Financiers with a Summer Berry Salad for #SundaySupper

Jun 2, 2013 by

I’m so excited to be joining #SundaySupper again after what seems to be a very long time. I have missed you all, and all the interaction that comes along with blogging! Life has a funny way of forcing you to slow down, so I did the  best thing for me – I slowed all the way down. I’m getting stronger and well enough to get back into the blogging spirit and share some wonderful recipes with you. Today’s recipe is a good one. So simple and light, you’ll love it. The theme for today’s #SundaySupper is Summer Berries and well, lets just say that we haven’t been short on berries around here recently. Whether fresh or frozen, we have berries for either a quick snack or for smoothies. Our host today is Nicole from Daily Dish Recipes!

One  thing that I would love to accomplish this summer, is taking my children berry picking. I don’t have a preference of what berry…I just really want to pick! I am getting excited at the thought of picking strawberries and freezing them for smoothies, or baking with them. I know my kids will absolutely love that experience. I’m also looking forward to my first trip for the season to my local Farmer’s Market! I went the year before last and had a blast! I’ll let you all know when I get to go, because no doubt, I will have my camera with me to capture all the beautiful Ontario produce.

So back to todays recipe, Financiers with a Summer Berry Salad. The salad is so easy to make and such a wonderful way to enjoy your berries.  Financiers are French in origin and are basically mini cakes made with almond flour. They are very light, moist and every time I make them, they always seem to be finished too soon. The berries are the perfect accompaniment to the sweet, almond infused mini-muffins.

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Financiers with a Summer Berry Salad for #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • For the Financiers:
  • 4 Tbsp Egg whites (or the whites from 2 eggs)
  • 60g Confectioners Sugar
  • 25g Ground Almonds
  • 25g All Purpose Flour, Unbleached
  • 2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, melted
  • For the Summer Berry Salad:
  • 1 Cup Raspberries
  • 2/3 Cup Blueberries
  • 1 Cup Strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 Tbsp Confectioners Sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the egg whites until stiff peaks are formed
  3. Fold in the sugar, ground almonds, flour and butter
  4. Divide evenly in silicone mini-muffin cups (about 2 tbsp batter in each cup)
  5. Bake for 13-15 minutes
  6. Allow muffins to cool completely before removing from silicone cups
  7. In a small bowl, place strawberries, blueberries and most of the raspberries. Reserve about a third cup.
  8. Using a very fine sieve, press the reserved raspberries through in order to extract the juice and add to the bowl.
  9. Sift confectioners sugar into the bowl and then gently fold to combine.
  10. Serve with the Financiers. Fruits can either be chilled first or left at room temperature.
http://lovelypantry.com/2013/06/financiers-with-a-summer-berry-salad-for-sundaysupper/

 

I truly adore summer berries. I have such an appreciation for them because growing up in Jamaica, these berries are imported and are quite expensive. I only enjoyed and indulged in these fruits when I travelled to the U.S. for summer holidays. I personally prefer baking with blueberries. I like raspberries as prepared in this recipe. But I will eat strawberries all day long. This season, I will get my heart’s desire!

 

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Raspberries, Blueberries and Strawberries

 

I prefer to make my fruit salad in advance and have it chilled so it can be served once the financiers are cool.

 

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I recommend using silicone mini-muffin cups for this recipe. I tried making it directly in the muffin pan twice, and got poor results each time. The edges were slightly overdone and became rather hard once cooled. I got the best results using the silicone cups.

 

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Financiers – just out of the oven

 

These financiers are excellent on their own, but they go so nicely with fruit. We have also had financiers with raspberry jam, and it is just as nice.

 

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Financiers with Summer Berry Salad

 

Find inspiration for summer berries from the #SundaySupper members in the links below. Pin the ones you know for sure are keepers. Share your favourites on Facebook! Lets get into the summer spirit!

I hope you enjoyed today’s recipe. It’s a favourite in my home and I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

 

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Peach and Berry Cobbler for a Movie Inspired #SundaySupper

Apr 14, 2013 by

Today’s #SundaySupper is so cool! We are all doing a post inspired by a special or favourite movie. Have you been able to think of a food or beverage and immediately connect it to a movie? You know, like how Carrie has her special Cosmopolitan and Bond has his Martini “shaken, not stirred.” You get the idea. Our host today is none other than Heather from GirliChef! Check out Heather’s awesome recipes on her blog.

