Lemon Zucchini Muffins

By popular demand, here is the recipe we use for Lemon Zucchini Muffins, commonly found on the table at breakfast these days since the zucchini are so plentiful…

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup shredded (unpeeled) zucchini

1/2 cup granulated sugar

Coarsely grated rind from 1 large lemon

1 tsp. each baking powder & baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 egg*

3/4 cup buttermilk or soured milk*

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

The original recipe doesn’t call for it, but we often add a cup of blueberries, red currents, dried cranberries, etc.

  • Lightly grease or spray nonstick muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, stir together flour, zucchini, sugar, lemon rind, baking powder, baking soda & salt.
  • In a separate bowl, lightly beat egg; whisk in buttermilk, oil & lemon juice.  Pour over flour mixture and stir just enough to moisten, being careful not to overmix.
  • Spoon into prepared pans.  Bake in 375*F (190*C) over for 25 to 30 minutes or until tops are golden and firm to the touch.  Makes 12 muffins.

Make ahead:  Store in airtight container for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

* Due to our daughter’s food allergies, all of our muffins are egg, dairy, soy & peanut free.  We use egg replacer and soured rice milk in place of the egg and buttermilk and these muffins turn out beautifully.

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Technical Difficulties

It has come to our attention this morning that the links on our main Belgravia Website aren’t working.  We are working on this problem and hope to have them up & running again shortly!

In the meantime, here’s what was on the menu for breakfast this morning:

Smoked Salmon & Asparagus Eggs Benedict (We also had regular Eggs Benedict for those who don't care for smoked salmon!)

Smoked Salmon & Asparagus Eggs Benedict (We also had regular Eggs Benedict for those who don't care for smoked salmon!)

***Update: Apparently the problem only exists when using Google Chrome as a browser. The links should still work with all others. I’ve been told that it might take until the end of the weekend before this problem is fixed with Google Chrome.

The Marigold Cultural Centre

The Town of Truro is fortunate to have an arts and cultural centre to host various live performances and arts education programs and, as a bonus, it is located just a ten minute (if that) walk from us.

The Marigold Centre houses a 206 seat theatre, a small art gallery, a work shop for arts in education programs, a sports heritage hall, and a large open concession and meeting area.  With the strong support of the Cobequid Arts Council, the town, and many community minded individuals, the Marigold Centre provides a wide variety of cultural programming.

The Marigold Centre theatre provides a first rate venue to accommodate a broad spectrum of live entertainment featuring local and touring artists and performers.  The phenomenal acoustics and size of the theatre offer an up close, intimate setting to enjoy each presentation.

We encourage visitors staying at the Belgravia should check the schedule of events at the Marigold Centre.  Perhaps there may be a jazz concert, play or other live performance that would be of interest for an evening’s entertainment.

The Marigold Student Theatre Company (MSTC) is a newly formed group comprised entirely of talented students aged 16-20 who share a vision of the theatre as a Lab in which to practice and learn the art of performance. All aspects of the company, including the Cast, Pit Band, Director and Production team, are made up of students with a desire to learn and a passion for performance. For their first production, they will present  the delightfully wicked musical comedy “Little Shop of Horrors”. The show will run at the Marigold for three nights; August 4th,5th and 6th, and without a doubt will prove to be an amazing show.

We’ve got our tickets!

www.marigoldcentre.ca

The “Other” Side of the Bay of Fundy

On the first day of Summer Vacation 2009, we went exploring the North Side of the Bay of Fundy, along Economy & Five Islands area.

Last Sunday, we packed up and spent the afternoon exploring the South Side of the Bay of Fundy, and we had another fantastic day!!

We set off as soon as our cleanup was finished, leaving my dad, Dave, here to run the show.  Instead of taking the highway, we drove out through Old Barns on Route 236 to Maitland.  There was more traffic than normal, and we quickly realized that it was almost time for the Tidal Bore to arrive in Maitland.  There is a great viewing area and interpretive centre in Maitland, and a bonus is watching the rafters riding the Bore on that part of the tide!  We all went Tidal Bore Rafting last September and had SO much fun!  We highly recommend it and can’t wait to go again!  (The following Tidal Bore Rafting photos were taken by my friend Michelle, who was actually rafting that weekend!)

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We took our time and went in to Burncoat Head, where the highest tides in the world were recorded (54 feet).  It is a wonderful park with a gorgeous view and a museum in the replica of the lighthouse which was originally built in 1858.

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Further down the Bay, we passed by the Walton Lighthouse where we’ve stopped before (they have really clean and well-kept bathrooms!) and I had to giggle when we passed by a sign outside a restaurant that said “Home of the Walton Whopper – under a billion served”!  It’s such a beautiful area, and we passed a lot of people out fishing.

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It was also fun to see the Five Islands from the other side (although it was a bit foggy)…

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We puttered along through Wolfville and we drove around the campus of Acadia University, which is where I started my university career.  (I later transferred to Mount Saint Vincent University in Bedford to earn my Bachelor of Tourism & Hospitality Management.)  We poked in and out of different little shops & markets and I made sure we stopped at “Tangled Garden” in Wolfville for some herbed pepper jelly and some rhubarb mint chutney – yummy!!  We ended up at friends’ in Kentville where we had a delicious and relaxing dinner before heading back to Truro on the highway.  We left our house at about 1:30 and were back home again by 10:00, never feeling rushed.

Truro (known as the “Hub of Nova Scotia”) really is an ideal spot  to be located in order to take day trips around the province!

http://www.raftingcanada.ca/

http://www.fundyfun.com/

http://www.burncoathead.com/index.shtml

http://www.tangledgarden.ns.ca/

The Truro Farmer’s Market

Every Saturday, local farmers & artisans gather at the Truro Farmer’s Market from 8 – 12.  I love going to the Farmer’s Market to shop and to visit!

A few weeks ago, about 90 people from the dance studio that our daughter belongs to staged this impromptu performance at the Market.

You just never know what’s going to happen on a sunny Saturday morning in Truro!

http://trurofarmersmarket.ca/

Enjoy Canada Day and the week beyond at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

Happy Canada Day!!

So the weather isn’t that great for outdoor festivities at the moment, but at least it’s not raining – yet!  The weather forecast says that it is supposed to clear off later, so we’ll hope that the town can still have their fireworks display.  We’ll probably head over to Victoria Park for awhile this afternoon, and then we are coming home for a barbeque.

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo begins in Halifax today and runs until July 8th.  If you can – go.  It is well worth it!  We try to get there at least every other year.  Last year, D’Arcy & I were lucky enough to get to sit on the stage with the other dignitaries, representing the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia.  What an honor!!  (And what a view!!!)

Here is just a taste of what goes on: