After seven weeks away, it feels GREAT to be back in the kitchen. I know a lot of people cannot wait to travel, so that they get a break from cooking. But for me…it was the complete opposite! As much as I had an amazing time travelling through Europe, I really, really missed my kitchen and being able to whip up a dish or a pan of something whenever I felt like it. We’ve been home for about a week now and I’ve been in the kitchen pretty much anytime I’ve had some spare time. It’s been great to get my hands dirty again! I’m not too sure that my husband agrees. The kitchen has been a bit of a mess thanks to me! Oopsie! Ah well…I pay him back in treats such as these blueberry lemon shortbread bars, so don’t feel too sorry for him :)
Throughout our trip, I kept a notepad with me, so I could write down all the recipe ideas that I came up with during our travels. Many of the recipes were inspired by the places we visited. It was wonderful getting to sample so many different authentic foods from all of the different countries. I’ve only had a chance to try out a few of my ideas, but I look forward to sharing them all with you very soon.
In the meantime…here’s a recipe for the tastiest of summer treats! We are nearing the end of blueberry season here in Canada, so I wanted to bake something with blueberries before the fresh, local berries vanished into the dark and dreary depths of winter. Yes…I’m being dramatic. These bars are sweet yet tart and oh-so buttery! They are easy to put together and make the perfect light summer dessert. Heat them up and top with some coconut ice cream or coconut whipped cream for an extra special treat. Scrumptious!
Source: adapted from Canadian Living Magazine