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Refreshing Cucumber Salad


Most veggies taste amazing on their own, but sometimes adding a little salt, pepper, and fresh lemon juice takes them to the next level. This is a common salad I found throughout India. When I was to going to order some sort of fresh food, it was usually the cucumber salad.

It’s simplicity made it easy to re-create while on the road in New Zealand, especially with lemon trees on every block.



There are so many types of lemons available in New Zealand. I don’t know the variety that was most common but it was a lot sweeter than lemons I buy in Canada. For this salad, I decided to add sliced lemons along with the fresh lemon juice because of the awesome flavour profile of the lemons. But if that is a little too tart for your liking, then don’t bother with the lemon slices!


If you want a quick snack for a hike chop large pieces of cucumbers and spritz with lemon juice before putting them in a container. You’ll be super thankful for this hydrating veggie once you are mid-hike!

I also included a few snaps I captured while in New Zealand! Hope you enjoy! xox








Lemon Zingers

This post is the final installment of the cookie exchange extravaganza. For now at least. With Christmas coming up, expect some of my Christmas baking to appear in posts.

Anyways, these lemon zingers were the other cookie I brought to the cookie exchange. They were a hit. Everybody loved the cookie and icing with a lemon zing! Adding lemon to any cookie recipe is sometimes all that is needed to be done to provide that extra zing.

From these photos it is pretty obvious I went all out for these cookies. I started out thinking, I am going to make a simply recipe to go with my seven layer cookies. Then I moved into “well I should coat the cookie logs in something”, followed by “icing on top would really look nice.” And ZING! These ‘ lemon zingers’ are what came of my thought processes.

You can make this recipe simple by not using a piping bag. The icing can be spread on top of the cookies instead. And chocolate does not need to be used. I just had leftover fair trade chocolate chips I wanted to use up.

Hope you enjoy!