Friday, 20 July 2012

Halibut Steaks with Tarragon Butter, Ancient Grains Rice and Sugar Peas with a Raspberry Blueberry Mango Compote Filled Puff Pastry with Whipped Cream

If you're looking for a hassle-free, gorgeous meal this summer, there's no better place to start than right here.

How difficult do you think grilling a beautiful halibut steak with a little butter and tarragon could possibly be? How about, not at all.

I've been growing a few tarragon plants on the balcony, and they are doing really well...unfortunately, the same can not be said about my thyme this year:( 

Don't know what happened, but the thyme shriveled up and died! Seriously, don't know where I went wrong there, but everything else is still alive:)

I consulted my Flavor Bible to check out what paired well with tarragon, and low a behold, mint was on the list. Seeing how I'm also growing mint, I decided to incorporate it into my menu.
Check it out below.

First however, we must start with the beverage of all summer guessed it, the mojito!

My Mojito

1 oz white rum
1 tbsp simple syrup
good squeeze of lime
club soda

Mint Infused Ancient Grains Rice Mix

Just follow your package directions.
I added a bit of mint in the water to infuse the rice.

My Tarragon Plants

Simple? Yes. Delicious? Hells yeah!
A lovely sight

With a glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc, of course

Raspberry Blueberry Mango Compote

1/4 cup frozen raspberries
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup frozen mango chunks
1/8 cup granulated sugar

Add berries and sugar in medium saucepan on med-high heat.
Bring to a boil stirring frequently.
Reduce heat to med-low, simmer for approx 10 min or until to desired consistancy.

Cheater!!! I used Tenderflake Pastries..follow package directions

I did whip my own cream...1/4 cup with 1 tsp sugar

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Canada Day BBQ

Had my work mates over for the Canada Day holiday for a cook-up!
It was good food, fun and fireworks.

BBQ Pork Burgers with Fennel Coleslaw

1 lb ground pork
½ cup breadcrumbs
1 egg
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup tomatoes, chopped
1 tbsp Worcestershire
1 tsp fresh thyme

Preheat BBQ on high. Combine ingredients. 
Form into 4 patties.
Brush patties with olive oil and grill, flipping once, until cooked through, about 4 minutes per side.

Mark and Romeo doing a fine job

To serve, divide buns among plates. Place on bottom bun some fennel coleslaw, a burger and caramelized onions. Cap with top of bun.

Caramelized Onions

2 med onions
1 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp granulated sugar
3 tbsp sherry vinegar

Trim and thinly slice onions. Heat oil in a large frying pan over med heat. Add onions and cook, stirring often for 10 minutes.

Add sugar and vinegar and cook until caramelized, about 10 minutes.

Fennel Coleslaw

¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into matchsticks
1 med fennel bulb, shredded
½ cup red cabbage, shredded.

Place mayonnaise, vinegar, apple, fennel and cabbage in a bowl and toss to combine. Adjust seasoning to taste and set aside.

Heirloom Potato and Herb Salad

2-3 lb Yukon Gold potatos
1 ¼ cup yogurt, Greek-style
½ cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp horseradish
4 tbsp spinach leaves, chopped
3 tbsp each fresh dill, mint, chives, chopped
2 green onions, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Wash unpeeled potatoes and place in saucepan of salted water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes or until fork tender.
Drain well and transfer to mixing bowl. While hot, crush potatoes with fork or masher. In another bowl, combine yogurt, olive oil, garlic, horseradish and salt and pepper. Pour over hot potatoes, add the herbs and green onions and toss well.

Quinoa Salad with Maple Dressing

¼ cup maple syrup
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1 tbsp each Dijon and grainy old fashioned mustard
¼ cup canola oil (or your favourite oil)

Whisk all ingredients except the oil together. Add the oil slowly while whisking. Set aside.

1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups cold water
½ each red, orange, yellow pepper, seeded and diced
½ English cucumber peel on, diced
16 cherry tomatoes, halved
16 pitted olives, halved
16 mini bocconcini balls, halved
1 stalk celery, sliced
¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
¼ cup fresh basil, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Pour water and quinoa in medium saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil over med-high heat. Remove from heat and let stand for 20 minutes. Remove the lid and fluff up with fork. Transfer to and large bowl and add some maple dressing.
While the quinoa is cooling, prepare the rest of the ingredients. Add to the quinoa. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Add remaining dressing and serve.

I had a great time feeding and entertaining my friends. I'm so glad everyone enjoyed themselves!

James and I looking jolly-good in our green jeans
Friends and more goodies