11 August Recipes to Make Right Now

It’s time for a peak-summer recipe round-up featuring all that is ripe and beautiful at the market and in our backyard gardens.

End-of-August produce can be almost overwhelming with its array of seasonal fruits and vegetables. From sweet corn to juicy tomatoes and bundles of herbs to luscious peaches, we certainly are spoiled for choice.

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Wild Blueberry Slab Cheesecake

This week, in classic mid-August Aimée style, I embarked on a few procrastibaking projects as a way to avoid my post-camping laundry and clean-up.

To be fair, I couldn’t wait to get back into the Simple Bites kitchen after a few weeks of travel. As is usually my custom when I road trip, I returned home with a stash of the most beautiful produce I encountered along the way.

This time I brought several pints of wild blueberries, for this Nova Scotia fruit grows wild all over the province and is free for the picking. Clara and I busied ourselves in a patch early one morning and produced enough for our buttermilk pancakes as well as a small store for the cooler.

Since then I’ve muddled a handful into a gin & tonic cocktail and topped a summer edition of my do-ahead muesli, but I saved the majority of them for a special baking project: cheesecake.

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Weekend links

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving long weekend, fellow Canadians!

Weekend links

It’s been pure bliss to be back in my own kitchen after our road trip. I’ve wasted no time creating a sink full of dishes, and still the requests continue to come in from the boys for their favourite foods.

Here are a few links I’ve enjoyed this week and a few more reasons to stay in the kitchen a little longer…

Have a wonderful weekend, all.

Mother’s Day in four (food) photos

Last Sunday was a good day for eating and of course I had my iPhone handy for capturing the plates and tablescapes. They were too pretty not to share here.

Now why can’t every day include breakfast in bed, seared scallops and macarons?

First up: a simply beautiful breakfast tray prepared by Danny and the boys, and delivered to my sunny bedroom on  Mother’s Day morning. Noah had whipped the cream by hand (he’s a pro) and made the crepe flower. Mateo arranged raspberries and a chocolatine (warmed) on a plate, while Danny prepared the all-important cafe latte.

Can you tell this was a brunch prepared by five brothers? We connected with Danny’s family later in the morning for an epic spread. There was a healthy component – a full on juice and smoothie bar – it’s just not pictured. Kudos, guys.

 
Dinner, chez moi, in honour of my (other) mother-in-law, and a delightful excuse to set a spring tablescape. Seared scallops with an orange-carrot puree. Asparagus with a warm raspberry vinaigrette. Buttermilk potatoes with ramps. Wild cherry blossoms for a simple , seasonal centerpiece.

Ending dinner on a sweet note with strawberry frozen yogurt, fruit, and macarons contributed by our guests. And French press coffee, dark and full-bodied.

Not Pictured: fierce hugs from wiry little boy arms. the lightest of kisses from a baby girl. handmade cards with notes in French. a clean kitchen.

A Mother’s Day for the books.