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BBQ fruit





So I've started going back through my back log of pics...and here's what I have for you guys today :)



I made this quite a while back ago....but I would LOVE to be able to do it just ONE more time before we put the BBQ away for good. I made this for dessert one day, so that we could enjoy it after we had our BBQ chicken.

Its crazy easy and very, very delicious! All you do is pick your favourite fruit (or a mix like I did) and slather on some good stuff!

Ingredients:

* Freshly cut (and pitted if needed) fruit (a few examples of good fruits would be apples, peaches, bananas, pears, etc)
* 1-2 tbsp honey
* 1 tsp cinnamon
* 1 -2 tbsp brown sugar

1) spread honey onto the fruit, and sprinkle with the cinnamon and brown sugar . BBQ until nicely baked.

The best thing about this is that you can pop them in the BBQ after you have taken all your food out and about to sit down to eat. By the time your done eating, the dessert is nice and hot and just ready!



Enjoy with some whipped cream or ice cream if you like! ( I mean come on...your having fruit for dessert......you deserve an extra something ;) )

I tried to get pics of how they look like after they are ready.....but they ate it so fast there was no time!

Anywho.....thats all for now, hopefully I'll be able to post more of my backlog photos soon!:) I made banana bread today( that I have yet to try) which I will post for you guys soon! Also.....I'm hoping to change the layout of the blog....so don't be too shocked if it looks all different! lol
I should get to bed....first day of school tomorrow!

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Daring Bakers - Fail

Oh, I thought I should post this up...even though Im not sure if we had to?

I tried making July's Daring Bakers....the Milano cookies? YAH. I MEAN EPIC FAIL COOKIES.



I was sooo excited about these things. Like....TOO excited.....then when Im all ready and made the creamy filling and am oh so ready for a bite of that yummy goodness....all goes wrong....NONE of my cookies would peel off!



I ended up biting off parts of the cookieinto my mouth...or scraping chunks of the wax paper with a spoon....*flinches*

I have no idea why it did this.....



It was an epic disaster...I was so sad. :( SO CLOSE. I was SO CLOSE to having my cookies...alas....thats the way the cookie crumbles this time I guess :/


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Italy!




Hello!

Long time no post eh? So very sorry about that! I feel awful! :(



I have been meaning to post for the longesttttt time. Its not that I haven't baked its just that I haven't had time to 'process' the images and post about them. I have had so much stuff going on this past month...which I hope to catch up on soon! Aside from working full time,I had my first order (cupcakes for a friend's sister's baby shower), I also had to plan our trip to Italy and go on the trip (it was amazing!) and I also had to get my books for back to school and a bunch of other things in between. So, as I was sorting through my photos trying to figure out which to post first, I decided to just post my most recent item, what I made for lunch yesterday! :)



Italian Style Tomato Sauce from fresh tomatoes! (with pasta of course ;))



Today Ill just talk about Italy. Oh my god. It was wonderful. Even though so many things that could have gone wrong with our trip did (thanks a lot aircanada vacations! **glares**) we still managed to have a pretty good time. Rome was beautiful and quite breath takingly amazing. My parents werent THAT excited about going to Rome. (They had lived in Paris for almost 2 years and thought Rome would be the same: a few big sites and that was it....over with in 2-3 days tops.) But they were in for a big surprise....when they say Rome is the eternal city...they weren't joking! There was soooo much to see and do there! In fact, my parents are planning on maybe going back in December! (of course...we wont be taking air Canada vacations if we do go! -_- )



freshly picked basil from my garden

Anywho, on to the best part....the FOOD. The food was absolutely amazing! SO yummy! I loved their pizzas and pastas and oh my god....I am in LOVE with Gelato. I am going through withdrawal right now since I had about 2 scoops a day while we were in Italy! Yes....thats a lot of gelato....BUT I WANT SOME NOW!

Anyways, we especially loved their pasta with tomato sauce....it was SO good....we practically lived off that stuff. We have been back for less than 2 weeks, and were craving its tomato-ey goodness:)



Two types of Olive Oil and Italian Pasta

So yesterday, I was going to make some pasta, but the old canned kind that was always so perfect...now just wouldnt do....its horrible how you are so happy with something...then you find out it can be so much better....and you are no longer happy with what you had:(





So, being adventurous I set out into the kitchen to make us some Pasta with homemade Italian tomato Sauce! It took some searching but I couldn't find what I wanted exactly ....they were all either too simple...too difficult...or didn't use fresh tomatoes! (We bought an entire box full of Roma Tomatoes!)

So, I adapted my own from a few different place I found online. So here it is,

Italian Tomato Sauce made with Fresh Tomatoes



Ingredients:

* 14 Tbsp Olive Oil (7/8 cup)
* 1 red onion
*5 garlic cloves
*200 ml water
* 1/2 cup fresh basil (chopped)
* salt and Pepper
* Tomatoes (about 15 Roma Tomatoes ) -- or about 28 oz of other tomatoes

1) Heat oil in a large pan on low. while heating up chop the onions up and fry them for 7 min. When the onion is cooked for this long it gives the sauce its sweetness. When onion is cooked it should be caramelized slightly and translucent.



2) Chop up the garlic really small and add to pan and cook for another 2 min.

3) Add 3-4 generous pinches of freshly grounded pepper.
and 4-5 pinches of salt. (To taste)


4)Add the prepared tomatoes (see below how to prepare them). Leave them to cook for 20 min. Add a bit of water to it if you feel its going to burn.



(Befor the 20 min)

5)Add the 200 ml of water and stir gently for 2 min. Sauce should be thick but not watery. Add your basil and gently stir it in.

6) Reduce the heat and cook for 10 min. This concentrates the flavour. Add water if needed.

Enjoy!



This recipe was mostly based off this video, so watch and enjoy! Videos always help :)





Prepare Tomatoes:







(in hot water)


(in cold water)

(It peels away easily)




1. Dunk your Tomatoes into boiling water and carefully remove after 30-60 seconds.
2. Immediately drop tomatoes into cold water to stop the cooking process.
3. Peel off the skins of the tomatoes and de-seed them and get out the extra juices. (A bit of juice is fine)


Well that's it for now! I *promise* to try to update some more ASAP!

Hope everyone had an amazing summer! :)



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