Friday, September 26, 2014

Scallops 2 ways for CBC's Weekend Morning Show!

Today on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with Host Terry MacLeod, Nova Scotia Scallops two ways!
These buttery Scallop pillows are available at Gimli Fish.  So easy to prepare and so delicious.  Perfect for the last kick at Summer!

 

Scallop Ceviche

1 lb Nova Scotia scallops, quartered
1 cup grape tomatoes, roughly chopped
2 green or red Serrano chiles, seeded and minced
� cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup finely diced red onion
1 cup fresh orange juice
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
salt, to taste
3 tbs finely shredded unsweetened coconut flakes

Mix all of the ingredients in a glass bowl.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 16 hours.

Spoon the ceviche into small glasses and garnish with cilantro.


Seared Scallops

As an appetizer, 2-4 per person, as an entr�e, 4-6 per person

Dry scallops off on a paper towel to remove moisture.  On a plate, mix ground sumac, salt and pepper and dip each scallop on two sides into the spice blend. 

In a hot pan, melt 1-2 tbs butter.  Sear scallops for  1-2 minutes on each side.  Serve immediately.

Enjoy!
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Best sauce for Swedish meatballs

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Never mind this not-super-pretty-photo. This sauce is perfect. It's just the right thing to accompany a plate of Swedish meatballs, served with boiled potatoes, lingonberries and pickled cucumbers. This is, as it happens, the traditional serving for this meal. In the US, Swedish meatballs often seem to be served with a cream sauce and pasta - that would never happen here. Cream sauce goes on potatoes. Meatballs and pasta, well, then you add ketchup.

So, here we go:

Best sauce for Swedish meatballs

100 ml water
1 tbsp concentrated veal stock
300 ml cream
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tbsp lingonberry jam
salt, pepper

Take the pan you fried your meatballs in. (And ideally, you didn't scorch any!) Pour in a good splash of water, perhaps 100 ml, and whisk very well. Cook on medium-high heat. Add the concentrated veal stock and cream. Cook for a few minutes. Add the soy sauce, jam and salt and pepper. Cook for a few more minutes, while whisking.

Serve with meatballs, boiled potatoes, lingonberry jam and quick-pickled cucmbers.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Italian Countryside with the Assiniboine Park Conservancy and the MLCC


 Tonight I will be presenting the following dishes for the Foodie Series for the Assiniboine Park Conservancy and the MLCC.  The Foodie Series is available through the City of Winnipeg Leisure Guide and the park.

Bran Adams, of the APC, will be presenting information on the vegetation indicated by these recipes and beverage pairings will be provided by Kelly Burton,  Product Consultant of the MLCC.  

I just pulled a shallot focaccia out of the oven to serve with the salad and Caponatina.

1. Tuscan Squash Salad
Paired with Villa Vulcan Catarratto, $12.73

1 lb squash (butternut, hubbard, or any small firm variety except spaghetti), peeled, seeded and cut in 5-inch slices
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tbs honey, warm and divided into two parts
� cup chopped walnuts
2 tbs lemon juice
2 tbs walnut oil
� tsp kosher or sea salt
� tsp ground black pepper
~ 6 cups mixed baby greens, lightly packed
� cup crumbled feta

Preheat oven to 400�F. Toss the squash and olive oil in a large bowl. Spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet and lightly brush with half of the honey. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn and brush with the remaining honey. Bake for another 15 minutes or until the squash is cooked through. Some varieties take longer to cook.

While the squash is baking, toast the walnuts lightly. Whisk together the lemon juice, walnut oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Toss the greens with the vinaigrette in a large bowl and place on serving plates. Top with 3-5 slices of squash. Sprinkle with the walnuts and feta, season and serve while the squash is still warm.

2. Caponatina di Melanzane(A very popular dish for antipasto.)
(Sicilian eggplant relish)
Paired with Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG, $22.47 (YUM)

This is one of Sicily�s most popular and versatile eggplant dishes. You can eat it with bread, as part of an antipasto, or as a side dish with hot or cold meats or fish. This is the original recipe from Palermo. A caponatina is a �small� caponata.

