A Birthday Dinner, with Raspberry Custard Pie

It was fortunate that we were out here in Victoria this weekend, because it happens to be my uncle’s birthday. (Happy Birthday Uncle D!) And so my cousin (cousins? how does one refer to the husband of one’s cousin? second cousin? cousin in law? what does once -or twice- removed mean, anyway?) made dinner for everyone.

My second-cousin-in-law-by-marriage-once-removed grilled kebabs – chicken and beef – with peppers they buy from a grower on the island, down the road. I have no idea what they did to them, but they were fab. They pushed all the meat off the skewers onto a platter and passed it around the table.

There was a veggie-filled frittata, and rosemary-garlic roasted potatoes and approximately a half dozen salads – Greek and greens from the garden and one made with what I thought were wheat berries, but turned out to be rye berries – grown at an organic farm in Duncan as part of a CSA project they were involved in – they learned to prep, plant, grow and harvest. How cool is that?

It had chopped apples and dried cranberries and a simple vinaigrette. Da bomb.

If my birthday was in July, I’d totally want a raspberry custard pie, made with enormous raspberries just picked just down the road. I didn’t ask for the recipe, but a quick search came up with this ultra-simple recipe over at Martha Stewart. It’s definitely going on my summer-must-make list. Now if I could only grow my own raspberries that look and taste like these..


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9 comments on “A Birthday Dinner, with Raspberry Custard Pie

  1. miri leigh
    July 24, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Love the raspberry custard pie…I made one similar last night but added blackberries and blueberries also!

  2. Jennifer Jo
    July 24, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I make a pie similar to this one, but with rhubarb: rhubarb cream pie. Upon eating the first bite, people always seem to gush poetic phrases with much excitement and emotion. http://bit.ly/knKT8r

  3. Terri
    July 24, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Hi Julie, that raspberry custard pie looks glorious – I am adding it to my future dessert list also. So much food, so little time…

    I always listen to you on the eyeopener (and I am a BIG fan!!), but have just added you to my blogroll so I can read your blog more regularly. I’m am engineer by profession but I’ve had a decorating blog (my first love) for a few years – pop by some time!

    xo Terri

  4. ladyloo
    July 24, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Intrigued by the rye berry salad! It looks cool and delicious.

  5. CathyH
    July 24, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Your kebabs inspired our dinner tonight. Thanks for reminding me of a great summer dinner!I am still trying to get my husband to eat peppers. I think it is a lost cause!

  6. Sue. D
    July 25, 2011 at 1:06 am

    You had me at custard.

    But of course raspberries don’t hurt the cause – and a salad with rye berries from the garden?


  7. Jan @ Family Bites
    July 25, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Hello…that whole meal looks amazing! The pie is gorgeous and the rye berry salad is so interesting.

  8. Ruth
    July 25, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I just made one last night and it was very good. This one has a crumb topping that makes for a bit of crunch and uses sour cream for a bit of a tang.

  9. Maureen
    July 25, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    My mom always made blueberry cream pie, the recipe (similar to Martha’s) was in the circa 1951 edition of the Betty Crocker Cookbook.

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