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Springtime in Saskatchewan 
 
Mar. 23, 2011 2:39 pm 
Updated: Mar. 27, 2011 9:01 am

"Springtime, the only pretty ring time

 

Bird's sing, hey ding, a-ding-a-ding

 

Sweet lovers love...

 

The Spring."

 

-Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, adapted from Shakespere's "It was a Lover and his Lass"



Springtime in Saskatchewan involves a lot of wating.

 

Waiting for the snow to melt, waiting for it to warm up,

 

waiting for seeds started indoors to sprout, waiting for the

 

latest winter storm warning to be over. I've been cooking

 

Spring foods lately to help make the waiting a little easier.

 

Last weekend I even fired up the grill, granted I was

 

grilling in a big sweater and my husbands winter boots and

 

running back and forth from the bbq to the house to keep

 

warm. But that smokey outdoor grilled taste was worth

 

every shiver.




On Saturday evening we had a "waiting for warm

 

weather" supper. I cleaned and fired up the grill after it's

 

long winter's nap. I made Pepperoni Burgers with venison

 

instead of beef served on Tasty Buns, Baked Yam Fries

 

with Dip, tossed salad, and for dessert Grandma's Lemon

 

Meringue Pie. Citrus and Spring are a perfect pairing. The

 

bright flavor of lemon evokes the feeling of new life as the

 

earth awakens and we all feel that itch for more activity.

 

Last week I used lemon to make a very springy tasting

 

breakfast; Sunday Morning Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes,

 

which I served with Micorwave Lemon Curd.  Possibly the

 

best pancakes I've ever eaten. Maybe it's because I'm so

 

excited for spring, but even though it's cold out I'm not

 

interested in comfort food right now.




I went out hiking in the waist deep snow down by the river

 

and gathered willows for weaving Saturday afternoon. On

 

Sunday evening a few good friends came over to celebrate

 

the equinox. Even though the first day of Spring up here is

 

cold we gathered together to make wreaths and visit. We

 

started after the children went to bed and went well into

 

the evening. At about midnight we had a light meal of

 

spring foods. I made deviled eggs stuffed with ham and

 

spinach, strawberries with balsamic blood orange

 

reduction, and roasted asparagus. The food was delicious

 

and the company was even better.



 

To make the deviled eggs I hardboiled ten eggs, peeled

 

them, sliced them in half, pulled out the yolks and mashed

 

them with a couple tbsp of mayonnaise and a couple tbsp of

 

plain yogurt. I added tumeric, paprika, dijon mustard, a

 

touch of garlic powder, chopped ham and about half a pack

 

of well drained, thawed, chopped spinach. I mixed this all

 

together and then put it into a ziplock bag and piped the

 

filling back into the eggs. They turned out beautifully. The

 

green flecks of spinach really made them look like spring.





To make the strawberries with balsamic blood orange

 

reduction I cut up a bowl of fresh strawberries and set it

 

aside. I juiced about 5 blood oranges into a small pot and

 

added about 1/4 cup of balsamic vinager and a couple tbsp

 

of brown sugar. I brought this mixture to a boil then

 

reduced the heat to medium low and allowed it to simmer. I

 

simmered it until it had reduced by a little better than half

 

and had become thick and syrupy. I then poured it over the

 

fresh strawberries and refrigerated them until it was time

 

to eat. I've never eaten balsamic reduction on strawberries

 

before and I must say I will often now that I've had it. It is

 

so fresh tasting. I may even make it take to my mother's

 

Easter feast next month.




I'm still dreaming of digging in warm dirt but it is getting

 

closer. For now I've got my seedlings started and am

 

enjoying watching them sprout. The kids are liking this

 

melting weather and have been playing outside in the snow

 

everyday. I expect my yard will be littered with snow forts

 

and snow creatures before the melt is truly underway.

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Comments
RMSR 
Mar. 23, 2011 2:47 pm
Great recipes and fun blog- Love your writing style :)
 
Skoo 
Mar. 23, 2011 3:11 pm
Everything looks great, I have been craving lemon lately too! I love your meal of "Light Spring Foods" it looks perfect!
 
Mar. 23, 2011 3:49 pm
Thanks RMSR :D.
 
Mar. 23, 2011 3:50 pm
Thanks Skoo! I was really happy with the way that meal turned out. I probably should've written down amounts but I think I can recreate it.
 
Carrie 
Mar. 23, 2011 3:56 pm
What a 'refreshing' blog ~ I totally agree with you about lemon and spring!
 
Mary 
Mar. 23, 2011 6:41 pm
I love spring!!!!!!That looked tasty!!!yummy!!!
 
Mar. 23, 2011 7:54 pm
Nice job Missy. I too love lemon anything and have been tempted by the microwave lemon curd. The pancakes sound great too. I just saved those. As far as the rest of the blog goes, it's such a refreshing fun read. In my mind's eye, I can see the snow forts and the peels of laughter that go with them. I can see the walk collecting the willow branches, and I can hear the fun and laughter as you share a meal and project with friends.
 
Denise 
Mar. 24, 2011 2:39 am
Great blog! I love spring. I am so ready to fire up the grill. Planning on it this weekend! :)
 
Mar. 24, 2011 3:13 am
Everything looks and sounds great - especially the lemon meringue pie! Very nice blog! Thanks for sharing.
 
Mar. 24, 2011 6:22 am
Thanks for the dose of Spring... now I'm ready for the real thing... :)
 
Mar. 24, 2011 7:02 am
food looks awesome and the kiddos are just too cute! i enjoy your blog
 
Mar. 24, 2011 7:22 am
Thanks Carrie :D.
 
Mar. 24, 2011 7:22 am
Thank-you Mary, it was all very yummy.
 
