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Potato and chickpea roti

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jan 9th, 2014

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Potato and chickpea roti

Makes 5–6 rotis

Time: about 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium-size potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 white onion, sliced
  • 1 can (19 oz/540 mL) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup (250 mL) mango or apple juice
  • 3–4 Tbsp (45–60 mL) garlic chili hot sauce
  • 3–4 tsp (15–20 mL) curry powder
  • 1 cup (250 mL) chopped greens
  • whole-wheat tortillas (for use brown-rice tortillas)

Method:

  1. In a pot, place the potatoes and onion and just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and cover.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for about 15 minutes.
  3. Reduce the heat further to low and add the chickpeas, juice, garlic chili hot sauce and curry powder and cook for about 10 minutes, partially covered, stirring now and then.
  4. Add the greens and cook, stirring now and then, for another 5 minutes.
  5. Place some of this mixture in a tortilla and roll it up. Serve hot or cold.

Courtesy Linda Woolven, author, The All New Vegetarian Passport

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Stuffed chicken wings

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Nov 19th, 2013

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Stuffed chicken wings

Ingredients:

  • 12 large chicken wings
  • 8 ounces ground bison
  • ½ bottle of beer
  • ½ cup pistachios, toasted and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for deep-frying

Buffalo wing sauce:

  • 8 tablespoons Louisiana hot sauce (Frank’s is the brand used in Buffalo)
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoons white vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Method:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan, and over low heat bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and then turn off.
  2. After the wings are cooked, transfer to a large mixing bowl. Pour the sauce over the hot wings and toss with a spoon or spatula to completely coat.
  3. Use a small, sharp knife to split the wings from the drums. Cut off the cartilage-covered tips of the wings, then use the tip of knife to gently separate the meat from bone all the way to the joint. Carefully push the flesh down to expose the bones and twist each bone out.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the bison, salt, garlic, thyme, beer, olive oil and freshly ground black pepper and set aside.
  5. Use a teaspoon to fill each wing with bison mixture, but make sure not to overstuff them or wings will burst when frying.
  6. Heat the oil to 350° in a deep fryer or a very large pot. Fry the wings for 10-12 minutes or until wings are golden brown. Toss liberally in the Buffalo wing sauce. Enjoy.

Courtesy Chef Michael P. Clive, @michaelpclive

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Atlanta Falcons-style fried chicken and waffles

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Nov 19th, 2013

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Atlanta Falcons-style fried chicken and waffles

Ingredients:

  • 1 (3lb) fryer chicken, cut into 8 pieces,
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Buttermilk waffles:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk
  • ½ bottle beer
  • ½ cup maple syrup

Method:

  1. Heat enough vegetable oil to come about 1-inch up the sides of a large, deep cast iron skillet to 350 degrees F.
  2. Rinse the chicken under cold running water and do not dry; leave wet. In a large sealable bag, combine the flour with the Cajun seasoning. Add the chicken pieces 1 at a time, seal, and shake to coat evenly. Remove and place on a wire rack over a baking sheet and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Carefully add the chicken to the hot oil and fry, turning once, until golden brown and the meat is cooked through, 20 to 30 minutes (the thighs and legs will take longest to cook). Remove and drain on paper towels. Remove the pan from the heat and with a slotted spoon, scoop out any browned bits remaining in the pan and drain on paper towels.
  4. Mix together the beer and maple syrup over low heat for 10 minutes.
  5. Preheat a waffle iron and lightly grease. Into a large bowl, sift the dry ingredients together.
  6. In a clean bowl, beat the eggs. Add the butter and buttermilk and beat to combine. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix well.
  7. Pour the batter into the hot waffle iron and cook until golden brown and lightly crisp. Remove and if desired, top with a slice of butter, and serve with the chicken and maple syrup.

Courtesy Chef Michael P. Clive, @michaelpclive

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Steak with fruit kabobs

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Oct 28th, 2013

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Steak with fruit kabobs

Ingredients:

  • 1 1 lb. beef sirloin into inch cubes
  • 1 medium granny smith apple into eight cubes
  • 1 medium orange into 8 cubes
  • steam sauce
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 cup cilantro

Method:

  1. Marinate everything but the plum for 20 minutes. Turn steak to coat
  2. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator for 20 minutes, turning occasionally
  3. Cover and reserve remaining marinade in refrigerator
  4. Place on wooden skewers and place on the grill
  5. Serve with salad or rice

Courtesy Rob Rainford

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Turkey dinner spoons

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Oct 9th, 2013

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Turkey dinner spoons

Yields 24 pieces

Ingredients:

  • Stuffing – 1 cup
  • Pulled Turkey Meat – 1 cup
  • Peas – ¼ cup
  • Cranberry Sauce – 12 teaspoons
  • Gravy – 16 fl. Oz
  • Sage – ½ bunch chiffonade

Method:

  1. Pre heat oven to 375°F
  2. Wrap stuffing in tin foil or place in a covered casserole and heat in the oven for 8-10 minutes, until hot.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small sauce pot, bring gravy to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce to a simmer and add pulled turkey meat.  Cook for 3-5 minutes on low until turkey is heated through.
  4. Add peas and continue cooking for another 2 minutes until peas are hot.
  5. Remove stuffing from oven and place a small amount onto the Chinese spoons, then add a small portion of turkey, a few peas.
  6. Top with cranberry sauce and chiffonade of sage, serve immediately.

