Happy 145th Birthday Canada! I love summer long weekends and July 1st is especially great as we celebrate living in the best country in the world. I travel for business and I am always proud to say I am Canadian!
We will be celebrating on Monday, hosting a BBQ with friends and family. The focus will be on all things red and white. My table will be covered with a white cloth with a red runner down the middle. Single red geraniums in white pots will be the floral centrepiece. I bought small flags at the dollar store and will put those in the pots. Red paper napkins will sit on white and red plates.
Our dinner menu will start with a selection of Canadian cheeses - Extra Old Canadian Cheddar and Thunder Oak Gouda ( one of our favorites! ). My delicious Phyllo Pizza will be served as an appetizer. The red tomatoes make it perfect for Canada Day! ( Watch for the recipe here soon. )
|Phyllo Pizza - A favourite!|
Next will be marinated flank steak served with new potatoes, green beans and garlic bread. For dessert, I am making a strawberry shortcake. I bake the cake on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper that is greased and floured for easy removal. Once removed, I peel off the paper and cut it in half length wise to make 2 long layers. I put whipped cream and strawberries between the layers and decorate the top to look like the flag. ( With the early strawberry season this year, this will be the last of our local berries.)
|My Canada strawberry cake will be decorated like this|
For other Canadian dessert ideas go to Canadian Living here.
We will be outside enjoying this amazing summer weather. I have marshmallows for S'mores and chocolate chip cookies to finish things off. Hopefully we will see some fireworks in the night sky.
Hope you have a great Canada Day!