Some of you may be wondering what in the world I am up to these days. If you are a faithful reader, I promise many more recipes to come and the blog isn't going down the pan. I have been ridiculously busy these past few weeks with hardly time to cook anything at all. I mean nada! Like packet chicken noodle soup for dinner.
Tomorrow, we board a plane. Destination Newfoundland! Very exciting and exhausting at the same time. When you don't travel often on these long overseas trips, there is always so much to get in order. And when you are doing it with kids, there is just a ton of more stuff to wade through to make it even more stressful. I gotta' say if I could get there on my bicycle, I just might make a go of it!
Let's talk food.
Not a summer goes by and I don't make this salad at least once. I love it! Usually, I am not overly keen on creamy salads but I do love this chicken salad. I think I have been making variations of it for years and years now and each time it seems to change. This time, I took a few extra minutes to make sure to write it all down to share.
It's summer!!! Okay, well maybe for a few days now, but in my book summer starts when the kids finish school. That day was today. I remember being a kid and the last day of school felt like never ending freedom. I am sure everyone can relate to that feeling. So, we are a bunch of happy campers in this house today. Ask me how I feel come mid August and I might be singing a different tune. For today, I am going to bask in the freedom and happiness.
I have been making various popsicles and ice creams lately but never seem to get them photographed to make them onto the blog. This afternoon I got myself a bit more organized and managed to take a few snaps before we ate them. Thankfully! These are really fresh and delicious. I love anything frozen when it is a zillion degrees outside, and if it happens to be healthy, well you can't argue with that.
Note: This is not a sponsored post, I simply like the Zoku Quick Pop Maker and all the opinions below are my own.
This dish is a great example of how the same ingredients can be used to make completely different dishes. A few weeks back I made Barbecue Vegetable Kebabs in a Mint and Lemon Marinade. I loved the flavour on the vegetables so much that I did it again, but for this dish. It tastes completely different to the kebabs but kinda' the same as well.
Note: Don't add the vegetables to the arugula leaves until you are just about to serve the salad. Otherwise the arugula will wilt and not be very nice.
Every time I make a casserole, I envision myself in a perfectly pressed A line dress, curlers in my hair and a cigarette hanging out of the corner of my mouth. Doris would be belting out the tunes on the radio as I mentally arranged the dinner table. All while I march around my spotlessly clean black and white tiled kitchen. Everything perfect for the 6:00 pm family dinner.
Ah, well in real time my kitchen scene might be a tad different to that of my dreamland vision. Sweatpants, flip flops, dog fur and piled high dishes might sum it up a bit more in tune. Not that I want to go back to the 50s. Sometimes, just sometimes, I think it would be nice for a day.
Bar cookies, or squares as we like to call them, always remind me of Christmas. Growing up, we had our fair share of squares baked and eaten through Christmas. I know they were still baked throughout the year, but Christmas stands out in my mind the most. There were always Partridgeberry Crumble Squares, chocolate coconut squares and many others that I can't think of right now. Babbo, my great grandmother, always said that drop cookies weren’t real cookies, they had to be squares. I think she had a very good point. There is something about biting your way through layers that makes squares somehow more substantial and delicious. Mind you, I do like drop cookies as well. Don't tell!
Since I have had an abundance of apricots this past week, I thought apricot squares could be good. Well, they were delicious. Take a look.