Saturday, February 4, 2012

Carrot Walnut Omelet

Inspired by a fantastic breakfast joint in East Van (Roundel Cafe) I took a stab at making my own variation of my fav dish and it was surprisingly tasty with my healthier version.

Ingredients:
Egg Whites
Cinnamon
Walnuts (blended for smaller bits)
Shredded Carrots
Provolone Cheese
Salt & Pepper

Thats all kids! So easy, so heathy and stood the test of my fiance who is very particular about our weekend breakfasts :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Watermelon Salad w/ Strawberry Fig Balsalmic Reduction

If you haven't tried any of the Nonna Pia's gourmet reductions yet you are truly depriving your tastebuds of pure joy! Do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle from Edible BC on Granville Island and if you can't decide between Classic, Rosemary or Strawberry/Fig just ask them for a taster and they will be more than happy to give you one.
There are even a bunch of recipes online to help you out too :) Here is one to get you salivating in the mean time ;)

Ingredients

Butter lettuce
Watermelon
Red Onion
Dates
Slivered Almonds
Goat Cheese (a nice soft one from Oyama Sausage - Jerome just knows how to pick 'em!)
Toasted sourdough bread cut in squares
Drizzle with olive oil
Drizzle with Nonna Pia's flavorful and velvety smooth Strawberry/Fig balsamic reduction and you have a summer in a bowl! Perfect if you didn't get a chance to soak up as much natural Vitamin D as you would've liked on this lovely day!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Bliss Balls

These tasty little morsels are the perfect afternoon snack to give you energy before hitting the gym or to tie you over till dinner time! I made an extra large batch of quinoa for dinner the night before then used the rest for my Bliss Balls the next day :)

Ingredients:


Dried Cherries
Dried Cranberries
Walnuts
Cinnamon
Black Sesame Seeds
Ground Flax
Black Rock Salt
Quinoa
Almond Butter
Honey

Blend up all the dry ingredients, then mix with the wet and roll into balls :)


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Coco Apple Zinger

This Coconut, Apple, Ginger Shake is my new favorite! It is refreshing, smooth and packed full of nourishing goodness!
First, Juice 4 *organic apples (I like BC pink ladies) and 2 little nubs of ginger.
Add to blender with the following ingredients:
-Banana
-Coconut Water (hydrating detoxifier!)
-Coconut Oil (does wonders for hair, skin & stress)
-Hemp Hearts (rich source of protein and Omega's)
Blend with 4 ice cubes and serve :)

*Always buy Organic Apples*
The FDA states that more pesticides are found on apples than any other vegetable or fruit! When the Environmental Working Group tested conventionally grown apples, they discovered as many as 36 pesticides on the apples. The pesticides that were detected have been linked to damages to the human reproductive system, damages to the brain and nervous system, including decreased intelligence and increased attention problems in children, and damages to the immune system. The pesticides penetrate right into the flesh of the apples so you can't just scrub them away!
Studies from Britain and France reveal organic apples have greater concentrations of nutrients. Cornell University researchers concluded that apple consumption could be an effective strategy for cancer prevention and that the phytonutrients in organic apples may actually reduce breast tumors.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Browned Butter Yam Gnocchi with Toasted Sage


After a delightful birthday celebration for my friend at Boneta in gastown I fell in love with Gnocchi and just had to make at home!
One day I will make it from scratch but for now I'm just going to take advantage of having convenient access to local granville island artisans.
I picked up about 300 grams of Yam Gnocchi and a stick of Parmesan from Zara's Deli as well as 2 marinated bocconcini cheese balls for my side salad.
This only took me about 15 mins to prepare and was oh so satisfying.