I chose the movie Soul Food. I loved the movie so naturally, I loved the series too. I watched every single episode. I laughed. I cried. I crushed. Yes, Boris Kodjoe is the ish! I’m over him now, but back then….just looking at him made my day. I loved the series so much that I jumped at the chance to be an extra in one of the episodes. That’s right. I was on set for about 12 hours, mostly doing nothing – but I was there. It’s too bad I have no idea what season or episode it was. Ha! Ah well.

In the movie, I loved that every Sunday the family got together and had a big meal that everyone would enjoy. It was a time to catch up, work out issues, and share joys. You see, I believe I loved it because the values portrayed in the movie were similar to mine. The focus, aside from all the drama and family bickering, was always on family and bringing them back together after tremendous turmoil. Family first. I love a good drama. If you haven’t seen Soul Food (1997), it’s definitely an oldie but goodie.

It’s too  bad that the idea of Soul Food generally means something deep fried, sugar filled or unhealthy but incredibly tasty. Today I’m sharing a recipe that is a cleaner version of a Soul Food dessert. I wanted to try it because 1. I have never made a cobbler before and 2. I’m coming off a juice fast and I need a sweet treat that won’t throw me off my goal. I love that there are fruits and that the cake is made with spelt flour. Totally my kind of dessert!

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Peach and Berry Cobbler

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 6

This recipe was adapted from recipe "Peach & Blackberry Cobbler" found in The Best of Clean Eating

Ingredients

  • For the fruit layer:
  • Cooking Spray
  • 4 Peaches
  • 1 Cup Blueberries.
  • 1 Cup Strawberries, hulled and diced
  • 2 Tbsp light Agave
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Ginger
  • Top layer
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Light Agave Nectar
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Tsp Pure Almond Extract
  • A sqirt of lemon juice - about 2 tsp
  • 1 Cup Spelt Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Rolled Oats (not the instant oats)
  • 1 Tbsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp Fine Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Coat a medium sized heat proof dish with cooking spray (at least 1.5 inches deep)
  3. Prepare the fruits: Peel and cut peaches into slices about quarter inch thick. Place in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add blueberries and strawberries. Toss with flour, agave, lemon juice and ginger. Toss to make sure everything is combined well. Set aside.
  4. Top layer: In another bowl, Whisk melted coconut oil, agave, and almond milk. Set aside
  5. Blend the spelt flour with the oats in a food processor. Transfer to another bowl and then add baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Whisk to combine.
  6. Gradually transfer the almond milk mixture into the flour mixture. Stir/whisk to combine. This will yield a thick batter.
  7. Using a large spoon, drop the batter randomly over the fruit mixture.
  8. Place dish over a lined rimmed cookie sheet
  9. Bake for 50-55 minutes, rotating half way through
  10. Serve warm with ice cream
http://lovelypantry.com/2013/04/peach-and-berry-cobbler-for-a-movie-inspired-sundaysupper/

 

 

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Here are the links to some wonderful recipes. Check them out!

Toast (bready things)

No Reservations (soups and salads)

Today’s Special (fish, chicken, beef, and pork)

Forks Over Knives (veggie-heavy dishes and sides)

Udon (pasta and noodles)

Just Desserts (sweet treats)

Bottle Shock (beverages)

 

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Strawberries and Cream Popsicles, Guest Post by Chung-Ah of Damn Delicious

Jul 17, 2012 by

Today’s post is by the lovely Chung-Ah from Damn Delicious. Chung-Ah’s recipe’s often remind me of my own or something that I’d eat in a heartbeat. We pretty much like the same food. I’ve said to her a few times that we could be cook-sisters. You know, those friends who you don’t mind sharing a kitchen with? Yep, that’s her. We are a part of some really cool movements like #SundaySupper and #MuffinMonday. Such a sweet brilliant soul. I was so happy when Chung-Ah agreed with such fiery spirit to guest post for me. Take a moment and visit her blog. I guarantee that you’ll love it. Her photography is beautiful too!

Check out some of Chung-Ah’s awesome recipes! A few of my favourites are Strawberry Espresso Chocolate Chip MuffinsPancetta Fried Rice and Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo (Keeping this recipe close) 

Thank you, Chung-Ah for guest posting today while I spend some quality time with my family in Jamaica. I appreciate you!!

Please enjoy today’s post by Chung-Ah: Strawberries and Cream Popsicles

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Lyn is off in Jamaica and even though I wanted to sneak into her suitcase and tag along, that didn’t quite happen as I had imagined. So here I am to provide you with a refreshing dessert option, or breakfast option for some.

