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Quinoa tabbouleh

Cityline | posted Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

This fresh, gluten-free alternative to traditional tabbouleh makes a great side dish or summer potluck salad!

Quinoa tabbouleh

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup rough chopped parsley
  • 1/2 finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup rough chopped mint
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper

Method:

Toss in a large bowl and serve.

 		

Strawberry-rhubarb pie

Chatelaine | posted Monday, May 11th, 2015

PREP 30  MIN TOTAL 1 HOUR 30 MIN  SERVES 8

This sweet and savoury strawberry-rhubarb pie will have you wanting more! Be sure to have lots of napkins close by, it can get messy.

INGREDIENTS

4 cups  sliced rhubarb
3 1/2 cups hulled and quartered strawberries, about 500 g
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup minute tapioca
orange zest, from 1 orange
1 double-crust pie pastry, prepared and divided into 2 discs
1 egg, lightly beaten, or 1 tbsp light milk
 granulated sugar, for sprinkling

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Combine rhubarb and strawberries in a large bowl. When you’re ready to roll out pastry and assemble pie, stir sugar, tapioca and zest into fruit. Let stand, stirring occasionally, for 15 min, so that berries and rhubarb release juices.
  • Place rack in lowest position in oven. Preheat oven to 425F. Using a floured rolling pin, roll one disc of pastry on a floured surface into a 12-in. circle. Loosely roll up around rolling pin. Unroll over 9-in. deep-dish pie plate. Press dough over bottom and sides of pie plate. Don’t prick. Trim pastry, leaving a 1/4-in. overhang. Roll out remaining pastry disc into an 11-in. circle.
  • Spread filling evenly into pie crust. Moisten edge of bottom crust with water. Roll top crust around rolling pin, then unroll over filling. Trim edges, leaving 1-in. overhang.
  • Fold top edge under bottom edge. Crimp edges together using your index finger and thumb. Or press around edges using the tines of a fork.
  • Lightly brush top crust with egg. Cut small slits or a round hole in top crust for steam to escape. Sprinkle with sugar. Place pie on a baking sheet.
  • Bake on bottom rack for 15 min. Reduce temperature to 350F. Continue baking until bottom and top crusts are golden and fruit is bubbling, 45 to 60 min

EASY ROLLING

Let chilled pie dough stand at room temperature for a few minutes before rolling out. This will help prevent tears in the pastry.

PERFECT TEXTURE

We worked hard to get this fruit filling just right – not too runny or too thick. We even made versions with different amounts of tapioca and asked our co-workers to pick their favourites. And the last key to a luscious texture? Waiting for the pie to cool before digging in!

NUTRITION

Calories 505
Protein 5 g
Carbohydrates 76 g
Fat 21 g
Fibre 4 g
Sodium 135 mg

Vij Family’s Chicken Curry

BT Calgary | posted Monday, May 11th, 2015

Vij Family’s Chicken Curry
(From Vikram Vij’s Elegant & Inspired Indian Cuisine by Vikram Vij & Meeru Dhalwala)

Serves 6

Wine Selection: A Spanish Tempranillo with good fruit and balanced tannins is a great pairing.

Ingredients:

• ½ cup canola oil
• 2 cups finely chopped onions (2 large)
• 3 inch stick of cinnamon
• 3 Tbsp finely chopped garlic
• 2 Tbsp chopped ginger
• 2 cups chopped tomatoes (2 large)
• 1 Tbsp salt
• ½ tsp ground black pepper
• 1 tsp turmeric
• 1 Tbsp ground cumin
• 1 Tbsp ground coriander
• 1 Tbsp garam masala
• ½ tsp ground cayenne pepper
• 3 lbs chicken thighs, bone in
• 1 cup sour cream, stirred
• 2 cups water
• ½ cup chopped cilantro (including stems)

Preparation:

  1. In a large pan, heat oil on medium heat for 1 minute. Add onions and cinnamon, and sauté for another 4 minutes.
  2. Add ginger, tomatoes, salt, black pepper, turmeric, cumin, coriander, garam masala and cayenne.
  3. Cook this masala for 5 minutes, or until the oil separates from the masala.
  4. Remove and discard skin from the chicken thighs.
  5. Wash thighs and add to the masala. Stir well.
  6. Cook chicken thighs for 10 minutes, until the chicken looks cooked on the outside.
  7. Add sour cream and water and stir well. Increase the heat to medium-high.
  8. When curry starts to boil, reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring 2 or 3 times, until chicken is completely cooked.
  9. Poke the thighs with a knife. If the meat is still pink, cook for 5 more minutes.
  10. Remove and discard the cinnamon stick. Cool curry for at least half an hour.
  11. Transfer cooled chicken to a mixing bowl.
  12. Wearing latex gloves, peel chicken meat off the bones.
  13. Discard bones and stir chicken back into the curry.
  14. Just before serving, heat curry on medium heat until it starts to boil lightly.
  15. Stir in cilantro.

 

To Serve: Dived curry evenly among six bowls. Serve with naan or rice.

