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Friday, July 24, 2015

Wild on hot days with Sockeye Salmon on CBC's Weekend Morning Show!

Yesterday, on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with guest host, Laurie Hoogstraten, I'll be bringing in these two dishes.  Gorgeous wild caught sushi grade Sockeye Salmon is fresh in bi-weekly at Gimli Fish.  Get it skin-on as both recipes use the skin to add a crispy element.
(Wild Sockeye Salmon sashimi on Cold Dressed Soba with avocado and crispy salmon skin)
 
1. Wild Sockeye Salmon Sashimi on cold-dressed Soba or Udon noodles

For 4 people:  1 filet Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon, skin on.

1 bundle dried noodles per person*

Dressing: 
1-2 tbs Dijon mustard
1 tsp grainy mustard (optional)
1 inch ginger, grated
1 tbs vinegar
2-3 tbs Mirin
1 tsp good sesame oil
drizzle chili oil (optional)
½ tsp sugar
1 tbs soy sauce

Other options:  chopped green onions or chives, avocado slices, shredded cucumber, etc.

1. Skin the Salmon filet and keep the skin.  It is very simple to skin the filet.  With a very sharp knife in one hand, grab a pinch of sea salt in the other, to use as a grip, hold the small end of the filet and slice the skin off pulling the skin toward you.

2. To crispy cook the skin, cover with sesame oil and cook at high heat on a skillet or on a hot grill.  Set aside.  Cut into smaller pieces when cooled and crisp on both sides.

3. Slice Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon into bite sized sashimi slices.  Keep chilled.

4. Cook the noodles for less than the package states.  For example, cook the Soba noodles for 4-5 minutes instead of the 6-7 minutes.  The Udon should cook for 7 minutes, not 10 – 12 minutes.

5. Drain the cooked noodles and run under cold water until the noodles are completely cooled.  Drain thoroughly.  If not using immediately, drizzle with sesame oil to prevent sticking.  Keep the noodles cooled.

6. Dressing can be made in advance.  Mix all dressing ingredients together in a bowl until will emulsified. 

7.  You can either prepare all ingredients into one large bowl or prepare individual bowl servings.  Dress the noodles and divide into bowls.  Top with slices of sashimi, avocado and crispy salmon skin. 

You can sprinkle sesame seeds on top, more green onions, soy, etc.  Have fun with the dish.

* Look for dried Soba or Udon noodles in the noodle section of an Asian market such as Oriental Market or Sun Wah, Lucky’s, etc.  Can use buckwheat or green tea Soba.


2. Blackened Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon (adapted from Alex Guarnashelli)

1 filet Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon, skin-on

1 tbs smoked paprika
1 tsp cayenne (to taste)
1 tbs fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1 tbs fresh oregano, chopped
1 tsp sea salt (or kosher)
3-4 tbs canola oil
2 lemons, zested and juiced

Mix spices and salt together in a small bowl.  Place mixture on a plate and coat the salmon portions, flesh side only. 

Heat cast iron skillet or grill to medium heat.  If using a grill, try a grill sheet such as Cookina and add a bit of oil to the sheet. 

Place salmon, flesh down, on the pan or grill sheet and cook for 2-3 minutes.  Turn and cook until the skin becomes crispy.  About 5 minutes.

Serve immediately with lemon zest and lemon juice.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Don't Throw it Away! What to do with your CSA or Farmer's Market produce.

I've been interested in using whole vegetables for some time.  Kimchi with carrot tops is the next project!  This recipe is one that I made up on the weekend.  I'm surprised how sweet and tender the radish leaves are and how sweet the cooked radishes become.


(
Top photo, green onions and bacon sautéeing.  Bottom photo, added greens and radishes)


Don't throw it away!

2 bunches radishes, trimmed with radish cut into wedges and leaves chopped 
1 bunch green onions, roughly chopped 
2-4 slices of bacon, chopped *
1/2 tsp hot smoked paprika 
2 tbs butter
S&P, to taste 
1/4 tsp chipotle 

Heat pan and melt butter. Add chopped green onions and bacon and cook until bacon begins to crisp. Add radishes and leaves and remaining ingredients. Cook until through and simmer for about 30 minutes, until the radishes become softer and sweeter.

*Vegetarian/vegan option:  caramelize onions and add hot smoked paprika.

Next, Kashmiri radish curry!

Kashmiri Radishes curry, with leaves
3-4 bunches radishes (I used mainly white radishes for this recipe), trimmed with leaves and roots chopped
2 tbs mustard oil
1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
2 dried red chilies
2 tsp Tea Masala (Or any garam masala.  I used the tea masala as it has dried ginger in it and that makes it a Kashmiri garam masala)
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp turmeric
salt, to taste

In a heavy pot, heat mustard oil and sputter the seeds with the dried red chilies.  When they begin to pop, add the masala, sugar and turmeric.  Then add the radishes with the chopped leaves.  Add a bit of salt, water if needed, and cook for 20-30 minutes on medium low, until the radishes are sweet.

Enjoy!

Serve with a radish raita (strained yoghurt, finely chopped or sliced radish roots, grated garlic and a pinch of salt). 

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,