Archive for June, 2013

National BBQ Day and My Grilled Lemon Zucchini

Tips and News

News flash to self, there is such a thing as “National BBQ Day”. Yup, I just learned that a few weeks ago through the Food Bloggers of Canada Website.

FBC is working together with Meal Exchange to promote National BBQ Day, how wonderful is that?!

You’re probably sitting there starring at the screen thinking “what the heck”, well here’s what; Meal Exchange is a national youth-driven, registered charity that engages, educates and mobilizes youth to work with their communities to alleviate hunger locally, achieve food security, and develop solutions that attain sustainable food systems. And every year they celebrate National BBQ Day!

What is National BBQ Day?

Well, that’s when hundreds of grills across Canada are being fired up in support of Meal Exchange’s (now 4th) annual National BBQ Day which is a backyard celebration of local food. The first and only national event aimed at raising the profile of locally sourced foods, National BBQ Day encourages all Canadians to host a BBQ in their own backyard (or deck) with family and friends, using as much local food as possible; so if you are sitting there thinking this is awesome, you can actually participate by having a BBQ with friends and family and register your event on the National BBQ Day website (HERE).

You can then share your National BBQ Day experience through social media (#NationalBBQDay) and even win prizes (goes without saying that you will raise awareness of local foods available and where people across Canada can get them).

So now that I blabbed all that, the only last bit of information left to spill is WHEN.

Well, mark your calendars, Saturday, July 13th, 2013.

As for me, I’m pretty sure I’ll be around to fire up the grill. It’s summer and if you’ve been reading my posts for the past year or so, my favorite accessory in the summertime is my BBQ!

I decided to re-post an oldie but a goodie this time and remind everyone that there are vegetarian grilling options J. Here’s a wonderful recipe for Grilled Lemon Zucchinis. I can already taste them. Yum!

National BBQ Day and My Grilled Lemon Zucchini
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Recipe type: Vegetarian, BBQ
Cuisine: BBQ
 
Grilling in the summertime! Why go with meat and chicken when you can grill veggies? Here’s a super easy recipe for fresh lemony zucchinis
Ingredients
  • 3 Medium Sized Zucchinis (you can use large ones too)
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • ½ lemon – squeezed (you need the juice)
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional – 1 tsp Chopped Dill
Instructions
  1. Slice the Zucchinis length wise. Every slice needs to be about ½ cm thick (or ⅓ inch)
  2. Prepare the marinade: Mix all other ingredients well together until combined.
  3. Pour the marinade over the sliced zucchinis and make sure they are all covered in it.
  4. Place marinated zucchinis over a preheated BBQ wire rack; Heat over medium heat, covered, for about 4 minutes on each side.
  5. Zucchinis are ready when they are semi-soft.

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Grilled Lemon Zucchinis

News flash to self, there is such a thing as “National BBQ Day”. Yup, I just learned that a few weeks ago through the Food Bloggers of Canada Website. FBC is working together with Meal Exchange to promote National BBQ Day, how wonderful is that?! You’re probably sitting there starring at the screen thinking “what […]

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Butter Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies – Tiny Bites As A Big ‘Thank You’

Cakes and Cookies

It’s the end of the school year, and I always like to send something for the teachers. I mean, yeah we may not be 100% happy with how they dealt with things throughout the year but overall we need to keep in mind that these are the people our children spend most of the day with and that whatever they do and however they do it, it’s not always easy. So a simple thank you note or a small gift is something I personally believe is in order.

So I was wrecking my brain with what to give this year and decided to get it from my favorite place – my kitchen! I baked a few dozens of these bite size butter cookies, got pretty glass jars and wrote a little thank you note to go with it.

I’m kind of a crafty person so the process of making the gift is sometimes something I choose over just going to store and buy something made, but that’s the good ole crazy me.

The jars were all set yesterday and today I sent the kids to school with them. Hopefully the teachers are going to get them in one piece.

These cookies were a great fit for a gift because they only consist of 4 ingredients, they are easy and quick to prepare, they bake for about 10-15 minutes only and most importantly they look great and do not have any allergenic ingredient in them (eggs on nuts) so I could safely send the to school.

And now, I’ll wait until I pick up the kids from school to hear what the teachers had to say 🙂

Butter Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

 

 

Butter Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies - Tiny Bites As A Big 'Thank You'
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookies
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 60 Cookies
 
Great melt-in-your-mouth bite size cookies that are made from 4 ingredients. Quick bake, quick make and super quick eat.
Ingredients
  • 220gr Unsalted Butter – melted
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour (240gr)
  • 1 Cup Corn Starch (100gr)
  • ¾ Cup Icing Sugar (60gr)
  • Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F (160C)
  2. Cover baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Place all the ingredients in a mixer bowl (can also be mixed by hand) and mix until you get a soft dough ball.
  4. Scoop ½ tsp and roll into small ball and place on the parchment paper covered baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the dough and make sure you place cookie balls 1 inch apart from each other.
  5. Place one chocolate chip on top of each cookie and while you do that, press it gently into the cookie with your thumb (to create a small thumbprint)
  6. Place in the preheated oven for 12-14 minutes or until the cookies start to get a very light golden color.

 

Butter Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Update and disclosure: I also entered this recipe to the 2nd annual cookie contest (Christmas In July) sponsored by “Eat In Eat Out Magazine” (www.eatineatout.ca).

As a proud member of FBC (www.foodbloggersofcanada.com) I am entitled to participate in this contest (Contest Page) so I figured – Why not? :) Wish me luck!!

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It’s the end of the school year, and I always like to send something for the teachers. I mean, yeah we may not be 100% happy with how they dealt with things throughout the year but overall we need to keep in mind that these are the people our children spend most of the day […]

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Baked Fish and Chips – A Twist on My 1st Canadian Food Memory

Home Made Cooking

I love taking part in special projects, special initiatives and various challenges. This month I will be posting my first blog post as part of The Canadian Food Experience Project. For this project, myself and many other Canadian food bloggers (participants) will share our Canadian food stories and experience. What’s the purpose you ask?  We hope to bring global clarity to our Canadian culinary identity and hopefully raise recognition to Canadian food and food bloggers and just make our Canadian voice shine.

Just so you know, anyone can join so please feel free and welcome.

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I love taking part in special projects, special initiatives and various challenges. This month I will be posting my first blog post as part of The Canadian Food Experience Project. For this project, myself and many other Canadian food bloggers (participants) will share our Canadian food stories and experience. What’s the purpose you ask?  We […]

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