Dinner on the Deck, Family-style

Dinner on the Deck | Jessica Blaine Smith

This weekend has been a bit of a fam-jam with my Moms and sister coming to ours. Since moving to the dream apartment in February, they had not yet been over for a proper visit so it was about time that they came for some good hangs. We had a chill day of wandering Roncey and then heading to Sunnyside for a beachside drink before heading home for dinner on the deck.

Dinner on the Deck | Jessica Blaine Smith

We arrived at home just as Josh was finishing up a batch of mojitos. We have a vast supply of mint currently growing on the deck so it is safe to say that mojitos will be the drink of the summer here. I prefer mine with less sugar than normally used. After the mojitos were done, we moved onto another cocktail that Josh made with gin, orange juice, sweet vermouth and Heering Cherry Liqueur. He tells me it was like a gin version of a Blood & Sand.

Dinner on the Deck | Jessica Blaine Smith
Dinner on the Deck | Jessica Blaine Smith

My sister doesn’t eat gluten and we eat vegetarian at home. I wanted to make something fresh and healthy for dinner. As a side, we had this Potato Salad which included some of my favourite things: lemon, olives and spinach. It was easy to make and is a nicer version than the typical creamy potato salad that you see at every potluck.

Dinner on the Deck | Jessica Blaine Smith

For the main, I made these gorgeous vegan tarlets. My friend Vanessa had made them once for a lunch at the studio and ever since then, I have been wanting to try them on my own. The pastry was made with brown rice flour to keep it gluten-free. The filling was a spinach “ricotta” made from tofu and nutritional yeast and the veggies on top included mushroom, eggplant and orange pepper. I am happy to say that there are leftovers in the fridge so I am likely going to eat another for dinner tonight.

Dinner on the Deck | Jessica Blaine Smith
Dinner on the Deck | Jessica Blaine Smith
Dinner on the Deck | Jessica Blaine Smith

I figured we would be too stuffed for dessert but I had made a batch of  Chocolate Peanut Butter brownies just in case.  Again, these babies were vegan and gluten-free. This time I used oat flour. By  candlelight we cracked a bottle of rosé bubbly. There is nothing like sitting around a table with your family and good food.  I love having the deck on nights like these.

Dinner on the Deck | Jessica Blaine Smith

Other food things that I made this week included this egg baked in an avocado. It was one of those photos that was being shared all over Facebook so we thought that we would try it out. The recipe said to bake it at 180 degrees and to top with cheese and cayenne pepper. I ended up bumping up the heat to 250 degrees and next time, I am going to add a little garlic/onion to punch it up. I am also going to bake them in ramekins next time as the egg white spilled over on the baking tray quite a bit.

Dinner on the Deck | Jessica Blaine Smith

A classic dinner for me is that you see above: spinach salad with breaded goat cheese pucks. I could seriously eat this every night and never get sick of it. A simple dressing of EVOO and balsamic vinegar tops the spinach. I love it.

8 Replies to “Dinner on the Deck, Family-style”

  1. It was a great weekend with great food, wonderful drinks and very special people…. thanks Jess.and Josh

  2. Looks like an awesome time! Beautiful food too! You guys are the entertainers!!!
    Nanxoxoo

  3. It makes me so happy to see others enjoying one of my recipes- to date, the tartlettes are still one of my favorite recipes on the blog! I love that you subbed in rice flour to make them gluten free- awesome to know it works just as well!

    1. I apologise for the late reply but how sweet of you to comment on my blog! Thank you for sharing such an awesome recipe.

  4. Beautiful new site Jess!! I am going to try your eggie-vocado recipe this weekend with all your added flare 🙂 can’t wait for brekkie tomorrow!

    1. Let me know how it works out!

      1. will do! and i’m hoping our little man will enjoy it too 🙂 He loves avocados, and he loves eggs. Should be a hit all around.

  5. All that summer food and booze looks super delish. Loving your new site Jess, so pretty! xo

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.