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Friday, June 30, 2017

Canada Day BBQ for Beef eaters, Vegans, and Vegetarians on CBC's Weekend Morning Show!

Happy Canada Day on July 1st!  While you are planning on your BBQ, remember the wonderful beef that we have here locally, as well as the vegans and vegetarians who will inevitably also wish to partake of the celebrations.  :)  

I am presenting the following dishes for CBC's Weekend Morning Show with Host Nadia Kidwai.  The lovely Sirloin Steak Beef from Manitoba Beef was perfect for kebabs. This is available on Saturday at St. Norbert's Farmer's Market as well as the quinoa from Tamarack Farms for the Quinoa Sweet Potato vegan burgers.  If you are looking to keep completely Gluten-Free, use their quinoa flour in place of panko.  The grilled eggplant is wonderful for so many events.  You can find locally grown eggplant now at Vic's Fruit Market on Pembina and at Schreimer's Greenhouses.

Happy Canada Day!  Enjoy!

(Quinoa Sweet Potato burgers)
(Marinating beef kebabs)

Turkish Beef Kebab

1 lb thinly sliced beef or lamb (Today was Manitoba Beef’s Sirloin Steak, available at the St. Norbert’s Farmer’s Market on Saturday)
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).

Quinoa Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers (adapted from Bonappetit, January 2016)

1 small sweet potato
6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
1 portobello mushroom (or 5-8 crimini mushrooms)
½ small zucchini
1 small shallot, finely chopped
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup cooked quinoa (from about ½ uncooked) (Tamarack Farms available at St. Norbert’s Farmer's Market and Downtown Hydro Market)
¾ cup dried breadcrumbs (panko)
1½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice
4 Pretzel or Sourdough Brioche (Available at Old Church Bakery at St. Norbert’s Farmer’s Market

Guacamole, tomato chutney, sprouts, etc.

Wash and prick sweet potatoes all over with a fork and place on a paper towel in the microwave for 3-5 minutes, until soft, depending on the microwave.  Fastest and easiest method and won’t heat up your kitchen with the oven.

Remove the skin from the sweet potato and mash the flesh with a fork.  Set aside.

Grate zucchini and mushrooms.  Heat a small skillet with olive oil and cook shallot with pepper flakes until translucent.  Add zucchini and mushrooms and cook until moisture has been released.  Transfer to a bowl with cooked quinoa (1 1/2 cups water : 1 cup quinoa, boil, stir and simmer for 15 minutes).  Season and mix with salt and pepper.  Let cool.

Add breadcrumbs (panko), lemon juice and about 1/4 cup of mashed sweet potato, adding more as a binder as needed.

Divide mixture into 4 portions and form into patties.  Heat 2 tbs oil in a medium skillet on medium heat and cook 2 patties at a time, until golden brown.

Serve burgers with Old Church Bakery pretzel buns or Sourdough Brioche with your favourite toppings, guacamole, tomato chutney, etc.


Patliçan Yogürtlü

1 lg eggplant sliced
3 cloves garlic minced
1 1/2 c plain yogurt
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp salt

Slice and salt eggplant and let sit in a bowl of cold water. If eggplant is very young, skip the step of salt and water. Rinse and squeeze out water from slices.

Mince garlic and stir into yoghurt with salt.

Sauté eggplant slices on medium high heat until golden brown on both sides. Remove from pan and let sit for a moment on a paper towel. Place on platter and top with yoghurt mixture. Sprinkle rubbed oregano and paprika over yoghurt. Top with a drizzle of olive oil. Serve with baguette slices or water crackers.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Easy BBQ Feast for Father's Day! On CBC's Weekend Morning Show

Yesterday I had the joy of presenting some new ideas that I'm developing for the market, in time to enjoy for Father's Day, on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Nadia Kidwai.

The lovely beef striploin came from Wildfire Farms and the pizza dough is available on market days at Old Church Bakery.  Easy and delicious!  The rub is a Baharat (spice blend) that I've added ground pumpkin seeds and smoked paprika to to make a Manitoba version of Duq'qah, an Egyptian spice and ground nut blend for meats and flatbreads.  I'll be bringing this to market very soon.

For the flatbread, 1 bag pizza dough from Old Church Bakery, divide into 2-4 pieces and, with a bowl of water to wet the fingers, pull and spread onto a silpat or parchment papers.  Spread a spoonful of the Duq'qah onto each flatbread, sprinkle with a pinch of salt, and drizzle with olive oil.  Bake in a 450ºF oven or on a hot grill until done, 4-7 minutes, depending on oven or grill. 

For the steaks, in order to get a crust, lightly coat each steak with Dijon mustard and then coat with the Duq'qah.  Season with a slight amount of salt.  Prior to grilling, drizzle olive oil on each steak.  Grill to preferred doneness, I recommend rare, but...  Let the meat rest for about 5 minutes before slicing. 

I topped these flat breads and steak slices with a bit of onion jam, but garnish as you like.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Spring Produce on CBC's Weekend Morning Show

Tomorrow, I will be presenting these dishes on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Nadia Kidwai.  The produce is local and in season now, for the best flavours.  You can also enjoy fresh local produce all season with a share in a Community Shared Agriculture, or CSA, such as from Almost Urban Vegetables, also at St. Norbert's Farmer's Market.

Sorrel Chive Pesto
1 cup roughly chopped chives (Available at Almost Urban Vegetables at St. Norbert’s Farmer’s Market)
1 cup roughly chopped sorrel leaves (Available at Almost Urban Vegetables at St. Norbert’s Farmer’s Market)
1/2 cup ground almonds
1/2 cup grated parmesan reggiano or padano
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 + cup good olive oil
pinch salt, to taste

Grind up all ingredients to a paste.  Enjoy as a pesto, as an ingredient, as a sandwich spread, etc.  In pasta, try with chopped tomatoes to bring out the sweetness of the chives.  The lemony flavour of the sorrel makes it a great match for chicken, fish, and seafood.


Rhubarb Apple Pear Chutney

4 cups chopped rhubarb (Available at Almost Urban Vegetables at St. Norbert’s Farmer’s Market)
1-2 apples, cored and chopped
1-2 pears, cored and chopped
2 cups sugar (if you are looking for more diabetes friendly sweetener, try Stevia or Jaggery or Gur).
2 (+) tbs Ras el Hanout (Karenfood product at the St. Norbert’s Farmer’s Market)
1-2 tbs vinegar
pinch salt
(Optional:  ½ cup water to get the cooking started)

Cook all ingredients in a large pot until all ingredients are soft and the liquid has started to cook off. 

Enjoy as a condiment, on a cheese board or in a grilled cheese sandwich, in tarts, etc.