Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Chick Pea Taboulé

This is the perfect recipe for a hot day when no one feels like cooking. If you have leftover salads, even simpler. Add taboulé to any combination vegetables and add chick peas or anything you like, you get an instant tasty, refreshing and healthy meal. Store-bought and food court taboulé tend to contain a lot of oil and have sometimes been prepared days in advance. The best part about tabloulé is the freshness that comes from the parsley. We recommend making your own. We do add some oil to ours but just a few spoonfuls. The lemon juice also gives it a kick. Adding too much couscous will take away from the fresh flavors.

Chocolate Banana Icebox Cake

This cake was made with graham crackers, chocolate pudding, whipped cream and ripe bananas. Layer the bottom of a pan with the graham crackers; add a layer of smashed ripe bananas and then a layer of chocolate pudding. Repeat layers and cover with a final layer of whipped cream. Let stand in the freezer for a few hours. The graham crackers will absorb the moisture and change to a texture similar to cake.

Gazpacho and Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese sandwiches are much more than a slice of processed orange derived-from-dairy product on white sliced bread with margarine. We like to try different bread and cheese combinations. These were mad with whole grain sliced bread, sliced glazed ham and a combination of old cheddar and emmental cheese. We often use olive bread or French bread sliced on an angle, to create longer slices.

The best way to cook them is on an indoor grill because they need to be pressed down as they cook. You can also use a spatula and a skillet, that works too. Instead of using margarine, a good trick for any bread put on a grill is to use mayonnaise instead. It not only tastes better, but it also makes those dark grill marks on the bread.

The gazpacho was very simple to make. We added a large can of diced tomatoes, a cup of tomato juice, a few minced garlic cloves, a few spoonfuls of olive oil, a couple of Lebanese cucumbers, about 1/4 of a small honeydew melon,  seedless green grapes (about 10) and fresh basil leaves. We put everything in the food processor and pulsed for about 30 seconds total. Texture is important in a gazpacho. Over mixing it will make it too thin so you have to keep an eye on it as it mixes. The amount of time depends on the ingredients being used.

Simple Tuna Sandwich

Tuna salad can be really boring but bringing life to it is very easy. Some of our favourite ingredients to add to a can of tuna are: relish, minced pickles, capers, sour cream instead of mayonnaise, onions, dried cranberries, sliced tomatoes, spinach etc. Try using different kinds of bread to make it more interesting.

Sesame Crusted Seared Tuna Steak

This is our new favourite. The tuna needs to be super fresh because it is being seared and will not cook very long. You can lightly brush the fish with fish sauce or a light miso mix before pressing fish in sesame seeds. The best pan to use is a skillet that is heated in the oven before putting the fish in. You want the pan to be very hot to avoid having to leave the fish on too long. The middle remains uncooked. It is very important to use good quality fish when searing.

Fiddlehead Lemon Basil Risotto



Arborio rice