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Friday, January 16, 2015

Turkish Beef and Bean comfort stew on CBC's Weekend Morning Show

Tomorrow on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with Host Terry MacLeod I will be presenting this Turkish Beef and Bean dish, Etli Kuru Fasülye.

Turkish Beef with Beans (Etli Kuru Fasülye)

2-4 lbs beef (inside or outside round, chuck, etc.), cubed
2 cups cooked pinto beans (can also use white navy beans or black eyed beans)
1 globe eggplant, cubed and roasted
1 tin unsalted chopped tomatoes (use fresh in season!)
1-1/2 cups dry red wine
1 large onion, thinly sliced
4-6 cloves garlic, minced
2-4 tbs olive oil
1 tbs black pepper
1 tbs dried oregano
2 tbs Turkish Baharat (optional but fuller flavour if used)*
½ tsp smoked paprika (hot or sweet optional)
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ - 1 tsp dried chili flakes (to taste)
Salt, to taste

*Available at Pollock's Hardware Coop.

Sauté onion on medium heat in a large pot with the olive oil until translucent and starting to caramelize.  Turn up heat to medium high and add cubed beef with minced garlic to brown.  At this point, I like to add the cinnamon and oregano as well as other spices to put flavour into the meat and remove the smell of blood.

When the meat has browned, add the roasted, cubed eggplant.  This will add a rich and smoky flavour to the dish.  Add remaining spices, tomatoes and cooked beans.  In Turkey, the ratio of beans to beef is much higher than Canadian expectations so you may use a lot more beans to this dish as well. 

Add red wine and season with salt.  Let simmer for up to an hour or a few hours in a slow cooker.

Serve as a main dish or as you would serve chili. 

Afiyet olsun  (Enjoy your meal!)

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Warming Soups on CBC's Weekend Morning Show


Yesterday on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with guest host Laurie Hoogstraten, I presented the following two warming, rich and healthy soups for winter.  The first, Dhal, is a traditional lentil soup that you can make thick or thin, according to taste.  The second, made with my Ras el Hanout spice blend, is also up to your tastes.

Soup is something from which you should demand great flavours.  It is so easy to prepare stocks or broths from what you have on hand already in most kitchens and then you control the salt and fat.  Both of these soups freeze well to have on hand or for lunches (regarding some New Year's Resolutions to bring your own healthy lunches to work).  Depending on the quantities and ingredients, each lunch can cost between $0.10 - $0.50.  Compare to buying lunch every day ($10 - $20!)

Dhal

2 cups red lentils
1 medium onion, diced
1 inch ginger, grated
3-4 cloves garlic, grated
2 tbs curry spice blend
2-3 tbs olive or vegetable oil
2-3 tomatoes, diced
1 cup spinach leaves
~ 4-6 cups water
~ 1 cup yoghurt
salt, to taste
optional, 1 tbs brown sugar to round out taste and cut acid

In a larger pot, bring lentils and water to a boil. In a separate pan, heat oil and sauté onion until translucent. Add spice blend and cook until softened. Add ginger and garlic and be careful not to burn. When the water in the lentil pot is boiling, add hot onions and spices to the pot and stir. Simmer and add vegetables. Bring to a gentle boil. Stir in yoghurt and test for salt.

Enjoy!

Kitchen offerings soup (aka, what do you have on hand?)
 I made a vegan soup with my Moroccan spice blend, Ras el Hanout.  It is spicy and has red cabbage, parsnips, tomatoes, carrots, porcini mushrooms, and squash.

1-2 onions, sliced
1-2 tbs olive oil
2-4 tbs Ras el Hanout
1 Kabocha squash, in large dice (depending on the squash, you can leave the skin on!)
3 parsnips, in coin slice
1/2 red cabbage, cored and fine slice (use green if you don't wish a dark red colour of soup)
3-4 carrots, in coin slice
a few cauliflower flowerets, rough chop
small amount dried porcinis, crumbled
stock or water, to cover for a thick broth
salt and pepper, to taste

Sauté onions in olive oil in large stock pot.  When translucent or caramelized, add ras el hanout and cook until soft over medium heat.  Add vegetables and stir to incorporate.  Add stock and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are soft.  Season to taste.

Enjoy!


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Holiday cooking/baking on CBC's Weekend Morning Show

This morning on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with guest host Laurie Hoogstraten, I am making the following dishes, plus a few extras.


This afternoon, I'll be at D.A. Niels, demonstrating the Gastrolux pan and making Tuna Tatatki (seared tuna) and Pomegranate Chicken with ras el hanout.



