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Hello, Crispy “Fried Chicken”! p.s. It’s Baked.

29 May

ImageWhat do you do when you have a hankering for something greasy and sinful but can’t lower bring yourself to pop out for a Double Down?

Why, you create a mock up of course. In this case, involving cornflakes. 

I remembered that I had hungrily Pin-interested something of the sort late one night, so I dug around and found some recipes. The following is a conflation of a few that I discovered as well as the recipe on the back of the Kelloggs box.

You’re welcome. 

The end result was satisfying, to say the least, and pretty fun to make too. 

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Healthy Crispy Baked “Fried Chicken” 

  • 8-10 chicken drumsticks or thighs  
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 3 cloves garlic- crushed 
  • salt and pepper (1/2 teaspoon each)
  • liquid smoke
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon 
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups (or more) crumbled cornflakes 
  1. Combine yogurt, salt and pepper, paprika, garlic, mustard and a few drops of liquid smoke in a medium sized bowl or ziplock bag. Combine chicken and coat. Let marinate for at least one hour, or as long as possible. 
  2. Preheat oven to 350. 
  3. In a medium sized bowl, mix flour, egg, milk and more salt, pepper and dash of paprika until smooth, to create a batter. 
  4. In separate shallow bowl or pan, crush cornflakes. 
  5. Remove chicken from marinade and dip into batter and then again into crushed cornflakes. Place evenly on a foiled and greased cooking pan. 
  6. Drizzle coated chicken with melted coconut oil. 
  7. Bake at 350 for one hour until tender, and chicken is no longer pink inside and juices run clear. 
  8. Do not cover pan or turn chicken while baking. Serve hot. 

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I served the chicken up on baby spinach with a warm, limey blackened corn salad and roasted pickled beets (don’t ask what’s in the corn salad- I I made it in a rush and I honestly don’t recall- but I know that it includes bulgar wheat, fried onions and red pepper, cumin, parsley, cayenne, honey and lime). The pickled beet salad is from the Polish deli next door ( which I’m obsessed with, and often clean them out of their stock!)  

I thought this meal came together bee-autifully. 

Try it out, guilt free. 

M x

 

 

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Italian Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Brussel Sprouts

19 Feb

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My search for the perfect meatball recipe has come to an end. After an arduous journey (not really)  I can safely say that this is the one. And turkey at that. Colour me surprised.

Very juicy, very flavourful, lovely texture and extremely light. Perfection.

I served these babies on a bed of brown rice with a homemade tomato sauce and balsamic roasted brussel sprouts and cherry tomatoes. Over all a pretty healthy meal, and couldn’t be easier.

Italian Turkey Meatballs
(30 minutes) (makes approx 16 meatballs)

  • 1 package lean ground turkey (approx 1 lb)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup panko (or traditional breadcrumbs)
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried chillies
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Splash balsamic vinegar (approx 2 teaspoons)

1) preheat oven to 400. In large bowl, assemble all ingredients and mix well.
2) Form into small round meatballs (makes about 16) and place on baking rack
3) Bake 15-20 minutes, until no longer pink in the middle.

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I roasted the tomatoes and brussle sprouts simultaneously, although they needed about 25-30 minutes at 400. I covered generously with olive oil and some sea salt. Half way through roasting I drizzled on some balsamic and sprinkled with a bit of brown sugar and returned to the oven. I broiled them for the last 5 minutes to give the sprouts a bit more colour.

They turned out to be a perfect addition to the dish. The textures worked well with the meatballs, as the sprouts were basically melt-in-your-mouth soft.

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I made a simple tomato sauce by sautéing 3 cloves of garlic in olive oil along with 2 teaspoons of fennel seeds and diced red pepper. Once soft, I added crushed tomatoes and seasoned with salt, pepper, brown sugar and some dried chillies and a splash of balsamic. I made the sauce first, and added a 1/4 cup to the meatball mixture before baking.

I layered the sauce over the rice and topped with the meatballs, which I covered with more sauce and the roasted vegetable. I topped it all off with fresh basil and grated Parmesan cheese.

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I was thrilled with this recipe. I hope you try it out. Let me know if you do!

M

Caribbean Spiced Pork Ribs Revisited

7 Jan

Two years ago today I posted this recipe. It was one of my first ever posts! Unsurprisingly, it got very little attention.

So, I decided to revisit this little gem, because I remembered it being mag-nificent. Besides, it is cold as psshhht outside, so why not contrast the winter chill with a little spicy jerk heat and beachy daydreams?

The rub is fairly easy and extremely flavourful, chock full of fresh ginger and lime zest. It would also be awesome on chicken or maybe (?) even tofu! ( I’ll have to experiment with that one, stay tuned)

Fork poised.

