Thursday, 17 July 2008

Feelin' Hot, Hot, Hot!

We are into the dog days of summer here in Southern Ontario, no offense puppies. It's all about the humidex which is second only to 'wind chill factor' for striking dread into our weary hearts. What to do to shake ourselves out of our heat induced apathy? A party!

The Happy Sorceress has declared bloggers choice for this month's Blog Party in celebration of 3 rockin' good years.

For the occasion - I decided to go spicy.

I am of the philosophy that spicy foods are great for hot weather and I love the element of surprise that fresh chilies give. You never know just how hot or mild each one is going to be until you bite into it. Even chilies from the same branch will have varying levels of heat. I try to go for just hot enough to be exciting but not so hot that hubby accuses me of trying to kill him.

For this month's Blog Party (#36!) I have made Baked Stuffed Jalapenos and Strawberry Margaritas, enjoy!

Stuffed Jalapeno Bites - hot!
This recipe can be adapted for as many people as you are serving. Just allow 2 halves per guest.

Large jalapenos, halved lengthwise
Feta cheese
Parmesan cheese
Lots of fresh herbs - cilantro, oregano, parsley and chives
Olive oil
Kosher salt
Grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush olive oil on both sides of jalapeno halves and sprinkle lightly with salt.
Bake 10 minutes, remove from oven and let cool until comfortable to work with.
In mortar and pestle, bash some garlic with some kosher salt. When it is smooth, add lots of herbs and keep grinding. Stir crumbled feta in with spatula and stuff jalapeno halves. Top with Parmesan cheese and bake until golden, about 15 minutes.
Serve warm, can be made ahead and reheated.

Strawberry Margarita - makes 1, multiply for guests
1 ½ oz tequila
1 oz simple syrup
½ cup frozen strawberries
Juice of ½ lemon
Puree together and serve in margarita glass.

-please enjoy your margaritas responsibly - there is plenty of room on the lawn to sleep them off.