{oh canada!}

Happy Canada Day weekend! Canadians are sometimes classified as ‘nice & polite’ over patriotic. But I disagree and Canada Day is our time to prove it. How are you celebrating? Why not use the holiday as an excuse to host a bbq or outdoor shindig. Here’s some inspiration of what to wear, drink & serve…with a Canadian twist. 

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{good eats: shrimp on the barbie}

Living by yourself has it’s pros & cons. Only having to worry about yourself for dinner is both a pro and a con. Pro – I can make whatever & eat whenever. Con – I usually get lazy. I’m trying to break my cooking rut recipe rotation (say that fast 5 times). I was flipping through one of my many cookbooks the other day and came across this recipe that just felt right for the sunny day we were having and I happened to have all the ingredients – which is key to not falling in the lazy trap. 

The recipe: Rum-Glazed Shrimp and Mango from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food cookbook.

I added a few little twists of my own (in pink) like some finely chopped garlic and my own chili oil to give it a little spice. You get a nice sweet & hot contrast with the chili oil.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice plus 1 tablespoon (3 limes)
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 3 tablespoons dark-brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated, peeled fresh ginger
  • finely chopped garlic to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 32 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 ripe but firm mango, peeled and sliced lengthwise into 8 slivers, each about 1 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for grates (I used chili oil to add a little spice)
See the full directions on Martha’s site here.

And voila! A delicious and healthy meal. I put it over a salad but you could also serve with brown rice for a heartier meal.

{time for a BBQ}

Summer weather has arrived early this year! This means it’s time to get the patio in order and ready to host some BBQ’s. Your BBQ can range from throwing a few hot dogs and burgers on the grill to an all out outdoor formal dinner party. There’s a ton of cute stuff out there right now for both. Personally I like to keep my BBQ’s glass-free zones with lots of colour….with a guitar thrown in for a little post-beverage fun. Here’s my idea of a bunch of great must-have’s for a bright & cheery summer BBQ.