you in the comments below, or always feel free to shoot me an e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. Here are some new pieces I've added to the shop, hope you enjoy.
I went camping a couple of weekends ago and foolishly brought my mascara along, who needs it while camping anyway? But, for some weird reason I packed it ... then lost it. So I was out a mascara for a couple of days until I got a present in the mail from Influsenter. I got a chance to try out this super cool mascara, the Lancôme Grandiôse*, and wear some again.
I must admit I was a bit sceptical at first, only because the wand caught me off guard. However, after the first application I was glad be testing this unique mascara. Not only was the application a breeze, it doesn't clump, and makes my lashes appear longer.
The brush is small enough to get those hard to reach bottom lashes and reach into the top corners of the lash. It's also extremely long lasting and doesn't smudge. There's no need to re-apply, even after a long day at work in the hot sun.
Not to mention the bottle and packaging is gorgeous. You might have noticed that I have a little obsession with roses. The bottle is beautiful.
This new innovative mascara has been finding its way around the blogosphere and it's interesting to see what others have to say. Have you tried it yet?
*I received this product complimentary from Influenster to test and review. All opinions are my own.