Lilac Infused Water

The essence of spring is something I long, all year round. I made a promise to myself that I would try to preserve spring as very best I can this year. Whether it be through photography, drying flowers, recipes and most of all, experiments.

Lilacs are one of my absolute favorites. Growing up, we had a large lilac bush at our house in Rosemont. My mother would leave a pair of pruning sheers for who ever wanted to take some home on the way past our house. Now,  at my home that my partner and I bought December of 2019, our property came with a few very lovely lilac bushes. TWO colours purple & white!!

I ended up doing a couple different things with the lilac flowers. But let’s start with the most simple, yet lovely “recipe”.

So besides the obvious, I would reccomend giving your lilacs a shake before bringing them inside. The earwigs seem to love hanging out in them. And a good rinse before adding them to your water. Pick your lilacs somewhere that is not near a road/polluted area.

I let my lilac water soak overnight. It is such a subtle, delicate, floral taste.bit is absolutely LOVELY.

1 cup of lilac flowers (no stem)

8 cups of water
(or really however much you want,
it is a very faint flavor so it
will be hard to over do!)

Give a good shake & let sit over night. ♡

Thanks for joining me in today’s post. I hope everyone is staying safe out there and can find some peace with the flowers today ♡

Chicken Kabob Marinade & Grilled Caesar Salad Dressing

Now that it’s BBQ season, we have been indulging in grilled kabobs and veg! Today i’m sharing my chicken kabob marinade and my grilled caesar salad dressing.

Kabob Ingredients:

  • 2 Chicken breast
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Oregano
  • 1/2 Lemon, Squeezed
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Chilli Flakes (Optional)
  • Salt & Pepper

Kabob Prep:

In a large dish combine your ingredients, oil, oregano, lemon juice, garlic, salt & pepper, chilli flakes and stir until mixed well. Cut your chicken into your preferred kabob size for grilling and add to your other ingredients. Make sure to coat your chicken bits and let marinate for 30 minutes before grilling. If you want to add some onion or other veggie to your kabob that also helps make a tasty variety for this dish!

Caesar Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp Anchovy Paste
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 Lemon, Squeezed
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced (or as much garlic as preferred for taste!)
  • 3 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Shredded
  • Salt & Pepper

Caesar Dressing Prep:

Whisk together anchovy paste, dijon mustard, worcestershire sauce, lemon juice. Once mixed, add your garlic, mayonnaise, olive oil, parmesan cheese, salt & pepper. Voila!

As for the lettuce if you’re wanting to grill that as well, we use the romaine hearts. Ours were pretty big so we just cut one big heart in half and grilled until the lettuce had a bit of grill marks on it and was nice and warm. Topped with homemade croutons ( I used sourdough tossed in a bit of olive oil, salt & pepper and toasted for 1 – 2 minutes ). While the chicken marinaded I cooked up some bacon for bacon bits and shred some extra parmesan to sprinkle for toppings.

Happy grilling!