Summer Festivities: Recipe Roundup

Ok so I know we just had the June roundup yesterday, but with today being Canada Day and 4th of July on Friday, it seemed necessary to do another one based on recipes that are perfect for summer festivities.  Summer is definitely my favourite time of year, I have always dreamed about living in a place that gets sun and warmth all year round.  Luckily, Vancouver has surprisingly somewhat met this dream of mine this year.  Maybe not so warm, but our weather has been great. Exactly one year ago today I moved into a new apartment in a new city and just over a year ago I started a new job.  With all the changes that happened, I felt like I really didn’t get to enjoy summer 2013 as much as I could have.  So here is to making the most of the summer this year with some great recipes at your fingertips!

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Berry Pavlova

The great debate of Pavlova is over who invented the dish – Australia or New Zealand.  It is both countries national dish and the dessert is named after Anna Pavlova, a Russian Ballerina who toured both Australia and New Zealand.  While I don’t know the full extent of the story I was born in Australia and am therefore an Australian citizen so I’m sure you can guess who I’m siding with on this one.  Either way, wherever it came from it is certainly delicious.  The most difficult part of this dessert is the meringue, which if you have tried making on before you know can be very temperamental.  It actually took a few tries to get one that turned out but it was worth it in the end.  A light fluffy meringue topped with whipped cream and berries is a light, refreshing dessert for dinner parties.

 

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Meringues with Strawberry Compote

So I had a ton of egg whites from the Tequila Lime Ice Cream I made the other day. What to do with egg whites but make meringue of course!  I love the light fluffiness of meringues, especially when mixed with a tart strawberry compote.  Perfect light and fluffy dessert!  I was originally going to make pavlova but decided these are probably a bit more fool proof.  Plus it’s nice to not have to destroy your dessert when you go to serve it!  This always looks pretty 🙂
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