• Sep 12

    Food Friday: Nectarine Mojitos

    September 12, 2014 • 10:00 am

    You know how much I love my BC Tree fruits....and this Nectarine Mojito is no different! This recipe is a fun way to get your delicious fruit intake while cheersing to the weekend!!! Perfect to make as your end of summer beverage for your last few BBQs!

    Ingredients (Serves 4)

    2 cups BC Tree Fruit Nectarines, sliced

    Generous handful of fresh mint

    2 limes, cut into wedges

    4 oz white rum

    2.5 oz peach schnapps

    Soda water


    1. Using a muddler, muddle the nectarines with fresh mint and limes.

    2. Add rum and peach schnapps. Top with soda water, mix well and serve!!!

    Ball Preserve Mason Jars via Williams-Sonoma | Striped Paper Straws via West Elm | Simple Wood Cutting Board via West Elm | Walnut Muddler via Williams-Sonoma


    Have an amazing weekend everyone!!!!


  • Sep 05

    Food Friday Flashback: Southwestern Pasta

    September 5, 2014 • 10:00 am

    I haven't shared a pasta recipe in a VERY long time...and this one HAS to be one of my all time favourites, so I'm sharing it with all of you once again!!! Justin and I LOVE the mix of smoky and fiery flavours in this dish, balanced with the smooth, refreshing avocados - it is divine!


    2 cups of fusili pasta (or gf pasta) 
    1 tbs butter (or coconut oil)
    1.5 cups of milk
    2 tbs of chili powder
    1 tsp of salt 
    1 egg
    1 tbs of flour 
    1 tbs of lime zest 
    juice from 1/2 lime 
    3/4 cup of plain tomato pasta sauce 
    3/4 cup of jalipino gouda cheese (grated)

    1/2 cup of chopped asparagus 
    1 tsp of olive oil 
    1/2 cup of bbq’d chicken breast, cooled & diced 
    1 chopped avocado
    1/2 can of black beans
    1/2 diced red onion
    handful of chopped cilantro 

    NOTE: This recipe requires 3 stove top pots/sauce pans.
    1. For boiling the pasta
    2. For the Sauce
    3. For the veg/stuffing of this pasta.


    1. Boil 2 cups of  fusili pasta ( We used a gluten free pasta and it turned out great! I prefer the quinoa gf pasta as it emulates real pasta the best).

    2. In a medium sauce pan, melt 1 tbs of butter (or coconut oil if you are on a health kick) 
    add 1 cups of 1% milk. In a little cup, break ONE egg, add remaining 1/2 cup of milk & flour & whisk together until smooth. Add this mixture to pot and bring to a low boil while whisking add lime zest & chili powder, mixing as much as possible while continuing to whisk, your sauce should be slowly thickening. Add tomato sauce and then SLOWLY add grated cheese while whisking. At the end, add salt & lime juice SLOWLY while whisking
    sauce should be complete, set aside and whisk every so often.

    3. In a separate pan, on low, warm up onion in a tsp of olive oil. Add asparagus & chicken until asparagus is warmed up. Add beans (you don’t want to over cook these items, just warm them up until asparagus is al dente).

    4. Add pasta to bowl, pour chill cream sauce over, add chicken mixture, top with a squeeze of lime, cilantro & avocado…ARRRRIIIBBAA…ENJOY! 



  • Aug 29

    Food Friday: Tropsicles

    August 29, 2014 • 10:00 am

    It's ALMOST the end of summer, but luckily the heat is still going strong!!!! These Tropsicles are so so delicious and SO easy to make! Sooo creamy but still pretty good for you too!


    coconut yogurt (for bottom 1/4 of mold)
    half avocado
    1 banana 
    1cup of frozen pineapple 
    1 cup of coconut yogurt
    1 cup of coconut milk 


    1. Fill the bottom quarter of your popsicle molds with coconut yogurt. I use Island Farms but Oikos is good too! 

    2. In a mixer, blend the remaining ingredients, and pour over the coconut yogurt. Freeze and  enjoy!



    Have a great weekend loves!!!!!!



  • Aug 22

    Food Friday: Peach Smoothies

    August 22, 2014 • 10:00 am

    Well, I'm a little sad that cherry season is over....but I am ECSTATIC that Peach season is in full swing!!! BC Tree Fruits peaches are the JUICIEST peaches that will never disappoint!


    BC Tree Fruits Peaches, frozen

    1 banana, frozen

    Orange Juice

    Coconut Water

    Vanilla Yogurt

    Handful of almonds

    Handful of oats


    Blend all ingredients together until smooth, top with extra oats, and enjoy! Such a delicious, healthy way to enjoy delicious fruit!




    What other peach recipes have you tried??? Any peach recipe requests?! Have a fantastic weekend!!!!



  • Aug 15

    Food Friday: Angel Cakes

    August 15, 2014 • 10:00 am

    There is a good reason these pancakes are called 'Angel Cakes' around our family...they are soo fluffy and delicious! My Dietitian cousin Tori of Fraiche Nutrition makes these for every special breakfast we have, and they just get devoured!!!  You can substitute gluten-free flour for the regular flour in the recipe for anybody avoiding gluten (she uses Patricia Chuey's Gluten-Free Multipurpose Baking Blend). AND....today also just happens to be her wedding anniversary!!!! Congratulations on five beautiful years with your best friend!!!! Take it away, Tori!

    Thank you Jilly!!!! These pancakes were nicknamed Angel Cakes by a great family friend who fell in love with them when I made them while camping one morning.  He ate the WHOLE batch! This recipe was adapted from Fine Cooking.


    3 tbsp. melted butter

    2 c. flour

    ¼ c. sugar

    2 ½ tsp. baking powder

    ½ tsp. baking soda

    ½ tsp. salt

    2 ½  c. buttermilk

    2 large eggs

    1 tsp. vanilla


    1. Melt the butter in a saucepan or microwave and cool.

    2. In a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients.

    3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with a fork and add the buttermilk, vanilla and cooled melted butter.

    4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until mixed: do not over mix!  It will still look lumpy.

    5. Heat a griddle or pan with a small amount of vegetable oil on medium heat, pour into pancake shapes of your choice, and flip when the bubbles appear on the top and the bottom is golden brown.

    6. Enjoy with whatever you like to dress your pancakes with. 

    I hope you love them as much as Charlie does!!!! Have a great weekend!




  • Aug 08

    Food Friday: Cherry Scones

    August 8, 2014 • 10:00 am

    1/3 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
    1 egg
    1/2 to 3/4 cup milk
    2 cups flour
    4 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/4 cup sugar
    1 cup cherries
    3 drops almond extract


    1. Preheat oven to 450F
    2. Sift the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt together in a bowl
    3. Crack an egg in a glass measuring cup and mix with a fork
    4. Add milk to the glass measuring cup until the 3/4 cup mark. Add almond extract.
    5. Mix in the butter with the flour mixture using your hands until the butter is the size of peas. Keep the butter cold!
    6. Pour in the milk and egg mixture and stir with a fork just till it sticks together. Add in your cherries and add a bit more milk if it's still too powdery (do NOT over mix).
    7. Dump out onto a lightly floured counter, press together gently, and cut into around 6 pieces. Add sliced almonds to top them off. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake around 15 minutes till done!