Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Lemon Raspberry Muffins

lemon is my favourite anything.  


and the list goes on....and on.

add to it any kind of fresh berry and you've managed to make the lemon-fanatic in me even happier. 
but to be fair i'm actually pretty easy to please.  
#sometimes #okaynotalways #workingonit

today my fridge is bursting with beautiful raspberries which can only mean that muffins are in our immediate future, or our 18 - 20 minute plus prep time future.

lemons + raspberries for the win.

Lemon Raspberry Muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup greek yogurt (lemon or vanilla)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon
1 1/4 cup fresh raspberries

preheat oven to 400F.  spray 12 cup muffin tin with non-stick spray and set aside.
in medium bowl combine eggs, yogurt, milk, oil, and lemon juice.  whisk to combine.
in large bowl combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and lemon zest.  add milk mixture and mix until just incorporated.  gently fold in raspberries.
using an ice cream scoop divide the batter into the prepared muffin tin and sprinkle with sugar.
bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

enjoy.  xo.
yields: 12 muffins

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Perfectly Grilled Corn on the Cob

it's a pretty safe assumption that summer just isn't summer without fresh taber corn.
i'm a purest when it comes to these ears of deliciousness, just butter.

so tonight, following a wonderful day spent in the great outdoors, mr handsome & i are firing up the grill, putting some fresh & gifted corn on (thanks JF) and having ourselves a BBQ to round out the weekend.

Grilled Corn on the Cob

4 ears of corn
kosher salt

butter for serving

heat grill to medium.
pull the outer husks of corn down to the base.  strip away the silk from each ear by hand.  fold husks back into place, and place the ears of corn in a large bowl of cold water with 1 tablespoon of salt for 10 minutes.
remove corn from water and shake off excess.  place on grill.  close the cover and grill for 15 - 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes, or until kernels are tender.  remove the husks and enjoy.

recipe courtesy bobby flay

Hike Alberta: Fullerton Loop & The Italian Farmhouse

i'm grateful for this weekend.

it was a weekend filled with fresh mountain air, quality time with friends & family, wine & my favourite, pizza.
yesterday cg & i tackled heart creek and today with the family in tow i had my sights set on fullerton loop in bragg creek.  this 6.7km trail allows for views of moose mountain as well as the group of mountains surrounding banded peak.  upon return the trail skirts the edge of a steep hillside which overlooks the ranger station and the elbow valley. 
breathtaking & beautiful.

of course, the kids and i have become accustomed to celebrating & recapping our early morning nature walks with a visit to a neighbouring restaurant and today that was the italian farmhouse.
this charming little place was the perfect setting amidst the trees to enjoy pizza, pasta, salads & bruschetta, family style.  oh and there may have been a glass or two of vino enjoyed by mr handsome and i.

this marked our last official summer hike before the start of school in september.  next weekend mr handsome i set off to tackle vancouver and celebrate a lovely couple with a traditional chinese style wedding.  

not too worry i'm packing some stretchy pants and gearing up to take in all that vancouver has to offer, also i'm going to finish off today in style with a big bbq with my favourites.

bruschetta |  fresh heirloom cherry tomatoes, basil, olive oil, saba, grans padano

caesar salad |  romaine, raddicchio, hearts of palm, smoked panetta, croutons

margherita pizza |  tomatoes, fiore de latte, basil, grana padano

campenelle pesto |  sundried tomatoes, grilled zucchini, olives, pine nuts, arugula, grana padano

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