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Brrr.

This recipe indulges my love of spices. We have just finally recently got our spice act together along with some new and overdue shelves.

Can I show off our cute little kitchen for a sec?!

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It makes me happy.

I served these ribs with lime roasted sweet potatoes and blackened corn and quinoa salad.

Caribbean Spiced Pork Ribs
Serves 4, approx 28 ribs (or eat for dinner and then again for breakfast)

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • zest and juice of 2 limes
  • 4 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons white (or black) pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cups of orange juice (can also substitute water here)

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1) Preheat oven to 350.
2) Assemble rub (minus the OJ)  and mix well. Press the rub into the ribs on both sides, but more thickly on the top side. Add to roasting pan with 2 cups of orange juice.
3) Bake for 1.5 hours, covered in foil. Baste occasionally. Remove foil and cook an additional 20 minutes.
4) Remove and serve with choice of sides.

Yum. Dinner. And again with eggs for breakfast.

Decadent.

M

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Thanksgiving Guyanese Essequibo Chicken

17 Oct

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I got this recipe from this hilarious cookbook called Don’t Stop the Cook!  that my mum brought me back from a vacation to Jamaica. It inexplicably has a rather earnest-looking (white)  pirate on the cover,  features many, many Caribbean recipes and contains zero photos.

It’s my new favourite cookbook. This recipe was amazing.

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I made this in lieu of a traditional Thanksgiving turkey because…I didn’t feel like turkey.  I was originally going to make Jerk spiced ribs, but I left it too late and all the butcher shops were closed.

Plan B!  I still wanted to use this book, so I decided to try out the Essequibo. It was amazing! The flavours were super rich and full bodied. The sauce reminded me of a French ratatouille, which might make sense considering that France at one point colonized Guyana.20131017-191623.jpg

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He liked it!

Guyanese Essequibo Chicken (serves 4)

  • 8 chicken thighs (or drumsticks would work well too)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons raw sugar
  • 1 onion (red or yellow) chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • coconut or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  1. In a large pan (I had to use two medium sized ones) heat oil over medium heat. When hot, sprinkle sugar over oil and let bubble (do not burn)
  2. Add chicken to sugar/oil and fry until browned evenly. Add red or yellow onion and garlic and fry for 1 minute.
  3. Add celery salt, garlic salt and green onions, thyme, red pepper, tomato and bay leaves. Cook for 5 minutes or so,
  4. Add tomato paste and water. Simmer on low heat for one hour, skimming the fat off the top of the sauce with a teaspoon.
  5. Combine cornstarch with about two tablespoons of water and quickly stir into sauce mixture to thicken.
  6. Mix well and season with pepper and more fresh thyme.

Serve on top of rice and beans with salad!

Fun (?) fact: “Essequibo (Dutch: Essequebo) was a Dutch colony on the Essequibo River in the Guiana region on the north coast of South America from 1616 to 1814. The colony formed a part of the colonies that are known under the collective name of Dutch Guiana”

These Bourbon-Miso Pork Chops Made Me Want to Blog Again

28 Sep

Are you there blog? It’s me, Maddie.

It’s been so long, I forgot my WordPress password.

It’s been so long, I forget how to work my iPad.

It’s been so long that I was worried that I had forgotten how to cook.

I was only reassured after magically dreaming up this recipe. I made it twice just to make sure it wasn’t a fluke.

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It wasn’t.

Sss’uper Easy Bourbon-Miso Pork Chops

-2 Bone in chops
-4 tablespoons honey
-2 tablespoons miso paste
-2 cloves finely chopped garlic
-2 shots Bourbon
-black pepper
– maybe some water

1) pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
2) in small sauce pan sauté garlic until fragrant, add Bourbon and let simmer for two minutes, stirring frequently, then add miso and honey, stir often and let reduce. Keep simmering over low heat.
3) brown chops on both sides using a skillet over high heat (2 minutes on each side should do)
4) transfer to baking sheet and cover with 1/3 of the sauce. Bake in oven for 15 minutes, turning once halfway through, baste with other 1/3 of the sauce. Do not overlook!
5) when chops are done, finish with remaining sauce and top with crispy red onions or garish of choice.

These were juicy and the sauce is a nice combo of sweet/salty, my all time favourite combo. Also fast!

On account of laziness and circumstance, I apologize for being such a wild non-blogging-flake, but rest assured my undisciplined and non-cooking summer was nothing short of dreamy. I am, however, excited to be back in the kitchen and sharing again this fall. I hope you’ll join me!

