Hosting a Book Club

Reading a good book and hanging out with close friends are some of the most comforting things. I treasure both of these activities. A perfect Sunday morning for me would be spent reading while sipping a cup of tea and being curled up with a blanket. Those days don't happen often enough, but when they do, I feel ultimately more productive and content. 

So, my friends and I decided to start our very own Toronto book club. It not only schedules the next gab session with your lovelies but also forces yourself to enjoy the above rare relaxing moments a bit more frequently.  Our book club will meet every six weeks while rotating condos throughout the city. I mean who doesn't love scoping out real estate, sipping some vino and talking books. 

Photo by: Inslee 

Photo by: Inslee 

Our first book that we read was "All The Light We Cannot See by: Anthony Doerr". Any Canadian girl would know it's a wise choice if you see that gold sticker that reads "Heather's Pick" on it. Essentially, it's about two separate stories of a girl and boy that struggle to survive World War II. It was a difficult read to get into but after the first hundred pages, it become a page turner. Make your night more substantial by researching ahead of time some thought provoking questions to ask your friends about aspects of the book.

I hosted our first night and served up these yummy healthy treats while we sipped on apple spice tea and red wine. These dishes are perfect to make mid week because they don't require a lot of time and prep work. 

Greek Layer Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 container of plain hummus
  • 1 small container of greek yogurt 
  • 2 handfuls of fresh dill
  • 1 small can of artichokes, chopped
  • 2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes, chopped 
  • 2 tablespoons of crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup of diced black olives
  • 3/4 of a cucumber, diced

Directions:

  1. Place layers of hummus and yogurt in a medium sized dish
  2. Sprinkle remaining ingredients on top
  3. Serve with gluten free crackers and veggies 

Costco Quinoa Salad - why not save yourself some time!

Zucchini Roulade 

Ingredients:

  • 2 zucchinis
  • 2 tablespoons of fine herbed goat cheese
  • 2 roasted red pepper
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 
  2. Strip zucchini with peeler to make long strips. Make sure they aren't too long or thin
  3. Broil zucchini in oven with olive oil drizzled on top for roughly 10 mins 
  4. Take out zucchini when slightly soft but still firm enough to roll
  5. Sprinkle goat cheese on zucchini strips
  6. Place piece of roasted red pepper on strip
  7. Sprinkle with salt and pepper
  8. Roll and hold together with a toothpick 

DIY edible arrangement fruit skewers and treats 

Stay tuned for the next book club post. We're now reading "The Girl on the Train by: Paula Hawkins". Feel free to leave a comment and express your thoughts on any of these books mentioned. Did you like them? What are you personally reading right now?