Yam Gnocchi
Butter (brown on low in a cast iron pan)
Sage (toast in toaster oven)
Yam Gnocchi (throw into boiling water for 5 mins, drain in colander, add to browned butter and stir)
Add sage--- Salt & Pepper --- garnish with slices of parmesan cheese & fresh sage
(I used the amazing Royal blend Pepper from local gourmet artesian JEAN-PIERRE COTE it's made with black & green pepper, all spice, clove, fennel seeds, cinnamon and rose petals)

Bocconcini Salad
Organic Heirloom tomatoes
Bocconcini Cheese
Fresh Basil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

This dish was perfectly complimented with the elegant Gehringer Brother's Merlot from Village Wines. Village Wines has a fantastic selection of VQA wines from BC and actually sell for the same price as the wineries! They also have tastings on weekends, yay! Click here for the schedule :)

I also recently picked up a herbal almanac from a garage sale and will start incorporating health benefits into my posts :)


Health Benefits of Sage
-aids in digestion
-helps settle stomach
-soothes and stimulates skin (ie. facial steam)

Sage contains hormone precursors useful for treating menopause & irregular menstruation

Dipping a cloth into the hot tea creates a sage compress which can be applied to the forehead to help relieve tension headaches & hot flashes...breathe deeply to inhale as well as absorb sage's aromatic benefits.

A compress applied to the diaphragm or abdominal areas can help soothe stomach cramps, flatulence and general intestinal/digestive discomfort. Whenever a compress is applied, also consider sipping a cup of the sage tea (honey may be added for flavor).

tea brewed from sage leaves (just add boiling water to a couple teaspoons of dried sage and let steep for 10 mins): serves as an antiseptic blood & nerve tonic; also works as an astringent agent for the body to dry up breast milk, night sweats & mucus congestion.


Historical Folklore
Hunters often slept with bundles of sage tucked ito each armpit. THe herb would help suppress perspiration, absorb human odors and impart a subtle leafy fragrance to the skin. Hunters would also chew the leaves to whiten their teeth and freshen breath.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The World Cup Paella

Fifty eight years after my Oma and Opa freshly arrived off the boat, I was cooking up a Paella in honor of my heritage.
In the semi-finals of the World Cup my boyfriend (whose team is England anyways) contested there was no way the Dutch would beat Germany but when they did it was on! He went with Spain believing they were the better team, had more interesting names to announce and had the best goalie in the world. Our wager began at $5 then he suggested that if Spain won I would have to make him Paella, since he still remembered the flavorful medley he experienced for the first time in 2001 with his brother in San Sebastian. I on the other hand whole-heatedly thought my tangerine team would win and I imagined my man in the kitchen with an apron cookin up croquettes for me. Guess not.... Soon after the game ended I ventured down to Granville Island to stock up on some essentials. I got approx. 100 grams of both prawns and mussels from Seafood City and 4 spicy sausages from Oyama Sasuage. The rest I collected from all over but they key ingredient (saffron) was from South China Seas.

Ingredients

Olive Oil
Chicken (cut in squares)
Spicy Sausage (sliced into cylindrical nuggets)
Prawns (leave the head on some for presentation)
Mussels (leave some on the half shell for presentation)

Onion
Garlic
Peas
Tomatoes
Red Peppers
Saffron

Lemon
Parsley

Chicken Stock
Brown Rice
Salt and Pepper

The trick to this is having everything chopped up and ready to go before hand... Essentially you will have 3 elements going at once.
Element 1 - Get your brown rice going in the chicken stock.
Element 2 - Mussels. Rinse and wash your mussels then put them in a pot with water, heat them up until they are open. Make sure and discard the unopened ones since they could make you toss your cookies :( The mussels only take about 15 mins.
Element 3 - A big busy wok... Drizzle some olive oil in the wok with the onions and let them caramelize a bit. Then add the chicken for a few minutes followed by the sausage (this is your chance to start getting the majority of the steamed mussels out of their shell). Once those meats are nice and browned add in the garlic, peas, tomatoes, red peppers and a generous pinch of saffron. Fold together a few times and add your pot of rice to the mix along with fresh lemon and steamed mussel juices. You're almost there! Toss the peeled and bug eyed shrimp on top and cover with a lid so they can get comfortable... Once the shrimplets are warmed up start orchestrating the placement of the mussels, lemons and parsley. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and take delight in this challenging dish you have created. My guests were in heaven and my man said it was better than the one he had in Spain!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Canadian Prosciutto Pom Salad













