For the Canada Day weekend we went to the family cottage up north. The weather was perfect with bright blue skies and temperatures of about 30 degrees Celsius. I went swimming in the cool and refreshing lake everyday. There really is no feeling like gliding through the cool water on a humid day – just you, the water and the sky above. My Dad likes to swim across the lake, which is about one mile (1.6km) in length. My Mom accompanies him in a kayak, towing an extra one behind her (for Dad on the way back).
For dinner yesterday, my Mom made her famous turkey burgers with kalamata olives and feta cheese. With a ciabatta bun, fresh tomato and tzatziki sauce, it is a flavour combination that can’t be beat. Barbequing at the cottage is great because it doesn’t heat up the inside on a humid day. Dad loves barbequing and decided to show off his skills for a picture.
Our little dog Beau absolutely adores the cottage, roaming the property like he is the king of the castle. He loves stopping to smell the flowers and blending in with the limestone rocks. All the cottage activity keeps Beau happily running around all day. In particular he loves playing with my cousin Steven’s dog, Sasha, a large Siberian Husky. Despite their difference in size they play well together – most of the time.
For those who love gardening in difficult terrain, the begonias my Grandma plants every year are the heartiest plants I have ever seen! In addition to their survival skills, they come in many vibrant cheery colours. I am going to be up at the cottage for a week with my Grandma, so I am sure I will be helping with some more gardening and watering.
Mom’s Turkey Burgers with Kalamata Olives and Feta
1 pound ground turkey
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
¼ cup kalamata olives
2 tablespoons diced onion
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon salt
Mix all ingredients together. Form hamburger patties and put on the barbeque until cooked thoroughly. For the toppings, slice fresh tomatoes, fresh lettuce and add tzatziki sauce. When it comes to buns, ciabatta buns work wonderfully. When I was in France with my two best friends we had lovely hamburgers served on a French baguette, so those work quite nicely as well.