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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of presenting this very easy summer grilling idea on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with guest host, Agatha Moir.  The beef can be sirloin or strip loin in this recipe.  Ours is from Swan Hills Ranch in Swan River, Manitoba.  The wonderful salad greens are from Arda Harms Farm near St. Anne, Manitoba.  The greens are available now at Tall Grass Prairie Bakery at the Forks Market!!!

1 steak, sirloin or strip loin
1/2 tsp Ras el Hanout (available at Dino's Grocery Mart or Halal Meats and Specialty Foods on Maryland)
Drizzle good olive oil
Pinch of sea salt
Cracked Pepper
Large Handful Salad greens (Arda Harms Farm now available at Tall Grass Prairie Bakery)
Lemon Vinaigrette (simple to make:  3 parts good olive oil: 1 part fresh lemon juice, oregano, salt and pepper)
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Heat BBQ or grill to high heat.  Rub steak with spice blend and let rest.  Prepare salad with dressing on plate.  Drizzle steak with good olive oil and grill to desired doneness.  I prefer rare for this dish but prepare to your enjoyment. 

Once steak is grilled, let rest before cutting across the bias into strips.  Always let cooked meat rest as the juices need to relax before cutting so that you don't lose all of the flavour and moisture of the meat.  As it rests, sprinkle with sea salt, black pepper and a squeeze of lemon.  Cut into strips across the grain of the meat to maximize tenderness (short grains of the meat are more tender).

Enjoy this summer treat!

Saturday, June 09, 2012

This morning I had the pleasure of presenting the following Turkish recipe on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with Ismaila Alfa.  Just the thing for a hot day.  Enjoy!

Cacik. Turkish yoghurt soup

1 English cucumber, peeled, seeded and grated
2-3 cups good yoghurt
1-2 cups cold water
1-2 cloves garlic, finely minced
Pinch sea salt
Dill or mint for garnish

Mix yoghurt, cucumber, garlic, salt together. Add cold water to the consistency of a thick soup. Serve cold with fresh dill or mint. Serve with a chick pea dish such as hummus and flat bread or cold spicy chick peas for a cooling Summer meal.

For other options, try some cumin or smoked paprika on the soup as well.