Red for Canada Day

Canada Day is Friday so celebrate the season with the freshest strawberries and tomatoes.  In this menu you will make Burgers of your Choice or try a Turkey Burger, a Fresh Tomato Cucumber Salad and some Berry Shortcake for dessert.  These are great recipes to get your kids helping in the kitchen. To see instructions for kids and a grocery list click the yellow button “create a kitchen club with this meal.”

Fresh Tomato and Cucumber Salad
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Want to get your kids to eat salad? This recipe is a great start.
Fresh Tomato and Cucumber Salad
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Want to get your kids to eat salad? This recipe is a great start.
Ingredients
Salad Ingredients:
Dressing Ingredients:
Instructions
  1. Quarter the cucumber lengthwise and then cut into slices. Cut tomatoes in half. With kitchen shears cut the green onion, mint and basil into thin slices.
  2. Whisk together the vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper in a medium or large salad bowl.
  3. Top with remaining ingredients and refrigerate until ready to serve. Before serving give the salad a toss.
Recipe Notes

Preparation:  Host can wash and set out mint and basil to dry on paper towels.  Mint, basil and green onions can be thinly sliced using kitchen shears or herb scissors.  Chefs can use their serving bowls for mixing dressing for easy clean-up.  Set up 4 stations and guests can move around to each station with 3 prep bowls at the vegetable stations.

  1. cucumbers - cutting board and crinkle cutter or paring knife - guests should wash cucumber first.
  2. tomatoes  - cutting board, small serrated knife - need to wash tomatoes first and can cut using the bridge method.
  3. green onions, mint and basil - slice with clean kitchen scissors.
  4. prepare dressing in serving bowl.
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Berry Shortcake
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Each recipe make 8 shortcakes. It is easy to make these ahead of time and even freeze them. Double the recipe if you are feeding more than 8. Try it with strawberries now and in August with peaches.
Berry Shortcake
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Each recipe make 8 shortcakes. It is easy to make these ahead of time and even freeze them. Double the recipe if you are feeding more than 8. Try it with strawberries now and in August with peaches.
Ingredients
Toppings:
Shortcakes:
Instructions
  1. Put the butter in the freezer for approximately 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Wash and dry berries. Cut strawberries into quarters or smaller depending on the size. Zest and juice one lemon.
  3. In a bowl or container add sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Top with mixture of berries. Do not stir until approximately 1 hour or less before eating.
  4. In a large bowl mix together flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder, salt and lemon zest.
  5. With a cheese grater on large section grate very cold butter - for measuring you will need 85 g. Stir the butter into the flour mixture with a fork.
  6. In a small bowl whisk an egg. Add 1/2 cup cream and 2 tablespoons cold water and whisk again.
  7. Slowly add liquid to dry ingredients and mix with a fork. DO NOT OVERMIX.
  8. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and pat into a square about 2 cm thick.
  9. Cut out 8 rounds using a cookie cutter or glass approximately 6-7 cm across. All rounds should be the same size so they bake evenly.
  10. Place on parchment lined baking sheet. In a small bowl whisk together egg yolk and 1 tablespoon cream, using a pastry brush paint egg mixture over tops of shortcakes and sprinkle with white or coarse sugar.
  11. Bake in the centre of the oven until golden brown approximately 20-25 minutes and cool on wire racks.
  12. Whip cream with an electric mixer or by hand with a whisk - slowly adding icing sugar when soft peaks form continuing mixing until firm peaks form.
  13. To assemble, cut shortcakes in half through the middle using a bread knife. Divide among plates. Put berries on the bottom half, add a dollop of whipped cream and then top with the upper halves of the biscuits and serve.
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Sticky Tips

  • Extra shortcakes can be left at room temperature for 2 days or frozen for 1 month, thawed and then put in the oven or toaster for 5 minutes before serving. 

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