Monday, 1 September 2014

Un-official end of summer

Happy Labour Day! Un-officially, this marks the end of summer. Back to work tomorrow, it is nice that my summer lay-off is coming to an end--finally. And to celebrate, a burger.

Yup, I'm eating a burger with a bun.

I found this at my local grocery store when I was looking for polenta. Why is it so hard to find polenta? But I digress... 

I don't usually pick up hamburger buns, instead I use portabello mushrooms in place of a bun. I thought I would give these gluten-free buns a try. They are the closest thing that I have come across to a hamburger bun. I would recommend these. Less messy than using a mushroom!  

They are available at Superstore and Extra Foods.  

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Phyllo Crust Apple Pie

This pie is not gluten-free. I made it for the folks who have an abundance of apples from the tree this year. I haven't make this in years but it used to be a favourite family contribution to family dinners. How could I say no? I'm not great at making pie crusts so this is easy way out of that task. And the fact that it is not gluten-free will be good at keeping me from indulging in dessert.  

I've seen gluten-free phyllo pastry in the freezer section at thelocal gluten-free specialty food shop. I haven't tried it yet. Maybe this season I'll try it out with this apple pie recipe.  

Dried cranberries
Phyllo pastry
ground nuts (I used walnuts)
melted butter

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Portuguese Lasagna

Okay, it is really not called Portuguese Lasagna. Just a little joke there. But it is delicious and that is no joke!  

Start with some sliced potatoes, par-boil them and layer the bottom of a baking sheet.  

You'll also need some cooked salt cod that has been broken into pieces.  

Some thinly sliced onions and shallots.  

Layer and top with diced tomatoes.  Drizzle with olive oil that has been dressed with homemade hot pepper paste, thyme, salt, pepper and garlic. Bake for 45 minutes in a pre-heated over (375 degrees).  


Sunday, 17 August 2014

Braised Red Cabbage

Thinly sliced onions
minced garlic
fresh thyme
bacon drippings
chopped granny smith apple
apple sauce
apple juice with equal amounts of water
red wine vinegar
brown sugar
red cabbage
cooked diced gluten-free bacon

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Braised Short Ribs

Bison Short Ribs
Fresh Thyme
Minced Garlic
Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Freshly cracked black pepper
Beef broth

Seared and then cooked slowly in a low oven for about four hours until the meat just falls off the bone...

Serve with braised red cabbage.  

Friday, 8 August 2014

Spiked Cookies

These are often referred to as Spiked Corn Cookies. In Portuguese they are called Espigas de Mihlo and they are delicious.  There are so many different versions of this recipe. This one found on the Food Network calls for wheat-based flour in the recipe. That is not how my Portuguese Mama makes these delicious cookies. It is all about white corn flour. It is not found in our local grocery store. Instead, we find white corn flour at the Portuguese or East Indian speciality markets. No wheat flour in these babies.

Filling up the glass cookie jar for later.  

This is a hand made cookie press made especially for these cookies. It came from Portugal. Here in North America you can use a pastry bag with a star shaped attachment to make these cookies.  

They are perfect dunking cookies.  

Happy Eats!  

Monday, 4 August 2014

Mmmm, summer time eats

Gluten-free hot dog buns from Lorenzo's
Gluten-free bison sausage from Costco
Gluten-free mustard from the Fork's Market