Clementine & Turmeric Smoothie

I know sounds a little weird right? Wrong it is sooo good! You have to try it! I found the recipe in Canadian Living magazine and since their recipes are always good we had to try it. 


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Simply put into nutribullet or other blender, 1 frozen banana, 2 peeled segmented clementines, 1/4 cup frozen cranberries, 1 cup of plain Balkan (I used Greek, that is all I had), 2tbsp honey and 1/4 tsp turmeric and blend.


Roasted Eggplant Dip

I guess you could call this baba ganoush ( i know that is probably not spelled right), no matter what you cal it or how you spell it, it is GOOD!

Take two small eggplants (about 500-600g total) and poke holes all over with a fork

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Roast them in a 350F oven until they are very soft (about 45 minutes).  They will look all shrivelled like this

Let them cook completely then peel or scoop out the insides and mash them.  Place in a sieve and let them drain for awhile.

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While the eggplants are cooking heat 2 tbsps olive oil in a pan and add 1 very finely chopped sweet onion and 3 large cloves of minced garlic.

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Cook until golden and soft.

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Add the drained eggplant mash to this and stir looking for about 5 minutes, take off heat and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Let cool.

Once this is cooled, stir in 1 cup plain greek yogurt.  Taste a little on a pita chip and season with some more salt if needed.

Chill until ready to serve.

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Serve with pita chips.  We will post the recipe for those the next time we make them, as I wasn’t thinking about the post completely since it was getting late as I was making this for a work pot luck and I needed to get finished so I could go to bed!

Very nice if you finely chop a few fresh mint leaves and sprinkle over just before serving.

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Recipe adapted from Nigella Lawson.

Strawberry and Rosewater Frozen Yogurt Pops

First of all I have to add a disclaimer, this is totally Evie’s recipe, it is to her taste (not mine).  This child is very picky when it comes to yogurt, it is all too sweet.  When we were on vacation last summer the guy working in dairy at Whole Foods was determined to find her a yogurt that she liked.  He saw us in there everyday getting breakfast and one day as she is mulling over the yogurt he noticed and started asking questions and making suggestions.  She told him the ones that she tried and were too sweet, he then picked a couple off the shelf and brought them to the cash telling the cashier that he was giving these to her to try to find one that she liked so we would know what to buy next time, I thought that was very nice.  We pretty much stick to plain.  God help us if she finds any of that fruit on the bottom stuff she will shiver trying not to gag in disgust.

A popular breakfast for her is plain yogurt, with a drizzle of honey and a splash of rosewater.  This concoction was given to us by an Iranian friend, who I used to work with.  It was an instant hit!  So from her breakfast yogurt came the idea for her frozen yogurt pops. And they are perfectly red and white for Canada Day!

Our measurements are not accurate because she is 7 and not quite aware of all of the measurements yet and it is completely by taste, Evie tastes and tells me when it is right so I can figure out roughly how much she used.  That is life with 7 year old foodie!

Take about a handful or two of strawberries and slice them, set aside

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about 1 & 1/2 cups plain yogurt (you can use vanilla if you really don’t like plain)

about 2 tsp of honey (we used rose honey, it had a lovely rose flavour)

1/2 tsp (plus a few extra drops to taste) rosewater

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Stir this together

Add some to a ice pop mould, about 1/3 way up. them ad a few slices of berry, top up with more yogurt then some berry then yogurt and add the top and stick and freeze until solid.

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There you have it, just in time for Canada Day.  If you want to make for 4th of July just add some blueberries along with the strawberries for  red, white and blue yogurt pops.

Happy Canada Day!!

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Happy Canada Day!

Today is Canada Day.  It was so nice to have an extra day off work.  We went to the Mackenzie King Estate (for non-Canadians, he is a former Prime Minister) in Gatineau Quebec.  We listened to the Sons of Scotland bagpipe band, Evie loves bagpipes, she said it is her favourite instrument.  God help us if she wants to learn bagpiping.

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Last night we made “Canada Day Strawberry Yogurt Ice Pops” to use up the rest of our strawberries.  It is really easy. Take 1lb strawberries, washed and hulled.  Puree with ¼ cup powdered sugar and 2tsp lemon juice.  In ice pop molds alternate layers of strawberry puree with vanilla yogurt.

 

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Freeze.

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