our favourite summer dinner

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A few weeks ago, we celebrated my mom-in-law’s birthday, and I had NO time to focus on menu planning. Thank gosh for my hubs who came up with the most brilliant idea: Greek barbecue! Ok, so not sure that’s actually a ‘thing’ or that this meal is really all that Greek, but we had pita and tzatziki, so it kind of was, yes?

This is seriously one of the most tasty and easy meals to make and we officially decided it would be our go-to for entertaining. It’s as simple as getting some veggies (peppers, zucchini, red onion – toss in olive oil and a generous amount of salt and pepper before you poke ‘em), and some meat (we chose chicken thighs because they aren’t only tastier, but more affordable than breasts). We marinated our meat in piri-piri sauce from Nando’s… do they have Nando’s in the US? Such an easy cheat. Pile everything onto your soaked skewers and you are ready to bbq!

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Grab your olive oil brushed pita, and warm them on the grill, get your homemade tzatziki ready, and some feta! I would love to nix the meat next time, and add pineapple to these skewers. I like to wrap everything in the pita, but you can eat them separately, too. I see it all as a form of self expression, really.

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And we must take a moment of silence for this cake. It’s a Lemon Meringue Cake from Sweet Bake Shop. A new fam fave (like, literally, the fam goes crazy for it). Isn’t it gorgeous?

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quick and easy tzatziki

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We recently celebrated my mom-in-law’s birthday, and we were hosting. I’ve been busier than ever (you’re like, “I know, you hardly even blog anymore”… I’m sorry!), so fitting in the time to meal plan, shop, prepare and cook was an overwhelming thought. Husband to the rescue! he came up with the most amazing greek menu that was super easy to execute.

He made this ultimate easy tzatziki for our Greek feast that I just had to share with you – it was tasty, cooling and just perfection! I’ll share the rest of the meal with you next week!

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GREEK TZATZIKI (serves 6)

  • ½ a large cucumber, unpeeled
  • 1½ cups plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
  • juice of one lemon
  1. Grate the cucumber and drain with a papertowl (squeeze the cucumber with a paper towel until all the water is removed – hey, keep that cucumber juice and add it to your water later…. his reco!)
  2. Combine the yogurt, garlic, oil, lemon, and salt in a large bowl. Leaving it in the fridge overnight helps the flavours combine, but it’s fine if you don’t have time.

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  3. Transfer the grated cucumber and fresh dill to the yogurt mixture and stir to combine. Garnish with paprika and a few olives if you’re fancy like us.   Serve chilled with warm pita bread for dipping.

an urban picnic on robson street

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I seriously LOVE entertaining. as I move through life, I’ve learned that it’s also something that I do quite well! I’ve found so much joy in my home, decorating, and feeding loved ones! I’ve worked with Robson Street before, and when they asked me to host an intimate media lunch to promote their Pop-Up Picnic area, I was so excited!

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For bigger projects with plenty of lead time, I’ll usually start a secret pinboard to hold inspiration… I find this useful to really see what i’m attracted to, and I let this guide me. I never copy anything I see – I want everything I do to be authentic to my taste. For this project, I only had 10 days to pull it together, so I simply used the idea of an urban picnic, and went from there. I knew I had a space (in this case, a small patio area right on Robson and Thurlow), tables, chairs, and a takeout menu (the meals had to be chosen from the restaurants on Robson Street since this event was to promote the picnic area space that is ‘popped up’ for the summer, only).

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Working with that, I had a small budget to pull together other elements like the linens from Taffete Designs, napkins, cutlery, drinks, flowers and extras. I always like to create unique elements, so I used my own personal vases, cake stands, straws, mason jars, and made special placecards out of custom hasthtag macarons from Sweet Bake Shop.

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A little goodie bag full of Karameller Candy (in red and white, of course!) was the perfect take away. While I wanted the picnic to feel elevated, I wanted to stay true to the rustic ‘picnic’ feel, and added some watermelon, a vintage picnic basket (from Whiskey and Cake Home) and garden flowers from Flower Factory. When hosting, I always consider the comfort of my guests so I wanted to make them feel special, and give them plenty of opportunity for a great time, conversation with friends, and of course, the perfect photo opp! It was such a fun day – cannot wait until next time!

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summer entertaining ideas

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Summer is by far my favourite time to have guests over, because we can take the party outside! Our new place has a patio, and the first thing I did was buy a BBQ for it! We’re still getting the hang of it, but we’ve been grilling a lot lately. We’re really loving having our friends over, and I adore having an excuse to host! It doesn’t need to be complex at all – fresh flavours, lighter foods, fruit and of course, rosé, are always my go-to dishes! Summer entertaining ideas are below.

Watermelon, bocconcini on skewers – sprinkle with cilantro, and it’s such a refreshing appy.

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The easiest dinner for us or for guests? Chicken, vegetables, and potatoes on the BBQ! Could NOT be easier or tastier.

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Pavlova is by far my fave summer dessert – SO easy and seasonal. I shared my “recipe”, here.

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Hosting meetings and photo collaborations with a few nibbles ! My easy go-to is a stop at Whole Foods for fruit and some sort of baked good. A fresh press juice is always a nice little addition!

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Yes way, Rosé! What’s a summer patio moment without a pretty and crisp glass of rosé?

the perfect summer salad

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watermelon is very popular around here! if i see hubs eating it, i’m instantly possessive. this summer salad is my fave quick little taste of summer that i whip up in a jif – the perfect snack, side dish, or even, dessert. how many salads can you say that about?

this watermelon salad is a combination of only a few ingredients: watermelon, bocconcini, mint and a drizzle of balsamic crema. the flavours, textures and colours are beyond pleasing. you could easily use cilantro in place of mint, and feta as your cheese. grab a bowl, and feast away – it’s the best.