Now for those of you who don’t know me, I’m Chung-Ah of Damn Delicious. I’m a recent public health graduate and I love spending time in my closet-sized kitchen, whipping up quick and easy homemade meals using fresh ingredients. With my love for food, I created a food blog over a year ago which in turn led me to meet so many wonderful foodies like Lyn. I’m definitely a big fan of hers, to say the least, and I am incredibly honored to be guest posting for her. She has the most wonderful recipes, and she never ceases to amaze me with her Jamaican favorites. I mean have you seen her Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding? I could seriously gobble that up for breakfast every morning!

Anyway, before I spend the whole day talking on and on about how I adore Lyn and how I need to try every single one of her recipes, we should get down to business and talk about these popsicles.

So I bought these cute popsicle molds from Crate & Barrel a while back and even though I had like 10 popsicle recipes lined up, these molds just sat in their box, unopened, for several weeks. I don’t know why but I have this tendency to leave brand new kitchen products in their original packaging for an indefinite amount of time. I did that with my Le Creuset dutch oven and I did it again with my KitchenAid mixer. I think that sat on the couch for like a month.

It’s a sickness really. Maybe I should see someone about that.

Anyway, when I finally managed to get the molds out of their box, I inaugurated them with this awesome strawberries and cream recipe I found over at My Baking Addiction. It’s seriously one of the easiest things to make, and the only hard part is pouring the mixture into the molds without making a mess on your kitchen counter.

Yeah, like I said, super easy.

 

Strawberries and Cream Popsicles – Damn Delicious, Chung-Ah Rhee

 

Strawberries and Cream Popsicles, Guest Post by Chung-Ah of Damn Delicious
Recipe Type: Treat, Dessert
Author: Chung-Ah, adapted from My Baking Addiction
Prep time: 20 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 6
Super easy summer popsicle, using fresh strawberries and greek yogurt
Ingredients
  • 1 cup strawberries, pureed
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 (5.3-ounce) container Greek yogurt
  • 4 teaspoons agave
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup diced strawberries
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the strawberry puree, milk, yogurt, agave and vanilla.
  2. Stir in the diced strawberries.
  3. Scoop the mixture evenly into the popsicle molds.
  4. Place into freezer and freeze until hard, at least 4 hours.
  5. Remove from freezer and run the mold under warm water to loosen popsicle, about 20 seconds.
  6. Serve immediately.
Notes

Strawberries and Cream Popsicles (adapted from My Baking Addiction)
Yields 6 popsicles

 

Strawberries and Cream Popsicles – Damn Delicious, Chung-Ah Rhee

 

Strawberries and Cream Popsicles – Damn Delicious, Chung-Ah Rhee

Strawberries and Cream Popsicles – Damn Delicious, Chung-Ah Rhee

 

Strawberries and Cream Popsicles – Damn Delicious, Chung-Ah Rhee

 

If you don’t have a popsicle mold, you should totally get one. The popsicle recipe options are endless, and you get to use up such fresh ingredients that bring natural sweetness to these babies, unlike the sugar-loaded store-bought ones. Plus, it’s a sure way to cool off on these hot summer days!

 

 

 

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Banana Berry Smoothie

Feb 23, 2012 by

I haven’t posted a smoothie to The Lovely Pantry in a while. My first (and only) smoothie post thus far was the Banana Nutmeg Smoothie. I think its safe to say that every smoothie that I make will have a banana in it. Everything else is purely optional. For  the past week, I’ve been eating soft foods and so smoothies almost became mandatory – which is great. I’ve been whipping up smoothies for me and the kids, and even allowing them to choose some of the ingredients. Great!

 

Banana Berry Smoothie

 

I generally keep smoothies pretty simple. Occasionally, I’ll add vegetables or a flavoured protein powder (if I’m making just for me).

 

Banana Berry Smoothie
Recipe Type: Smoothie
Author: Lyn of The Lovely Pantry
Prep time: 10 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Serves: 2
A quick fix smoothie
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 Cup Baby Spinach
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Berries (of more if you like)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender
  2. Strain into serving cups (optional)

 

Banana, Berries, Spinach, Almond Milk

 

Frozen berries are always in my freezer specifically for smoothies. That way I have them on hand throughout the year and also I don’t have to add ice. I’ll use frozen bananas too if I don’t have fresh on hand. Whatever works, right?

 

 

My cousin told me that she adds spinach to her smoothies. I’ve been putting it in my smoothies ever since. You don’t even know it’s there. But I let my son put it in the blender so that he knows there is goodness his smoothie.

 

Spinach - the ingredient you don't realize is even there...

 

 

 

Into the blender they go

 

And here you have a healthy and refreshing breakfast drink!

 

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Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Take good care of yourselves :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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