If you know me well, you'll remember how I love my family walks, and it's no surprise that we spent an hour walking down by the Humber River. It was a beautiful day, the leaves were at their colourful best, and the river walk is always a lovely one. But the highlight was witnessing the artistry of inukshuk sculpture - the creation of Inuit landmarks - in person.
And how better to celebrate a day together than with a traditional birthday arugula salad?
(adapted from Food Network)
2 cups washed arugula, lightly packed
1 cup Boston lettuce, torn
1/2 ripe pear, thinly sliced
couple of squeezes of fresh lemon juice
4 ounces St. Agur or other blue cheese, crumbled
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
1/4 cup apricot all-fruit spread
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
(note: this makes more than enough dressing for a couple of meals of this salad)
Combine arugula leaves and Boston lettuce in a salad bowl. Squeeze a little lemon juice over pear slices to keep them from browning. Arrange them on top of lettuces. Top salad with blue cheese crumbles. Combine vinegar and apricot preserves. Stream in oil as you whisk dressing. Pour dressing over salad, season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve.