Well I do hope that everyone is enjoying these long and lovely summer days.
I know my summers here in Canada are spent very differently than they were back across the water, for one you could never depend on the weather! So this sunshine and heat is something I never take for granted!
Back home, many a planned picnic had to be called off, or you ended up bbq’ing in the lashing rain holding an umbrella in one hand while trying to manoeuvre turning the sausages on the grill with the other. Mind you these days made for some of the best memories!
Speaking of sausages! I think one of the best things about summer time is the food!
So far this summer I have been enjoying preparing lots of picnics!
The sausage rolls and pork pies procured right here from our own shop have been a big hit! Paired with some cheese and crackers, pickled onions and chutney, it all makes for a divine feast! (and whatever you do, don’t forget the crisps)!
Don’t forget the desserts too… Is there anything better than a Trifle or Eton mess on a summers evening?
Speaking of which, here is my favourite recipe for Eton mess, courtesy of
This one is so easy, and very pleasing to the eye and tummy!
- 2 large egg whites
- 120g caster sugar
- 500g strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped
- 450ml double cream
- 1 tbsp icing sugar
- Heat oven to 120C/100C fan/gas 1 and line a large baking tray with parchment paper. Whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl using an electric whisk or tabletop mixer until they reach stiff peaks, then add the sugar in 3 lots, re-whisking to stiff peaks every time. Spoon dollops of the mixture onto the baking parchment, cook on the bottom shelf of the oven for 1hr – 1hr15 mins until the meringues are completely hard and come off the paper easily. Leave to cool.
- Blitz 1/3 of the strawberries to make a strawberry sauce. In a large bowl whisk the cream with the icing sugar until it just holds its shape. Roughly crush ¾ of the meringues and tip them in with the chopped strawberries and stir, then swirl through the strawberry sauce. Dollop into bowls then crush the remaining meringues, sprinkling the pieces over the top.
- You can save time and make this a “no-bake” by buying ready made meringues – available in store!
Another lovely summer dessert that I mentioned above is trifle, make this one easily too by picking up this Birds Trifle Kit, and take it up a notch by adding your own favourite fresh fruit! Delish
Get your trifle right here!
Of course, we can’t talk about summer treats without a nod to the legendary 99 Ice cream! Thank goodness the humble Cadbury Flake is always close by here at the store so that I can make my own! (I get the soft serve ice cream from McDonalds for this one😃)
Now, after all of that yumminess it’s time to take it outside for some summer fun…. Think tennis, à la Wimbledon!
Remember how watching those matches made you want to throw on some Tennis gear and head outside, feeling like McEnroe? Well, I’m sure i’m not the only one that when stuck for an opponent ended up playing with the house walls (or sometimes the window, oops, sorry mum
.. ) 😁
A trip to the beach was always tricky to plan, packing swimsuits and rain jackets, but it was still so much fun..a visit to the arcade and a dinner of fish and chips on the way home rounded out the day perfectly! ..
Now we have all of the beautiful lakes and oceans and mostly guaranteed sunny summer days that Canada has to offer, whether you are into boating, water sports or just, like me, sitting by the water on a sunny day, soaking in the rays while reading a favourite book, all of us here at the Wandering Scott wish you the happiest of long, lovely summer days ❤️