Thursday, 30 August 2012

white wine sangria

do you like my fancy pitcher and cup?? I think they are silly and wonderful. I got the pitcher and the set of cups (4) and figured they would be perfect for sangria. I looked at a few recipes and sort of mashed them together and did a little tasting and ended up with this:

1.5 cups white wine
1 cup club soda
1/3 cup peach schnappes
2tbsp sugar dissolved in 2tbsp hot water
juice of 1/2 lemon 
juice of 1/2 lime
chopped fruit

I used raspberries, nectarines, oranges, lemons, limes.
It's not too boozy, it's quite light actually. You can add more/less club soda because that doesn't change the flavour too much.

Then I saved some fruit and soaked it in sangria overnight and it was quite tasty. If you have time, I recommend making your sangria the night before so the fruit has time to soak, but if you don't have time don't worry! It's still super yummy without the overnight soak.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

It's almost September!

I'm really excited about fall, as I'm sure many of my friends already know. I talk about it a lot. I can't wait for the leaves to turn so we can go for walks and I can't wait to catch my first leaf of fall and I can't wait for pumpkin spice lattes and I can't wait for Halloween!!

Since Geoff and I don't get any trick-or-treaters, we spent last Halloween at Madeline and Glen's house handing out candy and playing board games. I was allowed to bring 1 (only 1!!?) box of candy to hand out, so naturally I bought 2 of the biggest boxes of candy and crammed them into 1. The kids loved it! Dan and Katie recently bought a house down the street from us, so I'll see who lets me bring more candy and then we'll hang out with them! Also they have a puppy...

bottom line: bonehead here is ready for Halloween too.

Monday, 27 August 2012

bad friend

I'm sorry I haven't posted in forever!

I was on vacation and kind of forgot about computers. I will write something good and not rushed soon!

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

pavlova

Sunday night dinner was traditional danish forloren hare (mock hare/meatloaf) with a traditional Australian dessert - pavlova! I'll tell you about the danish dinner in another post, but this one is all about pavlova.

And look at the pretty flowers my mom brought!

Pavlova is a meringue based dessert that the Australians/New Zealanders (they fight over it)  named after a Russian ballet dancer. The first time I made this was for our Australian Christmas dinner last December. those poor Australians have sunshine at Christmas! no snow! I don't know if I could deal with that...

It's a little finicky to make (you can see I cracked this one along the edges) but even if you botch it a little it will still taste great! Traditionally it is topped with whipping cream and fresh fruit. This time I used Turkey figs and blueberries.

preheat oven to 250 degrees. line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (not wax paper).

4 egg whites
1 cup extra fine white sugar
1tsp vanilla
1tsp white vinegar
1/2tbsp corn starch

beat the egg whites on medium speed until they are fluffy and holding soft peaks. (this takes a while)
keep on medium speed, and add the sugar 1tbsp at a time. (I counted 2 mississippis in between each tbsp)
beat on high until firm peaks are held.
mix in the vanilla on low speed.
sprinkle the vinegar and corn starch on top and stir in gently

now spread out the meringue in a round, flat blob on the parchment paper. (I'd say diameter 8inches, height 2 inches). It will expand about an inch and rise about half an inch, so leave a little space around it.

bake for 60-70 minutes, and don't open the oven! when it's done, turn the oven off and leave the pavlova inside for another hour to cool completely. be careful when removing from the oven, it will crack easily.

serve with whipped cream and fruit!


Monday, 13 August 2012

fruity yogurt popsicles!

these are so yummy, so easy, and they don't take that long to freeze either.

Just plop a bit of yogurt into the popsicle maker, drop in a few blueberries/raspberries/sliced strawberries or any fruit chunks, then another plop of yogurt, then more fruit... until it's full! for these guys, all I needed was about 1/2 cup blueberries and one individual sized yogurt.

strawberries freeze really well, so those are one of my favourite fruits to use. and raspberries!


Tuesday, 7 August 2012

rainbow-turned-mexican blanket

so after I made the rainbow granny squares blanketI had the rainbow colours leftover. I made them into a random stripe pattern, and somehow they turned into mexican colours! needless to say, my mom loved it. and she stole it. this is an example of how the zig-zag pattern looks with smaller yarn. it's pretty, but it takes a lot longer to make!

Friday, 3 August 2012

consultants invitational fishing derby



Last year, Geoff won the Consultants Invitational Fishing Derby! His salmon was 21.0lbs, we were eating salmon for weeks! This weekend he was in it again and this time he caught 3 salmon, and one was a spring! They weren't quite big enough to win the derby this time, but it's still a lot of fish!                                                                                  And then he went on another fishing trip to Nootka Sound this week, bringing home even more fish! and in a month we get all the stuff that he got candied, smoked, tinned and lox-ed. I'll post a few pictures of those fish another time!