 

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Vikram’s Boneless Goat Curry

BT Calgary | posted Monday, May 11th, 2015

Courtesy Vikram Vij

 

STEWED GOAT

• ½ cup ghee or butter
• 1 tsp salt
• 6 lbs goat meat, bone-in, cut in 1 ½ -to 2-inch dice
• 1 cup of water

MASALA

• ½ cup of cooking oil
• 1 tbsp + 1 tsp cumin seeds
• 3-inch cinnamon stick
• 5 black cardamom pods, lightly pounded (Optional)
• 10 cloves
• 1 lb red onions, thinly sliced
• 3 tbsp chopped garlic (9 medium cloves)
• 2 tbsp finely chopped ginger
• 3 cups pureed tomatoes (6 medium)
• 1 tsp black pepper
• 2 tbsp ground cumin
• 2 tbsp garam masala
• 1 ½ tsp salt
• 1 tbsp paprika (optional)
• 1 tsp turmeric
• 1 ½ tsp ground cayenne pepper (optional)
• 1 cup plain yogurt (minimum 2% milk fat), stirred
• 6 cups water

STEWED GOAT:

  1. In a large pot on medium-high heat, combine ghee (or butter), salt, goat meat and water.
  2. Stir regularly for 10 to 15 minutes, or until meat is browned and begins to release its juices.
  3. Cover and reduce the heat to low, then cook for 1 ¼ hours, stirring every 15 minutes.
  4. The goat meat and bones will release water and should not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  5. If the meat is sticking, add ½ to 1 cup of water.
  6. While the goat meat is stewing, make the masala in a separate pan.

MASALA:

  1. In a large pot, heat oil on medium-high for 1 minute.
  2. Add cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon and black cardamom, stir and allow cumin seeds to sizzle for 30 seconds.
  3. Stir in onion and sauté for 7 to 8 minutes, or until crispy brown on the edges.
    Add garlic and sauté for 2 minutes, or until browned.
  4. Stir in ginger, tomatoes, black pepper, ground cumin, garam masala, turmeric, salt, paprika and cayenne.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook for 3 minutes.
  6. Place yogurt in a small bowl.
  7. To prevent curdling, spoon 2 to 3 tbsp of the hot masala into the yogurt.
  8. Stir well, then pour the yogurt mixture into the pot of masala.
  9. Sauté masala for another 2 minutes, then stir in water, increase the heat to high and bring to a boil.
  10. Cover, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  11. Turn off the heat.

FINISH CURRY:

  1. After goat has stewed for 1 ¼ hours, remove a piece from the pot, allow it cool for a minute and pull some meat off the bone.
  2. If it pulls off easily and is tender remove the pot from the heat.
  3. If not, cook the goat meat for another 15 minutes.
  4. Once goat neat is cooked, turn off the heat and allow to cool for 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Set the pot of cooled goat meat beside the pot of curry.
  6. Wearing plastic gloves, pull the goat meat off the bones.
  7. Discard the bones and return the goat meat to the pot of curry.
  8. Just before serving, heat goat curry on medium-high and bring it to a boil.
  9. Stir and reduce the heat to medium, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  10. Serve immediately.
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Noble Waffles

BT Calgary | posted Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

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Mom’s Best Meals: Noble Waffles

Courtesy Chef Michael Noble of thenashyyc.com and notabletherestaurant.ca and adapted from Five Roses cookbook.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2              Cups       flour ~ all purpose
  • 3              Tsp        baking powder
  • 1              Tsp        salt
  • 3              Tsp       sugar
  • 2              Cups       milk
  • 3              pc         egg yolk
  • 5              Tbsp       vegetable oil
  • 3              pc         egg white

 

Method:

  1. Place all dry ingredients from the first section into a large mixing bowl, stir to combine.
  2. In a separate bowl place all wet ingredients from the second section of the recipe.
  3. Using a hand whisk combine all of the wet ingredients.
  4. Form a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, pour the wet ingredients into the well. Stir the ingredients together from the inside out only until a batter is formed. Set aside for 5 minutes while you whisk the egg whites.
  5. Whip the egg whites until soft peaks form.
  6. Fold the whipped egg whites into the batter, leave a few pieces of the whipped whites visible, don’t overmix at this point as air will escape and the waffles will be heavy.
  7. Preheat a waffle iron.
  8. Place a spoonful of the batter on the iron and close.
  9. Cook the waffle until the steam stops rising, or until desired doneness is achieved.
  10. Eat the waffle immediately when it is light, crispy and fluffy.

 

Enjoy!

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Astounding eggs benedict

Chatelaine | posted Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Classic hollandaise is made with lots of butter, but we traded it for Greek yogurt with amazing results. And our favourite fast-food hash browns are usually deep fried, but we baked them instead and, wow, are they good!

