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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Grilled Stuffed Figs 2 ways and Glammed up Smokies for CBC's Weekend Morning Show

This morning, it was my pleasure to present a buffet of options on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Terry MacLeod.

Lucious and versatile, the fig can be grilled in a number of ways for a delightful amuse bouche.

Stuffed Grilled Figs

1 lb fresh figs
Parmesan reggiano
balsamic reduction

To make the Balsamic Reduction:

Heat a saucepan over high heat. Add a cup of balsamic vinegar to the pan and reduce liquid by half. Take pan off of heat immediately.

To make the stuffed figs:

While the balsamic is reducing, heat your broiler on high. Cut the figs in half lengthwise, (but do not cut all the way through). Stuff with Parmesan cheese, cheddar is also good (you can also then wrap the figs with prosciutto), place under the broiler for about 3-4 minutes or until cheese is browned. Serve with balsamic reduction drizzled over top.
Drunken Figs

1 package of dried figs
red wine such as Lambrusco works great as it is a sweet wine to begin with, but merlot, shiraz, zinfandel or pinot noir would work great too!

Place dried figs in a glass bowl, cover with wine. Place in fridge. DONE

Enjoy on their own, with ice cream, pound or angel food cake, etc.


Grilled figs stuffed with prosciutto and arugula

I also prepared Glammed up Smokies.  I used Italian sausages from DeLuca's on Portage Ave.  They make a wide variety but for today I presented Hot Italian, Fennel and Chicken sausages.

The condiments were Rhubarb Apple Chutney with Ras el Hanout, Caramelized onions with chipotle and beer, tomato chutney, kimchi, wasabi mayonaise, St. Andre cheese, roasted red peppers and Dijon mustard.

Rhubarb Apple chutney
-6 cups each chopped rhubarb and apples,
2-4 tbs ras el hanout,
1 1/2 cups white or brown sugar,
1/4 cup water, to start the cooking
pinch of salt.
2 tbs grated fresh ginger. 
May add a splash of vinegar before canning.
Cook until fruit is soft.

Use with whatever you like.

Enjoy the Labour Day Weekend!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Grilled Arctic Char with Chermoula for CBC's Weekend Morning Show!

 Tomorrow I will be presenting the following on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Terry MacLeod.

This is such an easy to prepare and versatile dish that goes beautifully with our local Arctic Char from Gimli Fish. 

This is a classic Moroccan flavouring for fish but also goes well with vegetables.
More photos tomorrow: Arctic Char with Chermoula to be grilled

Chermoula for Fish or vegetables

1 head garlic, peeled (or 3-5 large cloves)
¼ tsp cayenne
1 heaping tbs cumin
pinch saffron
½ bunch parsley
1 whole bunch cilantro
juice of one lemon
2 tbs vinegar
1 generous tbs olive oil
salt, to taste

1-2 fillets Arctic Char

Blend all of the first ingredients in a food processor and place in glass bowl. Set some chermoula aside for extra at the table.   Mix in the fillets and let marinate for at least 30 minutes. Grill on BBQ sheet for 10+ minutes without flipping (depending on thickness of fillet).

Serve immediately.  

Can also use Chermoula with sautéed carrots or marinate and grilled eggplant.


Friday, August 01, 2014

Turkish Grilled Chicken and stuffed peppers for CBC's Weekend Morning Show

Tomorrow I will be presenting the following two Turkish recipes that are easy to prepare for your Summer grilling pleasure, for CBC's Weekend Morning Show with Host Terry MacLeod.  


1. Tavuk Izgara (Turkish Grilled Chicken with Yoghurt and Cumin)

2 Tablespoons cumin seeds
1 small onion, coarsely chopped
4 to 6 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 Tablespoon paprika
Juice of 1 lemon
1 cup plain yogurt
12 boneless chicken thighs, about 2 to 2-1/2 pounds, or 4 half broilers
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Lemon wedges for serving

Toast the cumin seeds in a small saute pan over medium heat until the seeds are fragrant and start to pop in the pan. Remove from the heat and grind in a spice grinder.

Place the cumin, onion, garlic, paprika
and lemon juice in a food processor or blender and pulse to liquify. Add the yoghurt and pulse just until blended.

Put the chicken
thighs in a shallow non-aluminum baking dish or bowl. Pour the marinade over the chicken and toss well to coat. Let stand at room temperature at least 2 hours or cover and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat the broiler to make a charcoal fire. Thread the thighs if using on 4 skewers. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. Broil or grill until the juices run clear, about 4-6 minutes each side. Serve hot with lemon wedges.

2. Turkish stuffed Peppers (Vegan)

2 cups bulgur
1 cup Afghani Tut (or currants or raisins)
3 cups boiling water

In a bowl, place bulgur and Tut and stir in boiling water.  Cover and set aside for 15 minutes.

12 peppers, cored
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
½ cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbs Turkish Baharat
1 tsp dried oregano
½ cup good tomato paste (Herat Foods and Millad’s carries excellent tomato pastes)
½ cup Pomegranate Molasses

Sauté onions then garlic, spices in olive oil on medium heat until soft.  Stir into prepared bulgur and mix in tomato paste and pomegranate molasses.  Fill peppers and place upright into a baking dish. 

Bake with some water or stock in the dish at a 350ºF oven until done, up to one hour.  If browning, cover with foil and bake until the peppers are soft.

These can be made in advance and warmed or served hot, cold or room temperature.