For my grandmothers Canada Day BBQ she assigned me with salad duty. Instead of just whipping up something ordinary, I took this as an opportunity to create a dish reflecting a little Canadian pride!
I used a base of organic greens and arugula topped with sliced fennel, red onions and red peppers.
My next layer was comprised of mild Canadian prosciutto with creamy Okanagan Goat cheese
from Dussa's Ham and Cheese on Granville Island. I topped it off with a pile of juicy pomegranate
seeds and a drizzle of my favorite original Little Creek salad dressing.

***The secret to seeding a pomegranate is slicing it in half from top to bottom if the nub is ontop.
Then face the open part into a bowl and start banging the skin, then the seeds will fall out like shaking apples out of a tree.
Happy Canada Day!!!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Rushed Rice Cake Gourmet


I whipped up this tasty treat tonight and couldn't help but share right away!
You know those nights when you hit the gym after work on an empty stomach and during your shavasana pose at the end of yoga you are warning your tummy not to wake up your neighbor?!?! Well thats exactly the kind of night I had, all I could think of was what am I gonna eat after? I knew I wanted to make something at home. It had to be healthy. Had to be quick and tasty too. During my exalted warrior pose I remembered I had some nice organic brown and buckwheat rice cakes in the cupboard so I started there. Hmmm, what next how bout some hummus... yeah! Then I'll add some tomato, basil and balsamic like that amazing appie at Earls! (I think I will always be addicted to the food there! lol). Unfortunately by the time I was starving, the Granville market was closed so I was forced to go to Price Smart yet again. Surprisingly they had Hot House Okanagan tomatoes that I snatched up in a jiffy, then I grabbed some organic chic peas and just behind me I was enticed by a bottle of spicy chipotle sauce, so I grabbed that along with an avocado and some sweet organic basil on the way out. When I walked into my place I turned on the tube to So You Think You Can Dance and began gabbin on the phone with a good ol' friend.
I tossed the chic peas in the blender along with a heaping table spoon of Tahini, juice of a fresh lime, 3 cloves of garlic, about a teaspoon of chipotle sauce and a substantial flow of olive oil. The blender was not moving the way it should so to thin the hummus up a bit I poured in some apple cider vinegar which worked like a charm and tasted delightful too.
Then I doused the rice cake with my hummus concoction and topped it off with chopped basil, avocado and Okanagan tomatoes. Lastly I drizzled with Norna Pia's Gourmet Strawberry Fig balsamic reduction and seasoned with tuxedo Maison Cote tuxedo pepper and black sea salt. To top it off I garnished with a 7 week old piece of fresh basil from my balcony garden! What a scrumptious treat!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Summer is for BBQ'n :)

With summer just around the corner you have probably already caught a waft of those tantalizing, smoky BBQ scents coming from your neighbors balcony! After a long day at work I just wanted to whip up something quick and delicious that would satisfy my craving for something on the grill.

I decided to make Stuffed Greek Chicken Breasts which were really easy to get prepped for the BBQ and turned out tender and tangy. I used my slap chop to make the filling, which consisted of green onion, garlic, red pepper, goat feta, cilantro, jalapeno and fresh squeezed lime. Then I placed the filing in the chicken breast and rolled it up, pinning the ends together with long toothpicks. I marinated the breasts in fresh lime juice with salt and pepper until my BBQ chef got home from work ;)

My salad consisted of organic spinach, red peppers, fresh mango chunks, cherry tomatoes and green onions with some goat feta crumbled on top. Lately, I have been hooked on goat products since goat milk is more easily digested than cow milk and that it contains more vitamin A, Calcium, Potassium and Magnesium! It is an excellent source of minerals and protein and low in fat. My grandmother has raised me to be very conscious about skin care so since I discovered mangos and red peppers are bursting with antioxidants that fight cell damage they have made their way into my most of my recipes...