Ingredients (Serves 4-6)
600g meaty eggplants
Salt
6-8 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, sliced
2 celery hearts (inner heads only), cut into little chunks
5 - 7 ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 cup pitted green olives
1/4 cup salted capers, rinsed
1/2 cup slivered almonds
2 ripe but firm pears, cored, peeled and sliced
� tsp ground cinnamon
� teaspoon ground cloves
1-2 tbs white sugar
50ml white wine vinegar

Ideally you want the pale violet type of eggplant, without too many seeds. Cut the eggplants into cubes the size of a walnut. Immerse in salted water for 1 hour, then drain, squeezing the water out. Pat the eggplants cubes dry.

Heat about 6 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil in a saut� pan and fry the eggplant cubes until golden. Scoop them out with a slotted spoon and set aside. Adding more oil to the pan if necessary, fry the onion until soft, then fry all the other ingredients, apart from the sugar and vinegar. Simmer for about 20 minutes.

Add the eggplant to the mixture with the sugar and wine vinegar. Taste for salt and cook for another 10-15 minutes. Caponata can be eaten warm but it is also delicious cold.

3. Karen's Beef Lasagna
Paired with Frappato DOC Vittoria, $22.47

1 pkg lasagna noodles (or make fresh pasta)
2 lbs ground beef
1 tbs olive oil
8 large oven roasted tomatoes or large can of tomatoes
1 head roasted garlic
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 tbs brown sugar
2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
salt, to taste
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves (or 2 tbs dried)
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp dried chilies (optional)
1 tsp fresh or dried rosemary
1/2 - 1 cup red wine
1/2 cup dried porcini mushrooms
1 500 ml package ricotta cheese
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375�F. In a large saucepot, brown ground meat in olive oil over medium high heat. Remove meat from pot and set aside. Add olive oil to pot and slowly brown onions. Then add tomatoes (with water or juice), spices, roasted garlic, brown sugar and red wine. Pur�e sauce and add dried porcini mushrooms and meat back to the sauce. Simmer until well incorporated.

In a 9x13 inch baking dish, place 2 layers of noodles on the bottom of dish; layer 1/2 of the ricotta cheese, 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese and 1/2 of the sauce; repeat layers.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes; let stand for 10 minutes before cutting; serve.


Karen's Vegetable Lasagna

1 pkg lasagna noodles (or make fresh pasta)
4 cups sliced mushrooms
3 cups medium diced zucchini
3 red peppers, seeded and diced
1 tbs olive oil
1 large can tomatoes
1 head roasted garlic
2 large onions, diced
1 tbs brown sugar
2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
salt, to taste
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves (or 2 tbs dried)
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp dried chilies (optional)
1 tsp fresh or dried rosemary
1/2 - 1 cup red wine
1/2 cup dried porcini mushrooms (optional)
1 500 ml package ricotta cheese
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375�F. In a large saucepot, saut� onions in olive oil over medium high heat. Add sliced mushrooms and cook until soft. Add zucchini and peppers and cook until soft. Then add tomatoes (with water or juice), spices, roasted garlic, brown sugar and red wine. Simmer until well incorporated.

In a 9x13 inch baking dish, place 2 layers of noodles on the bottom of dish; layer 1/2 of the ricotta cheese, 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese and 1/2 of the sauce; repeat layers.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes; let stand for 10 minutes before cutting; serve.

4. Drunken Figs
Paired with Blandy's Alvada 5 year old Madeira, $12.99

1 package of dried figs
red wine such as Lambrusco works great as it is a sweet wine to begin with, but merlot, shiraz, zinfandel or pinot noir would work great too!


Place dried figs in a glass bowl, cover with wine. Place in fridge. DONE

Enjoy on their own, with ice cream, pound or angel food cake, etc.
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

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Sweden is having very summery weather, still, despite the calendar showing a fall month. Mornings are misty, but afternoons are almost always sunny and warm. Quite lovely!

