A Summer Side…

Tomatoes, basil and fresh corn, three of my favorites! So when I came across this Caprese salad recipe I had to make it. We are the supposed ‘corn capital’ here in our area. I don’t know what area we span, BC, Canada, North America! But we do take pride in our local corn. Personally my favourite is the Super Sweet variety sold at the Sparke’s Corn barns. You can find a “Chilliwack Corn Stand” at every corner from July-September here, so one does not have to go far for the sweet ingredient in this salad!

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INGREDIENTS

½ teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
4 medium size ears fresh corn , husked and silk removed
3 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved, (I use multi coloured)
2 medium tomatoes, preferably heirloom, halved and sliced in to ¼ inch slices
3 ounces fresh mozzarella, diced into ¼ inch cubes or 3 ounces of Fresh Mozzarella Pearls
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 medium clove garlic, finely minced
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup small fresh basil leaves, if you don’t have small leaves, roughly chop enough larger leaves to equal ¼ cup
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves*** (optional)

Boil the ears of corn for 2-3 minutes, remove from water and cool.
When corn is cool enough to handle, cut kernels from cobs. Discard cobs.
Combine tomatoes, corn and fresh mozzarella in a medium size bowl.
For the dressing combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl and whisk well.
Add 2-3 tablespoons dressing to tomato/corn mixture and stir gently to combine. Taste and add more dressing and additional kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, if needed

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Connected….

When you say the word connected, what comes to mind…. I looked up in the dictionary the word connected, and this is what I found :

connected
[kuh-nek-tid] Spell Syllables
Synonyms Examples Word Origin
adjective
1. united, joined, or linked.
2. having a connection.
3. joined together in sequence; linked coherently:
connected ideas.
4. related by family ties.
5. having social or professional relationships, especially with influential or powerful persons.
6. Mathematics. pertaining to a set for which no cover exists, consisting of two open sets whose intersections with the given set are disjoint and nonempty.

This past year I had a friend move away. Our girls grew up together playing sports, attending school together, going to Sparks and Brownies, and we became friends. Life was just so busy, I use as a poor excuse, to give 100% to this friendship. Since her move, we have communicated so much more, emailed, Instagrammed and texted. I ask myself, WHY, why did I not put more in to this friendship when she was here. I feel this connection to her, our values, what makes our hearts smile, loving the simple things in life, such as a vine growing up a building or a piece of driftwood! I do miss her, but am so happy for her and this journey she is on with her family.

I would like to share with you some of the ‘simply happy’ ‘make me heart smile’ things she has shared with me!

I think partly too I love that she is also a foodie !!!

Her recipe for Pesto looks amazing and I cannot wait to make it, I may this weekend!!! I would like to share it with you all :

pesto

2 cups basil leaves
1/4 cup pine nuts ( taste 1st as they may be off )
1/4 cup olive oil – good stuff
2 garlic cloves
1/4 tsp salt ( I use Maldon )
1/4 tsp ground pepper
Only add Parmesan when using in recipe.

Place in glass jars. Leave enough room to add 1/4 ” olive oil on top to prevent oxidation.
Always keep topped with oil before putting back in fridge.

You can also freeze in ice cube trays.
This recipe makes 1 full tray.
Then place a few cubes in small zip lock bags.
Again do not add Parmesan until you use the pesto.

She also recommended this amazing show on PBS called A Chef’s Life. I am absolutely in love with this show, here is the link.

Keeping it short and sweet, but life is short, let the ones know who are loved by you!!!!