Kale Pesto

Our garden kale is growing really well. Luckily it has escaped the notice of the wascilly wabbit visiting us at night (sadly, our carrots did not fare so well). I saw a recipe for kale pesto and decided to try it. I usually do not like pesto because I do not like strong basil flavour and pine nuts make my mouth feel weird (it’s a condition called ‘pine nut syndrome’, seriously). Anyways, I don’t like pesto, but Kurt really does so I thought I would try this.

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It was super easy to put together, you just put kale, toasted walnuts, lemon juice, parmesan, salt, garlic and olive oil in the food processor and buzz it all together. It took me maybe 10 minutes, and that includes toasting the walnuts and washing the kale. I just cooked some pasta the put it over and baked some sweet potatoes for a simple, healthy meal.

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As for how it tastes, well it is fairly strong. If you don’t like kale very much you might try doing half kale and half spinach, or basil. We like kale (or at least have grown used to it) and so we enjoyed it. It’s a super quick and really healthy thing to make in a hurry, plus the left over pesto can be used for a bunch of things. Be creative.

Give it a try, you might like it!

Weekend Stuff

Despite a week of steady rain and cloudy skies the weekend actually turned out quite well. We spent a lot of time outside and did some fun stuff.

We spend Saturday on Toronto Island with a family friend. We’ve never been there before, but it is a really nice spot. You take a 10 minute ferry right from the heart of Toronto and you end up on a beautiful island with parks, trees, beaches and gardens. It’s a place where you can pretend you’ve gone on vacation without really going anywhere.

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Sunday was spent with family. We went to a local event called Ribfest. It is put on by the Rotary Club and it seems to be getting to be a really big event. We went on rides, and ate ribs. It was a deliciously fun time!
We also ate the last of last summer’s cottage caught fish on Friday.

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This is a sure sign that it’s time to get back to the cottage! How many days left of school again?

P.S. I’m still getting the hang of taking pictures on my phone, hence the crooked pictures!

Baked Wonton Taquitos

Finally, I have a recipe for you. This is the first new thing I’ve made since the weather got nice. I just don’t feel like cooking when it’s warm out. I guess that’s why people have bbq’s. Anyways here it is.

Take beans (whatever kind you want, but I used Romano, also I used dried, but it was about a can’s worth), if using dried they should be soaked overnight then simmered until soft. Put the beans in a food processor. Dice an onion and a clove of garlic, sauté them until they smell good then add some chopped tomato, salsa and hot sauce. Cook on low for about 5 more minutes. Then throw this in the food processor too. Whiz it all up until it is a paste. If it is dry looking you can add water or more salsa.

Take wonton wrappers and spread the paste all across each one, then sprinkle grated cheese on top (we used cheddar and mozzarella, but use whatever you want). Roll them up into a long cylinder. Spray a cookie sheet with oil, then lay down the taquitos, giving them a little space, but not too much. Spray the tops with oil. Bake at 450 for about 10-15 minutes. The cheese will come out the ends a little bit, but it is delicious so don’t worry.

Let them cool a bit, then serve with sauces of your choice (might I suggest guacamole and sour cream).

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The Great Canadian Cheese Festival

On Saturday we travelled a little over an hour East to Picton to attend the Great Canadian Cheese Festival. It was our first time attending, but it probably will be something we will attend again. There were over 200 vendors, selling mainly cheese, wine and preserves. I think I ate about 20 pounds of cheese. Or at least it felt like it by the afternoon. We actually didn’t even buy any cheese to take home because we didn’t want to carry it around in the heat (it was sooooo hot) all day so we planned to buy before leaving, but I was so cheesed out that I really didn’t want to buy anything and the one Kurt wanted to buy was sold out.

My favorite was probably the varieties of sheep’s cheese from Best Baa Dairy. I also enjoyed the Belgian Chocolate Brownie I bought to take home from Yummy Cookies.

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I also got to milk this plastic cow, so that was cool.

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All in all it was a fun day out. Next year we might attend some of the lectures, hopefully they aren’t so expensive!
It’s nice that we live in a region that celebrates the food it produces through unique and enjoyable events such as these!