A little while ago, I had half a roasted red pepper left over from another recipe and I decided to use it in a simple vinaigrette. It turned out very nicely and so I decided to make a basic Red Bell Pepper Sauce that could be extended with additional ingredients as needed and thus used in a variety of different ways (hence the use of the word ‘sauces’ in the title). Today, I am going to show you the general method and illustrate its versatility with some pictures of a few of ways I employed the batch I made… [ Read more
This post is a follow up to my last and, again, uses lamb leftover from my Christmas dinner. Although it looks vaguely Chinese, it is pretty western in character and could easily be served with potato, or even as a filling for Naan or Pita breads… Read more
Today’s recipe is the first of a couple I created as ways to use up the leftover meat from my Christmas dinner lamb roast (although either could be prepared using the fresh, raw article). This one cannot really be called a Chinese dish, insofar as mint is not commonly used by the Chinese, but the cooking techniques, and the use of ginger, are very Chinese in spirit. Also, I will also say, at the outset, that this dish turned out to be one of the nicest I have created in quite a while… Read more
In the last few months, the availability and variety of lamb products has expanded tremendously up here on Baffin Island. Lamb has never traditionally been a widely popular meat in Canada and I attribute the new increased demand to signal a shift in the demographic. There has been a Mosque here in Iqaluit for about a year now and, since I haven’t noticed any sudden influx of Australians or Greeks of late, I rather think that the noticeably increased numbers of immigrants from the Middle East has brought about this welcome change.
Anyway, in addition to some other lamb products, there is a new line of packaged items produced under the name LÄM, a registered trademark of the ‘Canadian Lamb Producers Co-operative’. The website for the cooperative lists their products as being Burgers, Sausages, Kabobs and Meatballs, and, thus far, I have seen the first three of these available locally. I mean to try the Burgers and Kabobs in due course but, today, I am going to try out the Sausage… Read more
Today’s recipe is for a very Basic sort of tomato sauce. Obviously, the most basic version of a tomato sauce would consist only of tomatoes simmered down to a sauce (and this can be terrific with tomatoes fresh from the vine) but although we are getting a bit more complex here, the result is a plain sauce that contains no strong seasonings (such as oregano, for instance) which might limit its uses to certain types of dishes. Rather, the Basic Sauce that results here can be used standalone, or as a base for more complex preparations. Read more
In Chinese cuisine, the name ‘Dragon and Phoenix’ means that a dish combines Shrimp and Chicken in some way. Today, I have put together a simple illustration of the idea using cucumber, for its pleasing color and texture, and a rich XO Sauce for depth of flavor… Read more
Today’s (very simple) post illustrates just one of the many variations on a common theme in Chinese cookery. Cold plates frequently commence a Chinese banquet and combinations may include dressed jelly-fish shreds, cold roast pork with crackling, or marbled tea-eggs (to name just a few). One perennial favorite is thinly sliced braised beef shank, especially where the meat has been prepared as in my ‘Red-Cooked Beef Shank ‘ recipe posted not long ago… Read more
My Christmas Eve Dinner this year was the humongous affair you see pictured above. Fish, and nowadays shellfish as well, has long been traditional Christmas Eve fare among the Italians but this is the first time I have given it a try. The melange you see above is Lobster, King Crab, Mussels, Shrimp and Scallops all steamed together with a broth made from Wakame Seaweed and White Wine. On the side I had fresh bread and garlic butter with just a dash of lemon. The ingredients were all of the frozen variety, sadly, but I think I may make this a new tradition for the holiday season.
Christmas Dinner is waiting to go into the oven at present. My wife and I are each cooking a leg of lamb at the same time; She on Long Island in Nova Scotia, and me on my my much larger island here in the Arctic. We’ll need to be on the phone from time to time to co-ordinate, but I am expecting the results to be delicious.
Here’s wishing you all equally wonderful holiday noshing….
In Indian cuisine, a Korma (which can be spelled many different ways, including Qorma, Khorma, Kurma, etc.), is a braised dish to which either yoghurt, cream, or coconut milk is added, to yield a smooth and rich finished dish. There are all sorts of variations on the basic theme, and, though the end-result can be quite fiery, in restaurant versions they are typically very mild. Today’s rendition, using shrimp, cauliflower and carrot, falls into that category… Read more
I am not a big collector of kitchen gadgets, especially of the sort usually advertised on late night TV. This little item went on special at my local supermarket, however, and on a whim I grabbed one to what it was like. The selling point for the device seems to be that you can turn veggies into ‘pasta’, save yourself all sorts of calories, and presumably go on to be super-healthy and live a wonderful life with many lovers etc. Anyway, I pretty much ignored the general hype and the following post is my report on the tests I did to see if the gadget actually performed as it does in the pictures on the packaging… Read more