Aaaaand were off!
It’s the last family gathering of the summer, but first, we’re playing a little catchup from open houses to family parties to filming, as last week was stuffed with tasty treats and inspiration.
This post serves up 3 simple purposes:
- To introduce you to a “sweet” cookbook that you can check out at home or your local library with healthier entertaining recipes for oatmeal cookies, marshmallow squares and chocolate cupcakes.
- To plant the idea of ordering exotic trees that can survive in most Canadian climates such as gogi berry trees, asian pears and chums (a cross between an apple and a plum!).
- To fill you up on loads of tempting food pictures along the way (But of course!).
Sunday’s Apple A Day
- Business cards tied to 60 apples, 80 recipe cards designed and printed, 80 Raw Chocolate Cranberry Macaroons later and we were packed and ready for the road trip to Cambridge. My aunt, a naturopathic doctor whom I collaborate with, was transferring her Kitchener office to her home in Cambridge, commencing with an open house. It was a chance to meet and greet with many of my clients one on one for the first time and to share refreshing watermelon popsicles, unsweetened iced brewed tea and lots of tasty treats!
- Through all of the sweetness, these apples were a light and juicy treat. Naturally sweet and loaded with pectin and antioxidants, apples are a superfood and the perfect pairing for a refreshing snack in the mid afternoon’s heat.
The Tempting Treats
Raw Cranberry Chocolate Macaroons
- No books needed, you can find my recipe for these right here:
The rest of these recipes were baked by my aunt from the cookbook series: Nourishing Meals and The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook . I have both of these books and love them. Filled with desserts to main courses and helpful nutritional guides, some recipes I rework for proper food combing etc. but I have found them to be wonderfully handy books to have in the kitchen. Here’s what was made from them:
Crunchy Oatmeal Cookies
- The shape says it all. We loved them! And so did the other guests. Golden, crunchy and tasted just like an oatmeal cookie should. They were the favourite of the three cookies shared.
These were my personal treat of choice. What’s used instead of marshmallows? Nutbutter! The crisp comes from an all natural puffed brown rice.
- One cousin’s favourite and the other cousin’s least favourite. My personal opinion; the frosting was delicious but the cupcakes were on the drier side. For me the frosting was a keeper.
- Tip: Making them bite sized in miniature pans to create a good proportion of cupcake to frosting which will help to moisten it up.
Birthdays & Exotic Fruit Trees
Every week I teach yoga classes in my backyard and every week gives way to talk of the vegetation that surrounds our mats. It’s a small property but plentiful with apple and cherry trees, vegetable gardens overrun with ripe tomatoes, Echinacea flowers and grape vines that scale the neighbouring fence. With our family birthday party celebrations came talk of my uncle’s Asian pear tree ripe with fruit and the flavour of pear and the crisp, juicy texture of an apple (one of my favourites come Christmas time).
We are ordering in these exotic trees NOW to come in for the spring and I highly suggest you do as well. This means that you are on the distributor’s radar come spring so you are more likely to get first pickings and avoid the trees selling out.
Here’s where to look: http://www.greenbarnnursery.ca/
Behind The Lens
Last week concluded behind the lens with a project that will be released in the next couple of weeks! Can you guess? We filmed one of my favourite go-to recipes in there too and hint? It may or may not be featured above) . . .
Until then, give these cookbooks a try and consider planting an exotic fruit tree, sure to attract the attention of your friends and family. Just be prepared to share 🙂
Off to savour more holistic family gatherings,