Archive | July, 2012

Frozen Yogurt Popsicle

31 Jul

Homemade frozen yogurt with honey.

Yogurt right before freezing.

The following recipe is from weelicious.

  • 1/3  cup of Greek style yogurt
  • 2 to 3 tbsp honey
  • popsicle sticks
  • small freezable cups

Add the yogurt and honey to the cup. Mix well and place in the freeze until frozen. This makes one popiscle

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Pan-Fried Zucchini Slices

24 Jul

A plate of pan fried zucchini slices.

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • one large fresh zucchini, sliced into 1/4 inch thick coins. (Since the only ingredient is basically the zucchini, it is best to use a nice fresh farmer’s market zucchini.)
Heat a large pan on high heat. Add in the oil and spread it evenly around the bottom of the pan. Add in the zucchini slices. The oil will help the slices brown rather than burn.  Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes and turn down heat to a medium high if needed. Flip the zucchini slices over and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.

Zucchini slices flipped over after cooking for 2 to 3 minutes.

Once the flesh of the zucchini begins to  soften and juices are released, they are done. Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper if desired (I usually don’t though). I like cooking zucchini this way sometimes because the edge of the slices remain firm while the inside is soft, hot and juicy.

Strawberry, Kiwi and Plum Salad

17 Jul

A bowl of fresh sliced strawberries, sweet plums and kiwi.

  • 1lb strawberries, washed and sliced in half
  • 2 kiwis, peeled and sliced into bite size pieces
  • 2 plums, washed and cut into bite size pieces
  • a couple of tbsp honey (optional)
Try to use the freshest sweetest (and if possible organic or farmer’s market) fruits as they are the star attraction and should be of the best quality. Mix the strawberry, kiwi and plum in a large bowl. Chill for a couple of hours so the flavours have some time to meld. If desired, add a drizzle of honey before serving.

I like the combination of sweet plum and strawberries with the slightly sour kiwi. It is also a lovely colour combination.

Cinnamon Buns

10 Jul

Homemade cinnamon buns.

The following cinnamon bun recipe makes about 8 to 9 medium sized cinnamon buns.

For the dough, you will need

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsps baking soda
  • 2 tbsps unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tbsps skim milk

Dough mixture (flour, baking soda, butter, sugar and salt).

In a large bowl, sift  the flour, sugar and baking soda. Combine well, then mix in the softened butter. Once well combined, gradually add in the milk to form a ball shaped dough.

Dough for the cinnamon buns.

Remove the dough from the bowl and place onto a dry clean floured surface. Lightly flour a rolling pin, and roll the dough into an approximate square about 1/4 inch thick. If needed, use a knife to trim the edges to form a rough square.

For the cinnamon filling, you will need

  • 2 tbsps unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsps cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Cinnamon filling (brown sugar, butter, vanilla and cinnamon).

In a small bowl, combine well all the filling ingredients.

Dough flattened into a rough square topped with cinnamon filling.

Spread the filling evening over the dough.

Dough with filling rolled into a log shape.

Roll the dough into a log.

Log cut into nine pieces.

Trim the ends if you wish. Cut into 8 to 9 pieces.

Cinnamon rolls ready for the oven.

Place pieces onto a greased baking dish. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes in a preheated 375 oven. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Cinnamon buns after baking in the oven for about 20 minutes.

Strawberries: Pick Your Own

3 Jul

Pick-your-own strawberries, $1.75/lb (Canadian dollars), at Herrle’s Country Farm Market.

Strawberry season, usually between mid-June to mid-August, is finally here. During this time, some farms allow people to pick their own strawberries. It is a fun outdoor activity for all ages, supports local farmers and leaves money in your pocket as the labour cost is your own.

The pictures above are courtesy of my friend, Michael, who went to Herrle’s pick-your-own strawberry field last week. On their website, Herrles also provides some useful tips on how to select the best strawberries, how to wash and store strawberries and some interesting historical and nutritional facts about strawberries.