Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring Fling on CBC's Weekend Morning Show

Tomorrow morning on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with interim host Nadia Kidwai, I will be presenting the following recipes.  I love pea shoot pesto!  It tastes like Spring!  These recipes are very easy to prepare and are made with local ingredients.  Microgreens from Fresh Forage, Quinoa from Tamarack Farms are both available on Saturday at St. Norbert's Farmer's Market.

Happy Spring!





Turkish Pizza Dough
1 tbs dried yeast (instant yeast)
1 tsp sugar
2 tbs (+) warm water
2/3 + cup Greek style yoghurt (I usually use Astro's Balkan Yoghurt)
1/4 cup olive oil
10 ounces bread flour (I use Prairie Flour and it works out to be a heaping 2 cup measurement, with potentially adding more, depending on the climate of the day)
1/2 tsp sea salt
olive oil

Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water and set aside in a warm place for about 10 minutes until frothy. In another small bowl, whisk the yoghurt and olive oil.

Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the yeast and yoghurt mixtures. Use your fingers to work in the flour and form a smooth ball. Transfer to mixer and knead with a dough hook on low speed for 10 - 15 minutes until very smooth and shiny. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a damp tea towel and let rise for 2 hours or doubled in size.
I use this pizza dough all of the time because it is both easy to prepare and has a great result.  I can always have it in a container in the fridge for making personal sized pizzas when needed.  This is actually something that I need almost daily for my 6 year old�s meals.
Pea Shoot Pesto (using snap pea microgreens from Fresh Forage Microgreens, available at St. Norbert�s Farmer�s Market on Saturday)
Ingredients:
1/4 lb fresh, young pea microgreens
1 bunch chives, chopped (or spring onion)
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts or almonds (for nut allergies, try toasted pumpkin seeds)
salt
pepper

Directions:
Place the pea shoots, chives, garlic, cheese, olive oil, nuts salt and pepper in a food processor or blender, pulse until a thick paste forms.
Use on pizza, pasta, grilled fish or shrimp, toast, etc.
Enjoy!
Quinoa Salad with Microgreens and Lemon vinaigrette
2 cups cooked quinoa (I used Tamarack Farms quinoa, available on Saturday at the St. Norbert�s Farmer�s Market) Cooking ratio is 2:1 water to quinoa and you can cook in broth or with spices
1-2 tbs pesto of your choice
Olive oil, to tastes
Spring Mix Microgreens (available from Fresh Forage Microgreens on Saturday at St. Norbert�s Farmer�s Market)
Lemon vinaigrette (1 part lemon, 2 parts olive oil, herbs such as oregano, salt and pepper, 1 crushed garlic clove optional)
Toss the cooked quinoa with pesto and a drizzle of olive oil.  When serving top with a generous amount of Spring Mix Microgreens and drizzle with lemon vinaigrette just before serving. 
Enjoy and Happy Spring!





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Dorayaki ?????



I have 2 Dorayaki recipes. 

- A quick recipe with simplified ingredients and method that I normally used to make my son's school bento >> Click here for recipe. This recipe yield Dorayaki that is sweeter in taste as I did not want to add fillings for the little boy to eat at school. Served plain.


Served plain. 


- Reduced sugar Dorayaki, the texture is more puffy. Less sweet, just nice to add in fillings. This is the recipe I'm sharing in this blog post. Hope you'll like it too.



My son didn't like red bean paste, his Dorayaki always served plain or with custard filling.

Ingredients: Yield 2 servings
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1 Egg ?? 1? 

25g Castor Sugar ??? 25?

1 heap tsp Honey, about 8g ?? 1???,?? 8?

1 tsp Oil ? 1??

30g Milk ?? 30?

1/2 tsp Baking Powder ??/??? 1/2 ??

60g Cake Flour ?? 60?



I used Blue Jacket Unbleached Cake Flour in this recipe. 




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Method: ??

1. Beat egg and sugar with a hand whisk till light and pale.
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2. Add in honey, mix well. 
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3. Add in oil, mix well. 
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4. Stir in milk, mix well.
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5. Sift in flour and baking powder. Mix well. Do not over mix the mixture. 
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6. Cover with cling wrap and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
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7. Cook in a non stick pan: Heat pan with medium high heat. When the pan is hot, reduce heat. Pour in batter - about 1-2 tbsp batter.
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8. When bubbles appeared, flip over and cook till both sides golden brown. Repeat for the rest. Add fillings as desired. 
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Chocolate Waffles (yeasted) ???????(????)



These yeasted Chocolate Waffles are easy to make, the batter can be prepared ahead of time. This recipe is ideal for busy home cooks to make for family breakfast or kids school snacks/ bento. 

The freshly made waffles texture are crisp on the outside, soft inside. The taste is awesome, no 'yeast taste' at all.







When I'm serving these at home, I made the less sweet waffles topped with some hazelnut chocolate spread and chopped macadamia nuts. Also taste good with ice cream. 



