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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Moroccan Beef Short Ribs on CBC's Weekend Morning Show!

 This morning I'll be presenting these amazing looking and smelling local beef short ribs on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Terry MacLeod.  You can get these great ribs at Wildfire Farms at St. Norbert's and Downtown Winnipeg Farmer's Markets.

(Photos above marinating, below, simmering)
 
Grass-fed Moroccan Beef Short Ribs (Ribs from Wildfire Farms and available at the St. Norbert and Downtown Winnipeg Farmer's Markets!)  http://www.wildfirefarms.ca/
(For 6-8 ribs)

Marinade:
1 cup olive oil
1 cup red wine
2 tbs ground ginger
1 tbs ground Turmeric
2 tbs Ras el Hanout (available at the Downtown Winnipeg Farmer's Market or Pollock's Hardware Coop)
1 tsp Kosher or sea salt
zest of one lemon
Place meat in marinade and coat.  Let chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.  Remove ribs and reserve liquid.

For braising the ribs:
2 tbs olive oil
1/2 cup chicken broth and 1/2 cup beef broth, aka bone broth (also available from Wildfire Farms)
1/2 lemon, sliced
2 tbs lemon juice*
1-2 tbs honey
Heat 2 tbs olive oil in a medium sauté pan and brown the meat.  Remove and place all remaining liquids to a large tagine or braising pot.  Bring up to simmering heat and let cook for a couple of hours, until meat is loose from the bone.
* Preserved lemons can be substituted for fresh!
Serve with couscous or quinoa.
Enjoy!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Pride Week Chili on CBC's Weekend Morning Show!

This morning I presented this chili on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Terry MacLeod.

Happy Pride Celebrations!
Photo by Karen
The chili will not be these bright colours at the end of cooking.

Pride Chili
 
1 kg ground beef (I used Halal beef, available at Millad’s Supermarket on Notre Dame and Halal Meats and Specialty Foods on Maryland)
2 red onions, thinly sliced
3 cups black eyed beans (cooked from dry, soak overnight)
1 chipotle pepper (can be purchased tinned) or 1 tsp dried
1 Queer beer (in Manitoba, Half Pint’s)
1/2 cup dark chocolate callates (chips)
3 cups chopped tomatoes (tinned, unsalted)
2 red or yellow pepper (large chopped)
1 cup corn (frozen or fresh)
1tsp cumin
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbs olive oil
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp dried chipotle peppers
1 head roasted garlic
2 tbs molasses
salt and pepper to taste. (I used Pink Himalayan, for pride colours)

Using a slow cooker is a nice way to make flavours intense and round them out. In a sauté pan, sauté one medium chopped onion. When caramelized, add to slow cooker. Brown the ground beef. Add to slow cooker. Put slow cooker on high setting. Add beans. If tinned, rinse thoroughly to remove tinny taste. Add tomatoes, pepper, cumin, cilantro, paprika, chipotle peppers, roasted garlic, molasses, and chocolate. Stir in well. Add beer. Cook through the day or overnight.  Blue Corn Tortillas or garnish with borage flowers.

Red - peppers, tomatoes, chilies
Orange - peppers
Yellow - peppers, corn
Green - Herbs
Blue - Garnish of borage flowers and corn tortillas
Violet - Purple onions

Additional colours represented are pink salt, brown meat and molasses, spices, black and white beans.

To make vegan chili, leave out the ground beef and add 1 cup bulgur in slow cooker.  It gives the look and texture of beef chili.

Enjoy!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

This morning I presented the following dishes for CBC's Weekend Morning Show with guest host Laurie Hoogstraten.  Canadian Lobster tails and Arctic Char are available at Gimli Fish.  Pesto is so versatile and delicious.



Arugula and Chive Pesto
2 cups young arugula
2 cup roughly chopped chives
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 Arugula is peppery but is softened by the sweetness of the chives.

Served today mixed in pasta with grilled Canadian Lobster tails and Dugald, Manitoba Arctic Char. 

Lobster grilled with garlic butter.  Arctic Char grilled with pesto.  Served on top of pasta with grated Parmesan and cracked pepper.


Enjoy!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Turkish treats on CBC's Weekend Morning Show!

This morning I presented Turkish treats for CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Terry MacLeod.  These recipes are all easy to prepare and can be prepared in advance.  


Pomegranate White Bean Dip

2 cups cooked white navy beans (aka, canelini)
1/2 cup pomegranate juice (unsweetened) or a bit less pomegranate molasses (paste)
Pinch salt, to taste
minced garlic, optional

Purée ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Serve with breads.  Top with pomegranate seeds or paprika and/or olive oil.  Enjoy!

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.

Enjoy!

Mushrooms with Turkish Baharat

2 cups roughly chopped mushrooms
1 tbs butter
drizzle olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic, grated or minced
1 tbs good tomato paste
1 tbs Turkish Baharat
pinch salt
vermouth or white wine to deglaze

Heat sauté pan to medium high heat and add butter and oil.  Add mushrooms and garlic and a pinch of salt and let cook until soft.  Add tomato paste (a bit of water, if needed), Turkish Baharat and cook until all softened.  Deglaze the pan with vermouth or white wine.

Serve immediately with bread or can be heated later or served at room temperature.

Enjoy!  Afiyet olsun arkadaş!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Tagine cooking demo


I've been a bit busy and forgot to post this from Saturday's cooking demonstration at D.A. Niels.  Both are so yummy.  The chicken recipe is adapted from Paula Wolfert's The Food of Morocco as I used apricots instead of prunes.  Such a great cookbook.  An invaluable resource, actually.