M

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Black Bean, Walnut and Mushroom Burgers

12 Feb

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Today marks the beginning of my cleanse. It’s a bit intimidating. No gluten, dairy, sugar, vinegar, coffee or alcohol for awhile. A month, at least. So, last night, for our “last supper”, I made these gluten free black bean burgers. And I covered them in lots of tangy mayo and homemade sweet relish. Devine.

Black Bean, Walnut and Mushroom Burgers

(Makes 6)

1.5 cans on black beans, rinsed and well drained
Approx 10 white mushrooms, sliced
1 cup walnut pieces
1 onion
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 egg
3 cloves garlic
Fresh parsley
1.5 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon curry powder
1.5 teaspoons red chilli flakes (I enjoy spicy)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper

1. Dice onions and slice mushrooms, and sauté over med-high heat until onions are soft and mushrooms have reduced. Turn to medium heat and add chopped garlic, salt and pepper, cumin, curry powder and chilli. Fry for another few minutes, until fragrant. Preheat oven to 400.
2. In food processor, add beans, walnuts, corn meal, olive oil, egg, mushroom and onion mixture, fresh parsley and a pinch more salt. Pulse until just mixed (do not over mix).
3. Once combined, form into patties and place on greased baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes at 400.
4. Carefully remove with spatula, and serve with whatever toppings you like. I chose avocado, mayo, tomato, relish and fresh basil.

Things might get a bit “inventive” around here for the next little while, but hopefully you’ll enjoy some of the ultra healthy recipes and stick with me!

Because of this new food challenge, I’ve joined Our Growing Edge,Our Growing Edge is the part of us that is still learning and experimenting. It’s the part that you regularly grow and improve, be it from real passion or a conscious effort. This monthly event aims to connect and inspire us to try new things”.

Trying new things, growing as a person, why not?

You can find more info about it here: http://bunnyeatsdesign.com/our-growing-edge/

Carrot Soup with Black Garlic and Feta

9 Nov

I have a million photos of food from Italy. It was such an amazing, inspiring trip. If you are at all interested in food and wine, head to the Terra Madre conference in 2014. Book it now. Just go.

Carpaccio, pizza, fried artichokes, fresh green olive oil, gnocchi, spicy  goat stew and cheese cheese cheese!

I will tide you over with an appetizer, I mean a  primi, until I get these essays done am able to try out and share some true Italian  recipes.

Until then, why not start off with a delicious soup?

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This soup was easy to make, and perfect for a cold fall day. I finally tested out that black garlic I picked up on Granville Island in Vancouver, which was exciting indeed!

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Black Garlic is essentially fermented, caramelized garlic. It looks just like regular garlic, but the cloves are jet black, sweet and sticky. The flavour is phenomenal.

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I topped the soup with a drizzle of black truffle oil, a generous amount of feta cheese and arugula.

Perfetto!

Carrot Soup with Black Garlic and Feta

  • 10 fresh carrots (approx)
  • 1 large white onion
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 3 cups vegetable stock (or chicken)
  • 5 cloves black garlic (or half a head)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup feta cheese
  • truffle oil (to taste. Go slow. It is strong)
  • salt and fresh black pepper
  1. Wash and chop carrots ( I didn’t bother peeling them…nutrients are in the skin, non?) and boil them in salted water until soft
  2. Meanwhile, fry onion in butter and white wine until brown. Add the wine over time, in quarters, so that the onions brown well. Reduce heat, add turmeric an mix well with the onions.
  3. Drain the carrots, and return to large pot. Add the onions, garlic and stock. Blend well with hand blender until smooth.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and let simmer for 30 minutes (or more)
  5. Once served, add 1/2 cup of feta cheese and a drizzle of truffle oil.

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If you don’t have black garlic, not to worry. The regular stuff will work just as well, but maybe use only three cloves instead of five, unless you find vampires absolutely terrifying.

Creamy Coconut Curry with Tempeh and Lentils

16 Oct

As soon as I came home tonight, I knew it would be one of those dinners. You know. The whipped together ones. The ones you can’t believe actually turned out to be tasty, based on the sheer lack of provisions at hand.

That and the fact that for days I’ve been eating rice for breakfast, because we don’t even have eggs, bread or cereal.

Upon raiding the pantry, I did discover some lentils and coconut milk (and spices, naturally).

This curry was awesome! Sometimes I enjoy the challenge of being my own imaginary iron chef.

