Surf N Turf Snack

Surf N Turf Snack

Surf N Turf Snack

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Afternoon snacks around our house while working in the garden are Simple but Tasty and this particular one is a real crowd pleaser.

Here’s how we do this one.

Shopping list:

  • 12 31 – 40 Peeled Deveined Shrimp
  • 1 pound Top Sirloin Steak Tails – cut into bite sized pieced
  • 1/4 cup Soya Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 2 teaspoons Granulated Garlic
  • 4 tablespoons Garlic Hoisin sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Sugar
  • 1 small bunch Scallions – chopped for garnish
  • 6 Bamboo skewers

Putting it all together:

  1. In a non reactive bowl combine the Soya, Hoisin and sugar and mix well.
  2. Place the steak in a large zip lock bag, add the soya mixture and place in the fridge for 1 hour.
  3. Soak the skewers in cold water for 45 minutes so they will not burn on the grill.
  4. Preheat your grill to 375°.
  5. Thread the steak onto the skewers.
  6. Grill the skewers for 10 minutes per side
  7. Pull the skewers off the grill and tent with tinfoil
  8. Melt the garlic and butter in a large saute pan at medium high heat
  9. Add the shrimp to the garlic butter and saute until all shrimp are pink…. about 8 minutes.
  10. Plate 3 skewers and 6 shrimp per person and garnish with the chopped green onion.

There you have it another “Simple but tasty recipe for the grilling season and beyond.”

Until next time…….

                           Bon Appetit

Surf N Turf

Surf N Turf

Surf N Turf

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Surf N Turf is one of those menu items that usually means an 8 – 10 ounce N Y Strip and a 8 ounce Lobster tail that comes with a price tag that crashes the $50.00 mark but it also means most working class people can’t afford it and that includes me so I came up with an alternative in this cost efficient version….. 4 people for less than $50.00.

Cooks note: The skewers are best when done on a grill however if you don’t have one or the weather won’t let you then the oven is perfectly fine.

Here’s how we do this one.

Shopping list:

  • 2 1/2 pounds Sirloin Steak tails – cubed into bite sized pieces.
  • 1 package 31 – 40 Shrimp – peeled, deveigned and tail off.
  • 3 tablespoons Garlic butter
  • 1/4 cup Soya sauce
  • 1/4 Fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Sambal
  • 1/8 cup Oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Sugar
  • 4 Scallions – rough chopped for garnish
  • 12 Bamboo skewers 

Putting it all together:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°
  2. Place the steak pieces into a large non reactive bowl. Mix together the soya sauce, fish sauce, Sambal, oyster sauce and sugar and pour over the steak pieces. Cover and refrigerate.
  3. Soak the skewers for at least 30 mins before using so they don’t burn.
  4. Thread the steak on the skewers and place on a sheet tray. Put in the oven for 20 minutes, turning half way.
  5. While the skewers are cooking quick fry the shrimp in the garlic butter until pink.
  6. Serve as an appetizer or as the main for your favourite side dish.

There you have it another “Simple but tasty recipe for the grilling season and beyond.”

Until next time……..

                           Bon Appetit

Bahn Mi Tacos

Bahn Mi Tacos

Bahn Mi Tacos

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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In Vietnamese cooking Bahn Mi refers to the Bread that is used in sandwiches and if done right it is one of the best sandwiches you have ever had.

Now traditional Bahn Mi sandwiches usually consist of marinated meat and pickled veggies and it’s the marinade that really stands out but in this case we have added typical Taco toppings…….. green onions, sour cream and Cilantro…. so the taste has changed a little but you can still detect the Asian influence to this Taco.

Here’s how we doe this one.

