I got it in my head that I really, really wanted souvlaki which meant digging a path through the snow in our backyard to the bbq. I cut pork tenderloin into cubes and marinated it in a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, rosemary and oregano. The boys went out with a shovel and dug their way only to discover the grills were in bad shape. I was not going to be denied. We spent an entire afternoon driving from one store to another and then.....success! We had been in and out of five home improvement stores on the hunt for these elusive, must have grills! From there, we drove to Kosta's Meat Market in Scarborough and picked up a tub of tzatziki to have with our summer feast. Mission accomplished!
Luscious Lemon Squares
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups all purpose flour
For the curd:
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tbsp finely grated lemon zest
1/2 cup lemon juice (from about 5 lemons)
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp icing sugar
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Beat together butter, sugar and salt in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add flour in two additions. Stir until just combined. Press into parchment paper lined 13 x 9 baking pan. Bake until golden, about 35 to 40 minutes. Allow to cool on rack.
To make the lemon curd: In large bowl, beat sugar with eggs until thickened and pale yellow. Beat in lemon juice and lemon zest. Add the flour and baking powder. Stir until well combined. Spread evenly over pastry base. Bake at 325 degrees until centre is set but still has a bit of jiggle. Allow to cool completely. Dust with icing sugar. Cut into squares. Enjoy!