Packed chocolate waffles for my son, for him to eat during school recess.
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When I have to pack these for my son's school snack/ bento, I added some dried cranberries in the batter. That way, the waffles need no toppings and they taste delicious.


Ingredients: 
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60g Milk ?? 60?

1g Instant Yeast ???? 1?

90g Cake Flour ?? 90?

6g Cocoa Powder ??? 6?

40g Castor Sugar/ Brown Sugar ??? 40?,????????25?
(Reduce to 25g for less sweet waffles/ if serving with sweet toppings)

1 Egg ?? 1?

Pinch of Salt ? ??

30g Unsalted Butter (melted) ?? 30?,??








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Method: ??


1. In a bowl, combine yeast and milk, set aside.
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2. In another bowl, sieve flour and cocoa powder, mix well, set aside. 
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3. Whisk egg, sugar and salt to combine. 
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4. Stir in (1) , mix well with a hand whisk.
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5. Stir in (2) , mix well till no more lumps. 
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6. Stir in melted butter. Mix well.
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7.  Cover and store in the refrigerator overnight.
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8. Remove the batter from the refrigerator, let the batter sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. Meanwhile preheat the waffle iron. Cook in a preheated waffle iron for 4 minutes each or until cooked/ crisp. Repeat for the rest. Grease the waffle iron with some oil to prevent sticking. Serve right away.
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Kerala Coconut Curried Mussels and Sweet Potato Fries on CBC's Weekend Morning Show!

This morning on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with interim host Nadia Kidwai, I presented the following dishes.  Mussels are incredibly simple to prepare, are raised organically and sustainably, higher in Omega fatty acids than Salmon, and make a fun meal with friends.


Kerala Coconut Curried Mussels and Sweet Potato Fries

2 lbs PEI Mussels (available at Gimli Fish)
1/4 oil
1 onion, chopped and smashed (traditionally done on a large stone but I mixed them in a blender)
20 curry leaves (Available at Dino�s Grocery Mart, Lucky�s Dong Thai, etc.)
6 green chillies, slit, or favourite chilli
10 small cloves of garlic, smashed or in blender with onions
1 tsp chile powder (aka,cayenne)
3 tbs. corriander powder
1/2 tbs. turmeric powder
1/2 tsp. pepper powder
2 tbs. garam masala

1 1/2 cups coconut milk (easy and inexpensive method to making coconut milk; 1-2 cups UNSWEETENED dry coconut and 1-2 cups very hot water.  Liquefy in blender for about 2 minutes, strain into a bowl and that is your coconut cream.  Repeat with less very hot water and that is your coconut milk, combine for this recipe)

1/2 tsp salt to or to taste

Method:
In a large pot with a lid heat the oil and add the onions, smashed garlic and green chili. After some time add the smashed ginger until they are soft. Chili can be added as per how spicy you like it. When cooked through, add the  coconut milk and cook through.  Then add the mussels, stir,  and cook 3-5 minutes, or until all have opened.  Serve immediately with Sweet potato fries or potato fries.

Enjoy!
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Pan Fried Honey Lime Chicken Wings ???????


Honey + Lime or Honey + Lemon, you'll never go wrong with these combinations.




These delicious Honey Lime Chicken Wings were cooked in a fry pan without oil. Pan fried on medium-high heat to extract the oil from the fat of the wings, skin were nicely brown and pan fried to perfection. 


Honey Lime Chicken Wings pan fried without oil.

Simple recipe, great flavour with a hint of lime that's so appetising and scrumptious. 




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Ingredients: ??

10 Chicken Mid-wing ??/??? 10?

5 cloves Garlic, sliced ?? 5?,??

1 Lime ?? 1?, ?????????
(use the lime zest and juice, add to taste)

1/2 tbsp Shao Xing Hua Tiao Cooking Wine ????? 1/2 ??

2 tbsp Soy Sauce ?? 2??

1 tbsp Honey ?? 1??


(A)

1 tsp corn flour ???/?? 1??

1/4 tsp Salt ? 1/4 ??,????????1/2??
(use 1/2 tsp if serving with rice)

1/8 tsp White Pepper ??? 1/8 ??

1 tsp Grated Ginger ?? 1??

1/2 tsp Sesame Oil ?? 1/2 ??





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Method: ??

1. Wash and pat dry chicken wings with kitchen towel, cut into half.
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2. Add in (A). Mix well. Cover and marinate for 2 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. 
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3. Return to room temperature. Heat the pan.
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4. Place the chicken wings on the preheated fry pan, as shown in the picture below.
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5. Let it cook till the bottom of the skin are brown, as shown in the picture below.
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6. Flip the chicken wings, continue to cook till both sides are nicely brown. Add in garlic and lime zest. Cook till fragrant.
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7. Drizzle some lime juice, cooking wine, soy sauce and honey. 
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8. Stir to coat evenly. Adjust the seasoning if needed. Once the sauce has caramelise and coated on the chicken wings, it's ready to serve as appetiser, finger food or serve warm with rice. 
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Some feedback from those who have tried this recipe:

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