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Awesome granola dust

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Oct 26th, 2015

Mornings will be amazingly fast and convenient with this epic megamix of brilliant ingredients from Chef Jamie Oliver, giving us loads of nutritional benefits from the nuts, seeds, oats, and fruit.

Awesome granola dust

Ingredients:

  • 10 cups rolled oats
  • 8 oz raw unsalted mixed nuts, such as walnuts, Brazils, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, cashews
  • 3 1/2 oz mixed seeds, such as chia, poppy, sunflower, sesame, flaxseed, pumpkin
  • 8 oz unsweetened mixed dried fruit, such as blueberries, cranberries, sour cherries, mango, apricots, figs, sultanas
  • 3 tablespoons quality cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground coffee
  • 1 large orange

Method:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the oats, nuts, and seeds in your largest roasting pan. Toss together and roast for 15 minutes, stirring halfway. Stir the dried fruit, cocoa, and coffee into the mix, finely grate over the orange zest, then, in batches, simply blitz to a rough powder in a food processor, tipping it into a large airtight jar as you go for safekeeping.

To serve, you can have loads of fun—the simplest way is a scant 1/2 cup of granola dust per person, either with cold cow’s, goat’s, soya, nut, or oat milk or 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt and a handful of fresh fruit (3 oz is one of our 5-a-day).

You can make porridge by adding a scant 1/2 cup of granola dust to 3/4 cup of milk, then top with fresh fruit, and this ratio also works for a smoothie—I like to chuck 1 ripe banana and 1 handful of frozen raspberries into the mix too. It’s even a great base for pancakes—simply beat 2 heaping tablespoons of granola dust with 1 heaping tablespoon of whole-grain self-rising flour, 1 mashed banana, and 1 egg, then cook as normal. And in winter, try a hot drink—heat a scant 1/4 cup of granola dust with 3/4 cup of your favorite milk to your desired consistency.

Courtesy Jamie Oliver
www.jamieoliver.com
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Magic poached egg and smashed avocado & seeded toast

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Oct 26th, 2015

Our brains love protein in the morning, and eggs are a fantastic, affordable source that are quick to cook. With a kick of chile, this dish from Chef Jamie Oliver will wake us up and lift our spirits!

Magic poached egg and smashed avocado & seeded toast

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 – 1 fresh red chile
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ripe tomatoes

Smashed avocado & seeded toast:

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 of a small red onion
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 of a ripe avocado
  • 2 thick slices of whole-wheat bread with seeds
  • 4 sprigs of fresh cilantro

Method:

Lay a 12-inch sheet of good-quality plastic wrap flat on a work surface and rub with a little olive oil. Finely slice half the chile (seed if you like) and scatter in the center of the sheet, then carefully crack an egg on top. Pull in the sides of the plastic wrap and, importantly, gently squeeze out any air around the egg. Tie a knot in the plastic wrap to secure the egg snugly inside. Repeat with the remaining chile and the second egg, then put the parcels to one side. Place a pan of water on a medium heat and bring to a simmer.

Use a small, sharp knife to remove the core from the tomatoes, then drop them into the simmering water for just 40 seconds. Remove to cold water, then peel and chop into eighths, discarding the seedy center. Place in a bowl with 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil. Peel and coarsely grate in the onion, mix together, then season to taste with sea salt, black pepper, and half the lime juice. Poach the eggs in the simmering water for around 6 minutes for soft-boiled, or until cooked to your liking.

Meanwhile, peel, pit, and smash up the avo with the remaining lime juice and season to perfection. Toast the bread, then divide and spread the smashed avo on it like butter, and spoon over the dressed tomato. Unwrap your eggs and place them proudly on top, then finish with the cilantro leaves.

Courtesy Jamie Oliver
www.jamieoliver.com
Click HERE to buy the book.