I drizzled on my favorite dressing of all time Little Creek Original which is certified organic, made in the Okanagan and has NO added sugar :)

To complete the dish I sliced up some yams and brushed with Oddball Organics Garlic Nectar then stuck them on some skewers and placed on the top shelf of the BBQ. This was quick, easy, healthy and tasty! Give it a try!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Camplazens Pairing



Not only did Pierre from Liberty Wines recommend a delightful  Syrah to go with the aromatic Chambar dish I concocted, but he shared a historical legend to  go along with it. The legend goes "In 59 BC to 51 BC, Julius Caesar set up his headquarters at Narbonne in Lanquedoc, Southwest France, from where he launched his invasion of Gaul. During his tenure there he granted land to the retiring commanders of his legendary 10th legion on the nearby mountain of La Clape. With perfect winegrowing conditions the Romans planted the rich, full-bodied noble grape varieties of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan and, applying their winemaking skills, they produced the sumptuous red wines that, legend has it, became Caesar’s favourites. Today Chateau Camplazens (Latin for ‘Camp of Pleasure’) uses these same ancient grape varieties to craft today’s prestigious award-winning wines in the sub appellation of La Clape" (empwines). 
Pierre also mentioned that this Southwestern Camp in france favored Ceasar with an affluence of risqué pleasures as well. The metallic silver horse-drawn carriage is meant to represent the Road called Camplazens which was well traveled by the noblemen from one side of france to the other. 
They don't call Pierre a "Bon Vivant" for nothing!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Chambar Moroccan Lamb Shank & Couscous

What a pleasant surprise to open up the 24hour on my morning commute to find three-star-Michelin-trained chef Nico Schuermans Moroccan Lamb recipe! His restaurant Chambar is one of my favorite spots to dine in the city and I frequent this spot any chance I have an excuse to have an excellent night out. Menu items to live for include the sumptuous Spiced Foie gras terrine with Port reduction, Kriek granita & truffled brioche french toast; the mussels congolaise served in a steaming pot of tomato coconut cream sauces topped with chilies, lime and fresh cilantro, served with an elegant little side of fries to go along with the Belgian tradition; and the aromatic Morroccan braised lamb shank with honey, figs, cinnamon & cilantro, served with cous cous and zalouk.
My junket to replicate this dish began by picking up some tender lamb shanks from the acclaimed Armandos finest quality meats on Granville Island, then by garnering some fresh herbs from the market and obtaining all the dried ingriedents in bulk from Price Mart since they are more reasonably priced than anything you will get on island. I was especially excited to make this since there are so many healthy ingredients in the recipe including Turmeric particularly, which supports healthy joint function, promotes radiant skin and improves digestion.
The metric measurements published in the article were unfamiliar to me in the kitchen, so hollering over to my partner to keep looking up conversions for me as I went along was quite helpful. I was feeling pressed, since I didn't notice this dish had just over 2 hours of preparation and cooking time with my guests to arrive in an hour and a half. As the clock ticked and the preheat buzzer entreated Moroccan lamb aromas in the oven I ended up just throwing in whatever amounts I desired, which turned out to maintain a palate pleasing balance. 
This was my first time making cous cous and after making it I was wondering what had taken me so long, since it was so much easier to make than rice and added such a charming ethnic twist to the dish. 
Thinking it would be nice to have both a glass of wine with some sort of sparking beverage I grabbed some grapes and sparkling elderberry water from the regular grocery store and placed them in the freezer as I cooked. When dinner was served I simply poured the sparking elderberry water  into some lovely 80's cobalt blue goblets from grandma, then tossed in some frozen grapes and ripped mint leaves to tie it in with the meal.
 
This epicurean dish was surprisingly easier to make than I anticipated and the result was sensational! 

