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Friday, July 18, 2014

Grilled Sockeye Salmon two ways on CBC's Weekend Morning Show!

 Tomorrow I will be presenting the following grilled Salmon recipes for CBC's Weekend Morning Show with guest host, Laurie Hoogstraten.  The Sockeye Salmon is a wild caught fish from a sustainable source. They are expecting a huge run this year.  Fillets, steaks or whole can be purchased at Gimli Fish.

A classic preparation is quite simple with Lemon, Dill and butter but I thought that listeners may be interested in trying a few other ways.

For  increased enjoyment at the grill, try  a BBQ sheet available at D. A. Niels.  You can get grill marks, keep the moisture of the food and nothing falls through! Also try soaking a Cedar Plank and cooking the fish on the grill on the cedar.

 Marinating Sockeye Salmon Steak

 Marinating Honey Miso Sockeye Salmon Fillet

 Grilling on BBQ Sheet

1. Honey Miso Grilled Sockeye Salmon

1 inch fresh ginger, minced
3 tbs miso (Light coloured, available at Sun Wah or Oriental Market or other Asian markets)
1 green onion, finely chopped (or chives)
3 tbs honey
3 tbs Chinese cooking wine or Mirin
a drizzle of chili oil
A drizzle of sesame oil
1-2 fillets Sockeye Salmon

Combine first 6 ingredients until well blended. Smooth over fish and let marinade for at least one hour. Grill, skin-side down, up to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet.   Serve immediately.


2. Seared Salmon Steaks or fillets

2 steaks Salmon or one whole filet
1/2 teaspoon garlic paste
1/4 teaspoon ginger paste
1/4 teaspoon crushed pepper powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white vinegar or lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cumin seed make paste with water (always
make paste with a little water)

Put all the ingredients onto a plate in a little pile.
Sprinkle over the vinegar and mix to a paste with the fingers.
Pat the masala evenly over the sides of the fish and marinate for minimum 1/2 an hour and better still for 4-5 hours.

When ready to cook or grill,  Put 2 tablespoons oil in a pan on a high heat. Sprinkle the fish with a little(pinch) salt more on both the sides of fish , reduce the heat and add the fish. Dip fish in oil on one side, turn over onto the other side and back again so it doesn’t stick to the pan. Increase the heat medium flame and cook for 5 minutes on one side, then 5 minutes on the other.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Glammed up Grilled Cheese on CBC

This morning I had the pleasure of preparing and presenting the following grilled cheese sandwiches on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with guest host Laurie Hoogstraten.  Works beautifully with Tall Grass Prairie Sour Dough Light Rye bread and Nature's Farm eggs.
I served the sandwiches with Rhubarb Chutney made with Ras el Hanout. 

Glammed up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

1 loaf Sour Dough Light Rye (Tall Grass Prairie Bakery)

Pear, Blue, Onion Jam and Dijon Grilled Cheese

For each sandwich:
1 heaping tbs onion jam (recipe follows)
thinly sliced pear
Dijon Mustard, to your taste
Benedictine Blue, or other yummy blue cheeses
2 slices bread
1 tbs butter

Assemble sandwich as follows:  Spread Dijon mustard on bread slices topped onion jam, thinly sliced pear and desired amount of blue cheese.  Close sandwich.  Bring skillet to medium - medium high heat and add butter.  Grill sandwich on each side until brown and cheese has melted.  Cut in half, plate and serve immediately.  Enjoy!

Onion Jam
1 -3 medium red onions or up to 12 shallots, thinly sliced
2-5 tbs olive oil
pinch salt
Optional:  1 tbs brown sugar
Pepper, to taste

On low to medium low heat, add olive oil and sliced onions to a skillet.  Let cook for 30 + minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add seasonings and optional brown sugar to speed caramelization.  When fully soften but not dry browned, add liquid to deglaze.  Deglaze with red wine, balsamic vinegar, juice or tea.