Spanikoptia Triangles

1 pkg filo dough
2 pkgs frozen spinach
1 white onion chopped
3 cloves garlic minced
1/2 c mushroom sliced
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp paprika
3 1/2 tbs olive oil
1 1/2 c feta cheese crumbled
1 egg
pepper to taste
1/3 c butter
Thaw pastry in package. In advance, prepare filling. Sauté onion and garlic
until translucent. Add mushrooms and sauté. Add thawed spinach and
spices. Cook on medium-high heat until some of the water has cooked off.
Add grated feta. Mix in one beaten egg. Remove from heat and cool.
To prepare pastries: Heat oven to 350F. Dampen tea towel. Cut rolled
pastry into four equal parts and lay out on cutting board. Cover with
dampened towel. Melt butter and set aside with pastry brush. Fill pastries in
desired shapes (triangles, pockets, in muffin or cupcake tins, etc). Brush
pastries with melted butter before filo turns papery. Bake until golden, about
15 minutes.

Latkes (Potato Pancakes)


3 medium potatoes, peeled and shredded
1 onion, shredded
2 eggs
1/4 cup flour or maztah meal
salt and pepper
freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp paprika (optional)

Pickerel cheeks and vermouth or your favourite clear liquor.
Butter
Olive Oil
S & P
Crème Fraiche
Golden Caviar

Mix potato pancake ingredients together and fry in pancake size in a little olive oil until golden brown on both sides. Remove from heat and using cookie cutters, cut bite sized pieces from the pancake.
Sauté pickerel cheeks and deglaze with vermouth.

 Seared Ahi Tuna with 3 kinds of Sesame Seeds.
 Grilled Pomegranate Ras El Hanout Chicken.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Saturday on CBC's Weekend Morning Show - Brandied Farmer's Sausage with honeyed apples


 I will be presenting the following recipe tomorrow on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Terry MacLeod.  This isn't your Dad's Farmer's Sausage.  It is, a take on a Spanish Tapa.  Great for holiday entertaining.

Enjoy!

Brandied Farmer’s Sausage with apples

1-2 Farmer’s sausages, sliced on the bias ~ 1”  ( I used Pioneer sausage, low salt easy peel)
2-3 apples, cut into thin wedges  (I used Granny Smith)
2 tbs butter (Local Notre Dame butter!)
½ cup honey
¼ tsp cinnamon
good pinch black pepper
Brandy, to deglaze (or your favourite non-cream liquor)  I used a Polish, Old Krupnik honey liquor

Heat skillet and add Farmer’s sausage and butter and brown.  Half way through cooking, add apples, honey and cinnamon.  Cook until meat is fully cooked.  Add Brandy or favourite liquor.

To serve, skewer or lay out on platter with toothpicks.

Later, I will be demonstrating Tajine cooking at D.A. Niels with the following recipes;


Moroccan Squash Tajine

1 small butternut, hubbard or winter squash, peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces
1 medium chopped red pepper
1/4 cup chopped black olives
1/4 cup chopped dates
1 medium onion, chopped
1 head garlic (loose cloves)
2 tbs olive oil
juice of half a lemon
1 tbs turmeric
1 heaping tablespoon Ras El Hanout *
Splash of Rosewater**
1/2 chopped pickled lemon (just the peel)***
Pinch of salt
Optional: eggplant, zucchini

Place all ingredients together in a casserole dish (traditional cooking vessel is a tajine). Cover and bake at 350F for about 45 minutes. If cooking on the stovetop, cook covered at medium heat for about 30 minutes or until the vegetables are fork tender. Serve with rice or couscous or bulgur.

Enjoy!



Osso Bucco
 
 1 cup all-purpose flour
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 pieces Beef shank (call for fresh at Millad's Grocery Mart on Notre Dame)
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1-3 tbs butter
1 onion, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 lemon, zest peeled off in wide strips with a vegetable peeler
1 head garlic, cut horizontally through the middle
2 bay leaves
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 bottle dry red wine (use an Amarone related wine for fullest flavour)
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can low-sodium beef broth (I had homemade chicken broth on hand instead)
1 (28-ounce) can whole San Marzano tomatoes, hand-crushed

Put the flour in a large shallow platter and season it with a fair amount of salt and pepper. Dredge the meat in the seasoned flour and then tap off the excess (extra flour will burn and make the dish off-tasting).

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat and hit it with a 3-count drizzle of oil. Add the butter and swirl it around the pan to melt. Sear the meat, turning carefully with tongs, until all sides are a rich brown caramel color. Drizzle with a little more oil, if needed. (Do this in batches if the shanks are big and look crowded in the pot.) Remove the browned meat to a side plate. There will be a lot of flavor left over in the bottom of the pot. You're going to use that to create your sauce.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Using the same pot, sauté the onion, celery, carrots, lemon zest, garlic, bay leaves, and parsley over medium heat. Cook the vegetables down until they start to get some color and develop a deep, rich aroma. Season with salt and pepper; add a little oil if needed. Nestle the meat back in the pot. Pour in the wine and let it simmer down for 20 minutes, until the wine has reduced by half. Reducing is key for intense flavor. Add the beef broth and tomatoes and stir everything together. Cover the pot and put it in the oven. Braise for 1 and a 1/2 hours. Then remove the cover and continue to cook for another 30 minutes. The sauce should be thick and the meat tender and nearly falling off the bone.
Remove bay leaves.