Chambar’s Moroccan

Lamb Shank

2 lbs 1 1/2-inch Lamb Shank

1 tbsp Vegetable Oil

2 tsp Coriander Seed, crushed

50g Red Onion, diced (1/2 cup)

40g Fresh Ginger, minced (1/3 cup)

30g Turmeric (1/4 cup)

2 Garlic Cloves, minced

100 ml Honey (just over 1/3 cup)

1 Cinnamon Stick

4 cups Water, use more if needed

Pinch Crushed Chilies

Salt & Pepper

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Heat vegetable oil in a two-quart saucepan over

medium-high heat.

Season the shanks with salt and pepper and then

place them in the saucepan, searing the

meat until they are evenly browned on all sides.

Reduce the heat to medium-low.

Add the onions, garlic, ginger, water, honey, and

the remaining spices.

Partially cover the lamb shanks and bring to a

simmer.

Cover saucepan with a lid and place in the preheated

oven and cook until the lamb is very tender, about 2 hours.

Serve with couscous.

Making use of a tagine

adds an authentic

Moroccan touch to your

presentation!

Moroccan Couscous

100g Couscous (1 cup)

160 ml Water (2/3 cup)

1 tbsp Sliced Almonds, toasted

2 tbsp Dried Apricot, cut into strips

2 tbsp Raisins

2 tsp Sunflower Seeds, toasted

2 tsp Turmeric

2 tsp Green Onion, sliced

2 tsp Mint, chopped

2 tsp Olive Oil

1 tsp Salt

Place the couscous, salt,olive oil, and turmeric into a bowl. 

Bring water to a boil and add the water to the couscous and tightly cover the bowl with plastic wrap.

Allow the mixture to rest for 5-10 minutes then stir

in the remaining ingredients.

Serve warm


Monday, January 18, 2010

Spicy Sweet Potato Soup with Crispy Tortillas



Inspired again by the fabulous Michael Smith off the food networks Chef at Home, this dish turned out to be delicious and was surprisingly easy to make. 
As usual I didn't follow the exact recipe and had to make a few modifications as I went along. 
There are 3 parts to this, the soup, the garnish and the tortilla topping. 

The Soup...
In a large soup pot saute 3 large yellow onions in 1/2 cup of olive oil.
Next add 4 cups of chicken stock (I was out so I used miso paste and water).
Add 1 yam & 1 sweet potato grated with the skin, many of the most beneficial nutrients are right under the skin. 
Add 1 chipotle pepper (you can find this in a can in your local grocery store in the isle near taco shells, salsa etc. They should be next to diced jalapenos).
A few dashes of cinnamon. 
Once the potatoes are soft and the soup is hot you can start to blend it up and it will be ready to serve, make sure and only fill your blender half way full at a time to get a nice consistency and avoid a hot mess all over your kitchen. 

The Garnish...
Simply chop up some delicious fresh cilantro and mix it with sour cream and put a dollop on the soup.

The Tortilla Topping... 
Preheat your oven to 350. Roll up a soft tortilla and cut into slices, slightly unravel and put on a baking sheet and fire in the oven for 15 mins, have fun with colour! 

Make sure and add some fresh ground pepper to the final product!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Easy & Healthy Mexicana Soup


This dish is inspired from a fitness magazine I picked up in the airport over the holidays. First I sautéed a large onion in organic chicken stock with just a dash of olive oil and unloaded them into my crock pot. I put a couple chicken breasts in the same cast iron pan i used for the onions and cooked them up while I chopped all the veggies. I threw 5 tomatoes into my  food processor (non-electric that my grandma got me off the shopping channel) and emptied into the crock pot, then added 4 cloves of chopped garlic, 1 jalapeno, 2 carrots, a couple cups of corn, a teaspoon of cumin, a teaspoon of coriander and a couple teaspoons of chili powder and filled the rest up with organic chicken stock. Lastly I shredded the cooked chicken breasts in my hand processor and added them to the crock pot and let it sit for a few hours. 
When dinner time rolled around and I finished getting my messy apartment in order I just scooped the delicious hearty soup into a bowl, garnished with purple tortillas, an avocado, mexican pre-shredded cheese and cilantro. This was a really tasty recipe and I will most definitely make this on a more regular basis!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Apple & Pear Glazed Chicken with Prosciutto Brussel Sprouts and Almond Yams

The herbs and spices in this Chicken recipe are so festive and are sure to bring some joy to your tastebuds! 

