Thursday, 1 December 2016

Salad Caprese




2 servings

2 tomatoes
2 bocconcini or fresh mozzarella 110g
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
6 fresh basil leaves
salt and pepper

Cut the tomatoes into slices approximately 5mm thick and arrange them on a flat dish.  Sprinkle with salt and let stand for 15 minutes to allow excess liquids to drain off.

Cut the bocconcini into slices with the same thickness as the tomatoes.  Arrange the cheese and tomato slices on a serving plate so that they alternate and overlap slightly.

Garnish with small fresh basil leaves on top, drizzle with oil, season with salt and pepper.  Serve.

(Hal liked it once he added ranch dressing . . . LOL . . . that man puts sauce on everything!)

Monday, 28 November 2016

Chinese Style Chicken with Snow Peas



2 servings

2/3 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, cut into 1x5 cm strips (200g)
1-1/3 cup snow peas
1 green pepper, cut into thin strips
1 onion, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
2 tbsp sherry (optional)
2 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp soy sauce, low-sodium
2 tsp sugar
4 slices of gingerroot (6g)
3 tbsp canola oil
salt and ground pepper

Slice the chicken breast into strips.  Mix with the soy sauce, sherry, cornstarch, sugar and 2-3 slices of ginger.  Chill for at least an hour in the refrigerator.

Preheat the oven to the lowest setting.

Prepare the vegetables.  Heat 1/2 to 1 tbsp of oil in a frying pan or wok.  Add the garlic, onion and pepper, cook 2-3 minutes until they start to soften, then set aside on a warmed serving plate in the oven.

Add 1/2 to 1 tbsp of oil to the frying pan.  Add some salt, and then immediately add the snow peas.  Stir constantly for 2-3 minutes since they cook very quickly.  Put the snow peas on the plate with the other vegetables.  Keep the plate warm.

In the same wok, add the remaining oil and the marinated chicken.  Reserve the remaining marinade.  Stir constantly over medium heat 7-8 minutes until the meat is almost cooked.  Then put the vegetables back into the work, add the remaining slices of ginger plus the reserved marinade.  Cook another 2 minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste then serve.

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Note:  Hal liked the chicken but did not like the vegetables.  I swear that man would live on canned peas and creamed corn if I let him.  Next time I make this I will switch out the veg for ones he likes. Plus I don't understand all the layering of cooking in this recipe.  Next time I will try partially cooking the meat, then adding the vegetables and near the end adding the reserved marinade.  It just seems to me this recipe has unnecessary stages.

Summer Fruit Salad

Summer Fruit Salad


Simple and lovely.  I served with whip cream for Hal and Greek yogurt for me.

Serves 2.

1 peach or nectarine
1 kiwi
1 cup strawberries
1 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
2 tsp sugar

Peel the fruit and cut them into bite size pieces.  Put the pieces in a salad bowl, add the lemon juice and sugar.  Toss to combine.  Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Toss the fruit before serving.

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Blackened Fish Fillets


Serves 2.

1 tbsp paprika
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1 tbsp cornmeal
2 tilapia or turbot fillets (360 g)
1 tbsp canola oil
1 clove garlic, for pan-frying
1 tbsp butter, unsalted, for pan-frying
1/2 lemon, cut into wedges

These fish fillets can be cooked either in a pan on the stove or using an outdoor grill.

In a shallow bowl, stir together the paprika, oregano, cayenne, sugar, salt and ground pepper.  To obtain a crispier crust, add the cornmeal (optional).

Pat the fillets dry and dredge them in the mixture, turning them to coat well.  Shake of the excess then place the fillets on an oiled, hot grill.

Cook until the fish is opaque throughout and lightly blackened on the outside, 4-5 minutes on each side, turning them once.

Alternatively, heat the oil in a large skillet over moderately high heat.  Thinly slice the garlic then add it to the skillet and saute, with stirring, until it is golden-brown, about 2 minutes.  Discard the garlic, add the butter, then heat it until the foam subsides.  Add the fish then saute for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until it is cooked through and lightly blackened on the outside.

Serve immediately with lemon wedges.

I served this with Brussels sprouts salad and a mixed green salad.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Brussels Sprouts Salad

I really liked it.  Hal did not


Serves 4.

1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
3 tbsp. olive oil
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Peel the leaves off the Brussels sprouts; discard the cores.  Bring a large saucepan of water to boiling.  Add sprouts; cook 20-30 minutes or until barely tender.  Drain and immediately plunge into ice water.  Drain well and dry in a salad spinner.  Transfer to a large bowl; set aside.

For the dressing, in a small bowl whisk together vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper to taste.  Gradually whisk in the oil.  Drizzle dressing over leaves to coat lightly; toss.  Add cranberries and walnuts; toss to combine.  Chill.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Crudites Salad

Crudités Salad


Easy, delicious and very refreshing.  I bet lots of different veggies could be substituted in.

For 2 servings:

1 leek
1-1/2 tbsp Classic Vinaigrette
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
salt and pepper to taste
4 button (white) mushrooms, sliced
1 tomato, sliced
1 carrot, shredded

Prepare the leeks:  cut off the dark green tops and discard, slice the white and pale-green parts into large chunks, then boil or steam them for about 10 minutes, until soft.  Drain the leeks and let cool a few minutes.

With a serrated knife, cut each chunk of the leeks into rounds about 1 cm thick and transfer them to a bowl.  Pour in the Classic Vinaigrette (I doubled the lemon/olive oil dressing and used that instead), then season with salt and pepper.  Blend gently and set aside.

In a small bowl, add the oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Beat well, using a fork, until the dressing is emulsified.  Set aside.

Prepare the other vegetables and place them in 3 different bowls.  Portion out the lemon vinaigrette to the bowls, then toss each to combine.

Arrange the dressed vegetables in 4 separate mounds onto individual serving plates.  Serve.

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Sunday, 13 November 2016

Baked Apples

4 apples, Cortland or Lobo
4 tsp butter, unsalted
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp raisins
1 tbsp pine nuts
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
salt, about one pinch

Preheat the oven to 375F.

Wash the apples.  With a corer, carve out the core and seeds from the top, paying attention not to pierce the apple completely through to the bottom.  Make a circular incision just through the skin halfway up the side to avoid bursting during cooking.  Place the apples in a shallow baking dish.

In a small bowl, mix the butter, brown sugar, raisins, nuts, cinnamon, and pinch of salt.  Portion out the mixture into the apples.  Add a small amount of water (about 1/2 tbsp per apple) to the bottom of the dish to start the cooking and prevent burning or sticking.  Place the dish of apples in the centre of the oven. and cook for 30 minutes.

I served the apples with vanilla ice cream.

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