Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Zucchini Loaf

I first tried this loaf many years ago when I was barely a teen. A classmate's mom became friends with my mom and at some point this recipe was exchanged. I was not a fan of zucchini then, or most other green veggies for that matter, and I  remember thinking " How can there be zucchini in this??? It's sooooo good!". Forward 30 yrs and I now find myself trying to trick my own kids into eating veggies they are not keen on. This recipe does the trick, and it's also a great way to use up all those zucchini that are just about ready in your garden!

*original recipe from Mrs. Calderwood, adapted by me to suit my family's tastes 

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini
1/2 cup dried cranberries (or raisins)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

-preheat oven to 350F
-add first 5 ingredients to a medium bowl and whisk with a fork to combine
-in a large bowl whisk together eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla 
-add zucchini and stir
-add flour mixture and stir until just combined
-add cranberries and nuts and stir to combine
-pour into a greased loaf pan
-bake for about 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean
-allow to cool in pan on wire rack for about 30 minutes
-remove from pan and enjoy sliced  

Don't give up so easily...


Our greatest weakness lies
in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
~thomas edison

Friday, July 22, 2011

Affogato al Caffe...the perfect summer treat!

If you love coffee and ice cream this treat is for you. "Affogato" means "drowned" in italian and basically that's what you are doing to the ice cream, drowning it with coffee...and yes it's as delicious as it sounds! The variations on this popular italian cafe treat are truly endless. Try it with your favourite ice cream flavour (vanilla, chocolate,etc) or change it up with a different liqueur (nutty flavoured ones are great). Create your very own "affogato"...anything goes...here is my version...enjoy!

2 scoops mocha almond fudge flavoured ice cream
1 tbsp Starbucks coffee liqueur
about 1 tsp Nutella
1 shot freshly brewed hot espresso coffee


-place two scoops ice cream in a glass mug
-pour coffee liqueur over top
-drizzle with nutella
-pour hot coffee over ice cream and serve with a spoon

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Take a Chance...


"The only time you run 
out of chances is when
you stop taking them."

Friday, July 15, 2011

Insalata Guacamole

There is nothing I love more in the summer time than a nice tomato and bocconcini salad. But since I have been on an avocado kick lately I was inspired to combine the fresh flavours of that very salad with those of my Chop Chop Guacamole recipe...voila my new favourite summer lunch! 
Give it a try!

*an original recipe by jcsmama

1 avocado
2 tsp lime juice
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp lime juice
1 tsp lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
2 large tomatoes, cut into small chunks
1 whole green onion, sliced
12 mini mini  or pearl bocconcini cheese, sliced in half 
6 large basil leaves, finely chopped
good pinch of kosher salt
good grinding of black pepper
a few tortilla chips for garnish

-slice avocado in half, remove pit, scoop out flesh with a spoon and dice
-in a small bowl gently mix avocado with 2 tsps lime juice and set aside
-make dressing: in a separate small bowl whisk together olive oil, lime and lemon juices and minced garlic
-in a medium salad bowl add tomoatoes, green onion, bocconcini, chopped basil and avocado
-add salt and pepper and dressing and gently and lightly toss all ingredients together
-garnish with a few tortilla chips and serve

*makes one lunch or dinner salad entree, or 2 side salads

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Pineapple Frosty

This is an easy and delicious summertime fruit cocktail I came across from the LCBO...give it a try!

*makes one large glass

1 1/2 oz whisky
3 oz pineapple juice
3 oz orange juice
1/2 cup of ice

-pour all of the ingredients into a blender
-blend until ice is crushed and drink is frothy
-pour into a tall glass, garnish with fruit slice and serve