Sisters always have the best ideas, even the ones we call sisters but don't share DNA with. I cannot count the number of adventures or delicious kitchen experiments that were prompted by a member of my extended tribe of sisters. I count myself as very lucky to share my life with my mom and three sisters, all of whom enjoy good food and drink. One of them brought some rhubarb syrup to my mom's 87th birthday party the other day and we quickly got to talking about how great it would be in an "adult beverage." This spritzer is simply delightful, much like my sisters. Package up the rhubarb syrup with a bottle of wine and one of soda water and you've got the ultimate hostess gift!
To make one spritzer
To make the syrup, put the rhubarb, sugar and water in a medium pot. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook for 3 minutes.
Let mixture cool for 10 minutes then strain into a clean glass jar or jug. Refrigerate until ready to make drinks.
To make the spritzer, put rhubarb syrup in a wine glass, followed by wine and ice. Top with soda water and serve.
Note: The syrup recipe makes one cup. Extra syrup can be refrigerated for a week or frozen for up to 6 months.
I don't know about your family, but I honestly think mine is addicted to cheese. From chili mac 'n cheese to grilled cheese to cheesy pasta pie, they just can't get enough of the stuff. This recipe was created for a a hangry kid one day, and it's quickly become one of our favourite snacks. We like to dunk them in pizza sauce, but they would be great with salsa too.
Cut mozza into 1 x 1 x 1/2 inch cubes
Put flour in a small, shallow bowl; blend in oregano.
Put egg in a bowl, put panko in a third bowl.
Roll mozza cubes one at a time in flour, then egg, then panko, making sure they are thoroughly coated with breadcrumbs. Place on a plate while you finish preparing the rest of the cheese cubes.
Preheat waffle maker.
Grease waffle plates lightly with canola oil.
Add one coated cheese cube per compartment of your waffle maker.
Cook 3 minutes, until bread crumb coating is golden brown and cheese has melted. If the bread crumb coating sticks to the top plate, just pry it off and stick it back on the cheese – it will adhere perfectly.
Let sit for 2 minutes before eating; serve with pizza sauce for dipping.
Makes 8 mozzarella poppers.
Summertime opens up a whole world of cocktail possibilities and I like to shake things up (pun intended) each year with a few new creations. I’ll be kicking off my backyard parties in style with these delightful warm-weather drinks, which you can make ahead and store in the freezer so they’re ready to serve whenever you feel a fiesta coming on! Use whatever herbs you like to add a delicate pop of flavour to your drinks – I’ve tried basil, mint, rosemary and cilantro and they’ve all been delicious. The taste testing was arduous (ok, not really). The best part? If anyone asks what you're having for dinner, you can say salad. Herbs and cucumber are salad, right?? Cheers to summer!