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5 steps to the perfect pancake

Chatelaine | posted Monday, Oct 19th, 2015

Want fluffy, delicious pancakes every time? Follow these five key steps:

1. Stop stirring
Stir pancake batter as few times as possible, preferably using a folding technique and a rubber spatula. No whisks please! Leave a few lumps or streaks of flour in the batter. You’re trying to avoid activating the leaveners (baking soda and powder) in the mixing bowl so they can do their fluffy work in the pan instead.

2. Forget about chocolate chips
Kids and adults love them, but chocolate chips in the batter are just going to burn in the pan. For a better, way more gourmet option, use a vegetable peeler to shave shreds of dark chocolate (from a high-quality bar) over the pancakes after they are cooked. Or go totally wild and make ganache to drizzle overtop (Warning: Your family will go bonkers and demand it with everything).

3. Don’t pan-ic
Non-stick or well-seasoned cast iron pans are both good options. Get the pan hot (a drop of water should sizzle and evaporate in a few seconds), then barely coat the bottom with canola oil (you thought I was going to say butter, didn’t you? Well, butter burns. Save it for smearing over cooked pancakes).

4. Don’t flip twice
Unless you want flat, dense, batter-pucks, flip pancakes just once. Pour in the batter, wait until the surface is covered with bubbles, then flip. Cook until the tops of the pancakes aren’t shiny anymore, then they’re ready. Serve and eat immediately for best results!

5. The Pancake Principle
It’s a universal truth: The first batch is always a dud. The pan is either too hot, too cool or just not “into it” yet. I save this batch for later in the day when I’m jonesing for a snack and prepared to eat anything (cold pancake with peanut butter = yum!).

Try these tricks out at home with our best pancake recipes!

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Apple cider turkey pot pie

Chatelaine | posted Tuesday, Oct 13th, 2015

PREP 15 MIN | TOTAL 45 MIN | SERVES 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups apple cider, divided
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-in. cubes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup 35% cream
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 kg skinless, boneless turkey breast, cut into 1/2-in. cubes
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 450-g pkg frozen puff pastry, preferably President’s Choice
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. PREHEAT oven to 400F.
  2. STIR cornstarch with 1/4 cup apple cider in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. COMBINE sweet potato with remaining cider and onion in a pot. Boil, covered, until potato is tender, 12 to 15 min.
  4. STIR cornstarch mixture and add to pot along with cream, Dijon, sage and salt. Stir often, until sauce thickens, 2 to 3 min. Stir in cubed turkey breast and peas.
  5. SCRAPE turkey filling into a 9×13-in. baking dish. Top with puff pastry, stretching dough to cover dish. Using the tines of a fork, press edges of dough against rim of dish, or fold into the sides. Brush egg yolk over pastry. Cut several slits in the top to let steam escape.
  6. BAKE in centre of oven until crust is golden-brown, 15 to 20 min.
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Eggs Benedict casserole

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Oct 9th, 2015

This is a great idea for brunch, a time-saver when you are having the family over and it is a great twist on a classic dish, courtesy of our friends at the Egg Farmers of Canada!

Eggs Benedict casserole

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (500 mL) chopped ham
  • 6 English muffins, cubed
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups (315 mL) milk
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) each dry mustard and paprika
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) freshly ground pepper

Hollandaise Sauce

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL)dry mustardDash hot sauce
  • 4 tsp (20 mL)lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL)salted butter, melted and hot
  • Pinch paprika (optional)

Method:

  1. Place 1 cup (250 mL) of the ham on the bottom of a greased 8 inch square (2 L) baking dish. Top with English muffin and scatter remaining ham overtop.
  2. In a bowl, whisk eggs, milk, dry mustard, paprika and pepper. Pour over top of English muffins and ham. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Bake until tester comes out clean, 60 to 70 minutes.

Hollandaise Sauce

  1. Meanwhile, in blender combine egg yolks, dry mustard, hot sauce and lemon juice. With blender running, slowly pour in the butter in a steady stream. Blend until thickened, 5 to 10 seconds. If sauce is too thick, add 1 to 2 tbsp hot water.
  2. Serve over casserole. Sprinkle with paprika, if desired.

