Reunited in Madrid and Giving Thanks [Persimmon Apple Oat Crumble]

Delicious chaos happening in the kitchen.

After spending Canadian Thanksgiving at the beach, my flatmates and I celebrated the American holiday with a slightly more traditional dinner this week.  We were joined by a couple of our Spanish friends, our flatmate’s mum all the way from Atlanta, AND her dog who will be living with us from now on (a little chihuahua, who I affectionately call rat-dog…).  Dinner came together rather chaotically in our small kitchen, as we each made something to contribute to our feast. It was a happy chaos; dancing around each other as we cooked, languages mixing over lively conversation, music blasting, cervezas in hand. We each talked about some thing(s) we were grateful for, and sat down together to a delicious spread of roast veggies, seafood paella, polenta fries, pumpkin pie and this fruit crumble.

Dessert and/or breakfast. Perfect.

My parents and twin made the trip over in October, and I’m so glad I got to show them my home for the year and travel with them around the country.  I had been feeling rather proud of myself, in that I hadn’t been feeling homesick at all since getting settled in, but when Thomas and I met my parents in Madrid I realized how much I had missed just seeing them everyday.  Internet is great for keeping in touch, but it was super to catch up face to face.  We spent a  weekend with all four of us (just missing the two little brothers; you’ll have to come next time, S&R?! xo) exploring Madrid; examining art through the grand museums, enjoying cold sunny days through the streets and the parks, and trying a different chocolateria everday. It sounds cliched, I know, but I really am so thankful for my loving and supportive family — and it’s nice to have two Thanksgivings in Spain this year to remember that, although I know it everyday.

Chocolate, churros, sangria, mojitos…Madrid is tasty…

Gratitude is a nice feeling.:)  Happy Monday!

Persimmon Apple Oat Crumble

O Come Let Us Adore Gin [and a Sangria recipe?]

One more exam to go. Just one more little hurdle before I’m free to celebrate the holidays…oh baby. (It’s descriptive inorganic chemistry on Thursday morning, in case you were wondering.) You can be sure that Thursday evening will find me with a festive cocktail in my hand, and this one, “The Number 4” from Joylicious looks amaaaazing (as does her photography).  

I love gin. A good gin and tonic might be one of my favourite drinks to sip on. When I first fell for the G&T I was worried I was turning into my grandmother, but one of my best friends shares the love for Bombay Sapphire, so it’s all good. I’ll have to let you know how my “Number 4” turns out, but in the meantime here’s another seasonal drink that should help keep spirits bright…

Gem-like fruit floats in Autumn Apple White Wine Sangria

Try sipping some Apple White Wine Sangria…