Mar. 24, 2011 7:24 am
Thanks Avon! You always give me such a confindence boost lady. As an aside, try that lemon curd! You won't be sorry, I've used that recipe to make black currant curd before too, it's one of my favorites on this site :D.
 
Mar. 24, 2011 7:25 am
Thanks Denise! I may just have to fire up the grill again today and do some of the extra asparagus that is languishing in my fridge to go with lunch!
 
Mar. 24, 2011 7:26 am
Thank-you Mother Ann! That was my first atempt at a merigue pie, I've done the cookies before but never a pie. The only issue I had was a little bit of beading on top of the meringue, no biggie and it makes me want to try again :).
 
Mar. 24, 2011 7:35 am
You're welcome Marvel's, you and me both!
 
Mar. 24, 2011 7:35 am
Thanks GAHSMOMX3!
 
sueb 
Mar. 24, 2011 7:55 am
Great pics! We've had temps in the 70's, so to see snow, it's really refreshing! I miss the cold of the north! I'm thinking about trying out your style of eggs, maybe for Easter!
 
Gitano 
Mar. 24, 2011 8:05 am
Awesome blog Sarah-May! :) I can so relate to the snow and cold after the first warm days of spring arrived last week, only to get wiped away by a vicious snow storm yesterday where I have spent a combined 4 hours over 2 days shoveling the white stuff.... I am sooooooo ready for the heat again.. :D
 
Mangel 
Mar. 24, 2011 9:14 am
Yummy stuff, Sarah! I'm going to try your deviled egg recipe sometime soon. It sounds delish. We grilled steaks for the first time last week, fortunately our temps were in the low 60's (no boots needed:) However, that evil man on the local weather has predicted freezing temps, rain, and snow for the weekend--sometimes living in the mid-west U.S. really stinks! Here's hoping true spring will come to stay soon for all of us!
 
Mar. 24, 2011 11:26 am
Thanks sueb! We'll have bits of snow kicking around probably until some time in May here, I'm glad somebody likes it ;).
 
Mar. 24, 2011 11:27 am
Thanks Gitano :D. I'll second that motion, NO MORE SNOW. My 80 year old grandfather is predicting another 2 feet by the first week in April, I hope he's wrong but he's usually right :(.
 
Mar. 24, 2011 11:28 am
Thanks Mangel, and amen, I'd love an early spring. Temps in the 60's don't happen up here in March, we'd be calling it a crazy heat wave and dealing with flooding!
 
Mar. 24, 2011 12:30 pm
Sarah May, I'm with you all the way on "spring weather". It's starting to warm up here in NC. I just love the taste of fresh fruits and veggies from a garden! Thanks for the recipes!
 
Mar. 24, 2011 12:31 pm
The deviled eggs sounds soooo good!
 
Mar. 24, 2011 12:59 pm
You're welcome luv2cook, and thanks :)
 
Kathy 
Mar. 25, 2011 6:51 am
Just moved up from N FL last Dec to Minot ND really enjoyed your recipes. So looking forward to spring! My hubby is wanting to visit up there come summer, from your recipes I see he will fair well if others cook like you.
 
Mar. 25, 2011 8:44 am
Very lovely blog. Almost feel guilty for my complaining about the extra warm spring we're having here in Central Texas. I guess its all about the glass half full. Thank you so much for sharing your first days of spring so beautifully!!
 
Mar. 25, 2011 11:14 am
Lovely "feel-good" blog...thank you for sharing.
 
Mar. 25, 2011 12:22 pm
Hi Kathy! We're practically neighbors :). Where in SK is your husband planning to go? It's far nicer up north in my opinion, we've got trees and lakes up here, although the bald undulating prarie has it's appeal and the great sand hills down south are really beautiful :). I can't vouch for everyone's cooking up here it's pretty mixed bag, but I had to pick it up from somewhere ;).
 
Mar. 25, 2011 12:33 pm
Thanks Sweet Basil! Send the heat up this way, but slowly, I don't want to cause a flood ;).
 
Mar. 25, 2011 12:34 pm
Thanks Queenie!
 
Andi 
Mar. 25, 2011 4:21 pm
Hi!I just read your blog for the first time today.I grew up in Saskatchewan so I can relate to that feeling of longing for spring an doing everything possible to make it come asap!Brings back memories!I now live in Arizona and even tho I love to go back north I can't say I really miss the cold an snow!=)
 
smitty 
Mar. 26, 2011 6:35 am
hey great blog...great pics and recipes for me to try...we too have fired up the grill...a few times now...last nite infact we had steak and grilled taters...snow is settling quit abit tho it seems there is still TOO MUCH...;) hehe...well at least the sun has been shining...thanks for the great read...take care...happy spring...
 
Mar. 26, 2011 1:23 pm
Great blog. Those deviled eggs look really good! Can't wait for spring either. We're kind of stuck between winter and spring. One day its warm and the next day its below zero! We've had enough...the kids want to go on their bikes already!!
 
Mar. 27, 2011 8:58 am
Hi Andi! I can't blame you for not missing Saskatchewan winters, they're really harsh. I think I'd miss snow but not so much in March or the extreme cold, thanks for commenting.
 
Mar. 27, 2011 9:00 am
Thanks Smitty :D. I sure hope it gets warm soon, we've been having COLD mornings up here lately, just when I though it was spring ;). Oh well an early spring in SK means mid April so I can't really complain.
 
Mar. 27, 2011 9:01 am
Thanks SweetCravings. No bikes up here for a while yet :(. But within a couple weeks it should be warm enough for me to wear layers and start running again!
 
 
 
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I'm a self/family taught cook. I love to try new recipes and experiment with exotic ingredients and spices. I have 4 young children and I've been married for 6 years.
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I love curries, yeast breads, (any kind of baking actually) and anything different.
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