Summer cooking trends
The past year has been tough, but now that summer is in
full swing, we can finally get together and spend some quality
time with the people we've missed so much. To help you make the
most of it, here are five culinary trends that will elevate your
The non-alcoholic trend is still going strong: A growing variety of
non-alcoholic wines, beers, spirits and ready to drink beverages
can be found on store shelves, and an increasing number of
established cocktail creators are crafting delicious non-alcoholic
cocktails built on a base of
fresh fruit juices , Quebec-made products and high-end syrups.
From the Shirley Temple to the sober spritz, there's a world of
Bubble tea boom
Forget about frappés and iced coffees: bubble tea is THE
summer drink. Originally from Taiwan, this blend of tea, milk and
flavoured tapioca pearls has taken coffee shops and juice bars
across the province by storm. There are now countless coffee, juice
and frappé variations, with flavours ranging from creamy to fruity.
Whatever you choose, you can't go wrong!
Fresh and flavourful brunch
We've missed long, leisurely brunches, and now that we can enjoy
them again, we're going all out! Local fruits are at their peak in
the summer, so why not showcase them on your brunch table along
with a selection of gourmet
pastries and other sweet
treats . Complete your spread with yogurt, toast with honey and jams
and a carafe of coffee or mint tea.
Picnics in the park are huge this summer! It's the perfect
opportunity to share a meal with friends or family while enjoying
the outdoors. For a twist, do your next picnic mezze-style and have
everyone bring a dish to share, grilled
eggplant salad , beet
salad , fattouch
and moussaka are
just a few ideas to get you started.
charcuterie platters are also a great option for light picnic fare.
For a balanced platter, make sure to include a firm cheese, a soft
cheese, a blue cheese and a goat cheese. For meats, we recommend
dried sausage, smoked meat and liver pâté. Complete your platter
with an assortment of olives,
dried fruit and nuts,
and slices of bread
Summer means BBQ season, and this year, we're grilling
vegetarian style! There are tons of meatless sausages and patties
out there for easy vegetarian hot dogs and burgers. Vegetables,
halloumi, fruit, tempeh and marinated tofu can be thrown straight
on the grill or added to skewers. Prefer your vegetables steamed?
Just wrap them in a foil packet and toss on the grill.
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