Monday, July 1, 2013

Canada Day 2013

Drinks - Lemon Strawberry sodas (recipe below) 

Salad - Variety of heirloom tomatoes sliced, seasoned with sea salt and drizzled with sweet 18 year old balsamic vinegar and fragrant Organic Olive oil from Olive That! in Whitby, Ontario

Pasta - Genovese Style Pasta. Recipe from Jamie Oliver Site.  We used a different variety of pasta and omitted the pine nuts (due to my sister's allergy)
Thanks to Country Cheese Shop in Ajax for the delicious cheese used in the pasta dish

Beef Tenderloin medallions, seasoned with sea salt and grilled.

Dessert - Luscious Orange Creme Brulee with coffee ice cream, berries and fruit!
We used Alton Brown's creme brulee recipe and infused the cream with zest of one orange while heating it then removed the zest and continued with the recipe as usual.

Lemon Strawberry Soda Stream drink:

Add equal parts water and sugar, about 3/4 cup each in a saucepan, throw in one big piece of lemon zest (use special zester tool or vegetable peeler to peel outter zest layer and throw into the sugar)  Bring to a boil and make sure all the sugar dissolves.  Remove from heat.

Squeeze juice of  3 lemons and add to syrup.  Allow to cool then remove zest pieces and set the mixture into the fridge.

When it's time to prepare the drinks pour some syrup into a glass, top with homemade carbonated filtered water (using SodaStream) and add desired garnishes:

- Lemon slices
- Slices of strawberry 
- Mint or basil leaves

I carbonated 4 bottles of filtered water to take along on the picnic, keeping them nice and cool.  Alternately use regular club soda or favourite brand of carbonated water!


Next time instead of a flower bouquet try an herb bouquet, here I used fresh sage, mint and purple basil (or thai basil) 
Throw in a few pops of colour like the pink roses and it's an easy last minute (and edible!) arrangement! 

Keep things eclectic and fun with many different colours of plates!

Here I'm using glass straws by GlassDharma perfectly washable, reusable and environmentally friendly!
I'm not a big straw user but got these around the holidays and excited to be trying them out!

Fabulous selection of fruits and vegetables from Highland farms  and Loblaws 

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