Summer caprese salad with peaches and burrata

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Summer caprese salad with peaches and burrata

Summer caprese salad with peaches and burrata

Summer caprese salad with peaches and burrata

Summer caprese salad with peaches and burrata

Summer caprese salad with peaches and burrata

It’s been so quiet around here, I know, I know.

It’s not that I haven’t been creating recipes, and it’s not that I haven’t been cooking, or taking photos. I have. I had a whole summer lineup of salads and popsicles and cocktails to share with you, and I got as far as saving drafts for them on this site, and then when it came to writing anything down, I just froze.

Because the truth is, it hasn’t been a great couple of months. And up until now, I haven’t had the courage to write about it.

In November, my relationship fell apart. And although under normal circumstances, I wasn’t giving much thought to the policing of the tone or content of this blog, suddenly I felt a tremendous amount of pressure to be *ON BRAND* lest a hint of real life disrupt the sea of charming personal anecdotes designed to transition smoothly into recipes.

I wanted normalcy, so I decided that the polite thing would be just not to mention it. So I wrote about chestnut pasta and harissa mac & cheese instead of telling you that I’d moved into a mouse-infested apartment uptown with an indifferent roommate I found through the internet, and I was utterly miserable, and had consumed all of the ice cream within a ten-kilometre radius, and to please send help. The disparity between the meals I posted for the blog and the meals I was eating 98% of the time was laughably absurd. Nepalese soup here; real life, a seemingly endless string of frozen pizzas, takeout burritos, lousy Thai, etc. If I never see another Tim Horton’s chipotle wrap again, it will be too soon.

Life, mercifully, goes on.

In May, I moved again into a much nicer apartment with a friend of mine, and we painted everything white and filled it with plants and I took up running, drank a lot of rosé, and began planning a vacation. It’s been an unrelenting beast of a summer, but I finally feel as though I’ve got my footing again (at least, as much as it’s ever possible to feel that way). And I’ve finally started cooking again for pleasure. Well, not so much ‘cooking’ as ‘assembling’ — our place isn’t air-conditioned, so there have been a lot of salads going on.

This caprese with peaches and burrata has been one of my favourites. It’s hard to beat the creaminess of that heavenly cheese, with cherries for depth, herbs for brightness, and toasted almonds for crunch. It’s the kind of dish that takes almost no effort to prepare, but will definitely make you feel as though you’ve got your shit together, even if it’s a work in progress. Which is pretty much all any of us can ask for, isn’t it?

Thanks for sticking around, everyone.

xo,

A

Summer caprese salad with peaches and burrata

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: Serves 2-4

A fantastic, rich salad that makes the most of summer's bounty.

Ingredients

  • 2 peaches
  • 1 cup cherries
  • 300g burrata (or mozzarella di bufala)
  • 1/4 cup toasted almond slices
  • 1 small bunch fresh mint
  • 1 small bunch fresh basil
  • a few handfuls of mixed spring greens
  • 1-2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt + pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Pit and slice the peaches into bite-sized pieces. Halve and pit the cherries. Remove the leaves from the basil and mint stems, and slice/tear them into smaller pieces.
  2. In a large salad bowl, toss the greens, fruit, and fresh herbs with the olive oil and salt + pepper. Gently tear the burrata into a few chunks and set on top. Scatter with toasted almond slices and serve immediately.
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19 Responses to “Summer caprese salad with peaches and burrata”

  1. Sean August 20, 2016 at 10:46 PM #

    Alanna, I’m so glad to see new material from you. But I have to say that with an asterisk of sorts – knowing now what life has been like for you in the last few months, what I’m really glad to see is you being you, and your voice, thoughts, and ideas coming through in those glorious photos, lovely words, and beautiful flavours. You’ve got talent out the wazoo, and it’s nice to see it shining again. Sometimes the rest of us (even those of us who are food bloggers) forget what a royal pain in the ass real life can be, and how it can knock you down for a while. It’s good to see you back up. Keep on being awesome. After all, you’re a tough cookie.

