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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Anti-inflammatory foods on CBC's Weekend Morning Show

Yesterday morning I introduced these recipes for CBC's Weekend Morning Show with Host Terry MacLeod.  These are easy and delicious foods that have the added benefits of helping, and not harming you.  They help with inflammation.  Allium foods, such as onions, garlic, leeks, etc., are top of the list of anti-inflammatory foods.  Others include turmeric, cloves, pineapple, and high antioxidant foods such as beets, blueberries, saskatoons, etc.

Anti-inflammatory foods
1. Grilled Pineapple Salsa
1 pineapple, cored then grilled, then chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, roasted whole over grill then chopped
1 ear corn, roasted or 1 cup pan fried
1/2 cup cooked black beans
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground chipotle peppers
1/2 cup chopped or pureed tomatoes
salt, to taste
2 tbs brown sugar
2-4 tbs vinegar
drizzle olive oil
3 tbs fresh chopped mint
Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Refrigerate and enjoy with tortillas or in your favourite dish.  Try with fish tacos.  Excellent local corn tortillas are available at Dino's Grocery Mart on Notre Dame.

2. Beet Chips (you might want to use gloves)
1-3 beets (try red, white, chiogga, golden, etc.)
Sea salt, to tastes.
Olive oil, to coat
Preheat oven to 400F.  Thinly slice beets with a mandolin (USE GUARD!), or with a food processor.  Place beets in a bowl of cold water and soak for about an hour.  Drain well on paper towels.  Lay chips on a Silpat or parchment paper on a baking sheet.  Drizzle olive oil over chips and sprinkle with a bit of salt.
Bake until starting to crisp up, about 15 minutes, checking.  Cool or place chips in a bowl and toss with salt.  Alternatively, you can fry in small batches in sunflower or canola oil. 

Friday, October 07, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! on CBC's Weekend Morning Show!

 Tomorrow I will be presenting these recipes on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Terry MacLeod.  I am so thankful for such an abundance of beautiful products here in Manitoba!  These dishes can all be prepared in advance, to make your Thanksgiving feast a celebration for all.  

I prepared Eye of Round Beef, because it is versatile and as an option from Turkey.  For other Turkey ideas, please look in my blog.

2 cups cooked wild rice (Black Duck Lake Wild Rice at St. Norbert’s Farmer’s Market)*
4 large eggs (I used Nature’s Farm eggs)
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup flour (optional to use wild rice flour or potato flour, for gluten-free alternatives)
½ tsp ground nutmeg
Optional spices:  Cajun, Turkish, Moroccan, Italian blends
Olive oil
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.  In a hot skillet, heat oil and form pancakes.  Cook until crisp and brown on each side.  Enjoy as a side dish with cranberry sauce or relish, chutneys, etc.
*I boiled the wild rice in a pot of water for 40 minutes, then drained the water.

2. Walnut fig orange stuffed Eye of Round roast
Optional marinade:  ½ cup red wine, rub with Ras el Hanout, salt, to taste, drizzle olive oil, 1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
Filling:  ½ cup walnuts, chopped , zest of one orange, juice of one orange, ½ cup chopped dried figs (or other dried fruit), 1 egg, salt and pepper, ½ cup chopped parsley
Dijon Mustard, to coat roast
Cut open an eye of round roast to lay flat.  Marinate overnight, if desired.  Remove from marinade and reserve liquid.  Lightly coat both sides of roast with Dijon Mustard and place filling inside, roll and tie roast.  Preheat oven to 350F.  In a large pan, sear roast to brown all over and place in baking dish.  Bake with liquid over chopped onions and carrots for 20 minutes a pound for rare meat.
Let meat rest before cutting.  Enjoy hot or cold.  Prepare a sauce with drippings by pureeing and cooking, adding a bit of butter and red wine.

Chef's Notes:  You can also cook the roast in a slow cooker for fall apart tenderness.  If cooking rare, slice thinly after resting the meat.


½ -3/4 cup Solberry Puree (Available at Co-op stores and Vita Health)
1/2 cup butter (I used Notre Dame butter)
1 cup sugar
3 eggs (I use Nature’s Farm eggs, available at the St. Norbert’s Farmer’s Market)

Mix sugar, eggs and Solberry in a bowl
Melt 1/2 cup butter in a double saucepan over a very gentle heat.
Gradually add 1 cup sugar, 3 beaten eggs, the grated lemon zest and the Solberry.
Stir until thickened.
Put into sterilized jars while still hot and cover with wax paper, pressing the paper on the surface of the lemon curd. (If using curd for Lemon Meringue Pie/tarts, cool in fridge), or cool in a container until needed.

Enjoy in tarts, as a spread, with meringue, over pavlova, etc.