Jul
22

Grilled Romaine and Chorizo Salad

Grilled romaine salad

I’m not going to lie. I took this picture with my cellphone – blasphemous, I know. Sometimes, you just cook things for the sake of enjoying a meal with your friends and leave your DSLR on the sidelines. I occasionally have to remind myself that there is nothing wrong with that. Just breath, Dan. Just breath.

Anyway, back to the salad! Grilling romaine gives it a more robust taste and makes for a perfect summer dish. I think we can all agree that no matter how much we all love kale. It is definitely overused in the standard salad these days, so let’s give the green, curly guy a break this week, shall we?

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Jul
10

Chipotle, Cranberry and Walnut Romesco Sauce

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Chipotle romesco sauce

When it’s prime summer weather and you’ve got a patio with a barbecue, there is no excuse not to be outside grilling up more than a few meals throughout the week and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing lately.

Romesco sauce is amazing with grilled vegetables. So, the other night I bought a pile of vegetables (scallions, cauliflower, tomatoes and some zucchini), invited some friends over and ate to our hearts’ stomachs’ content. A nice, healthy dinner in the middle of The Calgary Stampede – which, I assure you, most Calgarians can attest is a rarity – so my mother should be quite proud.

This spin on romesco is a little on the spicy side. If you’re not a fan of heat, add-in less of the chipotle and a bit more roasted red peppers for a sauce that’s more mellow with just a touch of that sweet and spicy smokiness.

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Jul
1

The Kenwood Cooking Chef and Vodka, Apple and Cranberry Granita

Apple cranberry granita

Well, it finally feels like summer is here. I mean, that’s what three whole days in a row without rain has got to mean, right? When it’s sunny outside, everyone likes a chill dessert –  with a little bit of booze in it too. So, time to make some granita that’s a nice, vibrant red for Canada Day. How patriotic!

Kenwood Cooking Chef

I’ve had The Kenwood Cooking Chef now for about two months and am still enamoured with the cooking abilities of this superhero mixer. Last time I wrote about it, I had it cook me up some caramelized onions and since then, have used it for a variety of berry compotes, curds simple syrups and more. Since it uses induction to heat the base of the mixing bowl, I find it gets the job done quickly with whatever I’m tossing in there.

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Jun
23

Swerve Calgary – Behind The Line: Chef Recipe Highlights For The Spring

Chris Shaften Chef

I got a little sidetracked over the winter and spring and forgot to round-up the great recipes from different chefs I’ve chatted with in my ‘Behind The Line‘ column for Swerve since the new year. From talking with my pal, Chris Shaften (pictured) about moving to Kelowna to open Krafty Kitchen and Bar, to Chef Rogelio Herrera on the connection between social media and short attention spans in young chefs, there is always something interesting that comes up in conversation.

Aside from the candid talks, here are some of the recipes that Calgary chefs have shared with me over the past few months.

Ginger Pickled Plums

Chef Chris Shaften’s Ginger Pickled Plums

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Jun
16

Lobster, Red Pepper and Fennel Bisque

Lobster Red Pepper Bisque

Even though it’s getting warmer and warmer out, I still find a good quality bowl of soup still hits the spot. Besides, who are we kidding here? There are still plenty of rainy days in June!

The bisque recipe here is nice and simple, but when you’re working with lobster (or essence of lobster in this case), you don’t want to overpower its distinct flavour with a pile of other ingredients.

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Jun
2

Chopped Canada Mystery Solved: May Recipe Round Up

Pickled quail eggs

We’re in the home stretch now with Chopped Canada Mystery Solved, as the first season of the series comes to a close in a few weeks. From pickling quail eggs to cooking with instant coffee (definitely not my favourite thing to do), here are all of the dishes that we came up with this month on FoodNetwork.ca!

And, if you haven’t checked out the site this week yet, you’ll notice they’ve done a massive redesign. Looking sexier than ever, guys!

Salmon Salad

Candied Salmon, Quail Eggs and Butter Leaf Salad

Quail eggs are used more for their appearance than they are for taste. Their speckled exterior, with colours ranging from light brown to blue, are quite beautiful. After you’ve cooked some up, whether they’re simply fried sunny-side up, or boiled like in my recipe below, you can’t help but look at the little guys and think, ‘Aw, cute!.’

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