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This was very healthy too, served on quinoa with a side of salted cucumber. Remember this post touting the benefits of tempeh? It is like tofu’s cool older brother. And miraculously my cilantro was still fresh because of this method!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower oil (I’m even out of coconut!)
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2.5 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 medium green chili (I used 1 fresh jalapeno) , seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tumeric
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 can lentils
  • 2/3rd of a package basil tempeh
  • fresh cilantro
  • salt and pepper
  • squeeze of fresh lime juice.
  1. Fry up onions in oil until browned, and then add garlic and ginger.
  2. Add spices and toast over medium heat- cumin, fenugreek, turmeric , garam masala, salt, pepper, cayenne until fragrant (about 1 minute).
  3. Add tomato paste, chopped chili and brown sugar, cook another few minutes.
  4. Add coconut milk. Puree mixture with hand held blender until smooth.
  5. Add lentils, kaffir leaf  and tempeh ( I use Henry’s Gourmet Organic Tempeh with Basil)
  6. Let simmer for 20 minutes (or longer) to allow flavours to blend. Finish with fresh cilantro and lime juice.

Obviously, if I had more veggies, I would have added them. And perhaps some cashews. However, this sauce makes a great versatile base for whatever ingredients you happen to have in the fridge.

On a separate note, this post is a bit of a milestone for me, its my 30th! (Post, that is!) Hurrah!

When things get busy , it can be sometimes difficult to cook, take photos and post. And sometimes, even with the best intentions,  I’ve made some flops, like this one: Image

Looked lovely, but sadly this salmon masala’s fish flavour was too overpowering for the delicate sauce. Sometimes recipes need a few tries to get right. But I aim to post more often in the future!

My New Year’s resolution in Jaunary, 2012 was to start a food blog. I knew I loved to cook, but nothing about blogging. I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve really enjoyed the process.

So, sincerely, from me to you, thanks for following Food, Mostly!

At Long Last! Ancho for my Lentil Tacos!

12 Sep

 

I’ve been searching for Ancho chili powder for ages, in order to make these tacos from an amazing vegan blog called Post Punk Kitchen, a new favourite of mine and a source of much recent inspiration. I finally found some on a recent trip to Vancouver, at the lively market on Granville Island.   I also grabbed some spicy and distinctly smokey Chipotle powder, which is also somehow hard to find.

Half  curiosity and half impulse buy at  the checkout included some mysterious and magical black garlic, something I have yet to experiment with, but is still sitting patiently on my kitchen counter (and at $5 a head,  it best be good)

These tacos were made immediately upon arrival back in Toronto. They were pretty quick and satisfying. Also a healthy break from all the rich food and booze we indulged in on the West coast!

 

Spicy Ancho Lentil Tacos 

  • Coconut oil
  • 1/2 a large red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large can of red lentils
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste

Spice Mix

  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 teaspoons ancho chili
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • fresh cilantro
  • tortillas
  1. Combine all the spices in a small dish and set aside
  2. Preheat large pan at medium high and melt coconut oil (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
  3. Sautee onion and garlic with dash of salt until lightly browned and fragrant
  4. add spices and toss for about 30 seconds, to toast, and lower heat
  5. Add lentils and mix together for a few minutes until the mixture thickens. Add a splash of water if too dry.
  6. Taste for seasonings, and serve over toasted or warmed tortilla.
  7. Garnish with fresh cilantro

Serve with any toppings you like!  They are very versatile and would also be great with grilled pineapple, coleslaw, sour cream, cheese or whatever is left over in the fridge.

I chose a quick guacamole, salsa and fresh lime combo. I was happy with my first foray with Ancho…it is very smokey without much heat.

 

This pitcher of sangria was conveniently awaiting our arrival, courtesy of our cat/housemate Grace.

Kismet!

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Quick and Easy, Tuesday’s Tuna Cakes

4 Sep

For many of us, today marked the first day back to school or work. With summer winding down and schedules ramping up you may be interested in some simple and healthy recipes for weeknights.

I apologize for this blurb sounding like something out of a Metro commuter paper, but I read it today for the first time in awhile, and clearly I’m easily impressionable.

These were very simple to make, and so so flavourful! I grabbed a handful  of some fresh basil from my grandparents garden yesterday, it was so fresh and fragrant.  A key ingredient here.

Tuna Cakes

  • 2 cans of tuna
  • 1/2  red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small handful of fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons Garam Masala
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 of a fresh jalapeno, finely chopped
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • cornmeal
  • coconut oil

1. Combine all ingredients (minus the cornmeal and coconut oil) in large bowl and mix well.

2. Form into medium sized patties and dust with cornmeal on both sides.

3. Over medium high heat in large pan, heat coconut oil.  Fry until golden and crispy, about 5 minutes on each side.

This recipe yields 6. I served them over salad, but they would make awesome burgers. They could also be made into smaller bite sizes and served as an appetizer! Very versatile I’d say.

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