We are emerging from another heatwave here in Toronto. The humidity and 30°+ temperatures were kind enough to stick around long enough for me to shoot this Matcha Pistachio Icebox Cake. If you’re finding your life is a little too chill I highly recommend doing a photo shoot of an ice-cream-anything during a heatwave. It really elevates the heart rate. But if you’re making this icebox beauty for you and some pals, you’ll be fine even in 30°C weather because this cake is surprisingly simple to make. All you need is a couple of pints of ice cream, a batch of homemade cookies, and a little patience. There are quite a few chilling interludes in this recipe. So let’s dive right in!
Several posts back, I mentioned that my dessert tastes are fairly pedestrian. Peanut butter and chocolate, caramel, gummy bears, nothing interesting and certainly nothing challenging. What can I say? I’m basic. I know many of my posts would suggest a more sophisticated sweet tooth. But the truth is my ideal dessert is a gooey brownie with a scoop of ice cream on top. Is it simple and, well, kind of dull? Yes. Do I ever not want one? Hasn’t happened yet. Today’s Triple Strawberry Sundae is basically the summer version of a warm brownie sundae. It features a slice of fresh strawberry cake, topped with a scoop of Roasted Strawberry Ripple Ice Cream and finished with a spoonful of macerated strawberries. Yeah, you could say this dish is a little over-the-top.
Well, I’m very excited to share these Cucumber Lime Frozen Margaritas with you today. Why? Because the frozen margarita is my guilty pleasure cocktail. I don’t particularly care for the phrase “guilty pleasure” in all honesty. I don’t feel remotely guilty for loving these grown-up slushies. But it’s true, I do feel less sophisticated when I order a frozen margarita over say, an Old Fashioned or even a traditional shaken margarita. But no perceived cocktail faux pas will keep me from ordering the drink I want. The heart wants what it wants, and today my heart wants these Cucumber Lime Frozen Margaritas.
This past couple of weeks, I’ve been living out my summer bucket list. There have been lakeside runs, cookouts, and rounds of patio drinks. And, of course, there’s been a grunt. I simply cannot let a berry season pass without making a grunt of some stripe. But I may be getting ahead of myself because chances are the name “grunt” in the context of dessert is not familiar to you. And that’s not something you should feel the least bit bad about. If you grew up outside of the East Coast of Canada, you’re not liable to know this dish. So allow me to introduce you to my home province’s answer to the common cobbler – Blueberry Grunt.