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Friday, August 21, 2015

Summer Herbs for Dinner! On CBC's Weekend Morning Show

 On Saturday, I'll be presenting the following recipes for CBC's Weekend Morning Show, with guest host, Laurie Hoogstraten. 

Everyone's Tarragon is bursting forth these days.  The French tarragon has the flavour, while the Russian, sadly, disappoints.  Tarragon Pistou is a classic French sauce, similar to pesto, but without the cheese.  I'm serving it in a cream sauce with mussels for this dish but is excellent as a garnish in soups, on grilled fish or on a toasted tomato sandwich.  Fresh gorgeous PEI mussels are available now on sale at Gimli Fish.

The Perilla, or Shiso leaf kimchi is one of my favourites.  The large herb is available at many Asian specialty markets.  I'm going to try this with carrot tops to make kimchi as well.

 (Getting ready for the perilla leaf kimchi)
(Perilla leaf Kimchi all stacked with paste)

Perilla Leaf Kimchi (Aka, Shiso leaf and Ooba leaf)

3 cups Perilla leaves (can use large mint leaves)
3 tbs fish sauce
1/4 cup thinly slice onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 stalks of green onion (or chives), chopped
1 tbs honey
1-2 tbs Korean hot pepper flakes
1-2 tbs good soy sauce
roasted sesame seeds
2 tbs thinly sliced carrot

1. Wash and drain the leaves well and let dry in a basket.
2. Make kimchi paste as follows; mix minced garlic, green onions, sliced onion, matchstick carrots, fish sauce, hot pepper flakes, honey and soy sauce well in a bowl.  Spread paste onto leaves and stack as you coat them in the paste.  WEAR GLOVES!  Store in a non-metallic container(glass refrigerator box).
3.  Enjoy Perilla Leaf kimchi with rice and sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving.

Tarragon Pistou (on fish or mussels)

1 clove garlic
2/3 cup fresh tarragon leaves
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup toasted walnut halves
1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra for searing the fish
2 1/2-lb fillets of boneless, seasonal fish (halibut, sole, pickerel, salmon)
Salt and freshly cracked pepper
Lemon for serving

In a blender or food processor, purée the garlic and add the tarragon and basil leaves, pulsing to start.  Add the walnuts and season.  Pulse until a fine grainy texture.  Turn on and drizzle in olive oil.

Coat fish with a generous amount of pistou.  Bake at 350ºF for 1- - 12 minutes, depending on thickness of the fillet.  Serve immediately with lemon wedges.  If serving with mussels, steam mussels in lemon and olive oil water with tarragon leaves and white wine in the water until mussels are open.  Drizzle pistou over mussels and enjoy with BBQ Frites. Or, make a white sauce with cream, butter, tarragon pistou and white wine.


Wednesday, August 05, 2015

This Saturday on CBC's Weekend Morning Show - Suffering Succotash with green beans.

On Saturday's CBC's Weekend Morning Show with guest host Laurie Hoogstraten, I'll be presenting the following two seasonal dishes.  

Traditionally Succotash is made with Lima Beans but green beans are in season now and here is another way to prepare them.  I give the option of parboiling the beans and cooling them in an ice bath but the colour remains without that step and I prefer crispy beans to soggy beans.  I also added more chilies and a 1/4 tsp hot smoked paprika.

The beans are in the market now.  Okra may not be so look for it in the freezer.  You may find all that you need for these dishes in the Farmer's markets.  I'll be at the Downtown Winnipeg Manitoba Hydro Building Farmer's Market on Thursday. 

Suffering Succotash no more!

1/4 lb bacon, small chop
2 small shallots, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 ears corn, kernels cut off and cobs reserved for making stock
1 large fresh jalapeño chile, seeded and finely chopped
1 lb green beans, trimmed and parboiled for 2 minutes, then in ice bath
1/2 lb okra, cut into 1/3-inch-thick slices (fresh or frozen)
3/4 lb grape tomatoes (1 pint), halved by filling on a yoghurt lid, place another lid on top and with a very sharp knife, slice through the tomatoes while holding down the top lid. 
2 tablespoons cider vinegar, or to taste
a few sprigs fresh thyme
a few leaves fresh sage, chiffonade
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

In a large skillet, cook bacon and shallots together over medium heat.  Add garlic and stir for a minute.  Stir in corn, chilies, green beans, okra and tomatoes and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 5-7 minutes.  Stir in vinegar, herbs and season. 

Serve with fresh herbs sprinkled on top as well.


 Caprese Salad Skewers

Very easy to prepare.  Mini bocconcini, fresh grape tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, skewered and seasoned and drizzled with Balsamic reduction.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Wild on hot days with Sockeye Salmon on CBC's Weekend Morning Show!

