I love summer-it’s BBQ season! First BBQ of the year was thrown at Fred’s house, and the spread of food included steaks, burgers, homemade bread sticks, salad, key lime pie, and chocolate chip cookies (see this post for the cookie recipe). Yes, it was night filled with delicious food.
Look at this delicious salad!
It’s a salad of mixed greens, toasted almonds, grapefruit, and strawberries with a vinaigrette dressing (not made by me, made by Abby and Zabrina).
I got this salad dressing recipe from Zabrina, and she said she doesn’t really have recipes for dressings. The typical recipe is 3:1 (oil:vinegar). For this salad, she used lime juice and white wine vinegar for the vinegar component and canola oil. You can also use grapeseed oil for a healthier alternative, but olive oil isn’t recommended because the olive flavour can be overpowering. Then, just add the following:
- cayenne pepper
- black pepper
- lime zest
- lime juice
- a little bit of shallots
Emulsify the vinegar and oil first, then add the rest of the ingredients and adjust to taste!
Have a fun summer BBQ-ing!
Instead of studying and prepping exam notes last night, a couple of the girls and I had an impromptu dinner party. HH made meatballs (my favourite!), Andria made a salad and brought fruit, and I made cornbread. Needless to say, no homework was done, but there was a lot of food-indulging and laughter.
Andria’s Salad- Ingredients:
- salad greens
- strawberries, sliced
- balsamic vinegar dressing
Mix all ingredients and toss with dressing. If you’re feeling fancy, add some goat cheese and red onion. Enjoy immediately.
- 1 pkg of lean ground turkey (about 550 grams)
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup minced onion
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp oregano or Italian seasoning
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tbsp canola oil
Combine all ingredients but the canola oil in a big bowl. Form the mixture into walnut size balls. Heat oil in skillet and cook on medium-high heat until cooked through (about five minutes per side).
For sauce: use a jar (700 ml) of your favourite sauce and 1 can (769 ml) of diced tomatoes.
Strain the diced tomatoes in a sieve and discard liquid. Combine with sauce in a large pot or slow cooker. Add meatballs and simmer for an hour (set to high heat if using slow cooker). Serve with your favourite pasta. DELICIOUS.
And finally, cornbread. This recipe is super easy and I discovered it on AllRecipes.com. Andria has taken quite a liking to it; she says that if school ever drives her over the edge and she ends up on the roof about to jump off, I can bait her with this and she’ll come back down-yes, it is THAT good.
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal (not cornflour, these are two different things)
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil (I use canola)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 400 F. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Make a well in the middle and add the wet ingredients and mix (I just use a spatula). Pour into a pan (recipe said 9 x 9 inch pan, I use a pie pan). Bake for 20-25 minutes. Check if it’s done by inserting a toothpick into the middle-it should come out clean.
It was night of food, fun, and friends: which is what I think makes life worth living.