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Say it ain’t so…

Today I discovered that my favourite dish on the FRESH menu will not appear on the new menu being launched tomorrow!  Thank goodness I got to stuff my face with deliciousness one last time. The Jerusalem Bowl is a tasty combo of  flax hummus, grilled spinach, tomato, cucumber, parsley, red onion, sunflower sprouts, olive oil, tamari, mixed herbs, lemon & chili powder on a bed of basmati rice. I’m sure I’ll find something equally as good on the new menu but change is hard…

 

Jerusalem Bowl

Jerusalem Bowl

 

BTW: If you have never eaten a meal at FRESH-get off your ass and do it. I have never been disappointed-other fav’s include the quinoa puffed onion rings, the black bean burrito and the energy bowl. I am also addicted to the liver flush elixir and the miso gravy!

 

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xo Lisa

 

 

 

BBQ Mushrooms stuffed with Blue Cheese

It’s BBQ season! My favorite season and last night I had some gal pals over for some food and drinks. My friend Katy brought over the fixings for this delicious appetizer. It was the perfect starter for our steak dinner and a total crowd pleaser.

Ingredients List: 

  • 1 package of whole mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup of blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup of plain cream cheese cheese
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 glove of garlic
  • 1 tsp of butter

The Steps:

  1. Pre-heat your bbq and set the temperature on low. Clean the mushrooms and remove the stems (but save them for step 2!). Set the mushrooms aside and Melt the butter in a small frying pan over med high heat.
  2. Chop your mushrooms stems, shallot and garlic into small piece. Add your chopped veggies to your pan with the melted butter and saute until soft; about 5 minutes.
  3. While your veggies are sauteing: In a bowl combine the blue cheese and cream cheese and mix until soft and creamy. Once your veggies are ready add the hot mixture to your cheese and mix well.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the mushroom caps filling generously.
  5. Place the stuffed mushrooms on the hot grill and cook until the cheese in golden brown and the mushrooms are soft and cook throughout (about 15 minutes or so).

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The countdown is on to the long weekend. I am planning some delicious BBQ meals and am looking forward to sharing them with you. Until then…

Eat Well

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xo Lisa

Moroccan Stew

I am totally addicted to Hall’s Kitchen’s Moroccan Stew. Today instead of buying it at the local supermarket I decided to purge my cupboards and fridge to make my own version of this delicious Moroccan Stew. (The combo of spices is what makes this dish so killer!)

Ingredients List:

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • olive oil
  • 2 cups sweet onion and red onion combined chopped
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 2 cups finely shredded kale
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 large sweet potato chopped
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with spicy red peppers
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can mixed beans
  • 1 tbsp of chili flakes
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts
Click on the picture for a step by step look at how to make Moroccan Stew: Word Press is working out some kinks and the format of the photo descriptions has changed. For the moment you can still access the attachment pages with the descriptions if you click “Permalink” under each image. This will bring you to the old format and you can get the step by step look you love!  Hopefully this will be resolved soon. xo
Thanks for your ongoing support and feedback and I am taking your advice as of right NOW! I am going to start publishing the recipe steps on the main page so that you don’t have to keep clicking back and forth between pictures every time you want to check out the next step in the recipe. You can still click on the pix for a quick reference if need be. Let me know how this new format works for you.
The Steps:
  1.  In a large pot add olive oil (about 2 turns round the pot) and cook onions and celery until tender and soft.
  2. In a bowl combine cinnamon, ginger, curry powder, nutmeg, cumin and salt. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Once your celery and onions are soft add kale and half of your spice mixture and mix into your pot. Once the kale has wilted add your vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
  4. Add beans, tomato, broccoli, sweet potato, raisins, peanuts and chili flakes to the pot and  boil until the sweet potatoes are soft.
  5. Cover and let simmer. The stew will thicken and the flavours will become more complex the longer you let it sit.
  6. Enjoy with rice, quinoa or as is. (also delicious with lamb and chicken!)