Yesterday, on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with guest host, Laurie Hoogstraten, I'll be bringing in these two dishes.  Gorgeous wild caught sushi grade Sockeye Salmon is fresh in bi-weekly at Gimli Fish.  Get it skin-on as both recipes use the skin to add a crispy element.
(Wild Sockeye Salmon sashimi on Cold Dressed Soba with avocado and crispy salmon skin)
1. Wild Sockeye Salmon Sashimi on cold-dressed Soba or Udon noodles

For 4 people:  1 filet Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon, skin on.

1 bundle dried noodles per person*

1-2 tbs Dijon mustard
1 tsp grainy mustard (optional)
1 inch ginger, grated
1 tbs vinegar
2-3 tbs Mirin
1 tsp good sesame oil
drizzle chili oil (optional)
½ tsp sugar
1 tbs soy sauce

Other options:  chopped green onions or chives, avocado slices, shredded cucumber, etc.

1. Skin the Salmon filet and keep the skin.  It is very simple to skin the filet.  With a very sharp knife in one hand, grab a pinch of sea salt in the other, to use as a grip, hold the small end of the filet and slice the skin off pulling the skin toward you.

2. To crispy cook the skin, cover with sesame oil and cook at high heat on a skillet or on a hot grill.  Set aside.  Cut into smaller pieces when cooled and crisp on both sides.

3. Slice Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon into bite sized sashimi slices.  Keep chilled.

4. Cook the noodles for less than the package states.  For example, cook the Soba noodles for 4-5 minutes instead of the 6-7 minutes.  The Udon should cook for 7 minutes, not 10 – 12 minutes.

5. Drain the cooked noodles and run under cold water until the noodles are completely cooled.  Drain thoroughly.  If not using immediately, drizzle with sesame oil to prevent sticking.  Keep the noodles cooled.

6. Dressing can be made in advance.  Mix all dressing ingredients together in a bowl until will emulsified. 

7.  You can either prepare all ingredients into one large bowl or prepare individual bowl servings.  Dress the noodles and divide into bowls.  Top with slices of sashimi, avocado and crispy salmon skin. 

You can sprinkle sesame seeds on top, more green onions, soy, etc.  Have fun with the dish.

* Look for dried Soba or Udon noodles in the noodle section of an Asian market such as Oriental Market or Sun Wah, Lucky’s, etc.  Can use buckwheat or green tea Soba.

2. Blackened Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon (adapted from Alex Guarnashelli)

1 filet Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon, skin-on

1 tbs smoked paprika
1 tsp cayenne (to taste)
1 tbs fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1 tbs fresh oregano, chopped
1 tsp sea salt (or kosher)
3-4 tbs canola oil
2 lemons, zested and juiced

Mix spices and salt together in a small bowl.  Place mixture on a plate and coat the salmon portions, flesh side only. 

Heat cast iron skillet or grill to medium heat.  If using a grill, try a grill sheet such as Cookina and add a bit of oil to the sheet. 

Place salmon, flesh down, on the pan or grill sheet and cook for 2-3 minutes.  Turn and cook until the skin becomes crispy.  About 5 minutes.

Serve immediately with lemon zest and lemon juice.


Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Don't Throw it Away! What to do with your CSA or Farmer's Market produce.

I've been interested in using whole vegetables for some time.  Kimchi with carrot tops is the next project!  This recipe is one that I made up on the weekend.  I'm surprised how sweet and tender the radish leaves are and how sweet the cooked radishes become.

Top photo, green onions and bacon sautéeing.  Bottom photo, added greens and radishes)

Don't throw it away!

2 bunches radishes, trimmed with radish cut into wedges and leaves chopped 
1 bunch green onions, roughly chopped 
2-4 slices of bacon, chopped *
1/2 tsp hot smoked paprika 
2 tbs butter
S&P, to taste 
1/4 tsp chipotle 

Heat pan and melt butter. Add chopped green onions and bacon and cook until bacon begins to crisp. Add radishes and leaves and remaining ingredients. Cook until through and simmer for about 30 minutes, until the radishes become softer and sweeter.

*Vegetarian/vegan option:  caramelize onions and add hot smoked paprika.

Next, Kashmiri radish curry!

Kashmiri Radishes curry, with leaves
3-4 bunches radishes (I used mainly white radishes for this recipe), trimmed with leaves and roots chopped
2 tbs mustard oil
1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
2 dried red chilies
2 tsp Tea Masala (Or any garam masala.  I used the tea masala as it has dried ginger in it and that makes it a Kashmiri garam masala)
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp turmeric
salt, to taste

In a heavy pot, heat mustard oil and sputter the seeds with the dried red chilies.  When they begin to pop, add the masala, sugar and turmeric.  Then add the radishes with the chopped leaves.  Add a bit of salt, water if needed, and cook for 20-30 minutes on medium low, until the radishes are sweet.