Shopping list:

  • 2 pounds Steak strips
  • 1 medium piece Daikon – peeled and shredded
  • 4 cups Shredded Carrots
  • 4 Scallions – chopped for garnish
  • Small bunch of Cilantro – chopped for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons Canola Oil
  • Sour cream for garnish
  • 1/4 cup Soya sauce
  • 1/2 cup Fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Garlic Chili sauce
  • 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Sea Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon Mustard Seeds
  • Shredded Cheddar cheese

Putting it all together:

  1. In a non reactive bowl mix the Soya sauce, Fish sauce, Garlic Chili sauce and sugar mixing well. Pour over the steak strips, cover and refrigerate for about an hour.
  2. For the pickling liquid combine the Apple Cider Vinegar, Sugar, Sea Salt, Peppercorns and Mustard seeds in a medium pot and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
  3. Place the carrots and Daikon in a bowl and pour the pickling liquid over top mixing well and cover.
  4. In a large fry pan or wok heat the oil and quick fry the steak strips in the marinade.
  5. Build your Taco by briefly heating the Tortilla then layer cheese, steak, pickled veggies, green onions, sour cream and cilantro.
  6. Enjoy.

There you have it another “simple but tasty recipe for the grilling season and beyond.”

Until next time…….

                           Bon Appetit 

Chili Cheese Fries

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Chili Cheese Fries

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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There are foods that North Americans eat that Europeans find really strange….. okay even some North Americans find strange. Things like Poutine, Ketchup Potato Chips, Root Beer and yes…. Chili Cheese Fries.

Now there was a time when Chili Cheese Fries were reserved for county fairs or cheap diners but they have seen a resurgence in popularity recently mainly due to celebrity chefs bringing this dish back into the spotlight because, as with everything else, “what was old is new again.” The other awesome thing with this recipe is that the chili part of this can be made a few days ahead of time and then frozen for when you need it.

Here’s how we do this one.

Shopping list:

  • 3 cups Chili – See Texas Style Chili for the recipe.
  • 1/2 block Old Cheddar – shredded.
  • 1 bag frozen French Fries or 4 – 6 fresh cut Yukon Gold Potatoes.
  • 3 Scallions – rough cut for garnish.
  • Sour Cream for garnish – optional.

Putting it all together:

  1. If using frozen fries cook them per the bag instructions. If using fresh toss the fries with Canola Oil, salt and pepper and place on a sheet tray in a 425° oven for 18 – 20 minutes.
  2. While the fries are cooking heat the chili in a medium pot.
  3. To serve place the fries on a plate, top with the chili and cheese and garnish with the green onion and sour cream.
  4. Enjoy

There you have it another “simple but tasty recipe for the grilling season and beyond.”

Until next time……..

                            Bon Appetit

Taco Pie

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Taco Pie

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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I had recently purchased a couple of frozen pie shells because I was too lazy to make them from scratch and after using one for a pie I was kind of stuck on what to do with the other since I really didn’t want it taking up freezer space indefinitely.

I’m not entirely certain where the brainstorm for this one came from but it works and it is really good plus I got to use some of the remaining hot peppers from my garden.

Here’s how we do this one.

Shopping list:

  • 1 pound ground Pork
  • 1 pound ground Beef
  • 1 nine inch frozen Pie crust
  • 1 1/2 Green Habaneros – finely chopped
  • 1 medium Yellow Onion – diced
  • 1 medium Yellow pepper – diced
  • 1 medium Red pepper – diced
  • 2 tablespoons Chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons Chipotle powder
  • 2 tablespoons Sea Salt
  • 1/2 cup Chicken stock
  • Shredded Cheddar
  • Chopped Green Onion for garnish
  • Diced Tomato for garnish
  • Sour cream for garnish

Putting it all together:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° and bake the pie crust for approximately 15 minutes
  2. In a large pan brown the pork and the beef, drain the grease setting the meat aside.
  3. In the same pan saute the yellow onion, red and yellow peppers for about four minutes
  4. Add back in the browned meat, hot peppers, seasonings and chicken stock, stirring well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer for about 5 minutes.
  5. Pour the mixture into the pie shell and put in the oven for about 10 minutes. Cover with the cheese and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly. About another 4 minutes
  6. Top with the green onions, tomatoes and sour cream and enjoy.

