Blueberry Syrup

Blueberry Syrup
One of my favourite things in the summer is all of the fresh berries and a great way to enjoy them is in a fresh homemade syrup, like this blueberry syrup! This weekend I was making a blueberry syrup and I could not resist taking some new photos to update this recipe with. Berry syrups could not be easier to make! You simply simmer some berries, in this case blueberries, along with sugar and water before straining away the solids and letting it cool. I like to use this blueberry syrup on pancakes, waffles, french toast, etc in addition to using it as a sweetener in things like blueberry lemonade or blueberry iced green tea! No matter what you use blueberry syrup in or on, it will bring the amazing freshness of summer along with that intense blueberry flavour!

Blueberry Zucchini Pancakes

Blueberry Zucchini Pancakes
Fresh homemade pancakes are one of my favourite breakfasts and I am currently crushing on these moist and fluffy blueberry zucchini pancakes! Pancakes could not be easier to make! You simply mix all of the ingredients into a batter and cook them in a pan until lightly golden brown. I have added zucchini, lemon zest and blueberries to these pancakes to give them a fresh hit of summers flavours and they are simply divine! The zucchini helps keep the pancakes nice and moist and the blueberries and lemon zest add plenty of flavour! I like to top these blueberry zucchini pancakes with maple syrup and butter making them one really amazing summer breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Succulent Shrimp Recipes

Succulent Shrimp Recipes

Shrimp is one of my favourite foods and I was thinking that it was about time to roundup some of my best shrimp recipes, and there are a lot of them! Perfectly cooked shrimp is just bursting with juicy goodness and it's so easy to cook well but it's also easy to over cook it and if you do it gets all tough and rubbery, which is not good! Of course you can cook shrimp in a number of different ways from frying to grilling, simmering, baking, etc. and it goes so well in so many different types of dishes from pastas, to soups, salads, tacos, dumplings, sandwiches, burgers, dips, etc.! No matter how you do it, you are bound to enjoy some of these succulent shrimp recipes!

Heirloom Tomato Avocado Toast With Balsamic Drizzle

Heirloom Tomato Avocado Toast With Balsamic Drizzle
Today I have a really simple fresh heirloom tomato avocado toast with balsamic drizzle that highlights some of summers amazing flavours! The juicy field ripened heirloom tomatoes are just bursting with goodness that goes so well with to sweet and tart balsamic reduction and basil, not to mention the cool and creamy mashed avocado. I always enjoy a simple avocado toast and it's so easy to change up the toppings, though this has to be one of my favourites! I served this heirloom tomato avocado toast with balsamic drizzle with a fresh raspberry and mint limeade and peaches! What a nice summer meal!

Grilled Zucchini Rollups Stuffed with Lemon-Basil Ricotta and Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Grilled Zucchini Rollups Stuffed with Lemon-Basil Ricotta and Slow Roasted Tomatoes
It's time for another zucchini recipe and these grilled zucchini rollups stuffed with lemon-basil ricotta and slow roasted tomatoes are sure to please! Zucchini that is sliced thinly lengthwise makes for the perfect wrapper to stuff and roll up into tasty bundles of finger food! Raw zucchini does not bend so well but once it's been cooked just a little it rolls up with ease and during the summer it's great to use the grill to add a hint of smokiness. The filling is a creamy ricotta cheese seasoned with parmesan, lemon, basil and pepper along with fresh leaves of basil and flavour packed, juicy slow roasted tomatoes! I like to roast the tomatoes a day or more ahead to save time and you can also grill the zucchini before to save even more time. These grilled zucchini rollups stuffed with lemon-basil ricotta and slow roasted tomatoes are great finger food at summer get-togethers and they also make for a nice side or even a light meal!

Pesto Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Sandwich

Pesto Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Sandwich
During the summer I often enjoy a nice light meal for an on the go, active outdoors day, and fresh and summer-y sandwiches like this pesto smashed chickpea and avocado sandwich fit the bill perfectly. This sandwich is so quick and easy to make and it's just packed with flavour! The base of the sandwich is chickpeas and avocado which are coarsely mashed and mixed with a tasty fresh basil pesto, onions and a hit of lemon juice for brightness. The sandwich is completed with some fresh baby spinach leaves and juicy slices of field tomatoes! I like these smashed chickpea and pesto avocado sandwiches for lunch, dinner, picnics, on the beach or pretty much anywhere!

Amazing Avocado Recipes

Amazing Avocado Recipes

Avocados are one of my absolute favourite foods and since I was thinking about them the other day I thought that I would roundup a few of my favourite recipes! Avocados are nice and cool and creamy and oh so good! They are the perfect foil for any spicy hot or salty and they are great if you want to add an element of creaminess to your dish. Avocados are very versatile and you can eat them fresh or in recipes ranging from sandwiches to salads, soups, dips, tacos, nachos, enchiladas, appetizers, sauces, dressings, etc. No matter how you use them avocados truly are amazing and here are my favourite recipes!

Zucchini Bruschetta Bites

Zucchini Bruschetta Bites
Bruschetta is grilled bread rubbed with olive oil and garlic that I like to top with fresh tomatoes and seasoned with a hit of balsamic vinegar. These zucchini bruschetta bites are a tasty alternative where the toast is replaced with slices of zucchini making for some light, bite sized treats! Zucchini is one of my favourite summer vegetables and it's always nice to be able to use it in fun and tasty ways and bruschetta is a great way to enjoy it! As nice as zucchini bruschetta is all by itself it can be a little messy as the tomatoes like to jump off so I top it with some melted mozzarella which helps keep things together; you can never go wrong adding cheese! Whether you are looking for an appetizer, snack or even a light meal these zucchini bruschetta bites are the perfect summer finger food!

Corn and Zucchini Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Corn and Zucchini Ricotta Stuffed Shells
I have been enjoying all of the fresh summer product lately, especially the local corn and zucchini and these corn and zucchini ricotta stuffed shells are my current favourite! It's fun to stuff pasta shells with tasty ingredients and the ricotta, parmesan, corn, zucchini, lemon and basil filling for these stuffed shells is simply amazing! The fresh ingredients along with the hit of lemon and basil make this dish sing with the bright flavours of summer! After the shells have been stuffed you lay them in a bed of basil marinara sauce and sprinkle on some mozzarella cheese before baking until the cheese is melted and ooey-gooey and good! I like to serve these corn and zucchini ricotta stuffed shells with a lightly toasted garlic bread to finish the meal!