I am finally back in my own kitchen after a summer on the road and I am loving being back in Toronto. Nothing beats walking the streets, hitting my fav shops and markets and generally enjoying the energy of the city. Today is a glorious day, a perfect way to ring in the first day of fall.
Tonight, I am hosting some very good friends for dinner and I am totally stoked to catch up with these peeps since I haven’t seen them in months. I spent a while cruising the farmer’s market at Nathan Phillips Square and bought 95% of the ingredients for this feast from Ontario Farmers. On the menu tonight….Jerk Chicken, Peach Salsa, Roasted Yams, Corn on the Cob and a mixed carrot salad!
Ingredients List: Makes about 3 Cups of Jerk Marinade (enough for 8+ Chicken Breast)
- 1 Bunch of Green Onions
- 7 sprigs of fresh thyme
- Hot Peppers-to taste (I used 2 chili peppers and 3 small Jalapeno’s seeded)
- 4 small cloves of garlic
- 1/2 large sweet onion
- 2 tsp grated ginger
- 1/3 cup of soya sauce
- 2 tbsp of vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup of white vinegar
- 1/2 cup of orange juice
- 1 tbsp of brown sugar
- 2 tsp of ground allspice
- 1 tsp of nutmeg
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 x Chicken Breasts
****Click on the picture for a step by step explanation of how to make Jerk Marinade:
Thanks for Reading and Bon Appetit!
P.S. I’m hosting a mixer on Sunday! Will let you know how it went unless of course you show up!
Every day on my way to the gym I walk by a little cafe called Nook. Yesterday on my way home, I finally decided to check it out. Although it was 2:30pm in the afternoon, it was still packed which I took as a good sign. The service was prompt and friendly. My order took less than 5 minutes to come up (a spicy chicken panini and 2 side salads.) The prices are reasonable (less than $10.00 for an entree) and the food was 4/5 on the Humbah Scale. Next time you are in the King West area pop in and try it out for yourself!
I wish that I had photos of the food. This new foodventure wasn’t thought out properly…But don’t worry my next Hot Spot post will come with more photographs.
As always: Thank you for reading.
P.S. and the Spicy Chicken Panini was very very spicy! Loveit!
Nook is located at 469 King Street West!
For a light alternative to fried chicken try this fluffy, crunchy and mouthwateringly moist breaded chicken recipe. The panko crust imitates the crunchiness of fried chicken and the sour cream ensures the moistness without the fat and grease. You can spruce this up and serve it anywhich way but i have just included my basic recipe.
- 1/2 cup of flour
- 1 cup of Panko Crumbs
- 1 1/2tbsp of Sriracha
- 1/2 cup of sour cream
- 2 boneless chicken breast
****click on the picture for a more info about how to make your own Panko Chicken!
There are so many alternatives to this recipe, it’s really a matter of what you like and what you have handy in your fridge. I often use light sour cream or plain yogurt as an even healthy alternative but you can easily substitute those options with mayo. As i mentioned in the photo blog, you can make this recipe without the fire of sriracha and it will be just as delicious. The panko crumbs are more or less flavourless but you could mix them with herbs, pepper, salt anything really before coating your chicken.
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I have some new ideas on how to spice things up here at Foodventures and so I’ll be trying out a series of nouveau style posts. Along with the usual Recipes etc…
In the meantime check out the food photo of the day:
Happy Mother’s Day! Have an incredible sunday.
Last night, I had some dear friends over for dinner, these folk all LOVE LOVE LOVE to eat, drink and be merry. I knew that i wanted to make something that was delicious, hearty (to coat our boozy stomachs!) and low maintenance. We started off with roasted garlic, naan bread, goat cheese, sundried tomatoes and martini’s. The main event was chicken parm with fettucini alfredo and some delicious wines and we ended with mixed wild berry’s in maple syrup over vanilla frozen yogurt. All of these dishes were easy to prepare ahead of time thus allowing me time to socialize without spending too much time in the kitchen. Here is my version of the Chicken Parm with Fettucini Alfredo.
- 2 cups bread crumbs
- 31/2 cups fresh parmesan cheese
- 1 cup fresh basil chopped
- 1 tbsp parsley (dry)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 1/2 cup and 1 tbsp of flour (put aside)
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breast
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 1 cup of cream
- 2 cans of tomatoes
- 1/2 cup of arugula
- 1 cup of baby spinach
- 1 glove of garlic
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup of aged cheddar
- 1 package fresh fettucini noodles
- salt and pepper to taste
**click on the picture for a step by step explanation of How to make Chicken Parmesan and Fettucini Alfredo
A great evening with lot’s of laughter and love.
This is a perfect dish to make for a dinner party because you can coat and cover the chicken ahead of time and pop it into the oven about 30 minutes before you want to serve your meal. The alfredo sauce only takes about 10 minutes to make and the fresh pasta will cook within 3 minutes. Which means you only have to be in the kitchen for a minimal amount of time and you can spend the rest of the time hanging out with your guests. You should make this tonight, it’s easy and it’s tasty! Let me know how it turns out. Happy Cooking!
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