There you have it another “simple but tasty recipe for the grilling season and beyond.”

Until next time……

                           Bon Appetit

 

 

“Trini” style Hot Pepper sauce

Hot pepper sauce

Trini style Hot Pepper sauce

  • Servings: 3 cups
  • Difficulty: Easy
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“The cuisine expresses the spirit of the chef, the spirit of the city, the country.”

“Trini’s” or Trinidadians, if you wish, are some of the greatest people on the planet. I mean all you have to do is look at my Daughter In Law and her awesome family to see I speak the truth so this particular recipe is an Homage to them and their superb cuisine.

Now as I am oft want to do I have taken the basic recipe I found on line and tweaked it based on what I had on hand and I have to say it is awesome…… it even impressed my soon to be son in law who is a hot sauce fanatic. What I particularly like about this one is that it has just enough heat to let you know it’s there but not so much that it blows the top of your head of. Of course you can adjust the heat to your own taste but for me this is perfect as is.

Cooks note: The original recipe calls for 15 Habaneros however I only had 8 from my garden and so I added 7 Sweet Heat to make up the difference.

Here’s how we do this one.

Shopping list:

  • 15 Habaneros 
  • 1 medium Mango – peeled and diced
  • 1 large White Onion – rough chopped
  • 3 Green Onions – rough chopped.
  • 2 cloves of Garlic – rough chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups White Vinegar
  • 2 Limes – juiced
  • 2 tablespoons Canola oil
  • 1/4 cup dry Mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Curry powder

Putting it all together:

  1. Wearing rubber gloves remove the seeds from the Habaneros and rough chop.
  2. Put the Habaneros, onions, mango and garlic into a blender or food processor.
  3. Pour in the vinegar, lime juice and Canola oil and pulse with the top on until finely chopped.
  4. With the blender stopped add the mustard powder, salt and curry powder  and blend until the sauce is smooth.
  5. Put in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

There you have it another “simple but tasty recipe for the grilling season and beyond.”

Until next time……..

                           Bon Appetit

 

Jamaican Jerk Pork

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What can you say about Jamaican Jerk Pork except that once you eat it everything will be “Irie man” especially if you chase it down with some ice cold Red Stripe beer.

For those of you who are not familiar with Jamaican Jerk it is a cooking method AND a seasoning that originated in Jamaica a couple hundred years ago and has survived the test of time and you know that if it has been around that long it has got to be good. It is also very versatile but the two usual meats to receive the “jerk” treatment are Chicken and Pork.

My favorite is Jerk Pork and so here is my take on a great classic Jamaican dish—- Jerk Pork.

Ingredients:

–              1/4 Allspice berries (roasted in a 350 degree oven for 7-10 minutes)

–              1 Teaspoon nutmeg

–              6 Green onions

–              1 Tablespoon cinnamon

–              1 to 1& 1/2 Scotch bonnet chili peppers (habaneros may be substituted)

–              1/4 cup dark Rum

–              2 Tablespoons salt

–              2 Tablespoons ground pepper

Preparation:

–              Grind the Allspice

–              Place all dry ingredients in a food processor/blender

–              Pulse dry ingredients until smooth

–              Add green onions and chilies and pulse for approximately 10 seconds

–              Add dark Rum and blend until a nice paste is formed.

–              Liberally rub the seasoning on a 4-6 pound Pork Butt

–              Cover and leave in fridge overnight

–              Cook at approximately 300 degrees until the internal temperature hits 160 degrees

I have found that the best cooking method for this dish is slow Indirect Charcoal BBQ’ing because the charcoal adds that extra bit of flavor to an already flavorful dish however if you don’t happen to have a charcoal BBQ then Propane or Natural gas will do just remember to only have one half of the BBQ lit.

I hope you enjoy this “tasty but simple” recipe and I look forward to your next visit.

Bon Appetit