I have written this post three times now, but every time, my computer dies or fails in one way or another. So, I’ve given up on the stories and anecdotes. This is good. Make it and eat it.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp fresh basil, minced
- 1 tbsp fresh chives, minced
- 2 gloves of garlic, minced
- 3 roma tomatoes, chopped
- 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and spoon over toasted slices of baguette.
Wondering what we did with those buns? Well, besides eat them with jam, we did make hamburgers… no Caesar’s Burgers! These tasty burgers come from my cookbook “A Taste of Canada” and highlight the flavours of a Caesar Salad in a Hamburger. (Truthfully, I have no idea what that has to do with Canada…)
Caesar’s Burgers (adapted from “A Taste of Canada”
- 1 lb ground beef (10-15% fat is okay)
- 1/8 cup Parmesan cheese (NOT processed…)
- 2 tbsp Worchester sauce
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp Italian bread crumbs
- 2 tbsp Caesar dressing
- 2 tsp oregano
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. (You might want to add more liquid / bread crumbs to achieve the consistency you desire.) Using your hands, form into 4 patties. Grill for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, cut open your Kaiser buns, brush each side with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt. Broil until toasted. Remove the buns from the oven, layer with lettuce, meat, and some more Parmesan cheese. ENJOY!
Sometimes I really want to be in the kitchen, but the thought of cooking another meal is very upsetting and overwhelming. I open up my recipe books and my box of recipe cards trying to come up with yet another brilliant idea for dinner and am instantly bombarded with sweet treats and desserts and candies and chocolate. All I want to make are treats.
Friday night, I attempted Marcus Wareing’s Strawberry Fool – which as it turns out is so easy a fool (aka me) could make it. It’s a thick and creamy strawberry mousse and was nicely complemented by fresh leaves of mint from my mother-in-law’s garden. I liked it, my husband liked it, and two siblings liked it too. 4 out of 4. Pretty good percentages.
- 2 lbs fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
- juice from 1/2 a lemon
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 package of gelatin
- 1/4 cup ice-cold water
- 1 cup cream
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 2/3 cup cream
- 1 tbsp icing sugar
- Mint leaves
Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add strawberries, lemon juice and sugar. Cook 15 min, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Mix gelatin in 1/4 cup ice-cold water until dissolved. Pour strawberries into a blender and puree. Pour into a large bowl. Stir gelatin mixture into warm puree until gelatin is dissolved. Cover and refrigerate 1/2 hour. Lightly whip 1 cup cream. Stir the yogurt into the puree. Fold in the cream. Divide among six glasses and chill overnight. Combine cream and icing sugar. Top strawberry fool with whipped cream and garnish with mint leaves.