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Saturday, October 22, 2011

This Saturday on the Weekend Morning Show - Dracula's Eyes and Blood salad (Beets and eggs) and Manitoba Meets Morocco Pickerel

This morning I had the pleasure of presenting the following recipes on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with Kerän Sanders. They are both quick and easy to prepare to get out and enjoy Halloween activities.

Dracula – Eyes and blood Salad (Eggs and beets)


* 1 pound trimmed beets (without tops), unpeeled
* 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
* 1 dozen quails eggs, boiled (or regular eggs, hard boiled)
* 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
* 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1/4 cup distilled vinegar
* 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
* Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 2 red onions, thinly sliced
* Chopped fresh tarragon, for garnish and dollop sour cream


In a pot, combine the beets with the red wine vinegar and enough cold water to cover them by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer until tender, about 40 minutes. Drain the beets and let them cool. (The beets may be cooked 1 day in advance and kept covered and chilled.) Peel the beets and cut them into 1-inch wedges.

In a small saucepan, combine zest, orange juice, sugar, and vinegar and boil the mixture until it is reduced to about 1/4 cup. Let the mixture cool.

In a large bowl, whisk together the orange mixture, oil, and salt and pepper to form a smooth dressing. Add the beet slices, boiled eggs, and onion and mix until well combined. Let stand at room temperature, or refrigerate for up to 6 hours, to let the flavors come together. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with the sour cream and tarragon.

Pickerel grilled with Chermoula (Morocco meets Manitoba)

1 head garlic, peeled
1 tsp cayenne (use less if you want a milder taste)
1 heaping tbs cumin
½ bunch parsley
1 whole bunch cilantro
juice of one lemon
2 tbs vinegar
1 generous tbs olive oil
salt, to taste

2-4 pickerel fillets (Fresh caught season until the end of October!)

Blend all of the first ingredients in a food processor. Spoon over fish fillets and broil for 4-6 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet.

This is a classic Moroccan flavouring for fish but also goes well with vegetables.

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