Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Round-Up of Lenten Recipes to Try

Here are a few recipes I've collected that I'd like to try this upcoming Dormition Lent or sometime soon:

Savory - 
Georgian Bean Salad
Grilled Cilantro Lime Sweet Potatoes

Desserts -
Whipped Coconut Cream Berry Parfait
Cocoa Coconut Truffles
Lemon Coconut Macaroons
Chocolate Truffles
Nanaimo Bars

Have any of you tried any of these?  Do you have your own new recipes you're planning to try?  I especially would like to try more salad recipes.  Do you have any favorites?

Here's some stuff we've been up to lately....

We went on a road trip which included a wedding in Massachusetts (above) and Liza meeting her Great Grandpa (below)!


Liza is playing with some friends at Beryozky - a Russian cottage community not far from Toronto (above).

And Liza turns one!  This past Thursday was her birthday.  We had a cheese cake (recipe below) on her birthday with fresh blueberries (some pureed, some whole) atop.  On the Saturday after her birthday we had a party at our house with some friends.  It was a beautiful day so the party was in the backyard.  The kids decorated crowns for fun as you can see they are wearing while they swing!

Easy Cheesecake

Here is the recipe for the cheesecake I made on Liza's birthday after looking at a few.  I decided to go with the simplest method and didn't even make a crust.

2 x 400 g. cream cheese (from Costco)
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

Cream the cream cheese and sugar.  Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until just combined.  Cover the outside of a springform pan with foil and place in a roaster pan.  Pour the batter into the springform pan.  Pour boiling water (boiled in a kettle) into the roaster pan.  Bake at 275° for about 50 minutes.