Courtesy Egg Farmers of Canada
www.eggs.ca

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Spanish-style ‘stuffing’

Cityline | posted Tuesday, Oct 6th, 2015

This recipe for stuffing cooked outside of the bird, or “dressing,” is super easy and gets its Spanish flavours from Chorizo and smoked paprika.

Spanish-style dressing

Makes approx. 6 cups (1.5 litres)
One serving = 1/2 cup (125 ml)

Ingredients:

4 mild Chorizo sausages (if not available use spicy Italian sausage)
1 cup (250 ml) diced Spanish onion, approx. 1/2 a large Spanish onion
1/2 cup (125 ml) chopped celery
2 tbsp (30 ml) smoked paprika
6 slices stale 100 per cent whole grain whole wheat bread, cut into small cubes
2 tbsp (30 ml) currants or raisins
2 tbsp (30 ml) raw almonds, whole
1/2 cup (125 ml) lower sodium or no salt added turkey or chicken stock
1 tsp (5 ml) iodized salt

Method:

Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Squeeze the sausage meat out of the casing. Break up the meat with the back of a wooden spoon. Cook until browned and cooked through.

Add onions, celery and paprika to the pan and cook over medium low heat, stirring occasionally until golden brown, approximately five minutes.

Add the bread cubes, currants and almonds. Stir until well combined.

Add chicken broth and stir in. Remove from heat.

Cut a large piece of parchment paper double the size of an 8 x 8-inch metal baking dish. Run the parchment paper under cold water, wring out any excess water, and then line the pan, making sure that there is an equal overlap on two sides.

Spoon the dressing into the pan. Fold the overlapping pieces to cover the dressing and tuck in to make a pouch

Bake at 325 F for 30 minutes. Unfold the top piece of parchment paper to open the top and bake 15 to 20 minutes or until the dressing is slightly dry.

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Easiest roast turkey and gravy

Chatelaine | posted Tuesday, Oct 6th, 2015

INGREDIENTS

FOR GRAVY:

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Stir brown sugar and salt in a bowl. Rinse turkey and dry very well with paper towels. Place turkey in a large pan or large plastic bag, then pack brownsugar mixture all over the outside of the turkey as best you can, and place some in the cavity as well. Cover pan or tie bag, and refrigerate 12 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 450F. Rinse brine from the turkey, inside and out, gently rubbing under cold running water so it all comes off. (Don’t worry if the legs and wings look purple, which is the result of brining.) Pat dry. Stuff sage into cavity.
  • Place turkey on a rack in a roasting pan. Bend and tuck wings under the body and loosely tie drumsticks together. Brush butter all over turkey. Loosely cover with foil. Roast for 30 min. Reduce oven temperature to 325F. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 175F, about 21/2 to 31/4 hours. Remove foil during final hour of cooking.
  • Transfer turkey to a platter, tent loosely with foil and let rest at least 25 min before carving.
  • To make gravy, carefully spoon most of the fat out of the roasting pan, leaving behind about 4 tbsp fat as well as all the brown bits. Place the pan on the stove over medium and stir in flour, whisking to completely incorporate flour into drippings. Cook for 30 sec, then whisk in wine and water. Increase heat to medium-high, whisking constantly, until thickened, scraping up and incorporating all the brown bits from the pan, about 10 to 15 min. Reduce heat to low. If needed, whisk in additional water or homemade turkey stock to reach the desired consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
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Pumpkin spice muffins

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Oct 5th, 2015

These muffins are moist with a taste of cinnamon, nutmeg, and a crunch of pumpkin seeds! Plus, they’re gluten-, dairy-, and nut-free!

Pumpkin spice muffins

Servings: 12

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of gluten free flour blend
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin purée (approx 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup of pumpkin seeds

Method:

  1. Combine all of the dry ingredients. Combine all of the wet ingredients. Gently add the dry to the wet 1/2 cup at a time.
  2. Bake in oven at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

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