In between travelling and general summer busy-ness, I did manage to stop by my uncle's birthday party and get photos and recipe for these Summer Berry Tarts. Summer Berry Tarts are very simple, but taste really good and refreshing. And in 48 degree celsius (118 F) weather, refreshing is important. The berries you use can be anything in season, or your favourite frozen berries. Here in Ontario, blueberries are in season along with some late raspberries. Strawberries and blackberries would work really well, and even sweet cherries would taste great.
I have been searching for a good French-Canadian summer recipe. Searching being a relative term and it roughly translates to asking my mother repeatedly for some recipes. When I asked what 'they' ate during the summer I was told it was all just cooking and to forget seasonal food. Of course, no one ate Cipaille, no one ate Tourtiere, no one ate ANY of the french recipes that I was familiar with. The best I could get was that people didn't barbeque just because people didn't barbeque then. I did get a few general ideas for recipes, no instructions or amounts, per usual, so I will have to experiment with those first. Le dessert de nos ancestres - translated directly to be "The Dessert of Our Ancestors" is one of those simple, good, bad recipes all at the same time. Simple because there are three ingredients, good because it tastes so, so good, and bad because two servings will immediately clog your arteries and stop your heart. I don't have a picture of it yet - the humidity is so high here today that the cream will curdle as it pours out of the carton.
This month's Sugar High Friday is being hosted by Ruth at Once Upon a Feast and the theme is Ginger. I have to admit I'm not a big ginger fan. Other than my brief holistic ginger week I haven't really done a lot of cooking with it. As soon as I read the theme though, I knew exactly which recipe I was going to try. Our local strawberries just aren't quite ready yet, as I was hoping they would be, so I did use VERY LARGE imported strawberries. In my opinion this dish would be much nicer with the super sweet little strawberries that are hell to pick but taste so good. Strawberries in Ginger-Lime Syrup turned out awesome! They have everything a taste experience should have - some bite from the ginger, the tang from the lime and the sweetness of the strawberries. And for a nice finish some cool whipped cream on top. Allow yourself a little prep time, as these need to chill for about an hour before serving.
These are the easiest cookies ever and they taste good too. These are almost a processed food, but I think they are probably better for you than a purchased box or bag of cookies. And if you get the cake mixes when they are on sale for 99 cents, then they are much cheaper than the factory made cookies.