• Aug 29

    Food Friday: Tropsicles

    August 29, 2014 • 10:00 am

    It's ALMOST the end of summer, but luckily the heat is still going strong!!!! These Tropsicles are so so delicious and SO easy to make! Sooo creamy but still pretty good for you too!


    coconut yogurt (for bottom 1/4 of mold)
    half avocado
    1 banana 
    1cup of frozen pineapple 
    1 cup of coconut yogurt
    1 cup of coconut milk 


    1. Fill the bottom quarter of your popsicle molds with coconut yogurt. I use Island Farms but Oikos is good too! 

    2. In a mixer, blend the remaining ingredients, and pour over the coconut yogurt. Freeze and  enjoy!



    Have a great weekend loves!!!!!!



  • Aug 22

    Food Friday: Peach Smoothies

    August 22, 2014 • 10:00 am

    Well, I'm a little sad that cherry season is over....but I am ECSTATIC that Peach season is in full swing!!! BC Tree Fruits peaches are the JUICIEST peaches that will never disappoint!


    BC Tree Fruits Peaches, frozen

    1 banana, frozen

    Orange Juice

    Coconut Water

    Vanilla Yogurt

    Handful of almonds

    Handful of oats


    Blend all ingredients together until smooth, top with extra oats, and enjoy! Such a delicious, healthy way to enjoy delicious fruit!




    What other peach recipes have you tried??? Any peach recipe requests?! Have a fantastic weekend!!!!



  • Aug 15

    Food Friday: Angel Cakes

    August 15, 2014 • 10:00 am

    There is a good reason these pancakes are called 'Angel Cakes' around our family...they are soo fluffy and delicious! My Dietitian cousin Tori of Fraiche Nutrition makes these for every special breakfast we have, and they just get devoured!!!  You can substitute gluten-free flour for the regular flour in the recipe for anybody avoiding gluten (she uses Patricia Chuey's Gluten-Free Multipurpose Baking Blend). AND....today also just happens to be her wedding anniversary!!!! Congratulations on five beautiful years with your best friend!!!! Take it away, Tori!

    Thank you Jilly!!!! These pancakes were nicknamed Angel Cakes by a great family friend who fell in love with them when I made them while camping one morning.  He ate the WHOLE batch! This recipe was adapted from Fine Cooking.


    3 tbsp. melted butter

    2 c. flour

    ¼ c. sugar

    2 ½ tsp. baking powder

    ½ tsp. baking soda

    ½ tsp. salt

    2 ½  c. buttermilk

    2 large eggs

    1 tsp. vanilla


    1. Melt the butter in a saucepan or microwave and cool.

    2. In a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients.

    3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with a fork and add the buttermilk, vanilla and cooled melted butter.

    4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until mixed: do not over mix!  It will still look lumpy.

    5. Heat a griddle or pan with a small amount of vegetable oil on medium heat, pour into pancake shapes of your choice, and flip when the bubbles appear on the top and the bottom is golden brown.

    6. Enjoy with whatever you like to dress your pancakes with. 

    I hope you love them as much as Charlie does!!!! Have a great weekend!




  • Aug 08

    Food Friday: Cherry Scones

    August 8, 2014 • 10:00 am

    1/3 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
    1 egg
    1/2 to 3/4 cup milk
    2 cups flour
    4 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/4 cup sugar
    1 cup cherries
    3 drops almond extract


    1. Preheat oven to 450F
    2. Sift the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt together in a bowl
    3. Crack an egg in a glass measuring cup and mix with a fork
    4. Add milk to the glass measuring cup until the 3/4 cup mark. Add almond extract.
    5. Mix in the butter with the flour mixture using your hands until the butter is the size of peas. Keep the butter cold!
    6. Pour in the milk and egg mixture and stir with a fork just till it sticks together. Add in your cherries and add a bit more milk if it's still too powdery (do NOT over mix).
    7. Dump out onto a lightly floured counter, press together gently, and cut into around 6 pieces. Add sliced almonds to top them off. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake around 15 minutes till done!




  • Aug 01

    Food Friday: Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

    August 1, 2014 • 10:00 am

    My bestie and cousin, Tori, is a mom, dietician and a LOVER of good food!!! She has just started Fraiche Nutrition to share all of her amazing meal ideas and health tips with all of you!!! Today she's sharing her take on a turkey burger. You go, girl!!!

    Thanks Jilly!!!! These burgers are a lean take on a traditional burger, still packed with protein but a much fresher taste and without all of the saturated fat. A perfect impressive meal to prep ahead for a weeknight meal, and just in time for the long weekend!


    1 lb. of ground turkey or chicken

    The zest of one lemon

    1 clove crushed garlic

    1 tsp. dijon mustard

    1/2 cup chopped parsley

    2 tbsp. olive oil

    salt and pepper to taste

    tzatziki and parsley to garnish


    Mix all of the ingredients except the tzatziki and parsley for garnish together in a bowl (don't over mix). Form into patties and place covered in refrigerator.

    Place the burger on a hot grill and cook until done, about 3-4 minutes per side.

    Garnish with a dollop of tzatziki and some fresh chopped parsley and serve with your favourite salad. Voila!


    What recipe will you be trying this long weekend???? Have a great one, BC!!!
    - Tori


  • Jul 30

    BC Tree Fruits Packinghouse Tour

    July 30, 2014 • 10:00 am

    I think it's pretty obvious how much I genuinely LOOOOVE BC cherries! Pretty much my FAV summer fruit to use in all of my summer recipes! Earlier this month, I visited the BC Tree Fruits cherry packinghouse and orchard in Kelowna, and I couldn't believe how much time and effort is put into ensuring every cherry is absolutely perfect!!!!!! I thought I'd share what I learned, and walk you through this amazing experience! 

    Once the cherries are ripe enough to be picked off the trees, they are delivered to the packinghouse, and the cherries are immediately put through a hydro cooler to cool the fruit down. From there, the cherries are put into cold storage before being run down the line.

    The bins are brought from storage to the front of the packing line where the cherries are immersed in water. The temp of the water is freezing, but because the water is always moving, it doesn't freeze! It was sooo cool to watch!

    The first part of the line is the cluster cutter where the stems of the cherries are cut to make sure that each cherry going down the line is a single cherry.

    The cherries then go through the first sorting tables where any defects or clusters are removed. From there, the cherries go down the line into another hydro cooler where they are cooled even more.

    After the cooling process, they go through the computerized defect sorter where in about 1 second, 16 pictures of each cherry are taken!!!! 16 photos per cherry?!?! That's a lot of photos!!! This step blew my mind!!!!! Each cherry is then categorized based on size, weight and colour.

    From there, each cherry gets put down a specific line depending on the size and colour. Any defects go down a process grade line.

    After that, the fruit goes down to another sorting table where any defects are removed before being packaged.

    Fruit is then bagged, boxed and palletized to leave the packinghouse and head to a store near you!

    This experience definitely made me appreciate BC cherries even more than I already did!! BC Tree Fruits, thank you so much for having me and teaching me all about the cherry packing process!!!!! And HUGE thank you to Sharla of Sharla Pike Photography for these beautiful photos!

    And...I have an announcement!!!!! I will be taking over BC Tree Fruits Twitter and Instagram accounts...starting now!!! Follow along and let's talk fruits!!!!