All posts filed under: Summer

Sour Cherry & Blackberry Breakfast Scones

My basic breakfast scone recipe has been my go-to for a quick weekend breakfast treat. It uses oats, whole-grain flour, and coconut oil instead of butter – so you can really justify it as a healthier alternative to the traditional (and delicious) cheddar and chive. You can also substitute out the milk for oil and water, making this a scrumptious and easy vegan treat! 

Double Coconut Bars

Coconut is one of my favorite summer time (ahem..year round) flavors. I’m instantly transported to that pool side pina colada that is synonymous with Caribbean vacations. Why not bring that feeling to every day living? Tri-layer bars are a great weapon to have in your dessert arsenal. Without straying too far away from a standard bar, you can create so many different desserts that you’ll be a

Spiced-Up Caesars

HAPPY LONG WEEKEND!  What better way to celebrate the last long weekend of summer that with Canada’s Official Cocktail?  I can just see you now – setting off on a long weekend get-away, piling into a car and heading to cottage country with friends and family, waiting in a half hour line at Weber’s to get their famous burgers (ahem, milkshakes), and cracking open a few cocktails while enjoying the starry night. For you non-Ontarian’s, Weber’s is a famous burger joint right off the highway on the drive to cottage country. There is always a MASSIVE line for their triple patty cheeseburgers on the softest buns, rich chocolate milkshakes, and addicting fries sprinkled in a secret spice. Let’s just say, if it’s not on the way to your cottage, you’ll be making a detour.   This was me a few weekends ago, heading North with a friend visiting from NYC. While we didn’t mind sitting in a bit of traffic as we caught up and I masterfully DJ’d some tunes, we had a few hours to …

Key Lime Frozen Yogurt Dots

I’m back from 5 days in Atlanta, sweating it out in 95F (ahem, 35C) weather. Somehow, the warm weathered followed me home and it’s been just as humid back here in Toronto! This calls for easy summertime snacks that are healthy, tasty, and cooling. In comes frozen yogurt. Frozen yogurt? Isn’t that stuff packed with sugar? Yes. Yes it is. Instead of walking to your nearest self-serve froyo shop, try your own with this dippin’ dots inspired version. You can create any flavour starting with plain yogurt, or use a pre-made flavour from the store shelves. My personal favourite is key lime, but I love the taste of fresh vanilla bean so I had to make my own! This is one of my favourite summer time snacks, let us know some of yours! We’d love to hear from you and maybe try your favourites out for ourselves 🙂 RECIPE Ingredients: 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt 1/2 vanilla bean (or 3/4 tbsp vanilla) Juice of 1 lime 1/4 cup sugar (white or brown) Method: In a …

Black Cherry Galette

Where is the summer going? I was COLD walking to work this morning without a sweater. As much as I hate the humidity, bring back the heat!  Even though it may be cooling down, this summer staple we introduced back in June hasn’t gone anywhere. Strawberry picking days are history, but cherries and peaches are in their prime.  If only I lived in the Okanogan and had BC cherries growing in my backyard….give me five years and all be calling myself a West-Coast-er.  Summer nights call for easy barbecue dinners and this dessert is no different. Nothing better than a flakey pasty crust, under a mountain of juicy berries and a dollop of whipped coconut cream.  Remember, this is totally customizable, so swap out the cherries for the fruit of your choice. Also feel free to use whipped cream or icing sugar instead of coconut cream.  Enjoy! -AS   Ingredients For the dough: 1c all-purpose flour ¼ c almond flour 1 tbsp sugar ½ tsp of salt 6 tbsp butter 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 tbsp …

Wild Blueberry Streusel Muffins

I can go on and on about my love for summer. Everyone is happier and healthier when the days are longer.  One thing is for certain, our house is always full of baskets of ripe berries and fresh farmers market finds.  Mid-July is blueberry season at our cottage. We pick and pick and pick, and end up freezing bags of berries to bake with throughout the year. These muffins are packed full of berries and then topped with more berries.  Remember that Blueberry Compote I used last week on top of pancakes? Here’s another use for it – swirl a teaspoon of it into blueberry muffins before baking. I hope you love these as much as my family did!    Yield: 12 large muffins (I singe handedly ate 10 of these over three days. Let’s say these are dangerously good.) Batter: 1 c blueberries 1 c white sugar 2 1/2 c flour 2 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 2 large eggs 4 tbsp butter, melted 1/4 c vegetable oil 3/4 c plain yogurt 1/4 c …

Lime Margaritas

Cheers! Get your long weekend started with a pitcher of freshly squeezed lime margaritas. Our family’s obsession was fuelled by a good friend’s mom’s secret recipe and her ingenious trick which lets you always have a batch of these on-hand and ready to go. She brought a ‘bag’ of margaritas up to my cottage and I’ve been forever hooked. They are so easy to make and are essential to have on hand for when unexpected guests arrive, or any lazy poolside night. Forget the sugar laden, artificial flavour crap you buy in a containers pre made or the caloric blended ones you’ve had at Moxies. I promise these will impress! (Not to mention they are artificial sugar-free.) My twist on the classic recipe relies on juicy farmers market limes, a splash of patron and cointreau, a squeeze of agave, and a good salt/sugar rim job. Use the signature margarita glass, of opt for these classic crystal Riedel glasses who make the perfect companion for any summer cocktail.   Ingredients: Makes 1 pitcher, or about 6 glasses  …

Ricotta & Nectarine Crostinis

I can’t get enough of fruit. Yes I’m a vegetarian and that’s stating the obvious but I’m a believer of mixing fruit into dishes that are traditionally savoury. My favourite is topping crostinis with fruit. My personal favourite is Cherry Strawberry Bruschetta, which I’ll feature in a few weeks, but this nectarine and ricotta crisp takes a close second. Talking about obsessions, my aunt got me hooked on “hard and crunchy” nectarines. When these guys are super fresh and firm they are WAY better than any apple. I devised this recipe while I was up north at my cottage, savouring the afternoon sun, thinking of quick dinner ideas to stay outside for as long as possible. Lately I’ve been foregoing the goat cheese, using ricotta in its place. Everyone and their mother is using goat cheese, and I like ricotta for its salty and less creamy profile.   Ingredients: One multigrain baguette 3 firm nectarines (or peaches) 2 handfuls of basil A squeeze of honey Olive oil A dash of lemon juice Prosciutto (Would be …