I’ve been at a lakefront cottage for several days with a dear friend, our teenage sons and a bunch of teenage cousins. At one point there were eight teenagers looking to us two Moms to feed them quick.
Sure there was the typical break from good foods and I succumbed to the deliciously twisted cheddar Cheetos (my personal kryptonite).
From that experience in feeding the masses, I thought I’d share some of our “hits” with the kids…
- Roasted red pepper hummus and pitas cut up into triangles
- Deli black and green olives
- A small appetizer of light cream cheese in a dish, with two kinds of gourmet jam on top to spread onto whole wheat or rice crackers. A Muskoka, Ontario company called “Yummies in a Jar” supplied the jams we used (cucumber and herb, and red pepper)
- Fresh Ontario peaches – breakfast, lunch and dinner
- BBQ steaks marinated in “Le Grill” brand red pepper and garlic sauce. Simply trim the fat, pierce the steaks all over with a fork, coat each piece of meat on both sides with the sauce, throw the steaks in a large Ziplock bag, and BBQ when you’re hungry later in the day
- Pancakes with real Ontario maple syrup and President’s Choice brand applewood smoked bacon, slow cooked to wake up those sleepy boys with the delicious smells
- Wild blueberries topped with 0% vanilla-flavoured Greek yogurt and sprinkled with granola for breakfast
- Store-bought sponge cake rounds nestled underneath cut up strawberries, fresh wild blueberries and hand-whipped cream (because there were no beaters at the cottage…I called in my Cheetos penance). If you’re not a fan of whipped cream, use the vanilla yogurt instead.
Just remember to transport your refrigerated or frozen items in a cooler packed with ice. The highways out of town can be nasty with heavy traffic, and you don’t want spoiled food to spoil your fun at the lake.
Enjoy your summer! More recipes to come later this week….