Enjoy!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Korean ginseng chicken and persimmon tea. Soul food of Korea on CBC's Weekend Morning Show

Tomorrow on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Terry MacLeod, I will be bringing these dishes in.   These represent different ways to celebrate Korean culture.  The chicken dish is the Korean version of soul food.  Imagine a place of serenity while sipping Persimmon tea.

Enjoy!


Korean Ginseng Chicken (Samgyetang)

1 medium chicken (preferably organic)
1-2 large pieces white ginseng
1 cup sticky or sushi rice
6 dried Chinese red dates*
6 chestnuts (peeled and medium chopped)
1 head garlic
1 inch grated fresh ginger
2 green onions (large chopped)
Salt and pepper to taste (white pepper if available)
Dash of Sesame oil
Water (to cover chicken)


Put rice, dates, some ginseng and some garlic cloves inside the chicken in a large casserole dish. Add the remaining ingredients to dish. Bring to boil, cover and simmer for up to 45 minutes until chicken falls off the bone. Enjoy with rice and as a soup. Wonderful for cold winter days. Garnish with sesame seeds or green onions.


Korean Cinnamon Ginger and Persimmon Dessert Tea 수정과

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4 oz fresh ginger,peeled and thinly sliced

12 cinnamon sticks about 2 oz

16 cups water

4 dried persimmons

1 cup light brown sugar

Remove persimmon stems and set aside.
Place cinnamon sticks and 8 cups water in a pot, bring to a boil, simmer for 25-30 minutes.
Remove from heat; strain and discard cinnamon sticks
Cool slightly.
In an another pot, place ginger and 8 cups water in a pot, bring to a boil, simmer for 25-30 minutes.
Remove from heat; strain and discard ginger.  Cool slightly.
In a large punch bowl or pot, combine both boiled cinnamon tea and ginger tea together.
Stir in sugar to dissolve, adjust sweetness according to your taste.
Add dried persimmons into tea, steep for 4 hours. The color will get darker as it cools down.
Remove persimmons after four hours. Do not leave it in for more than four hours, they will get too mushy.
Let tea cool completely in room temperature. Keep in the fridge. This tea taste good both hot and cold.
TO serve, ladle tea into small cups and garnish with a few pine nuts and sliced steeped persimmons if you like.

Enjoy!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sushi night at home. Practice makes perfect.

Last night Desmond and I prepared sushi rolls and sashimi at home.  Sushi Fridays.  I purchased some lovely tuna, salmon, scallops and golden caviar from Gimli Fish.  All sustainable.  Sushi rice is also available at Gimli Fish.

As the rice cooked, I prepared the fish.  Be brave.  Be generous in the slicing.  It takes practice.

The salmon roll had a simple omelette that had been sautéed in Sesame oil.  I like to use Kadoya brand.  The scallop and tuna rolls had finely sliced snap peas.

Enjoy!



Saturday, November 08, 2014

Burger and Beef Tajine on CBC's Weekend Morning Show

This morning I prepared the following dishes for CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Terry Macleod.  Easy to prepare and enjoy at any time of the year.

Beef Burgers with Turkish Baharat
1 lb ground beef (excellent Halal beef is available at Millad’s on Notre Dame)
2 tbs Turkish Baharat
1 egg
pinch salt

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and form into 4-6 patties. Grill and serve with your favourite toppings or the following on a pita.


Yoghurt tahini sauce

1/2 cup good plain yoghurt
1 clove garlic, minced
3 heaping tbs tahini
2 tsp lemon or lime juice
pinch salt

Mix all ingredients together. The tahini will cause the sauce to thicken quickly. Use on grilled Pide or Naan or as a crudité dip.

Enjoy!

Moroccan Beef Tajine

1 lb beef roast, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 onions, thinly sliced
2 tbs ras el hanout
1-2 tbs olive oil
1-2 tbs butter
good pinch saffron
2 large tomatoes, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and diced
2 green peppers, seeded and diced
1/2 - 1 cup prunes
2-3 tbs honey
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup red wine
salt, to taste

Slowly sauté onions on medium-low heat with olive oil until they begin to caramelize. Stir in Ras el Hanout spice blend. Turn up heat to medium-high and add butter and saffron. Brown meat well on all sides and add tomatoes and other vegetables. Add broth, prunes and honey. Add red wine and salt and let simmer for 1-2 hours, depending on using the tajine and toughness of the meat. Meat should melt in your mouth when done.

Serve with flat breads, rice, couscous or bulgur.

Enjoy!