Roasted Red Pepper, pesto, Bocconcini, Cave aged Gruyere, soft fried egg

Prepare sandwich as above, stacking with desired ingredients but leave open, frying one slice of bread open.  Prepare a soft fried or over easy egg.  Place in sandwich and cover.  Serve and enjoy the beautiful mess.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Catering lunches, a week around the world

I had the pleasure of presenting the following menus this week for a workshop on Engaging differences.  I've hyperlinked all of the recipes to previous recipes and any that are missing shall be added at the end of this post.

Engage Difference Lunches
1. Turkish Mezze
PatliçanYogürtlü (eggplant with yoghurt), White bean with pomegranate, Köfte (minimeatballs with vegetarian options), Black Sea endive with pomegranate walnut filling, Turkish salad all with flat breads. Callebaut Dark Chocolate Brownies

2. Moroccan Caravan
MoroccanBeet Salad, Rabat Eggplant, Marak (Tajine) of Swiss Chard with eggs, served with rice and flat breads.

3. Mediterranean Mix

4. Tour of India
Vegetarian Samosas with dip (North India), Cabbage Thoren (Kerala), BengaliZucchini, Chick pea curry, Dal with Spinach and Basmati Rice.

5. Korea and China

6. Around the World

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Pickerel Cheeks and Wild Rice with Saskatoons on CBC's Weekend Morning Show!

 This morning I presented the following recipes on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Terry MacLeod.  The Pickerel cheeks, wild rice and saskatoons are all available at Gimli Fish.

Pickerel Cheeks (easy)
1 lb pickerel cheeks
2 tsp butter
1 bunch fresh sorrel (or other favourite fresh herbs)
salt and pepper, to taste
splash Mirin, to deglaze pan (can use Vermouth or for non-alcohol uses, apple or pear juice)

Sauté pickerel cheeks on both sides in melted butter with herbs over medium high heat. Deglaze and season with salt and pepper.
Serve immediately.

 Pickerel Cheeks (difficult)
Same as above but wrap each pickerel cheek as a package in the sorrel leaf and tie with a chive.


Wild Rice with Saskatoons (serve hot or cold)

1 cup uncooked wild rice, rinsed
4 cups water

1 onion, thinly sliced or fine dice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup Saskatoons
1/4 cup toasted nuts (pine nuts, almonds, pecans, etc.) optional
Salt and pepper, to taste
2-3 tbs favourite spice blend (Ras el Hanout, Baharat, Cajun, Herbes d’Provence)  Today I’m making it with Herbes d’Provence

Cook rice by bringing to a boil and then simmering for 45 minutes or until most of the rice has curled.  In a pan, sauté onion in olive oil over medium heat.  Add in all ingredients.  Mix rice and seasoning together in a bowl.  Serve hot or cold.


Saturday, June 07, 2014

Lamb Köfte and Beef Kabob on CBC's Weekend Morning Show!

This morning I enjoyed presenting the following recipes for CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Terry MacLeod.  So easy to prepare in advance and then pop on the grill.  

Wonderful Halal lamb and beef from Millad's Grocery at 396 Notre Dame.  Afghani Naan is also so versatile for appetizers, open-faced sandwiches, etc.

Lamb Köfte

1 lb ground meat (lamb, elk or bison) (Order fresh from Millad’s on Notre Dame)
2 tbs Baharat 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup bread crumbs or Panko
1 egg
1 small onion, grated
1-2 cloves garlic, minced

Mix all ingredients well together and form into small oblong shapes. Broil or grill for a few minutes on each side until done. Enjoy with pita, yoghurt tahini sauce or other dips.

The Köfte are often broiled in a large pan with hot peppers, onions, tomatoes and garlic.

Turkish Beef Kebab

1 lb thinly sliced beef or lamb (Today was halal inside round beef)*
1 onion, grated
1 medium tomato, grated
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp dry mint
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper
½ cup olive oil *
1 cup red wine

If meat is a tough cut, you may pound the thinly sliced beef.  Mix all ingredients together and let marinate overnight of for several hours.

