I recall years when I swam on Victoria Day weekend, or at least got dunked, and my kids usually do the same. A right of spring I suppose and a way to kick off that summer feeling.
No one but the dog has been in the water so far this year.
But just because we’re having a slow spring doesn’t mean that we need to fall behind with barbecue season.
I know lots of people who barbecue all year long but for many of us, Victoria Day weekend kicks off barbecue season.
To give you that summer feeling here are some menu ideas for Victoria Day, meals that can be cooked on the barbecue or brought indoors if the weather is out of sorts.
Victoria Day Weekend Menu ideas:
We credit my Uncle George with making our summer barbecue much better when he shared his recipe for barbecue sauce way back in the 1970s.
Finger food just suits summer. If you’re a fan of tender and messy ribs we have two great recipes for you: Bourbon Baby Back Ribs and Spice Rubbed Ribs with Molasses Slather.
Who doesn’t love wings? No matter the weather these Sticky Asian Wings are the treat that my kids always clamour for. Cook these in the oven or on the grill.
What’s a cookout without potato salad? Our version is warm weather friendly, dressed in a molasses vinaigrette rather than mayo. It’s loaded with vegetables and tastes best at room temperature.
For those of you who prefer more vegetables, our Snow Pea and Red Pepper Salad is a great addition to the barbecue buffet.
Top off your weekend barbecue with summery ice cream sandwiches made with chewy chocolate molasses cookies. This recipe is great for homemade s’mores too.
I hope that your holiday weekend is filled with warm and welcoming gatherings, summer food and the feeling that we have finally shed winter.
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