Monthly Archives: July 2012

Welcome back and someone new; a visitor? or group member?

Date: 11-Jul-12

Menu: Maple glazed Salmon; beets; fried beet greens/kale/baby spinach and baby potatoes; summer fresh watermelon for dessert although ice cream was also offered.

Creator of deliciousness: Glutenfr33k (GF)

With all of us back in the same city and healthy/recovered. We had a great dinner at GF’s house. We also invited a New Person (NP). Partly ’cause fresh homemade food is awesome to share and partly ’cause we miss TB.

There aren’t a lot of actual measurements in the recipe for Maple glazed salmon so here is a quick description. Heat oil and some butter in skillet. Add minced garlic or GF uses garlic oil. Place your salmon steaks or fillets in the pan and let fry until you see the colour change of cooked 3/4 the way through from the bottom. Then flip’em, pour maple syrup over the salmon until the bubbly mess threatens to spill out onto your cooktop and let it caramelize on your fish while letting it fry for another 3 minutes or so, serve.

The beets and potatoes were boiled (steaming also works) and very tasty with added butter. NP and CTG both declined the actual beets, which left all the more for GF and me (FFB).

I’m not 100% sure what went into the beet greens filled out with some chard and spinach. They were pan fried with cider vinegar, ~1 teaspoon of honey and a grind or two of fresh pepper. My favourite thing about beat greens is that there is enough moisture in them to steam in a covered frying pan without adding too much to them.

GF had the whole meal planned so well with coconut milk frozen dessert as an option but we all looked at the watermelon and thought it suited the end of the meal better.

Now we just have to wait and see if NP is hooked and wants to hangout with us again. Or cook for us later =)


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Sweet Shepherd’s Pie

Date: 13-Jun-12

Menu: Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie; Spinach Salad w/Raspberry vinaigrette

Creator of Deliciousness: Glutenfr33k (GF)

Well I’ve been away, but the last Monday Night Dinner before I left was a tasty evening.

I’m not actually sure where GF found the recipes for our repast but they were pretty simple.

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie was basically a traditional ground beef filling made healthy with parsnips and turnip. Instead of normal mashed potatoes the top was mashed sweet potatoes. A nice fresh twist on an old standby.

When I find the dressing recipe it will be posted as it was a lovely raspberry vinaigrette. Bright pink in colour it had a nice balance with the goat chesse in the spinach salad.

Then we all took a few weeks off. CTG and I actually traveled together for a bit and GF had family visiting. Highlights from our travels will be discussed soon.


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A taste of summer since the weather’s not co-operating

Date: 6-Jun-12

Menu: GF baked, breaded chicken; simple cucumber salad; black bean and corn salad; potato salad; guacamole and corn chips; strawberries and watermelon were available, but not eaten.

Creator of deliciousness: FFB

Once again we had a social obligation after dinner so this week was an eat and run style event. TB was double booked so he stayed away this week.

My goal was picnic inspired foods that would pack up fast and be tasty as leftovers. I was kind of hoping to picnic but the weather would not cooperate.

The few days before dinner, I had been getting home from work starving, so when I saw avacados on sale I picked them up and talked CTG into making some guacamole for us. She has the best recipe which I will post later.

We had been talking about GF breadcrumbs to buy and so I went specialty shopping to pick some up. Imagine my surprise to learn I appear to have purchased really expensive cornmeal. When I bake chicken like this again, I will use regular super cheap cornmeal for the crispy layer.A family package of skin-on chicken drumsticks was baked after dredging through an egg mixture and shaken in a freezer bag with my spiced cornmeal.

I grabbed a dressing recipe from Everybody Likes Sandwiches and added some cauliflower to a potato salad. I should have doubled the dressing recipe but it was tasty. There was also simple cucumber salad. Sliced, salted and sweated then rinsed and into cider vinegar and sugar with green onion. Finally a black bean and corn salad with a simple lemon juice and oil style dressing, lots of cilantro and more green onion.

Lovely summery and colourful. Also quick to eat and put away as we headed out to talk outdoor adventure with the OVI folks.