Secret Recipe Club: Tropical Sangria

sangria (1)Typical oh crap its summer and I barely have time to remember my name let alone half of the obligations I have I completely forgot about my Secret Recipe Club was due. Like tomorrow.  And given that everything came back to me crystal clear on my way to the cottage for the long weekend I figured I was screwed.  Quickly I thought ” hey what do I plan to eat this weekend other than the preferred hot dogs and hamburgers?”

Hey wait!  I plan to drink this weekend!  Would my irresponsibility pay off.  Once I finally found my assigned blog email A Fit and Spicy Life I immediately went straight to the beverages and while there was only one option it was just what I needed Sangria front and center in her extensive recipe index .

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I love the fruit combination used since I tend to favour me berries combinations.  Cool and refreshing.  I should be the talk of the park.

Yields 6-8

Tropical Sangria
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Ingredients

  • 1 canteloupe, cubed
  • 1 pint strawberries, halved
  • 1 pineapple, cubed
  • 1 lemon, wedged
  • Favorite white wine.

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in large pitcher with lots of ice and let sit for 4-5 hours.
Recipe Type: Drinks
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Mini Fruit Tarts

This recipe is a bit vague on purpose.  Reason being is this is the perfect recipe for people to get creative in their choices.

Mini Fruit Tarts
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Ingredients

  • 1 pint Fruit of your choice
  • Favorite pastry recipe or frozen pastry shells thawed.
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 - 1 cup sugar, you will taste your fruit to decide if it needs more
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Pre bake your tart shells until golden.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. In a large saucepan over med-high heat mash your fruit.
  4. Add the sugar and lemon juice and bring to a simmer.
  5. Stir in the cornstarch making sure there are no lumps.
  6. Divide your fruit evenly between your tart shells.
  7. Bake in your preheated oven 10 minutes.
  8. Let cool.
Recipe Type: Dessert
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Pre bake your tart shells until golden. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large saucepan over med-high heat mash your fruit. Here is used raspberries.

Add the sugar and lemon juice and bring to a simmer.

Stir in the cornstarch making sure there are no lumps.

Divide your fruit evenly between your tart shells.

Bake in your preheated oven 10 minutes.

Let cool. I also made blueberry and apricot.

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

This is a wonderful change for any party. Serve it either as a sweet appetizer or a light dessert.  The fruit salsa would also be great over a slice of angel food or pound cake.

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips
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Ingredients

  • Pita bread
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • cooking spray
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 mango, cubed
  • 1 cup strawberries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sugar, or more for taste.
  • 1/4 cup apricot jam

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl combine the 1 cup sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Spray the pitas with cooking spray and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar.
  4. Cut into small pieces and place on cookie sheet. Bake in oven 5 minutes or until toasted.
  5. In a large bowl add the raspberries and gently mash.
  6. Add the blueberries, mango and strawberries.
  7. Add the sugar and jam. Stir it all together and give it a taste. Add more sugar if you think it needs to be sweeter.
  8. Serve with cinnamon chips.
Recipe Type: Appetiser
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Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a small bowl combine the 1 cup sugar and cinnamon. Spray the pitas with cooking spray and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar.

Cut into small pieces and place on cookie sheet. Bake in oven 5 minutes or until toasted.

In a large bowl add the raspberries and gently mash.

Add the blueberries, mango and strawberries.

Add the sugar and jam. Stir it all together and give it a taste. Add more sugar if you think it needs to be sweeter.

Serve with cinnamon chips.

Apple

Apple

Malus sp.

 

‘Lobo’

 

  • Light Exposure: Sun
  • Soil Type: Well draining
  • Height: 50′
  • Width: 30′
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Bloom Colour: Purple, white, pink
  • Foliage Colour: Green
  • Pests and Disease: Mildew, aphids, apple scab
  • Landscape Uses: Beds, borders
  • Special Features: Attracts birds and butterflies, edible fruit
  • Zone: 3-9

Example Varieties:

Grape

Grape

Vitis sp.

 

‘Baco Noir’

 

  • Light Exposure: Sun
  • Soil Type: Fertile, chalky, alkaline
  • Height: Up to 100′
  • Width: 10-30′
  • Bloom Time: Insignificant
  • Bloom Colour: insignificant; green-purple berries in Summer-Fall
  • Foliage Colour: Green
  • Pests and Disease: Aphids, black vine weevil, crown gall, leaf scorch, leaf rot, berry rot, leaf spot, nematodes, virus
  • Landscape Uses: Beds
  • Special Features: Fragrant, Winter interest, edible
  • Zone: 5-9

Example Varieties:

Pear

Pear

Pyrus sp.

 

‘Chanticleer’

 

  • Light Exposure: Sun
  • Soil Type: Fertile, well draining
  • Height: 50′
  • Width: 20′
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Bloom Colour: White
  • Foliage Colour: Glossy green
  • Pests and Disease: Fire blight, apple scab
  • Landscape Uses: Beds, borders
  • Special Features: Attractive foliage, attracts birds, drought tolerant, edible fruit
  • Zone: 2-9

Example Varieties:

Rhubarb

Rhubarb

Rheum sp.

  • Light Exposure: Sun-partial shade
  • Soil Type: Rich, deep, moist, well draining
  • Height: Up to 5′
  • Width: Up to 5′
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Bloom Colour: White, pink, red
  • Foliage Colour: Green tinged with red
  • Pests and Disease: Slugs, snails, stem borers, mites, leaf spot, rust, downy mildew
  • Landscape Uses: Beds
  • Special Features: Edible leaf stalk
  • Zone: 6-9

Example Varieties:

Strawberry

Strawberry

Fragaria sp.

  • Light Exposure: Sun-shade
  • Soil Type: Moist, fertile, well draining
  • Height: 2-6″
  • Width: 8-20″
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Bloom Colour: White, pink
  • Foliage Colour: Dark green
  • Pests and Disease: Slugs, snails, nematodes, aphids, whitefly, leaf tier, birds, crown borer, cut worm, mites
  • Landscape Uses: Beds, borders, containers
  • Special Features: Edible fruit, attractive foliage
  • Zone: 3-10

Example Varieties: