Saturday, July 25, 2009

pretty appetizer table setting...


handmade California rolls: avocado, crab, cucumber

assorted platter: salami, olives, roasted red peppers, pate

assorted platter: cheese, ricotta, brie (with sweet pepper jelly) and grapes of course

fresh bread and homemade white bean pure

assorted wraps: purchased (tsk tsk).

(garlic hot sauce and smoked salmon with lemon in the middle)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

beets chickpeas zucchini fresh ricotta cheese and summer peas

A rainbow of colour and all the ingredients rhyme.  yummy!!!!  not sure how these ingredients came together, but they are a few of my favourite things.  I spent $2.60 at the grocery store on a can of chick peas, three little beets, a handful of sweet peas in their pods, and 1 zucchini) the garnish I had at home.  So simple and so fresh. more rainbow health bowls to come. 

1. boil beets until tender/yet still somewhat firm - chop into little cubes
2. blanch chickpeas and sweet summer peas
3. grill zucchini or broil in the oven
4. garnish with fresh herbs, lemon juice, chili, ginger, and a little crumble of fresh ricotta cheese
5. serve in a bright bowl of goodness, or on a perfectly white plate for added contrast
6. enjoy

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

light and bright; summer seafood

Seafood is perfect for summer, either indoors or out!!! It cooks fast and easy. It's bright. It's light. It can be topped with nothing but lemon and herbs and always delicious! So..go enjoy some seafood. Because it's relatively expensive, enjoy this as a once in a while treat....and split a 2pound lobster with someone you love for extra romance...hehehehe. enjoy.
No recipe here. Simply boil a 2pound lobster in very salted water for 13 minutes. and saute shrimp with lemon and herbs.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

sweet potato quesadillas and soy bean salad

1. saute onions, garlic, chili and fresh herbs in some olive oil - set aside
2. peel and boil sweet potato, drain
3. add sauteed ingredients, 4 tbsp of plain yogurt, juice from lime, S&P and fresh herbs
4. mash mash mash until smooth
5. spread SwPot mixture on 1/2 of tortilla flat bread, fold and close, pressing down for evenness
6. pan fry on both sides till crispy, cut into triangles
7. add plain yogurt for dipping, and fresh soybeans (tossed in lime and herbs) on the side
8. enjoy
(hint; you can keep a few folded quesadillas covered in saran wrap to fry up fresh for another day, that way you will have a quick snack and it will be fresh and crispy as opposed to soggy)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

burger, beans, and curry sweet potato wedges

1. BBQ'd curry sweetpotato wedges with cucumber raita (yogurt, lemon/lime, S&P, shredded cucumbers and fresh herbs)
2. BBQ'd burger with toppings
3. green beans with breadcrumbs and butter

so delcious...soybean salad

Sometimes you have to go to the pantry and freezer for ingredients....Would you believe this fresh looking salad is exactly that combination? Chop everything into little pieces. garnish with lemon and herbs. so pretty!!! so colourful!!! so fresh...(wink wink).
1 can corn kernels
1 can hearts of palm
1 cup frozen soy beans out of shell
1 chopped Roma tomato (skin removed) and some red onion
garnish/dressing: lemon, lime, S&P, fresh herbs from the garden.

curried potatoes and fresh herbed trout

curried potatoes:
1. halve and boil potatoes until tender
2. once cooked, saute in pan with onions and garlic for a couple minutes (set aside)
3. mix 1/2 cup plain yogurt with 2 tbsp curry paste, add freshly squeezed lime, S&P, fresh herbs
4. pour curry yogurt over potatoes, toss, and garnish with more fresh herbs (chives/cilantro etc.)
5. enjoy
1. place fresh trout on parchment paper
2. garnish with olive oil, S&P, fresh herbs from the garden, and freshly squeezed lime
3. BBQ for approx 12-15 min, enjoy.

pretty platters

Nothing beats eating outdoors by the water and I was more than happy to create and serve delicious snacks to the crowd at the dock. I especially love that i found a tray with little separated compartments to ensure variety.

1. quartered sandwiches on whole grain bread: tuna salad, egg salad, and turkey.
2. hummus, veggies, crackers, totstio scoops and salsa, fruits and mini cucumber sandwiches

cottage kitchen

Here's a mosaic of some of the lovely breakfasts, lunches, and snacks i created and ate at the cottage last week. Have you ever seen so many colours ???