    • toughcookie August 30, 2016 at 10:23 AM #

      You’re the best, Sean! Thank you so much for saying that. <3

  2. Justine @ JustineCelina.com August 20, 2016 at 1:46 PM #

    Alanna, girl! I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been going through a rough patch, but it’s nice to see you back here. It’s wonderful that you’re taking the time you need to care your yourself. You’ll be in my thoughts! It’s amazing what some white paint, rosé, plants and good company can fix. 🙂

    So now, on to this salad! It looks incredible. A beautiful combination of flavours, textures and colours — a true delight! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. Dana August 19, 2016 at 9:45 PM #

    I’m so happy to hear that you’re in a good place right now, Alanna. Huge shifts in life are tough and, as much as it can feel amazing to get it all off your chest through writing, it’s tough. You’re super brave for opening up and this post is just one more step forth. You’ve got this, girl <3

    This salad looks and sounds amazing. I'm a huge sucker for fresh and fluffy mozzarella and yet, somehow, I've never had burrata! Slap me, it's cool.

    I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for it this weekend, though.

    I'm really looking forward to seeing more creations 🙂

  4. Elsa August 19, 2016 at 6:29 PM #

    Glad you’re back. I missed you! New recipes to try!!!
    Elsa.

  5. Elizabeth Friesen August 19, 2016 at 4:54 PM #

    Such a refreshing post! Thank you for your honesty! I’m so glad to hear that you’ve regained your footing. I’ve been there and it’s not easy.
    I can’t wait to make that delicious salad. As always, your recipes and photos are uplifting and inspirational/aspirational! I really should comment more often because that’s always what I’m thinking!!! 😀

    • toughcookie August 19, 2016 at 8:46 PM #

      That’s so kind of you, Elizabeth, thank you! Hope you enjoy the salad — it’s really a nice one!

  6. Teresa August 19, 2016 at 4:24 PM #

    It’s a hard thing to keep going through that much upheaval. I’ve been going through something similar this summer and I’ve often not posted at all. Glad to hear you are in a good place now and that your food life is starting to match back up with your blog life.

    • toughcookie August 19, 2016 at 8:46 PM #

      Thanks Teresa. Wishing you all the best on your own road to recovery. It’s not easy, but thankfully, there’s cake!

  7. Mimi August 19, 2016 at 3:44 PM #

    Beautiful salad and photos. My daughter was once heartbroken because a relationship with a boy she was “dating” didn’t work out. Neither of them could even drive at that point! I told her not to worry, there will be many boys, and she will probably not remember his name. They’ve now been married 7 years! There will be more boys in your future, too, and maybe even some of the old ones!

    • toughcookie August 19, 2016 at 8:45 PM #

      That’s an amazing story, Mimi! Thanks for the kind words 🙂

  8. Christina August 19, 2016 at 2:52 PM #

    I can definitely relate to the feeling of not being up to cooking. I’ve been fighting off the black dog of depression for a long time now so it is a miracle my kids don’t have grilled cheese more often for supper. Not that they would mind of course. I’m glad you are getting back to cooking and I look forward to seeing what you put out on the interwebs in the future.

    • toughcookie August 19, 2016 at 8:44 PM #

      Thanks, Christina. It can be really hard when things aren’t going well! Most of the time I wonder who’s buying all those frozen meals in the grocery store, and then once in a while, I think “hmm…pre-made lasagna…interesting…”

  9. Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy August 19, 2016 at 1:53 PM #

    This looks absolutely delicious. I have used burrata a few time this summer. It is such a wonderful cheese to cook/eat!!

    • toughcookie August 19, 2016 at 8:43 PM #

      I agree, Gloria, it’s the king of all cheese!

  10. Bernice Hill August 19, 2016 at 1:39 PM #

    LOVE that you have decided to keep it real! This especially is my life, lol…I can relate! “The disparity between the meals I posted for the blog and the meals I was eating 98% of the time was laughably absurd” Though I would never touch a Tim Horton’s chipotle wrap, I’m a sub girl…
    Keep on cookin’!!

    • toughcookie August 19, 2016 at 8:43 PM #

      Thanks for the words of encouragement, Bernice!