I made these apple cinnamon muffins the other day, to cheer myself up after a few weeks of very hard work. I found a recipe at Add a Pinch and adapted it to fit my needs. I baked mine in cups rather than in a lined muffin tin, and only dipped the very top of the muffin in the lovely topping - they turned out very delicious and I'm happy that I stashed a few in the freezer for another day.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins
makes 18

110 g butter, softened
200 g sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
120 ml milk
300 g all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 large apples, peeled and diced
1 tbsp flour

topping:
50 g butter, melted
100 g sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs carefully, one at a time. Add vanilla. Mix together the dry ingredients - flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt, and add this to the batter alternating with the milk. Finally toss together the apples with a tablespoon of flour, and add to the batter.

Fill muffin cups, fairly full - you want them to rise above the top of the cup as they bake.

Bake at 175� C for about 15 minutes - check with a toothpick to make sure they're not sticky inside.

Meanwhile, melt the butter for the topping and let it brown a little. Mix together sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Dip the warm muffins in the butter and then into the cinnamon sugar, and place on a rack to cool down.
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Lapsang Souchon poached Steelhead Trout for CBC's Weekend Morning Show

This morning on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with Host Terry MacLeod, I presented the following elegant lunch items.  Lapsang Souchon Poached Steelhead Trout and Pancetta, peas and mint pasta.

Lapsang Souchon Poached Steelhead Trout

2 fillets Steelhead Trout (or Wild Sockeye Salmon)

1 l Lapsang Souchon Tea (Available in most Asian markets, tea shops such as Cornelia Bean), steeped and cooled
1/2 cup Mirin (sweet Japanese cooking wine)
1 tbs grated fresh ginger
1/2 tsp white pepper
good drizzle good sesame oil (I like Kadoya, found in Asian markets)
1/4 + soy sauce
1tbs sugar

Mix marinade/poaching liquid when tea is steeped and cooled.  Place fillets in marinade after scoring the skin to prevent curling the fillet in poaching.  Leave skin on to keep fish moist.  It can be removed after cooking.

Let marinate over night or for a few hours.

Pour poaching liquid into a pan large enough to hold the fillets.  Bring to boil and then simmer the fillets for 5-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish.

Serve hot with reduced poaching liquid or chill for a luncheon.  Garnish with chives or chopped green onions. 
Pancetta, Peas and Mint Pasta
 (serves 3)
5-10 Strips Pancetta, cut into smaller strips
1 cup peas (frozen)
few sprigs fresh mint, chopped or shredded
chilies, to taste
1 clove garlic, minced
pinch nutmeg
few tablespoons cream
drizzle olive oil
cooked pasta (I used shells but farfalle is traditional)
grated parmesan


In a saut� pan, heat oil and add pancetta and garlic and cook over medium heat.  Add some spoons of pasta water to soften if too crisp.  Add peas and remaining ingredients.  Toss together with pasta and grate cheese over top.  Enjoy!
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Chewy Rhubarb Cardamom Cake

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I still have some rhubarb in my garden - a few straggly stalks. I don't want to let them go to waste, so I use them in a delicious, chewy cake. Perfect for afternoon fika sessions. You can also freeze this cake, pre-sliced, and just re-heat for a few seconds in the microwave. Surely that will liven up the gloomiest of fall days to come, don't you think?

Chewy Rhubarb Cardamom Cake

2 eggs
240 g sugar
1 tsp vanilla sugar (or extract)
1 tsp cardamom seeds, bashed in a pestle and mortar
1 tsp baking powder
150 g all-purpose flour
75 g butter, melted

Topping:
rhubarb - about 8 small stalks, probably about 2-300 ml (no need to be exact)
1/2 tsp cardamom seeds, bashed in a pestle and mortar
1 tbsp pearl sugar

Beat the eggs and sugar until very white and fluffy. Stir in vanilla sugar, cardamom, baking powder, flour and the melted butter. Fold carefully until there are no streaks.

Pour into a buttered and floured springform pan. Top with the rhubarb, cardamom and sugar. Bake at 200�C for about 25 minutes.

Serve with vanilla ice cream or vanilla sauce. 
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