I love summer, not only for the warm days but also for the delicious fruits available! In May Dave and I became members of the Tofino Ucluelet Culinary Guild here on the west coast. What this means is we get delicious farm to table boxes once a week. We found last summer living in Ucluelet the produce wasn't the most fresh. My dad's family were farmers and he takes his garden very seriously. In the summer months he prides himself on not having to go to the grocery store for produce because he grows it all right there in his backyard. I think this has really rubbed off on me and makes me really appreciate organically grown produce. Since we started getting our boxes and orders from TUCG, I have found myself so excited for cooking. Each week is a mystery of what will arrive in our box and each week I figure out new ways to incorporate the vegetables and fruit into our meals.
Since I started this blog over a year ago I love trying out new recipes to bake and cook. Baking has been a hobby of mine for so long, however, I always stuck to the family recipes and the true basics, which are always good don't get me wrong. Since I started watching the Great British Bake Off last year I have become more experimental in the kitchen. Adding different flavours and trying out new and difficult recipes. This past weekend I made French macarons for the first time! I had seem them baked so many times on the baking shows I love I decided I had to try it for myself. It was so fun learning how to make something new! They turned out great and I can't wait to share them with you here on the blog. I also can't wait to keep making them and to experiment with different flavours and colours and perfect them! But for now I'll share this recipe with you from a favourite blog of mine: A Cozy Kitchen.
Recipe (A Cozy Kitchen):
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1/4 cup cornmeal
- 2 tbsp poppy seeds
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter (at room temp.)
- 1 cup sugar (plus more for sprinkling)
- 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
- 1 1/2 tsp orange zest
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl mix together dry ingredients.
- In stand up mixer cream butter, sugar and zests together until well combined. Add in oil, egg and lemon juice. Continue mixing until all combined.
- Add dry ingredients to creamed ingredients until combined.
- Scoop out the dough onto prepared baking sheet. Roll or lightly sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake for 12-13 minutes.
- Let cool and enjoy the chewiness of these citrus flavoured cookies!
These cookies had such a different flavour and texture they will be a fast favourite of yours. Bring them to your next bbq and surprise everyone with their delicious taste!