Sweet, sweet summer always passes in a flash. It is a funny time of year, as I am beyond excited about all of the incredible food that is in season and yet I am so busy enjoying it all that I don’t stop to document and share it here. I do manage to capture much of it with a quick snap on my phone over on Instgram. It is also a case of not really using recipes during these months.
Summer is all about simplicity, picnics, picking berries, dips in the ocean and laying on a blanket under a big tree. We eat sliced tomatoes with a drizzle of good olive oil, a scattering of fresh basil and sprinkle of flaked salt, apricots baked with a bit of honey and vanilla, ice cream, salmon on the bbq or a late summer succotash with butter, corn, fresh herbs and whatever bits are in the fridge. Delicious for sure but hardly worthy of a recipe.
As far as summers go, we have had one of the best ones I can remember. It has been week after week of beautiful sunshine. All this warmth means it has been a great growing season. Every time I turn around the cucumbers in my garden have doubled in size and the fruit has been off the charts sweet and juicy. I am hauling home boxes of peaches and apricots to preserve for the winter. I spent the afternoon yesterday picking blackberries with a friend and her girls. The day ended with big purple smiles and blackberries in the freezer.
My oh my! Where has the time gone? I last posted about rhubarb and now we are full on into everything summer: berries, cherries, peaches, apricots, zucchini, basil, cucumbers, tomatoes, beans and eggplants. Fear not, I have been cooking and eating lots since I last posted. Sadly it has all made its way into my belly and not onto the blog.
I will post a recipe again soon. In the meantime I wanted to share a few photos from a shoot I did for Edible Vancouver for their high summer issue which is just out for distribution this week. When Debbra emailed a while back asking if I wanted to shoot a story all about meringue, cream, ice cream and berries it was an immediate yes. I even had the pleasure of making and eating a new dessert called knickerbocker glory which ended up being featured on the cover of the issue.
It is a delicious story and series of recipes by Eagranie Yuh. Be sure to pick up a copy before they are all scooped up. It is another beauty of a magazine and won’t be around long. A digital version will also be up on the Edible Vancouver website with the recipes too!
Hope you are having a fabulous summer.
When I think of Spring, I think of rhubarb. I think of pulling rhubarb in the backyard with my parents and of making something delicious to share.
Food evokes memories. It can remind us of places we have traveled and special moments with friends and family. Recipes link us to others and help to recall the past. They become part of our history and keep us close to those we love and have known. I love that. Some of my most precious memories are deeply linked to food. Baking with my mom, picking berries in the summer time, making a special meal for mother’s day with my dad and brother.
I wanted to share this recipe for rhubarb meringue cake for Mother’s Day. It is a special one in our family, a recipe that we have been making for over 50 years. It is a part of our family history. This cake reminds me of my mom and my mom of her mom. Baking was the first thing I remember learning and loving in the kitchen and to this day is where I find comfort.