When I was brainstorming of a great ‘red & white’ themed post for Canada Day my first thought was strawberry shortcake. I already have a tried and true gluten free angel food cake recipe and with strawberries being so abundant it was a natural choice.
I decided to make cupcakes with the angel food cake for the base and they turned out perfectly. This recipe makes 2 dozen cupcakes, just reduce the cooking time to about 25 minutes. They were sweet, light and fluffy. An ideal pairing for the juicy berries and fresh whipped cream.
The strawberries are so simple it’s not even really a recipe. Just add a tablespoon of organic cane sugar to 2 cups of cut strawberries, give them a good stir, and refrigerate for about 3 hours or so.
You want the sugar to release the juices from the berries to create a nice, light syrup for drizzling over your shortcake.
Meanwhile, I whipped up some fresh organic cream with a bit of sugar. Yum! If you want to go dairy free, try it with coconut whipped cream.
Boom! An amazingly delicious, classic dessert that will be a hit at any BBQ, dinner party or even a casual lunch. I actually ate mine for lunch:) Oooops…
I also would like to share how fortunate I am to live in this great country of Canada. We watched the movie ‘Argo’ the other night and it just re-inforced to me how blessed we are to live in a place of relative peace and freedom. Yes, I realise that it’s not perfect but, I feel safe, I can have opinions, speak to whomever I choose, practise whatever religion speaks to me, and marry (or not marry) the person I love. It’s a beautiful country, full of caring people and I’m proud to wave the Canadian flag.
My favourite Canada Day ever was 2 years ago when my lifelong, best friends joined me on an epic trip that took us by train to from Toronto to Ottawa to Montreal and back to Toronto. Our stop in our nation’s capital of Ottawa on Canada Day was exceptionally memorable as we spent it with royalty.
That’s right! Will & Kate themselves. How did I get such amazing pictures of them? Because we were front row, baby! See that gate?
It was such a bonding trip with my girlfriends and we couldn’t have had a more perfect time. I love those girls and even though they live on the other side of this great country, on the west coast, we are always close in our hearts<3
Happy Canada Day, everyone!