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Beets for Tandoori Chicken and Fish Tikka Masala! For CBC's Weekend Morning Show

I'll be presenting two recipes tomorrow for CBC's Weekend Morning Show, with guest host, Laurie Hoogstraten.  Tandoori Chicken and Fish Tikka Masala.  

Quite often, Tandoori Chicken has red foods colouring added to give it the desired colour.  The Beet Sauce from Dr. Beetroot takes care of that.  It also has all natural ingredients and a great flavour!  I'll be using it for dips as well.  

I used local Arctic Char, available year round, fresh on Fridays at Gimli Fish.  It is a consistently great product.  One can also use other firm fish for the recipe.

Tandoori Chicken (serves 4-6)

10 pieces skinless chicken (I prefer to use chicken thighs as they are very easy to skin and then are lower fat)
2/3 cup Dr. Beetroot Sauce (available at St. Norbert’s Farmer’s Market, Osborne Village Farmer’s Market and Co-op stores)
1/2 cup rich yoghurt (I used Dairy Fairy’s yoghurt, also available at St. Norbert’s Farmer’s Market and daily at the Osborne Village Farmer’s Market)
1 tbs lemo…

Happy Lunar New Year! On CBC's Weekend Morning Show

Happy New Year!  Tomorrow, on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with Interim Host, Laurie Hoogstraten, I will be presenting these Sichuan noodles, known as Dan Dan Mian.  The long noodles are for happiness with a long life.  There are many dishes for luck and wealth for the new year.  In the year of the Rooster, Dumplings, for wealth, sweet rice balls for family togetherness, rice cake to increase your status or income, citrus fruit for wealth and fullness, and fish, also to increase prosperity. I was fortunate to live in Chongqing, Sichuan for a period, and enjoyed these noodles with ground pork.  The most remarkable place was at the Great Buddha in Leshan.   Enjoy for luck, long life, and because they are really yummy! * For the Chilli oil, great chili oils can be purchased.  I used this one with peanuts that I can purchase at SunWah Grocery Store.  

새해 복 많이 받으세요! 新年快樂! 明けましておめでとうございます!
Chúc mừng năm mới!

Dan Dan Mian, aka for me, Great Buddha Noodles 
1. For the Chilli Oil: (you can purchase …

Sichuan Whitefish and North Indian Cheela (Gluten Free flatbread!) on CBC!

This morning, on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Nadia Kidwai, I presented a dish from North India and a Sichuan fish dish.  So yummy together as well as quite simple to prepare!
The local whitefish is related to salmon, caught wild in Manitoba, and is higher in omega fatty acids than in salmon.It is a sustainable fish.This fish was brought down yesterday from fishers 9 hours North of Winnipeg.  It is available at Gimli Fish.  
The Pea Flour that I used for the Cheela, was from Tamarack Farm.  Traditionally, this lovely flatbread is made with Chick Pea flour, or Besan.  The local pea flour is a wonderful ingredient for this incredibly simple dish!

Sichuan Crispy Whitefish
1 whole whitefish (available at Gimli Fish)* 2 ½ tbs shaoxin rice wine 2 ½ tbs finely chopped ginger ½ tsp salt Oil to deep fry fish in wok 2 -4 spring onions, chopped 4 cloves garlic, chopped 2 ½ tsp chilli bean paste 1 cup stock or water

Winter fare from Mexico on CBC's Weekend Morning Show

Yesterday I had the pleasure of presenting these two lovely winter dishes on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Terry MacLeod.    

 They are surprising easy to prepare and with wonderful results.  I used the cheese from the Dairy Fairy for the Queso Fresco. 

Black Bean Soup with Orange Zest: Sopa de Invierno

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 cups cooked black beans (if using canned beans rinse them well)
½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, or to taste
¼ cup plain yogurt
 chopped cilantro and scallions for garnish
Salt, to taste


In a large saucepan, heat the oil, add the onion and cook, stirring, until wilted and just beginning to brown. Add the garlic and cumin and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the beans, orange juice and zest, chicken stock, lime juice and yogurt and cook until heated through.

Using an immersion blender, pur…

Get to know your Butcher on CBC's Weekend Morning Show

This morning on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with interim host Laurie Hoogstraten, I am featuring a pork dish using pork buttons that I got from Denny's Meat Market.  This is a rather "old school" kind of cut of pork and many stores and butcher shops don't carry them any longer but these are so simple to prepare and a great value. 

I'm always telling people to get to know where they get their fish, vegetables and meats.  Getting to know your butcher is really recommended for your own interest.  They will give you a great deal of information on what you want or what you may try and they may specialize in products that you can't find anywhere else.  Denny's Meat Market, for example, also specializes in fresh sausages of a wide range of flavours.

For this dish, you can use the pork buttons, pork belly, or cuts for Kalbi.  For the vegetarians, this segment doesn't leave you out either.  You can use the marinade for seitan, tofu, eggplant, firm mushrooms …

Kitcheri on CBC

This morning, on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Nadia Kidway, I presented the following dishes.  I made these for a few reasons.  It is a New Year and we all need help with ideas for keeping New Year's resolutions, be they about your own health, or about buying local foods and supporting local producers.  These dishes are very healthy and are recommended for recovering from illness, as a cleansing diet, and great vegan proteins.  These are also delicious.

Kitcheri 1 (Red lentils and Basmati Rice) 1 cup Basmati Rice, washed 1 cup Red Lentils, washed 1 yellow onion, sliced 1 tbs Olive Oil 1 tsp Black Mustard Seeds 1/2 tsp each ground cinnamon, ground cumin, ground coriander 1/8 tsp asafetida In a small blender: 1" inch ginger 1 Green chili pepper (optional) 1 head garlic cloves 1-2 pieces of fresh turmeric or 1 tsp ground turmeric (blend until smooth)
8 leaves curry leaves 4 cups Water (or combination with coconut milk) 1 1/2 tsp salt
Options:Cooked squash, cubed
Instructions Star…

Happy New Year! Portzelki! Aka, New Year's Cookies, Olliebollie, etc.

Yesterday, even though I rarely deep fry foods, I decided to give my hand to this traditional Russian New Year's delight.  I took some videos and images for a step by step process and, when breaking it down, it isn't too difficult.  Just get the Mise en place and it goes quite quickly.

First, soak the raisins in hot water and then dry on a tea towel in a slightly warm oven to plump up.  Set aside.  Second tip, I warmed the milk, butter, saffron and sugar together.  To cool the milk mixture enough so as to not kill the yeast, I added in the cooled raisins.

Third tip, separate the eggs and whip the whites prior to needing to mix them in and set aside.  Fourth tip, add salt at the end of the mixing of the second rising with the additional flour, again, so as to not kill the yeast.

Fifth tip, cook in a pot that will allow the portzelki to turn over and deep enough to hold enough oil.  If cooked at the correct temperature, the fritters will not absorb much oil or burn.
Have fun!