Friday, August 21, 2015

Summer Herbs for Dinner! On CBC's Weekend Morning Show

 On Saturday, I'll be presenting the following recipes for CBC's Weekend Morning Show, with guest host, Laurie Hoogstraten. 

Everyone's Tarragon is bursting forth these days.  The French tarragon has the flavour, while the Russian, sadly, disappoints.  Tarragon Pistou is a classic French sauce, similar to pesto, but without the cheese.  I'm serving it in a cream sauce with mussels for this dish but is excellent as a garnish in soups, on grilled fish or on a toasted tomato sandwich.  Fresh gorgeous PEI mussels are available now on sale at Gimli Fish.

The Perilla, or Shiso leaf kimchi is one of my favourites.  The large herb is available at many Asian specialty markets.  I'm going to try this with carrot tops to make kimchi as well.

 (Getting ready for the perilla leaf kimchi)
(Perilla leaf Kimchi all stacked with paste)

Perilla Leaf Kimchi (Aka, Shiso leaf and Ooba leaf)

3 cups Perilla leaves (can use large mint leaves)
3 tbs fish sauce
1/4 cup thinly slice onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 stalks of green onion (or chives), chopped
1 tbs honey
1-2 tbs Korean hot pepper flakes
1-2 tbs good soy sauce
roasted sesame seeds
2 tbs thinly sliced carrot

1. Wash and drain the leaves well and let dry in a basket.
2. Make kimchi paste as follows; mix minced garlic, green onions, sliced onion, matchstick carrots, fish sauce, hot pepper flakes, honey and soy sauce well in a bowl.  Spread paste onto leaves and stack as you coat them in the paste.  WEAR GLOVES!  Store in a non-metallic container(glass refrigerator box).
3.  Enjoy Perilla Leaf kimchi with rice and sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving.

Tarragon Pistou (on fish or mussels)

1 clove garlic
2/3 cup fresh tarragon leaves
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup toasted walnut halves
1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra for searing the fish
2 1/2-lb fillets of boneless, seasonal fish (halibut, sole, pickerel, salmon)
Salt and freshly cracked pepper
Lemon for serving

In a blender or food processor, pur�e the garlic and add the tarragon and basil leaves, pulsing to start.  Add the walnuts and season.  Pulse until a fine grainy texture.  Turn on and drizzle in olive oil.

Coat fish with a generous amount of pistou.  Bake at 350�F for 1- - 12 minutes, depending on thickness of the fillet.  Serve immediately with lemon wedges.  If serving with mussels, steam mussels in lemon and olive oil water with tarragon leaves and white wine in the water until mussels are open.  Drizzle pistou over mussels and enjoy with BBQ Frites. Or, make a white sauce with cream, butter, tarragon pistou and white wine.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Homemade Egg McMuffin

Oh how delicious! I happen to love Egg McMuffins, and I've always been wanting to make them at home. However, you can't buy the muffins themselves in Sweden and I haven't found a great recipe for them. So on a recent trip, I was pretty excited to find these in a grocery store in Paris. I bought a few packets and last Saturday, we had this awesome breakfast. So easy really - toasted muffin, crispy bacon, a slice of cheddar and an egg. Yum!!
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

This Saturday on CBC's Weekend Morning Show - Suffering Succotash with green beans.

On Saturday's CBC's Weekend Morning Show with guest host Laurie Hoogstraten, I'll be presenting the following two seasonal dishes.  

Traditionally Succotash is made with Lima Beans but green beans are in season now and here is another way to prepare them.  I give the option of parboiling the beans and cooling them in an ice bath but the colour remains without that step and I prefer crispy beans to soggy beans.  I also added more chilies and a 1/4 tsp hot smoked paprika.

The beans are in the market now.  Okra may not be so look for it in the freezer.  You may find all that you need for these dishes in the Farmer's markets.  I'll be at the Downtown Winnipeg Manitoba Hydro Building Farmer's Market on Thursday. 

Suffering Succotash no more!

1/4 lb bacon, small chop
2 small shallots, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 ears corn, kernels cut off and cobs reserved for making stock
1 large fresh jalape�o chile, seeded and finely chopped
1 lb green beans, trimmed and parboiled for 2 minutes, then in ice bath
1/2 lb okra, cut into 1/3-inch-thick slices (fresh or frozen)
3/4 lb grape tomatoes (1 pint), halved by filling on a yoghurt lid, place another lid on top and with a very sharp knife, slice through the tomatoes while holding down the top lid. 
2 tablespoons cider vinegar, or to taste
a few sprigs fresh thyme
a few leaves fresh sage, chiffonade
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

In a large skillet, cook bacon and shallots together over medium heat.  Add garlic and stir for a minute.  Stir in corn, chilies, green beans, okra and tomatoes and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 5-7 minutes.  Stir in vinegar, herbs and season. 

Serve with fresh herbs sprinkled on top as well.


 Caprese Salad Skewers

Very easy to prepare.  Mini bocconcini, fresh grape tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, skewered and seasoned and drizzled with Balsamic reduction.

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