Courtesy Chef Graham Pelley, www.e11even.ca

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Angel hair beets and greens

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Oct 7th, 2013

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This is a simple way to enjoy a delicious raw pasta dish, using fresh beets.

Angel hair beets and greens

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • Mandoline
  • 1⁄4 cup cold-pressed (extra virgin)
  • olive oil, divided
  • 1⁄4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt, divided
  • 1⁄4 cup raw shelled hemp seeds
  • 3 tbsp filtered water
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 medium beets, greens attached

Method:

  1. In a blender, combine 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil, 2 tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice, 1⁄2 tsp (2 mL) salt, hemp seeds, water and nutritional yeast. Blend at high speed until smooth. Cover and set aside.
  2. Remove greens from beets, cutting off and discarding stems. Set leaves aside. Using a vegetable peeler, peel beets. Using mandoline, slice beets approximately 1⁄8 inch (3 mm) thick. Stack slices on top of each other and, using a sharp chef’s knife, cut into strips approximately 1⁄8 inch (3 mm) wide. Place in a bowl, cover and set aside.
  3. On cutting board, roll up beet greens to form cylindrical shapes. Using a sharp chef’s knife, cut cylinders into strips approximately 1⁄8 inch (3 mm) thick.
  4. In a bowl, combine greens, beets and remaining olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Toss until well combined. Cover and set aside for 5 minutes, until softened.
  5. Toss hemp seed sauce with beet mixture. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Courtesy Robert Rose Inc., www.robertrose.ca 

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Vij’s Thanksgiving turkey coconut curry

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Oct 4th, 2013

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Vij’s Thanksgiving turkey coconut curry

Serves 6

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ½ tsp saffron (optional)
  • ¼ cup very hot water (optional)
  • 1/3 cup cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds or black mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp asafetida (optional)
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped garlic (6 medium cloves)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika (optional)
  • 5 cups coconut milk
  • 2 cups stock (chicken or vegetable)
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 1 pound of cooked turkey – Thanksgiving leftovers are perfect!

Method:

  1. Place saffron threads in a small bowl. Add water and soak for 30 minutes. Set aside.
  2. In a medium pot, heat oil on medium-high for 45 seconds. Add cumin (or mustard) seeds. Allow cumin seeds to sizzle for 30 seconds (or wait 1 to 2 minutes for mustard seeds to start popping). Sprinkle in asafetida, stir, then immediately add garlic and sauté for 2 minutes. Add turmeric, salt, cayenne and paprika and sauté for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in coconut milk and stock. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Add cooked turkey, cover, decrease the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and stir in saffron and its water. Stir in cilantro and serve immediately.

Courtesy Vikram Vij, www.vijs.ca

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Oven rotisserie chicken with broccoli and cashew nut rice

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Sep 12th, 2013

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Sometimes the convenience of ordering-in is hugely enticing.  This recipe fills the home with that mouth-watering restaurant-style rotisserie chicken aroma. Paired with rice and broccoli, this makes a delicious meal for the whole family.

Oven rotisserie chicken with broccoli and cashew nut rice

Serves 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 chicken legs
  • 1 package Maggi So Juicy Rôtisserie
  • 4 spring onions, sliced
  • ¼ cup cashew nuts
  • 1 cup converted white rice
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 small head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) or 320°F (160°C) for convection oven.
  2. Place the chicken legs into the bag with the sliced spring onions and follow the cooking instructions on the pack.
  3. In a large, dry, frying pan, toast the cashew nuts gently, stirring frequently until golden, then transfer to a plate.
  4. Cook rice according to pack instructions and set aside (covered).
  5. Heat half the oil in the same pan and stir fry the broccoli until tender.
  6. Transfer into a bowl and keep covered.
  7. Heat the remaining oil and add the beaten egg to the pan, cooking like an omelette and breaking it up into pieces.
  8. Add the rice to the pan with the broccoli and cashew nuts, reheat until piping hot then serve with the chicken.
  9. Pour oil in a pan and quickly sauté the broccoli until tender. Cover to keep warm.
  10. Remove the chicken from the oven, leave to cool for a minute then cut the bag open and gently tip the contents into a dish.
  11. Slice the chicken breasts into chunky pieces on a board, keeping the chicken breast shape together.
  12. Serve the mash potato topped with the chicken and remaining sauce with a side of broccoli.

Courtesy Christian Pritchard, www.ChrisCooking.com

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