Skewer the meat and grill over high heat, turning.  Let meat rest and serve with yoghurt tahini sauce, grilled vegetables and Afghani Naan. (available fresh at Millad’s on Notre Dame)

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.


* Fresh Halal meats such as lamb, beef, goat, chicken can be purchased at Millad’s Grocery Mart on Notre Dame at the corner of Carlton and Notre Dame.  Excellent  tahini and Turkish olive oil can also be purchased at Millad’s.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Seafood Extravaganza with CBC's Weekend Morning Show!

This morning I had the distinct pleasure of presenting the following recipes for CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Terry MacLeod.  These dishes are all easy to prepare with amazing results.  The freshest seafood from Gimli Fish.  My hands smell like the sea.

1. Mussels with Pernod and cream

2 lbs mussels, scrubbed and debearded
1 cup chopped chives
1 ¼ cups dry white wine
½ green pepper, finely chopped
½ cup whipping cream
3 tbs Pernod (or Ouzo or Raki)
3 tbs chopped fresh parsley

Combine chives, white wine and pepper in a large pot.  Add Mussels.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Cover pot and cook until mussels open, about 5 minutes.  Remove mussels to a bowl, discarding any unopened mussels.  Add whipping cream and Pernod to pot and bring to a boil and reduce slightly for about 4 minutes.  Mix in chopped parsley.  Return mussels and juices to pot and bring to heat.  Season with salt and pepper.  Serve with broth, breads for dipping or Frites.

2.  Drunken Scallops

Scallops (2-4/person, depending on scallop size and if entrée or appetizer)
1 cup mixed tropical fruit (frozen, mango, papaya, pineapple, etc.)
½ cup vodka
2 oz Disorenno
2 oz Mirin
¼ onion
2 tsp Turkish Baharat
drizzle olive oil

Blend  all ingredients together, except the scallops.  Season with salt and pepper.  Marinade the scallops  in the fridge for 30 minutes to a few hours.  Sear or grill on high heat on each side and serve immediately.

3. Lobster Tails

1-2 tails per person, cut open for ease of service
Season, grill until bright red and meat is not opaque and let rest with a prepared butter.

Prepared butter
1 cup butter
favourite flavouring, i.e, saffron, roasted red pepper, kiwi, fresh herbs,  spices, garlic, etc.
In a food processor, combine butter with choice of flavouring.  Place in plastic wrap in a roll and chill.  Use on steaks, lobster, etc. as the meat rests.
 Have fun and enjoy!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Omelettes for Mother's Day on CBC's Weekend Morning Show

 This morning I had the pleasure of presenting this recipe that I found on Savoir's page for CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Terry MacLeod.  It is very yummy and so easy to prepare if you are looking for such a thing for Mother's Day tomorrow.  I would also consider substituting the peas for fiddleheads if any are available where you are.

I used Nature's Farm eggs, Pecorino from DeLuca's and Gunn's Bagels.  


Brown Butter, Peas and Mint Omelette
⅓ cup fresh or frozen peas
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
6 eggs
3 tbsp. unsalted butter
3 tbsp. grated pecorino romano
2 tbsp. thinly sliced mint leaves


1. Bring a 1-qt. saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add peas and cook until tender, 1 minute; drain and transfer in a bowl. Stir in oil, lemon zest, salt, and pepper; set aside.

2. Whisk eggs, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Heat butter in a 12" nonstick skillet over medium heat; cook until milky foam settles at the bottom of the skillet and turns nut brown. Add eggs; cook, without stirring, until large curds form, 3-4 minutes, then gently stir until eggs are almost set. Using a rubber spatula, pat eggs into an even layer. Place peas, half the cheese, and mint leaves over eggs. Remove from heat and using spatula, roll omelette up and over filling; slide omelette onto a plate and garnish with remaining mint and cheese.