Apple & Pear Glazed Chicken  

2 Chicken Breasts 
olive oil
1 tablespoon butter 
2 pink lady apples
1 pear
1/4 cup honey 
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
2 cloves of garlic chopped
1 lemon 
s & p

Cook chicken breasts in a cast iron pan till golden brown and remove from heat. 
Peel and slice apples & pears caramelize in cast iron pan, with butter, honey, cinnamon, cloves, garlic, lemon juice and salt & pepper.
Once apples and pears are a dark glaze colour throw the chicken breast back in and toss and warm up & serve.

I served with Prosciutto Brussel Sprouts & Yams.
For the Sprouts I simply put in a baking dish with olive oil and about 100 grams of prosciutto bits (from Oyama sasuage on Granville Island) and baked for 30 mins.
I just laid out the Yams on a cookie sheet, brushed with olive oil and sprinkeled with blanched slice almonds, viola! 
I would recommend having a good peeler in the kitchen, I used to have a pampered chef one but it grew leggs and went missing :( Good thing I had a little helper to do the peeling :)


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Lamb & Balsamic-glazed Root Vegetables

This recipe was inspired from my British Columbia Seasonal Cookbook that I picked up from Edible BC one day wandering around Granville Island on my lunch break. This book is fantastic they have recipes for all the seasons and give a nice little historical descriptions about the foods they have chosen for the recipe. For this particular recipe the authors describe that before greenhouses and imports "root vegetables" were an important winter food since they were easy to grow, lasted months in the cellar and were carbohydrate-dense and thus filling. This dish uses the sweetness of reduced balsamic vinegar to enhance the earthy flavors of these winter staples. 

First Preheat oven to 375. Combine ingredients of the marinade and set aside. 

The Veggies:
purple potatoes
parsnips
yam
rutabaga
beet
carrots 
yellow onion 
garlic (bulb) 

 Chop into preferable size chunks and put in baking dish. Then smother and toss in the marinade. 

Marinade pt.1
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 extra virgin olive oil 
2 tbsp honey 
1/4 cup fresh parsley 

Lastly Add 
2 sprigs of fresh thyme 
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary

Bake in the oven for about an hour. 

I picked up the rosemary Lamb from the Granville Island market and just seared in the cast iron pan, sliced and served on top of the root vegetables. 

The root veggies are even good cold for taking to work the next day :)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Sweet & Savory Delight


Price Smart foods now has portioned out applewood smoked bacon packaging which is fantastic when cooking for just 2. This little breakfast I whipped up was a nice combination of sweet and savory. I spread some herb and garlic borison cheese on cinnamon raisin english muffins then placed a couple strips of bacon on top along with some grilled mushrooms and steamed spinach. Lastly I placed an over easy egg on top and sprinkled some tex mex cheese on top. We were out of milk so substituted with some festive eggnogg in our coffees and it was delish! 


Asparagus Rolls


You have to excuse the poor quality photo, I forgot to take a nice pic of this platter before leaving the house :(
 I used to work for Yellow Rose Catering Co. in Kelowna about 7 years ago and I still remember  the delicious asparagus rolls they used to make, and i'd get to snack on the leftovers from the weddings :) I attempted making these tasty morsels for my potlatch christmas party and they were a huge success. 
This is how I made them.
First I warmed up 2 bars of plain cream cheese in a med size bowl then added some cream, about a tablespoon of creamed horseradish and fresh ground pepper. 
Then I spread the cream cheese on a slice of meat (I used mesquite turkey and rosemary ham) placed a spear of picked asparagus on top and rolled up, then cut into bite size pieces and stabbed with a fancy toothpick. I used some parsley to garnish the plate as well as the jalapeno and garlic from the pickled asparagus jar. It only took me about 45mins to shop for all the ingredients and prepare the platter. Happy Holidays :)