PREP 25 MIN | TOTAL 25 MIN | MAKES 4 SERVINGS

INGREDIENTS

2 egg yolks
1/2 cup 2% Greek yogurt
1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1/4 tsp salt

EGGS BENNY

2
 whole-wheat English muffins
1 tbsp white vinegar
4 eggs
130-g pkg smoked salmon
1 cup baby spinach
1 tbsp finely chopped chives

INSTRUCTIONS

  •  FILL a wide pot 2 in. deep with water and bring to a simmer. Whisk yolks with yogurt, butter, Dijon, zest and salt in a medium heatproof bowl and place over water. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens and yolks are cooked, 7 min. Remove bowl from heat. Toast muffins.
  •  ADD vinegar to simmering water. Crack an egg into a small dish, then slip into water. Repeat with remaining eggs. Adjust heat so water gently simmers. Cook, uncovered, until whites are set and yolks are done as you like, 3 to 6 min. It’s best if yolks are runny.
  •  PLACE a muffin half on each plate. Top with spinach, then smoked salmon. Using a slotted spoon, remove poached eggs. Dab whites with paper towel to absorb water, then place an egg on each muffin. Whisk yogurt sauce and spoon overtop. Season with fresh pepper and sprinkle with chives.

Chef Darren’s Chili Recipe

BT Calgary | posted Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Chef Darren’s Chili Recipemoms best meal

Courtesy Darren MacLean, downtownfood

 

Ingredients:

 

  • Splash of vegetable oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 chili pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 lbs of lean ground beef
  • 3400g tins of whole tomatoes with juice, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons toasted and ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 cinnamon stick (Chef) (no cinnamon stick for Mom)
  • 2 450g cans kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 350 ml can of beer (Mom)
  • 1/4 cup red wine (Chef)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
  • 3 teaspoons shredded scallions

 

 

To make:

 

  1. In a medium-sized stockpot, heat the oil over medium heat. Sauté onion, chili pepper and garlic until soft. Add ground beef; cook and stir until meat is browned, then drain off all excess fat from the beef before heading to the next step.
  2. De-glaze with wine and/or beer; allow to reduce by half before heading to the next step.
  3. Pour in tomatoes with liquid, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, paprika, oregano, and cinnamon stick. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
  4. Stir in kidney beans and cook for another 15 minutes.
  5. Finish with a touch bitter dark chocolate for a chef’s touch (1/2 T only).
  6. Top with cheddar, sour cream and freshly chopped green onions.

 
Check out Chef Darren Maclean create this recipe with his mom!

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Sweet & Sour Baby Back Ribs

BT Calgary | posted Friday, May 1st, 2015

Canola oil
2 racks of baby back ribs
1 tbsp grated ginger
2½ tbsp potato starch
½ cup shaved red onion
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp minced white onion
1 carrot julienne
½ granny smith apple julienne
½ red pepper julienne
½ green pepper julienne
1 cups frozen peas
½ cup raw sugar
3 tbsp soy sauce
½ cup white vinegar
2 lemons juiced and zested
2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp fine grind gochugaru
Mixed sesame seeds
Water

Cook Ribs
Preheat oven to 300 F.
Peel off tough membrane that covers the bony side of the ribs.
Season the pork with salt, grated ginger and black pepper. Cover, and refrigerate.
Lay ribs on two layers of foil, shiny side out and meaty side down.
Lay two layers of foil on top of ribs and roll and crimp edges tightly, edges facing up to seal.
Place on baking sheet and bake for 2½ hours. Remove from oven and cool completely.
Once cool cut each rib individually and set aside.

Make Sauce
Preheat a pan on high heat for a minute. Add 2 tablespoons of canola oil, minced garlic and minced onion. Add in carrots, apples and peas and sauté for 30 seconds. Stir frequently.
Add 1 cup of water, vinegar, lemon juice and raw sugar and mix well. Bring it to boil. Reduce the heat to low. Add 1 tablespoon of soy sauce for color and season with salt and black pepper. Mix potato starch with ⅓ cup of COLD water in a small bowl. Add a little more water if potato starch is not completely dissolved. Add the starch mix to the sauce slowly on low heat. You can add more starch mix if needed. Aim for a consistency that is a little thicker than pancake syrup. Add lemon zest, mix well and let it simmer on lowest heat to keep it warm.

Assemble the Dish
Preheat vegetable oil in a pot or in a deep-fryer for deep-frying (350 °F or 180 °C). The amount of oil depends on what kind of pot you use and how much meat you are frying. Make sure there is enough oil for a few ribs to be completely immersed when frying. To see if the oil is ready, you can drop in a small piece of pork. If it floats to the surface in a couple of seconds, it’s hot enough. Don’t deep-fry too many at once. It will lower the temperature of the oil and the meat will take longer to cook and become greasier.
Whisk together, buttermilk and eggs. Lightly dredge the pork ribs in the rice flour, add to butter milk/egg mixture then coat again with rice flour. Add to the pre-heated oil one by one. Deep-fry pork for about 5 minutes and season with salt and pepper when done.

Serve on a plate and pour the sauce on top. Drizzle with remaining 2 tbsp soy sauce, dust with gochugaru and garnish with shaved red onion and sesame seeds.

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