It’s nearing the end of my five day vacation and today (day 4) I finally got to soak in a bit of sunshine. I seriously think I’m cursed sometimes as days 1, 2 and 3 were all overcast and rainy. Oh well, I have one more break in August so *hopefully* I’ll be enjoying sunny bliss then. Anyways, Happy Birthday Canada! The big 1-4-1! Awz, you’re growing up so fast.
How did I celebrate? By eating of course! The other day my mom and I spied a roadside fruit stand (definitely one of my favourite sights of summer) and purchased a flat of strawberries. That’s a lot of strawberries. I think after this weekend I’m all strawberried out. We ended up freezing a lot of them (yay smoothies!) and today I used them in a special Canada Day Dessert. But first, here’s what I made from breakfast this morning:
Waffles! I used the recipe I always use and as usual they went over very well with my family.
I wasn’t sure what to make for dessert. I was playing with the idea of baking a cake but then after the arrival of the flat of strawberries I knew exactly what to make. It has been a tradition to have Strawberry Shortcake on Canada Day in my family for as long as I can remember. I’m not sure why, could it be that the red and white colouring is a demonstration of national pride? Or is it that strawberries are always conveinently in season and my family just really really loves these sweet little berries? It’s probably the latter but whatever the reason, I made Strawberry Shortcake today.
This turned out to be one of my most proudest accomplishments in the kitchen. The one you see in the photo above wasn’t the most prettiest one (I always serve everyone else first then I photograph mine and it takes awhile sometimes so the whipped topping got a little melty) so this probably just sounds silly but whatever I’m damn proud of the presentation of this dessert. So how did I do it? First I baked up my favourite biscuit recipe (make these biscuits, you will thank me), mashed up 2 pints (maybe pints? you know, the little baskets) of berries with a little bit of sugar and made a coconut cream whipped topping (chill a can of coconut, scoop off the cream that formed at the top then whip it with a couple tablespoons of icing sugar). Then to put it all together, I just split a biscuit, scooped some of the strawberry mixture over one half then some of the whipped topping, place the other half over it all (strawberry sandwich!), spoon more strawberry filling on top, then whipped topping and finish with a single whole strawberry on top. There, a simple yet totally fancy dessert fit for only the most awesome country in the world (ha! just kidding. kinda).