This is the first time blogging with my new stove. Thanks to Todd and Brian for the awesome hook up!

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xo Lisa


My love affair with Sriracha

I often use sriracha in my cooking and i have to confess it goes on as a condiment for nearly everything. I first discovered this delicious and spicy ketchup like sauce (don’t let the look of it deceive you!) about 8 years ago. I can’t remember the why or the how but I do know that’s about the time I started getting a lot more adventurous with my meals.

Anyway this afternoon, I was sitting at a restaurant in China Town when I started to think about all the things that you can do and make with sriracha. My secret combo is an olive oil, maple syrup, lemon juice and sriracha mix; Incredible as a marinade or even a salad dressing.

Here’s my challenge: Send me your favorite ways to use sriracha and i will post them on this site and use them in my own foodventures! I cannot wait to discover some new ideas with my cannot live without condiment.

xo Lisa

Sriracha

 

Meatless Mondays: Roasted Beet and Sweet Onion Salad

On Saturday evening I had a delicious dinner at The Academy of Spherical Arts and one of the items on the menu inspired the creation of this salad. Roasting beets in my new favourite thing, it takes a while but it is so worth it. This dish is simple and so so so delicious.

  • 2 Large Beets
  • 1 Medium Size Sweet Onion
  • 4 cups of mixed greens
  • 1/2 cup of cheddar maple loosely chopped

Vinaigrette:

  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp of Dijon Mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste

Click on the picture for a step by step look at how to make this salad: Word Press is working out some kinks and the format of the photo descriptions has changed. For the moment you can still access the attachment pages with the descriptions if you click “Permalink” under each image. This will bring you to the old format and you can get the step by step look you love!  Hopefully this will be resolved soon. xo

I love this salad and I guarantee that you will as well. These days I’m really busy working a production in Toronto opening Feb 10th, 2012 called War Horse. This is one show that you will not want to miss! Find out more about War Horse here.

Eat Well

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xo Lisa


Devilled Eggs

Guilty Pleasure Alert….Devilled Eggs!

Here’s a question: Would you ever eat more than 2 eggs in a sitting? I know that I wouldn’t but when it comes to devilled eggs…well that’s a whole different story.  It is the only time in my life that I can say “Yes I have eaten 5 eggs in one short span of time and I’m ok with it”. Lot’s of people like to add different ingredients to this dish but I actually prefer the simple ole classic recipe that my mother always made…(the only change is that I substitute Mayo for plain yogurt.)

Ingredients List:

  • 12 hard Boiled Eggs (click here for more info on how to cook the perfect hard boiled egg)
  • 1/4 cup of Greek Yogurt
  • 2 TBSP of Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Medium Size Dill Pickles finely chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Paprika to garnish
Click on the picture for a step by step look at how to make these Devilled Eggs: Word Press is working out some kinks and the format of the photo descriptions has changed. For the moment you can still access the attachment pages with the descriptions if you click “Permalink” under each image. This will bring you to the old format and you can get the step by step look you love!  Hopefully this will be resolved soon. xo

I hope that everyone is enjoying a fab holiday season. Be safe!

Eat Well

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xo Lisa

Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Want to make your house smell incredibly delicious?

Make this Recipe…it’s really easy and totally worth it. (but it takes up to 3 hours…)

Ingredients List: (makes 24)

  • 2 cups of chopped tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup roughly  chopped fresh basil
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup of Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp of Sea Salt

**Click on the picture for a step by step look at how to make Slow-Roasted Tomatoes:

Word Press is working out some kinks and the format of the photo descriptions has changed. For the moment you can still access the attachment pages with the descriptions if you click “Permalink” under each image. Hopefully this will be resolved soon. xo

Roasted Tomatoes are incredible in pasta, salad, soups…use your imagination. I was so busy using these to make a delicious pasta recipe that I didn’t have a chance to take a picture of the final product. If you click here you can get an idea of what your roasted tomatoes should look like when they are ready!

The smell alone is worth the time to make this dish.

Enjoy!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa