SOME of the groceries
I love going away for little weekend breaks - especially away to cottage country as it's close enough to the GTA and yet a completely different world. There's nothing like relaxing in front of the lake with your best friends, jumping into it without dipping your toe in to test the temperature, laughing at the screams that ensue, staying up late playing jenga or telling ghost stories, going for midnight swims, canoeing, sleeping where ever you find room, and playing pranks on each other. Nothing however beats cooking and eating at a cottage some how, especially when you use a make shift floating bowl to eat your food in so you don't have to come out of the water! The food aspect is so great- everyone always brings way too much of course so you end up exchanging things and bringing back goodies as well! Also, I love stopping over at unique places to eat at while on the road trip to and fro. This time we stopped at Grandma's Country Kitchen on the way to Highland Grove and had some snacks and tea, picking up home made butter tarts and strawberry rhubarb pie for everyone else. Safe to say, I never got to try the pie! It was apparently delicious and reminded everyone of grandma's cooking indeed. Next time perhaps! I did get to eat a lot of great veggies and fruit everyone had picked up for the trip along with the usual barbecue items we love to eat while up north. I found it interesting to see how a couple of years make such a difference with regards to what kind of food you want to eat or are okay to eat. So many healthier items show up on the grocery list now! Good for us!! Also, with multiple nationalities staying together, we got to try so many different things- So what did we end up eating over the 3 days? Here are some of the items. Have YOU ever had a hot dog while swimming? No? Well I have!
Sounds amazing right? It was! That is what happens when you go to a cottage with a bunch of foodies! I am waiting for the gorgous lake pictures- hope to get them later this week from 1 of our friends! W.P
I have made chicken stroganoff many times and even tried a portobello mushroom and tofu stroganoff recently, but made a minced beef stroganoff for the first time as I was out of chicken- and it was really good. A very easy meal to prep, and it has a twist to it- as you know we love to do here at KC!
2 nights ago, my husband was craving good ol' spaghetti and I did not have any pasta sauce on hand nor felt like making one from scratch with a few leftover ingredients in the fridge at 8 or 9 pm. (We have been emptying out our fridge as we're headed out of town this weekend for 3 days). I indulged him and tossed together a few ingredients, making use of the rose harissa my friend and fellow food blogger, Nadia, got me. Lemon Rose Harissa Spaghetti just proves that more ingredients don't always translate to a fantastic meal. Less can indeed be delicious and satisfying. W.P
Chicken karhai has got to be one of the popular dishes in my house. We love eating it with roti or naan. The spiciness can be adjusted by omitting the green chillies, but the aroma they provide is so wonderful that I feel they are essential! This version is with gravy
Every year we look forward to going for strawberry picking. It has almost become a tradition in my family. The kids and my husband and I all enjoy picking, eating and storing the strawberries. They are always so ripe, juicy and delicious that we can’t get enough of them. When my kids were toddlers they would sit in the field and eat strawberries with both hands. We usually get a small bucket for each of us to use while picking as that allows everyone to participate.
Once we get home, we wash all the strawberries, strain all the water out, cut off the tops and freeze them in large trays. Once frozen, we put them in large Ziploc bags for future use. My family loves smoothies and punches. These work very well to make those in a pinch. When strawberries are not in season, they can get very expensive. If you live close to a strawberry picking farm, go ahead and enjoy this opportunity and get yourself enough strawberries to last you a couple of weeks. Every time we have family visiting in the summer from another city or country, we take them strawberry picking as this experience cannot be missed.
For now, I am going to go ahead and make everyone a strawberry and banana smoothie for a snack. Toodles!
hAPPY eATING & kEEP sMILING
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