For some people, Summer is a time for hitting the beach; for others, Summer is a time for lazy vacations; for me, while I enjoy the latter, Summer is most importantly a time for Pie! Oh yes! Now you may find this hard to believe, (probably not,) but has been absolutely no shortage of pie in my house this Summer. In fact, the number of pies that I have managed to bake this Summer is definitely bordering on insane – but come on, how could I possibly pass up the opportunity to bake with some of the Summers finest and freshest local fruits??? The answer to that questions is simple – I couldn’t and I most certainly did not.
Let’s start from the beginning…
I have a very serious question for you – Is there anything more perfect in this world than a classic golden crust fruit pie? …
Is the answer to this question as obvious to you as it is to me? I mean honestly I don’t think I can think of anything that is more scrumptious than a ooey, gooey, sweet & tart pie filling that has been baked to absolute perfection encased by a thick, flaky, buttery, golden brown crust – seriously… I got nothing. Especially when you eat your slice of pie with a hearty scoop of vanilla ice cream…. I mean you just can’t get any more perfect than that…. you just can’t.
For heavens sake, even before I put this pie in the oven, it was a thing of beauty and before it was baked to ooey gooey fruity, flaky, buttery perfection, I just had to snap a shot. Once I had assembled the lattice top, I was about ready to just dive in and eat the raw pie dough and fruit filling right then and there – no baking required. I don’t know about you, but I am not at all opposed to eating raw pie dough – is that gross of me? Maybe, but I don’t care. Raw pie dough is delicious and if you don’t believe me, I insist you give it a try – I won’t judge you. Remember, there will never been any food related judgement on this site 😀
How many of you out there, who like me, are of the opinion that a day isn’t complete unless it ends with a little bit of dessert? I don’t know about you, but I can’t seem to help myself when it comes to my dessert cravings after I have finished my dinner. It doesn’t have to be a fancy dessert – just that little something sweet to satisfy my need for sugar before the day is through.
Like I said before, my desserts do not need to be fancy – In fact, most nights I am perfectly content with calling a bowl of freshly sliced strawberries or a spoonful of chocolate almond butter my dessert for the evening. However, there are definitely days when I crave something a little bit more decadent for my weeknight dessert. My cravings for something a little bit more complex in the dessert department usually come at the end of a very long work day or as was the case yesterday… at the end of a very longgggg Monday. Yes, Mondays – I think you know what I mean…
So after Cole and I had finished eating a very healthy dinner of grilled chicken breast with broccoli & kale salads, I felt like we were extremely deserving of a delicious dessert to reward our healthy couple behaviour :p So while Cole was out in the garage working on his truck and various other man tasks, I was scanning through my pantry and fridge for some inspiration for the perfect surprise weeknight dessert for two.
Because I hadn’t exactly followed through on my plans to go grocery shopping over the weekend my ingredient stock was a little low. I was fresh out of eggs and the only ingredients I had (besides dijon mustard and lots of carrots) was about 1/4 cup of butter and a few blueberries from a previous baking endevour. My first thought – I can work with this 😀 Immediately my mind got stuck on the idea of a fresh, warm blueberry crumble for Cole and I to share with a scoop of vanilla ice cream while sitting on the couch watching Lost on Netflix (because we are currently obsessed with that show.)
Good Morning everybody!
Alright my fellow Vancourverites, let’s just ignore the fact that it is the most gloomy Monday of all time here in Vancouver today, and try to focus on the positive! Contrary to the fact that it is pouring down rain and utterly miserable outside today, for the most part I think we have to admit that Spring has definitely arrived here in Vancouver! I mean let’s face it, our trees have leaves on them, our cherry blossom trees have been blooming like mad, grass is getting green, and it’s gotten to the point where you can actually step outside and be greeted by that amazingly fresh, floral scent that I can only describe as the amazing scent of Spring. All things considered it has been wonderful so far this Spring, so I will try my best to ignore this very rainy and depressing day… and I will hope that the weather forecast for the remainder of the week brightens up to include at least a little sunshine! Pleassseeeeeeeeee!!!
Anyways, with summer just around the corner (sort of) I seem to have one thing, and one thing only on my mind – baking with lemons! Ahhh yes – it is that time of year when the sun comes out, the weather starts to get warmer and I start to experience intense cravings for the sweet and tangy delights of all things lemon infused! There is just something so fresh and crisp about lemon desserts that make for a perfect finish to those simple and light spring / summer meals, wouldn’t you agree?