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

Be Happy

Laugh Loudly

xo Lisa

Food Photo of The Day

It’s been way too long since I have had the time to blog and so starting today I VOW to post some really kick ass blog entries to make up for it. (later on this week!)

In the meantime enjoy a shot of the delicious main event for The Father’s Day Dinner I Hosted on Sunday. Amazing!

Green Onion and Ginger Pork Dumplings

A few weeks ago, my super singing friend Todd came over and taught me how to make Dumplings. We created 3 different delicious dumpling recipes all made with the same pork base. I was surprise by how easy dumplings where to make. My favorite were the green onion and ginger pork dumplings; fried or steamed they will not disappoint.

Ingredients List: 

The Dough:

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of Lukewarm water

The Filling:

  • 1 pound of pork
  • 1 tbsp of sesame oil
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of cornstarch
  • 1 tsp of oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp of Ginger
  • 1 bunch of green onions

The Steps:

  1. In a bowl combine your flour and water. Hand Mix well (until it’s smooth), cover and let sit for at least 10 minutes.
  2. While your dough is resting prep your pork filling! In a bowl combine your filling ingredients and mix well.
  3. Once your filling is prepped it will be time to knead your dough. (Click on this link for a great video on how to hand knead your dough.)
  4. Roll out your dough into a thin layer and cut into 3 inch circles. (Wine Glass size!)
  5. Lightly wet the inside edges of your wrapper with water. (Use your finger!) Scoop about 1 tsp of raw filling into the centre of your wrapper and fold over making sure the ends meet. Press down firmly on the ends to seal.
  6. You can cook your dumplings in several different ways: Steam, Boil or Fry. To boil: Fill your pot with cold water and a good helping of salt. Add your dumplings to the boiling water and cook for about 3-5 minutes (just because they float to the top doesn’t mean that they are ready)
  7. Serve with green onions and dipping sauce. (I should do a post on dipping sauces yum but until then you can click here for some ideas.)
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It’s weekend! Make some dumplings.

Eat Well

Be Happy

Laugh Loudly

xo Lisa

Mini Orange Scones

I love to paint and after 5 months away, tomorrow morning, I will join my ladies and get back to my regular painting group. Anyway, I figured it would be nice to have a little treat to share with everyone over tea break. I had a whole bunch of oranges left over from this week’s groceries and so I decided to create something orange flavoured so that they wouldn’t go to waste.

Ingredients List: (Makes about 24 small scones)

  • 1 3/4 cup of flour
  • 4 tsps of baking powder
  • 1/4 cup of white sugar
  • 1 tbsp of orange zest (about 2 small oranges)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup of cold unsalted butter (cut in small chunks)
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp of milk
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (for glaze)
  • 1 tbsp of orange juice (for glaze)

The Steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line your cookie sheet with wax paper.
  2. In a bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, orange zest and salt.
  3. Add the butter and mix until the mixture is crumbly with small chunks.
  4. Add the sour cream and orange juice and blend lightly. (Don’t overmix or you scones won’t be as moist as they could be.)
  5. Flour your counter or cutting board and roll scone mixture into a ball. Break into small pieces and form into smaller balls (any size you fancy will work). Flatten onto your cookie sheet.
  6. Whisk together your egg and milk and lighty brush your scones. (if you don’t have a brush you can use your fingers like i did). Bake for 12 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
  7. While your scones are baking mix together your glaze until smooth. (if it’s too thick ass more juice until you have a nice smooth texture.) Once your scones have cooled drizzle lightly.
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
Confession: The batter is so delicious that pretty much ate half of the bowl’s worth of batter before laying it out on the cookie sheet! Yum!

Eat Well

Be Happy

Laugh Loudly

xo Lisa

Food Photo of the Day!

Howdy Gang! Today I decided to update Foodventures’ look! Let me know what you think. I’m digging the new layout.

ALSO: check out this billboard I spotted a couple of days ago walking the streets of Toronto…Can anyone explain this to me? Has anyone else seen this fast food art?

Billboard hiding at a dog park near you!

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!

Eat Well

Be Happy

Laugh Loudly

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