Monday, 20 October 2014

Retro Style Dinner

Last night's dinner was a retro throw-back with Duck a l'Orange and homemade gravy. I found the recipe over at Epicurious.com and goodness it is a keeper.  


The star of the evening was the duck. I found this bird over at the newly discovered Marcello's, a quaint little butcher shop in the neighbourhood.  


I did stray a wee bit from the recipe and doubled the spice rub and I added ground ginger to the mix.


For the gravy I followed the recipe with no tweaks and it turned out perfectly delicious. Cooking the sugar until it reached that golden caramel created a deep and rich gravy.  


Oh and braised cabbage! Instead of grated apples, I used 1/2 a jar of homemade apple sauce which I do believe I prefer much more.

I spent half the day in the kitchen cooking and cleaning up but my goodness it was worth it. I made this meal for the folks and they seemed please too. And that is what made it worth all the work.

Happy Eating!


Sunday, 19 October 2014

Pesto Chicken Soup II

I discovered a little Italian market in the neighbourhood that sold some lemon chicken sausage and oh-my-goodness is it ever good. I prefer the lemon chicken sausage over using chicken breasts in this soup. I was planning on adding white beans to the soup but someone beat me to the beans and I didn't have any spinach on hand to add to this version. Still a work in progress....


Lemon Chicken Sausage (casing removed and cut into pieces)
Chicken Stock
Diced Carrots
Diced Celery
Parmesan Cheese rinds
Lemon grass
Pesto

For a light lunch I added a simple cucumber and cherry tomato salad drizzled with some balsamic reduction.  


Happy Eating!  


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Lamb Korma

This lamb korma was cooking in the slow cooker while I was away at work today. It was nice to come home to a hot cooked meal.  


Lamb (shoulder) cut into pieces
Avocado oil
Mustard seeds
Turmeric
Ginger
Cayenne pepper
Water
Onions
Spinach
Sea Salt
Freshly cracked black pepper
Greek Yogurt
Balsmati rice
Chicken stock


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Pesto Chicken Soup

I was inspired to make this soup after reading this blog post. I didn't follow the recipe that Rhonda posted using what ingredients I had on hand and using her post as a inspiration. I did have some homemade pesto sauce but I didn't have beans which would have been great in here too. 

In Rhonda's version, she used chicken sausage which I will have to try since DeLuca's makes a lovely chicken sausage that I think will work well. Even though I used what I had on hand, the pesto gave it some bright and fresh flavour.   


Chicken breast
Chicken stock
Spinach
Pesto
Carrots
Celery
Lemon Grass
Parmesan cheese rinds
Sea salt
Freshly cracked black pepper

Monday, 13 October 2014

Untraditional, Yes!

This weekend we're celebrating Thanksgiving and I'm thankful that there is no turkey on the menu. Oh and I'm thankful for my family too.   


On the menu there was stuffed pork loin, mushroom gravy, roasted red and sweet potatoes with red onions and rosemary, green peas, caesar salad and gluten-free pumpkin pie from Lorenzo's. At Lorenzo's I was able to find gluten-free pumpernickel bread for the stuffing. They ran out by the time I got there but there was a mini-loaf that they let me have that worked out to be the perfect amount. Thank you!  


While the food was in the oven, there was time to set the table.


No croutons left over for the salad, de-lish non-the-less.  


Cheesey fall themed decorations for a simple centre piece.  


So thankful for so much. 

Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating this weekend.   


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Filet Mignon Dinner

It is not often that this is what I would make for dinner but I'm now reading and trying out recipes from The Grain Brain Cookbook by Dr. David Perlmutter and I happened to find a good price on filet while at Costco this evening. So I thought why not.   


Filet mignon steak
extra-virgin olive oil
Sea Salt
Freshly cracked black pepper
Unsalted butter
Red wine

Basmati rice

Baby bok choy
Fennel
Fresh ginger
Red onion
Sesame seed oil

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Borscht

Gotta love autumn for all the food gifts that find its way to the table. These are organic beets that someone found in their organic food delivery box but didn't know that to do with them.  


I thought I would give a try at making borscht.  I used a recipe that I found in Classic Home Cooking by Mary Berry and Marlena Spieler.  


Red cabbage
Beets
Carrots
Red onions
Tomatoes
Red potatoes
Chicken stock
Dried dill
Dried Celery
Red wine vinegar
Organic coconut cane sugar
Sea salt
Black pepper

I know it is a popular soup but I think it needs something.  I added back bacon and that helped. I think it could use more seasoning, cumin perhaps? I do like cumin.