Sunday, 9 November 2014

Chicken Lemon Pesto Soup (Recipe tweaked)

I can't get enough of this soup! I loved the taste of the Chicken Lemon sausage that I picked up at Marcello's Meats. At $12.50 for three sausages, it is a little rich for my budget (but it was oh so delicious!). I decided to take inspiration from Marcello's chicken lemon sausages and this is what I did. I made mini-chicken lemon meatballs. Our local grocery store sells ground chicken so I started there.  


Ground chicken
Gluten-free bread crumbs
Milk
Grated lemon zest
Lemon juice
Gluten-free Montreal Chicken spice blend
Gluten-free garlic spice blend
Thyme


Chicken Lemon mini-meatballs
Chicken broth
Carrots
Celery
Leeks
Garlic
Baby Spinach
Green Onions
Pesto
Sea Salt
Freshly cracked black pepper
White kidney beans
Parmesan cheese rinds


Saturday, 8 November 2014

French Toast

There is nothing like starting the weekend with a good breakfast. French toast drizzled with maple syrup and cup of coffee.  

Day old gluten-free baguette 
(I used gluten-free hot dog buns from Lorenzo's)
Eggs
Milk
Cinnamon sugar
Butter

Slice the day old baguette about 1/2" thick.  Dip in egg and milk mixture and fry in a frying pan with butter. Easy Peasy!  

When the bread is a light golden colour turn over and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.   


This is a lovely maple syrup that I recently found at Costco.  


And coffee. Now why do people say they don't have time for breakfast?  

Happy eats!  

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Gluten-free Eggs Benedict


Substitute sliced Polenta for the traditional English muffin,
don't skip on the Canadian bacon, 
top with perfectly poached eggs (3 minutes)


and finish with salsa sauce!

A perfect Sunday morning breakfast.  

Happy eating!  


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Duck Fried Rice

Oh, what to do with left over roast duck? I usually make a fried rice dish when I have left over protein but I will have to say using duck is the best version of fried rice I think I have made.   


Sesame seed oil
Jasmine Rice
Celery, diced
Carrots, diced
Red bell pepper, diced
White onions, diced
Garlic, minced
Fresh ginger, diced
Roast duck, cut in bite-sized pieces
Gluten-free soya sauce


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