September II : 2012
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Thai basil chicken stir-fry with the one chicken
breast in the fridge that needed using up.
The basil is from my palette garden - bursting
with flavour as this is a more mature plant.
Picked up lovely dragon's tongue beans from Aagard
Farms at the farmer's market on Sat.
These were more purple-streaked when fresh.
Stir-fried with Thai basil (yes...more of this
made the perfect lunch today.
Maple-Orange Glazed Pork Chops:
1.5 " thick pork chops, dusted with Creole seasoning,
salt, pepper, flour.
Browned in skillet until golden, turning 4 to
Poured in sauce of lemon juice ( 1 lemon), orange
( 1 orange), 1 TBSP brown sugar, 1/4 pure maple syrup.
Simmer for 15 minutes, turning 3 to 4 times.
Cook uncovered 5 minutes to reduce liquids to
Eaten with stir-fried baby bok choy, Jasmine
rice, peach slices...and spaghetti squash.
Glaze of soy sauce, molasses, balsamic vinegar,
and a few drops of smoke.
Quails were stuffed and roasted in 400
oven until brown ;-)
Herb goat cheese, rye bread crumbs , cranberries,
and fresh cayenne pepper from my palette garden.
Ryan also made "gumbo - rice, cayenne, fresh
okra, onion, and stock from the quail that he boned...
Oyster mushrooms...I think...and grown in Brandon,
Will be part of supper tonight.
Ss had Mission figs in - sweet!
Think Ryan-Boy wants to do them with goat cheese
in puff pastry.
Found more soy bean sprouts at the Chinese grocery
store this afternoon!
Grilled Asian eggplant and sweet peppers -
both dusted with Slap Ya Momma Cajun Spice.
Potatoes done in foil on the BBQ finished with
The grilled veg were perfect with these strip
loins that Ryan preped.
with his own rub and finished off with Guinness
BBQ sauce - tender and to perfect med. rare!
Dessert was frozen Greek Black Cherry Yogurt
by Open Nature at Safeway.
It's a new product with a $1.00 coupon, so #3.99
for a pint-size round tub. Good stuff!
Rice noodle (Ho fun) with beef and sweet peppers
- a grandson Soulin favourite except for the
Glutinous rice dumpling soup (tong yuen)
with ground pork balls, shredded Chinese daikon,
green onion, and a dash of sesame seed oil.
This was my Mom's favourite.
The dumplings are sticky and chewy, so not to
The daikon is my favourite.
I julienne it by hand; a shredder is too fine.l
Mapo tofu WITH Chinese eggplant thrown in along
with some halves of sweet pepper.
I love fresh mint with spicy food!
Chicken braised with Chinese mushrooms, Chinese
tofu, bok choi, waterchestnut, ginger, and rice
- perfect for fall-like weather.
Quick seafood stew:
Scallops, sole, shrimp, squid tentacles:
sweated diced onion, sweet bell pepper, ginger,
chili pepper in olive oil.
Added a splash of red wine, 1 cup of hot salsa,
1 cup of chicken broth.
with a splash of worchestershire sauce. Reduced
Added shrimp, squid, scallops that were "massaged"
with seasonings, cornstarch and oil.
Simmered until seafood was just cooked.
Added chunks of seared fillet of sole and boiled
Sprinkled with parsley and eaten with baguette...
Done within an hour.
The "red apple" on top is a red pepper sent from
our nephew Paul 's garden in Burnaby.
Nice bit of heat but not over-powering.
My take on Vietnamese Summer Rolls:
Carrots, green onions and rice noodles prepped last night.
Just quickly stir-fried everything with fish sauce and sesame oil.
Added beansprouts at the end.
The filling ROCKED, and be ready to ROLL after cooling for about 15
Taking a bunch to friends at BU :-)
Oven roasted tandoori chicken:
Whole chicken marinated inside and out with tandoori
paste and Greek 0% fat yogurt.
Roasted in 350 oven for 2.5 hours.
Juicy, tender, delicious!
Made basmati rice with cumin seeds, black peppercorns,
and Sue-On Hillman Eclectic Studio