The eggs in the second dish are placed whole, on top of the vegetables in the tagine.  They cook whole and are remarkably creamy in texture and not rubbery. 

Chicken Tajine with Apricots and almonds

1 chicken – (3 1/2 lbs) (or, your favourite pieces)
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 cup cut dried apricots
1-2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 large yellow onions, halved and thinly sliced lengthwise
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground ginger
1 cup whole blanched almonds
vegetable oil for frying

Rub all the chicken pieces with salt, pepper and cumin. Let stand for one hour.
Place onions in a wide shallow casserole with turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, salt and pepper to taste, 1/4 cup water, cover and steam for 15 minutes.

Brown the almonds in 4-5 tbs oil in a large skillet and drain on paper towels. Brown the chicken evenly on all sides in the oil and transfer to the steamed onions. Cover with parchment paper and cook in tajine on the lowest heat for about 1 1/4 hours.

Discard the parchment paper. Add the apricots and bring to a gentle boil. Remove from the heat. Serve with almonds sprinkled on top.

Zucchini Tajine with whole eggs

2 onions, thinly sliced
4 medium zucchini, sliced on the bias
1 medium sweet potato, cubed
1 tbs good tomato paste
2 tbs Ras el Hanout
salt, to taste
splash rose water or orange blossom water
4-8 whole eggs
olive oil

Place all ingredients except for eggs mixed together in a tagine with ½ cup water.  Place whole eggs on top of vegetables.  Slowly simmer until zucchini is soft, about 20-30 minutes.  Remove egg and shell and place on plate of zucchini for service.

Enjoy!

Optional, green olives, black olives,

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Fiddlehead and morel mushroom omelettes for Mother's Day

This morning I presented a lovely seasonal omelette for CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Terry MacLeod.  In season now are fiddleheads and morel mushrooms, perfect in a fluffy omelette made with Nature's Farm eggs.  If you don't want to hunt in the woods for them, you can buy them at DeLuca's on Portage Ave. in Winnipeg.

This was served with Brandied Farmer's Sausage.



Fiddleheads and Morels Omelette
1/2 cup fresh fiddleheads (available at DeLuca’s)
1 cup whole or sliced fresh morels (available at DeLuca’s)
1 tbsp. butter
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
6 eggs
quick drizzle cold water or cream
3 tbsp. grated Parmesan (padano or reggiano - optional)
pinch grated nutmeg

INSTRUCTIONS

1.Blanch trimmed fiddleheads for 1 minute in boiling water and cool immediately in ice water.  (http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/eating-nutrition/safety-salubrite/fruits-vegetables-legumes-fruits/fiddlehead-fougere-eng.php)
2. Sauté fiddleheads in browned butter and set aside.  Sauté morel mushrooms in brown butter.  Season and add nutmeg.  Can deglaze with wine or vermouth.  Set aside.
3. Whisk eggs, salt, cream and pepper in a bowl. Heat butter in a 12" nonstick skillet over medium heat; cook until milky foam settles at the bottom of the skillet and turns nut brown. Add eggs; cook, without stirring, until large curds form, 3-4 minutes, then gently stir until eggs are almost set. Using a rubber spatula, pat eggs into an even layer. Place fiddleheads and mushrooms and cheese over eggs. Remove from heat and using spatula, roll omelette up and over filling; slide omelette onto a plate and garnish with remaining extra fiddleheads and cheese or chives.

Serve immediately. 
Enjoy!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

BBQ Chicken two ways on CBC's Weekend Morning Show

This morning I presented the following two BBQ chicken dishes for CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Terry MacLeod.   Very easy to prepare in advance and impress at the grill.



BBQ Chicken

4-8 chicken thighs (or pieces), skinned

1 heaping tbs good Dijon mustard
1 heaping tbs ketchup
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbs molasses
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp hot smoked paprika
drizzle olive oil
1 oz bourbon (optional)
1/4 tsp dried chipotle (or chopped with adobo sauce from a tin)

Mix the marinade together and set chicken pieces in to marinade, at least a few hours.  Heat grill to high heat and place on grill, ~ 2 minutes per side, turning.  Longer time if bone in chicken.  Baste with marinade.

If using the marinade as a sauce, Cook up to boil for at least a minute, adding more bourbon or other liquid such as apple or pear juice.

Enjoy the BBQ!

Grilled Pomegranate Chicken thighs with Ras el Hanout
(serves 2 for 4 chicken thighs)

2 tablespoons Ras el Hanout*
1/2 cup pomegranate molasses** (can also use pomegranate juice)
1/4 cup good olive oil
splash orange blossom water (optional)
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
pinch salt
1/4 – 1/2 chopped peel preserved lemon*
4 boneless skinless chicken thighs

Mix first 7 ingredients together well to blend in the olive oil. Place chicken thighs in marinade in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 1-4 hours. Place chicken thighs on a hot BBQ for up to 4 minutes a side, turning NOT flipping every two minutes for grill marks.

Let meat rest and enjoy with grilled Naan bread, salad, rice, etc.

*Ras el Hanout can be used as a spice rub for your BBQ meats, in vegetable stews (recipe in blog), on roast chicken, lamb, goat, etc.

**Orange blossom water, pomegranate molasses and preserved lemon are available at Halal Meat Centre and Specialty Foods at 206 Maryland and Dino's Grocery Mart at 460 Notre Dame Avenue in Winnipeg.