Canada Day BBQ

Happy Canada Day!

Can you believe Canada is only 150 years old? I forget sometimes that Canada is such a young country.

I know it has been a month already now, but I wanted to share with you some pictures from our Canada Day BBQ we had in July. Although it was sad to be celebrating this big day away from the homeland, it was so nice to do something festive to mark the BIG day with everyone over the pond! And who knows in what state I will be when we hit 200 years… scary thought.

For the BBQ we ordered lots of fun red and white goodies from my very good friend Regan, also known as the Party Postman.

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I particularly loved these custom maple leaf cups she made for us! So fun! I recommend you check our her site if you have a party coming up, she has so many fun decorations to chose from!

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For the food we had the usual, burgers and sausages for the BBQ, but I also wanted to do something celebratory, so I made a double tiered pound cake with gluten free flower from a recipe I found here. Which ended up being a crowd pleaser!

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Sticking to the Canadian theme, I also made some gluten free brownies and covered them with some ‘snow’ (incing sugar!) and some little maple leaf flags, and red and white kabobs made out of strawberries and marshmallows.

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Mike was on beverage duty and he managed to get some clamato juice to make Ceasers. Not an easy thing to find in the UK!

In case you didn’t know already, Ceasers are a VERY Canadian cocktail that is a bit of an acquired taste.

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The cocktail contains vodka, a Ceasers mix (a blend of tomato juice and clam juice), hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. It is then s finished off with a celery stick, a wedge of lime for garnish and a celery salt-rimmed glass.

In the end the Ceasers ended up being a bit too hard core for the Brits, luckily the Canadian beer went down a lot better!

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Obviously the dress code for the evening was Canadian themed, so I sported an all red and white number, while Mike dressed to impress in his Blue Jays jersey.

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Such a fun evening! Long live the Great White North!

Steph xo

 

 

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Easy Peasy Guacamole

In the summer time there is nothing better than a big bowl of guacamole! It goes great as a side at a BBQ,  makes a delicious topping on tacos and we all know it goes great on toast for lunch. Not only is guacamole so easy to make, but it is a big hit with friends and family too!

This recipe makes quite a large bowl of guacamole, as I firmly believe you can never have too much!

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 You will need:

  • 4 ripe avocados
  • 3 shallots or half a red onion
  • 2 gloves of garlic
  • 2 tablesoons of good quality olive oil
  • A large handful of cherry tomatoes or 1 large tomato
  • 1 teaspoon of hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of Tabasco sauce
  • 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper

 To make: 

Peel and de-stone the avocados and place the green flesh in a big bowl. Using a potato masher or a fork mash the avocados, making sure to leave it a bit chunky in texture.

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Chop the shallots, garlic and tomatoes and combine them with the mashed avocado.

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Add in the juice from one lime, along with the olive oil.

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Next, add in the Tabasco, hot sauce and some salt and pepper to taste.

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Give is all a big stir, and you are done!

Easy peasy!

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Serve straight away with some tortilla chips or pop the guacamole in the fridge tightly covered in cling film to serve later. Your friends and family with thank you!

Do you have any favourite summer time recipes?

Steph xo