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Jerk yer Chicken

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!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

P.S. I’m hosting a mixer on Sunday! Will let you know how it went unless of course you show up!

Spicy Beef Salad

Backyard Potluck season is in full swing!

Yesterday, I headed to my gal pals K2 for a potluck in their backyard. Things are getting crowded in my fridge and so I thought I would purge the fridge to create my dish for the potluck. The rule is you can only use ingredients that you already have at home. This is a fun and creative way to cook, As you can imagine my pantry/fridge/cupboards are pretty well stocked! Here’s what I came up with…

Ingredients List:

Part One: Meat and Marinade

  • 1 Flank Steak Sliced
  • 50 ml Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Soya Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Sirracha
  • 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Part Two: Dressing

  • 6 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 7 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp of chopped garlic
  • 1/2 Tbsp of Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 Tbsp of Dried Parsley
  • 1/2 Tbsp of Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 Tbsp of Dried Chili Peppers
  • 1/2 Tsp of Grated Ginger
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Part Three: Salad Stuffers

  • 1 Orange Pepper Sliced
  • 1 Red Pepper Sliced
  • 1 Hot pepper finely chopped
  • 1 package of Snow Peas steamed with sea salt and lemon juice
  • Half a Red onion Thinly Sliced
  • 1 Head of Broccoli Chopped
  • 1 Mango Chopped
  • 1 package of Baby Spinach


****click on the picture for a more info about how to make your own Spicy Beef Salad!

This is a delicious salad bursting with flavour and a perfect meal to share at home. I’m heading out of town for the weekend to work in Prince Edward County for the month and I am really stoked. I hear great things about this”new” wine country and my favorite cheese is made in The County! Can’t wait to see what kind of Foodventures I’ll find there!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa


 P.S. Check out my fav cheese co HERE….The CHeese is INCREDIBLE!

Always a Hit Layered Dip

I went to a potluck yesterday and decided to bring an no fail sure fire hit: A Mexican style layered dip. This dish is so easy for a potluck and it’s ready in less than an hour. There are many variations of this dish but after many a trial and error this is my go to recipe.

Ingredients List:

  • 1 8oz tub of cream cheese (soften)
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1  can of refried beans (398ml)
  • 2 soft avocados (mashed)
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 16oz jar of salsa
  • 1 1/2 cup of shredded cheese
  • 1 cup red onion chopped
  • 1 cup orange pepper chopped
  • 1 tomato chopped and deseeded
  • hot peppers to taste
  • Tortilla Chips

****click on the picture for a more info about how to make your own Always a Hit Layered Dip!

My current contract is ending today and so I will be able to post more recipes and enjoy a summer full of foodventures. Thanks for reading and I love hearing from you so if you have any questions/tips/ideas or if you want to join me on a foodventure shoot me a message at  foodventuresandotherstories@gmail.com. Happy Sunday!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

I dream of Mexico…

I recently booked a trip to Mexico City to spend a week with one of my oldest gal pals. I leave the first week of Feb and it won’t come soon enough. It is -15 degress in Toronto right now! (YUCK!) I realize that I am Canadian (and a Canadian from Northern Ontario nonetheless) but I cannot get used to this brutal weather!!!! Anyway, my friend Jen is coming over this evening for dinner and a catch up and so feeling inspired by my trip I decided to make something a little Mexican (Mexican Lasagna with Guacamole Rice) and a little Naughty. Perfect for girls night. Bring on the Tequila!

Ingredients List:

  • 1 package lean ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup of lime juice
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • handful of cilantro chopped
  • 1 small sweet onion chopped
  • 1 cup of corn
  • 1 cup of black beans
  • half a red pepper chopped
  • half a jalapeno pepper chopped
  • half a tomato chopped
  • 4 green onions chopped
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese (i used the taco/nacho shredded cheese mix)
  • 4 tbsp of salsa ( this is just a guideline)
  • 3 corn tortillas
  • handful of tortilla chips
  • 1 1-/2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 1-/2 ripe avacado’s
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 6 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Gloves of Garlic
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 Tbsp of butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Serves 4

**click on the picture for a step by step explanation of How to make this Naughty Mexican Lasagna with a side of Guacamole Rice

 

The rice is intense and the sour cream adds the perfect flavour and creaminess to cut that intensity. Everything works really well with the Mexican Lasagna and it is a fun and very tasty dish!

I’d love to hear from you and know if you have tried to make anything at home. Thanks for reading. Stay Warm!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

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Better than Chinatown Chow Mein

Toronto was covered in a blanket of snow overnight and looks beautiful from the window of my downtown condo. I’m in the mood to order in chinese and I’m feeling a little tickle in the back of my throat. All I want is something delicious and comforting to enjoy while getting cozy on the couch with a class of vino and a movie. So here’s my twist on Beef Chow Mein.  Seriously, it will take you as long to make this dish as it would to get it delivered and this is a much healthier and tasty option!

Ingredients List:

  • 1/3 cup of rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp Fresh grated ginger
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice (about half a lemon)
  • 1/2 tbsp Sriracha sauce (my favorite condiment! yummy!)
  • 1/2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp of Honey
  • ground pepper to taste
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 portobello mushroom
  • 4 stalks celery
  • handful of baby carrots
  • half of a small red pepper
  • half a head of broccoli ( i used a little leftover cauliflower as well)
  • 3 green onions
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 steak (marinating steak or skirt steak will work perfectly)
  • 2 portions of  Rooster Brand instant noodles (any chow mein noodle will do)

Serves 2

**click on the picture for a step by step explanation of How to make Beef Chow Mein.

 

Happy Saturday! Enjoy the snow… ( i wish i had a backyard to make snow angels!)


Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

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