Serve with a radish raita (strained yoghurt, finely chopped or sliced radish roots, grated garlic and a pinch of salt). 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Moroccan Beef Short Ribs on CBC's Weekend Morning Show!

 This morning I'll be presenting these amazing looking and smelling local beef short ribs on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Terry MacLeod.  You can get these great ribs at Wildfire Farms at St. Norbert's and Downtown Winnipeg Farmer's Markets.

(Photos above marinating, below, simmering)
Grass-fed Moroccan Beef Short Ribs (Ribs from Wildfire Farms and available at the St. Norbert and Downtown Winnipeg Farmer's Markets!)
(For 6-8 ribs)

1 cup olive oil
1 cup red wine
2 tbs ground ginger
1 tbs ground Turmeric
2 tbs Ras el Hanout (available at the Downtown Winnipeg Farmer's Market or Pollock's Hardware Coop)
1 tsp Kosher or sea salt
zest of one lemon
Place meat in marinade and coat.  Let chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.  Remove ribs and reserve liquid.

For braising the ribs:
2 tbs olive oil
1/2 cup chicken broth and 1/2 cup beef broth, aka bone broth (also available from Wildfire Farms)
1/2 lemon, sliced
2 tbs lemon juice*
1-2 tbs honey
Heat 2 tbs olive oil in a medium sauté pan and brown the meat.  Remove and place all remaining liquids to a large tagine or braising pot.  Bring up to simmering heat and let cook for a couple of hours, until meat is loose from the bone.
* Preserved lemons can be substituted for fresh!
Serve with couscous or quinoa.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Pride Week Chili on CBC's Weekend Morning Show!

This morning I presented this chili on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Terry MacLeod.

Happy Pride Celebrations!
Photo by Karen
The chili will not be these bright colours at the end of cooking.

Pride Chili
1 kg ground beef (I used Halal beef, available at Millad’s Supermarket on Notre Dame and Halal Meats and Specialty Foods on Maryland)
2 red onions, thinly sliced
3 cups black eyed beans (cooked from dry, soak overnight)
1 chipotle pepper (can be purchased tinned) or 1 tsp dried
1 Queer beer (in Manitoba, Half Pint’s)
1/2 cup dark chocolate callates (chips)
3 cups chopped tomatoes (tinned, unsalted)
2 red or yellow pepper (large chopped)
1 cup corn (frozen or fresh)
1tsp cumin
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbs olive oil
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp dried chipotle peppers
1 head roasted garlic
2 tbs molasses
salt and pepper to taste. (I used Pink Himalayan, for pride colours)

Using a slow cooker is a nice way to make flavours intense and round them out. In a sauté pan, sauté one medium chopped onion. When caramelized, add to slow cooker. Brown the ground beef. Add to slow cooker. Put slow cooker on high setting. Add beans. If tinned, rinse thoroughly to remove tinny taste. Add tomatoes, pepper, cumin, cilantro, paprika, chipotle peppers, roasted garlic, molasses, and chocolate. Stir in well. Add beer. Cook through the day or overnight.  Blue Corn Tortillas or garnish with borage flowers.

Red - peppers, tomatoes, chilies
Orange - peppers
Yellow - peppers, corn
Green - Herbs
Blue - Garnish of borage flowers and corn tortillas
Violet - Purple onions

Additional colours represented are pink salt, brown meat and molasses, spices, black and white beans.

To make vegan chili, leave out the ground beef and add 1 cup bulgur in slow cooker.  It gives the look and texture of beef chili.


Saturday, May 30, 2015

This morning I presented the following dishes for CBC's Weekend Morning Show with guest host Laurie Hoogstraten.  Canadian Lobster tails and Arctic Char are available at Gimli Fish.  Pesto is so versatile and delicious.

Arugula and Chive Pesto
2 cups young arugula
2 cup roughly chopped chives
1/2 cup ground almonds
1/2 cup grated Parmesan reggiano or padano
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 + cup good olive oil
pinch salt, to taste

Grind up all ingredients to a paste.  Enjoy as a pesto, as an ingredient, as a sandwich spread, etc.  In pasta, try with chopped tomatoes to bring out the sweetness of the chives.  The Arugula is peppery but is softened by the sweetness of the chives.

Served today mixed in pasta with grilled Canadian Lobster tails and Dugald, Manitoba Arctic Char. 

Lobster grilled with garlic butter.  Arctic Char grilled with pesto.  Served on top of pasta with grated Parmesan and cracked pepper.