I’m sad to see September come and go because it’s always a pretty glorious month. The weather is still nice but there is a definite chill in the air that settles in as the month winds down. I think we felt that chill at the end of September and officially welcomed fall. It’s funny the way it seems like it happens from one day to the next. I have to say that by the time it started to cool down, I was ready for the cooler and cozy temperatures of fall. If only the seasons were fall-spring-summer without winter because despite being Canadian through and through, I’m 100% not made for these winters. But we still have a full month of beautiful fall weather before we have to worry about the freezing cold dark days of November, December, January and February. In the meantime, let’s take a look back at some of the goings-on behind the scenes of Living Lou.
First things first, I’m thrilled to have been chosen as one of Psychology of Eating’s “Top 100 Food Blogs of 2015”! You’ll see the new badge in my sidebar.
September 2015 Recipes
September started off a little slowly with recipes as I played catchup after my summer holiday in Greece but I managed to share four delicious, fall-inspired recipes. The perfect baked French toast for fall entertaining, an apple-filled fall cheesecake, coffee glazed bacon for World Coffee Day and finally a vegetarian fajita perfect for Meatless Mondays.
Lou September Throwbacks
I love taking a look at some of the older recipes on here that I’ve posted over the years (sometimes I can’t believe the archives of content on here).
One year ago: The ultimate recipe for roasted chicken.
Two years ago: This is a copy-cat of Chipotle’s cilantro lime rice and it’s perfect for burrito night.
Three years ago: Sometimes I get started on the pumpkin train early, a delicious and seasonal recipe for whole wheat pumpkin banana bread.
Four years ago: One of my all-time favourite dessert recipes, a dense flourless chocolate cake
Five years ago: A very old recipe (and photo) for potato soup.
Lou around the web
Lots more writing outside of the walls of this space again. Two new posts for the lovely Carly over at thecollegeprepster.com, first there was splurge vs. save for my top 10 must-have kitchen tools and then I shared some budget-friendly ideas for five recipes using tuna. Also, as part of my job, I write a weekly post on Chatelaine.com, for September I shared a few of my favourite posts so far:
September was filled with many wonderful moments. I did my first radio interview, which was a lot of fun, but I have to admit that there is something so nerve-wracking about sitting there waiting for the phone to ring and for the interview to start. I was more nervous for the radio interview than I’ve ever been to do live TV!
There were also many more low-key moments throughout the month and I’m realizing that many of these moments involve food. Surprising? Not really, I think it’s that Millennial food-obsession thing again. There were Thai-lunches at a local neighbourhood joint (it’s a place called Sorn Thai and has great Thai food if you’re ever in up/midtown Toronto), there was a baseball game (go Jays!) with incredible chipotle brisket nachos and an afternoon of shawarma plates in the park (we got attacked by bees and ended up taking our shawarma plates home, post photo op #reallife). September is also when Toronto springs to life and TIFF, the Toronto International Film Festival, touches down. I made it to three films this year, About Ray with Susan Sarandon, Elle Fanning and Naomi Watts, a French film, La Parisienne and then Angry Indian Goddesses (the photo of my sister and I above was from that premiere) which was by far my favourite film of the festival.
Another very exciting thing I’ve been working on this month is launching my YouTube channel! I’ve got some great videos in the works, I filmed my first earlier in the month and have another shoot day scheduled for the next couple of weeks. I’m excited to have a new platform to share content and experiment with. I’m hoping to have this ready to officially launch in the next few weeks. Be sure to subscribe to my channel to stay in the loop, I’ll be launching pretty soon.
While it’s almost halfway through October by this point (woops…a little late with this post), I still have some recipes up my sleeve. There will be cookies, and one-pot meals (thankful for these!) and a couple of new slow cooker recipes coming your way over the next couple of months. I’m so excited, this is my favourite time of year for food and I hope to inspire you with some great new recipes.