Victoria Day

For about 150 years, Canadians have been celebrating Queen Victoria’s birthday on the Monday on or before May 24th with a statutory Monday holiday.

So, we’re occasionally quite thankful we are still held by a monarchy.

Commonly referred to as “May-Two-Four”, most celebrations are spent starting gardens, camping, opening cottages, getting stuck in traffic and of course, gathering. Marked as the unofficial beginning to our shorter summer season, people like to get outside.

In honour of a casual slow food get together, visiting, Canadian beer and fireworks we’re having some laid-back group fare.

This recipe is dead easy, and so worth it in the returns…


2 Large Eggplants (Look for ones unblemished, with fresh, green tops)
1/2 Cup Soy Sauce (Use a low sodium, good quality variety)
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/8 teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
1 Tablespoon Fresh Summer Savory (Chopped)

Preheat your grill to medium.
Trim the ends from the eggplants. Slice lengthwise about 1/2″ thick.
Add the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Combine well.
Dip the eggplant slices into the marinade to coat both sides and add to the grill.
Do not discard the remaining marinade.
Reduce the heat to a medium-low.
Select a sunny holiday beverage of your choice.
Brush each of the eggplants with more marinade, flip.
Allow to grill for 2 – 3 minutes, watching closely not to char, repeat until eggplants nearly fall from your flipping utensil.

Serves 4 – 6

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