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Sichuan foods is comfort foods - Easy Sichuan Cabbage

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In our last CSA share, we had a couple of cabbages.  I'm always enjoying Sichuan foods as comfort foods.  Something about the warming chilies.  The small green cabbage and medium yellow onions came from our CSA share from Heart's Acres Farm.  I lived in Chongqing, Sichuan for a time in 1983-84.  The recipe calls for peanut butter and peanuts but that can be substituted with tahini or ground pumpkin seeds, if there are allergies. 


Sichuan Peanut Cabbage

1 small-medium green cabbage, cored and medium-large dice
1 medium yellow onion, medium dice
1 inch fresh ginger, chopped
2 whole star anise
2 whole dried red chilies
small piece cinnamon stick or a good pinch ground
drizzle preferred cooking oil
1/3 cup peanut butter, chunky or smooth
1/4 whole roasted peanuts (optional)
2-3 tbs soy sauce
a dash of Chinese cooking wine or Mirin
1 good tbs Chinese hot sauce with peanuts (adjust to your own tastes)  Pictured here:

1 tbs Sichuan Peppercorns, crushed in a mortar

Heat oil in a wok at medium-high…

Soups on at CBC's Weekend Morning Show

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On Saturday, I presented the following 3 soups for CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Nadia Kidwai.  Each are quite simple to prepare with loads of great flavours.  I'm very passionate about soup having a lot of big flavours.

Enjoy!

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

4 red peppers, roasted, seeded and peeled
1 large oven roasted yam or sweet potato
1 head roasted garlic
2 cups chopped tomatoes
2-3 cups broth
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 tbs butter
1 tbs olive oil
Optional: 1 pinch saffron

Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat and add butter and olive oil. Sauté onions until light brown in colour and add remaining ingredients. Cook until well incorporated and purée using an immersion blender or transfer to a blender or foods processor.

Garnish with crouton or crème fraiche and/or crispy fried herbs.

Enjoy!

Dhal

2 cups red lentils
1 medium onion, diced
1 inch ginger, grated
3-4 cloves garlic, grated
2 tbs curry spice blend (I make my own in small batches as I roast and …

Lunches from the Market on CBC's Weekend Morning Show

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This morning I will be presenting the following dishes on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Terry MacLeod.  Lunches can easily be prepared in advance for a great experience, and save money.



Yellow Split Pea Soup withsmoked Berkshire hock (Wildfire Farms) 1 onion, chopped 1 smoked pork hock (available at Wildfire Farms at St. Norbert’s Farmer’s Market, Zinn Farms) 1 tbs olive oil 2-3 carrots, peeled and diced 2 ribs celery, chopped 2 cups yellow lentils (try varieties such as green split peas, red lentils, etc.) 1 tbs Cajun spices (equal parts hot smoked paprika, cumin, and chipotle) 1 tsp salt (to taste) Pepper, to taste 4-6 cups water or broth Heat a large soup pot over medium-high heat and add olive oil, onion, carrots, celery, Smoked Ham Hock. Sauté until soft. Add lentils and stir through. Add water or broth and bring to a boil. DO NOT ADD SALT YET! When the meat on the hock is tender to fall off of the bone, remove from the pot, and piece out the meat, discarding the skin and bones. Yo…

Lamb chops with Ras el Hanout

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I recently bought a lot of lamb from a fantastic producer, Gerry Oliver from Spiritsands Shepherds.  I will be featuring some lamb dishes this upcoming Manitoba Fibrefestival, Friday evening and Saturday at the Red River Exhibition Grounds.  Manitoba lamb is some of the best in the world.

Here, I have prepared an elegant meal that is very easy to prepare, of Ras el Hanout rubbed lamb loin chops, wild rice pilaf, and chipotle butter corn on the cob.



Ras el Hanout rubbed Lamb loin chops with orange and pomegranate.

4 lamb chops (2 per person)
Enough Ras el Hanout to rub all over the meat.
olive oil
salt, to taste
2-3 tbs butter
Zest of one orange
Juice of one orange
1 tbs Dijon mustard
~1/4 cup of Pomegranate liquor (can substitute with an orange liquor or brandy)

Brown chops that have had Ras el Hanout rubbed onto them and let chill for a few hours in olive oil and a bit of butter, for 2 minutes per side.  Remove from pan and let rest.  Add juice, zest, liquor, mustard, and butter to the pan and …

Apples for CBC Weekend Morning Show!

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This morning on CBC's Weekend Morning Show with host Terry MacLeod, I made the following dishes using wonderful local apples from Wiens Farm, Piccola Cucina shells, and other local ingredients.


Fruit Platz
1 1/4 c. flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 c.butter (Notre Dame Dairies)
1 egg yolk (Nature's farm), beaten with
2 tbsp. milk (or a little more)

Sift flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together. Cream butter, add sited ingredients and blend. Combine egg yolk and milk, add to butter mixture and mix. Press into a greased 11" x 7" pa. Press 3 cp apple wedges, 3/4" thick (any fruit you like) I use about 5 apples, sliced and pressed in.

Combine:

3/4 c. sugar, 1/2 c. flour, 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (opt.) about 1/4 c. butter (or less) to make a crumb topping. Can sprinkle with almond slices (opt.) Sprinkle crumbs over fruit. Bake at 375 degrees F. oven for 50 minutes or until apples are done. Serve warm with ice cream, whipped crea…

Celeriac, it is easier than you think!

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I got two gorgeous celeriac bulbs in my CSA share last week.  I have to admit to have never prepared celeriac but I was eager to try it out.  It couldn't be easier and more delicious!  I looked up an Alton Brown recipe and adapted it.  Celeriac is available now at St. Norbert's Farmer's Market.






Blue Cheese Celeriac Purée

2-4 Celeriac bulbs, brushed clean, thinly peeled, cubed.  (place cubes in a bowl of cold water)
1 tbs butter
1/4-1/2 cup cream
1/4 cup Buttermilk Blue cheese, crumbled
pinch nutmeg
salt, to taste
white pepper, to taste

Bring a medium sized saucepan of water to boil.  Boil the drained celeriac cubes until quite soft, about 5-8 minutes.  Drain and place cubes back into the saucepan.  Warm butter and cream in the microwave and add to the cubes.  Add the crumbled blue cheese, nutmeg, salt, and white pepper. 

Using an immersion blender, purée until smooth.  Alton Brown's recipe was even simpler, with no blue cheese or nutmeg.  Enjoy!

Pictured above with Turkish roaste…

More harvest ideas for beets and carrots on CBC's Weekend Morning Show

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This morning, on CBC's Weekend Morning Show, with host Nadia Kidwai, I will be presenting the following recipes.  These dishes are so easy to prepare with loads of flavour.  



Carrot Thoren
2 cups finely shredded carrots
salt, to taste
2 tbs oil
1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
2 tsp black gram dhal or urdad dal *
1 large onion, finely chopped
1-2 green chilies, sliced thinly in rounds
a few curry leaves *
1/2 cup finely grated coconut *

1. Heat oil in a pot on medium high heat and add the mustard seeds.
The seeds will pop. Then add the dhal and fry until it becomes golden
brown. Add onion, green chilies, curry leaves and sauté. When
almost translucent add grated coconut and stir for a few minutes.
2. Toss in the carrots and add salt to taste. Gently sauté until
water has been absorbed or evaporated.

Note: red and green chilies have a lovely appearance. Cauliflower,
beans, cabbage and other vegetables can be prepared similarly.

Enjoy!

Chilled Roasted Beet Soup

4-5 large beets (I used red b…