Friday, December 4, 2009

The Diavola

I've never been much of a pizza lover but my boyfriend introduced me to Ragazzi Pizza Co. and after trying some of their lip-smacking pizzas I too became a fan. Two of our favorites are the Cacciatore & the Diavola. I wanted to attempt making something like the Diavola at home. I headed to the market and got most of my ingredients from Dusos including the pizza dough. Since I don't have a round platter or a rolling pin I just stretched out the dough on a cookie sheet after throwing it in the air a few times like a real pizza maker. Then I spread on the pizza sauce, put on a layer of spicy capicollo, added olives, roasted garlic, jalapenos, sun dried tomatoes and asiago cheese. I like it nice and crispy and it took about 35 mins in the oven at 350 degrees, its best to keep an eye on it and take it out when its just the way you like it. 

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sleeping Bag Snacks.

This tasty treat I decided to make at home after being charged $4.50 for  1 roll at Dusos on Granville Island (whatta rip!) I was shocked that they even put it in a huge container that was the size of a kleenex box (so unnecessary). I ended up get two bunches of asparagus at the produce stand on the left of Dusos for $6 and the prosciutto was $4.50 for 100grams at Oyama Sausage just to the right of Dusos. This snack literally took me 10 mins, just sautéed the asparagus, wrapped it up in prosciutto and sprinkled fresh parmesan. 
With the second bunch of asparagus I made a different variation. I spread sun dried tomato cream cheese on medium sliced smoked turkey breast, plopped in a slice of spicy chorizo (leftover from pizza making, will post later), added some spinach leaves then the asparagus and rolled into a delicious sleeping bag snack! 

Chef at Home

            


Michael Smith is the host of cooking show Chef at Home which is hands down one of my favorite cooking shows. He is always experimenting with different flavors and really encourages his viewers to make modifications and try new things on their own. I myself am not very good at following recipes religiously, I like to play around and add create a dinner without my nose in a book. Recently I have discovered Chef at Home actually airs during my lunchtime workout so I can be deliciously inspired while huffing away on the elliptical (having the Victoria Secret fashion show on during my workout would probably increase my productivity much more!)

The dish above was what I made last night inspired by Michael Smith with my own a simple yam addition. I make yams alot since they taste so good and are packed with vitamin B6 and potassium which help reduce the risk of heart disease and control blood pressure. I simply wash, slice, layout on pan, brush with olive oil, season and broil in the toaster oven for about 45mins. They should always be the first thing to get going since they take so long and by doing them in the toaster oven you can save energy & $$ :) 


Fennel Apple Salad

Yield: 4

Ingredients

For the Vinaigrette:

  • 2 granny smith apples, quartered and cored.
  • 1 cup of cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 heaping tbsp of Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

For the Salad:

  • 1 bulb of fresh fennel, sliced thinly and fronds reserved
  • 1 granny smith apple, sliced thinly

Directions

For the Vinaigrette:

To make the vinaigrette, place 2 granny smith apples, cider vinegar, brown sugar and mustard in a small saucepan and cook until soft. Puree with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

For the Salad:

Put the sliced fennel, fennel fronds and sliced granny smith apple in a large salad bowl and toss with a few spoonfuls of the warm apple vinaigrette.



Pot Steamed Salmon

* I used wild Coho salmon since it has a milder flavor than Sockeye. I also cooked with the skin on since it retains more flavor that way. 








Yield: 2

Ingredients

  • 2x6 ounce filets of fresh salmon, skin removed
  • 2 cups of orange juice
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of capers
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Bring orange juice to a hearty simmer. Add chopped onions, olive oil and capers and let simmer for 5 minutes until the mixture reduces by at least half. Add salmon and season with salt and pepper. Cover with a lid and steam for five minutes.