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Saladmagundi

The life of a gypsy is a colourful patchwork of adventure. Constant change is the spice of life for these ragamuffin nomads. Salmagundi, sometimes abbreviated as Salmi, is derived from the old French word Salmagondis which means a mismatched medley of unrelated objects, people or ideas. The concept of a collective chaos works perfectly in a salad bowl and the variety will keep you salad interesting and always fresh.

 

Build your salad using the following formula

 

3-5 vegetables, diced

+

1 fruit (dried or fresh), diced

+

1 nut (raw or roasted), diced

+

1 protein (Cheese, meat, fish, egg), diced or crumbled

+

1 herb or aromatic (fresh herbs, microgreens, lemon zest)

+

1 pickle or marinated veg (quick pickle, olives, capers), diced

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saladmagundi, the ultimate salad

 

 

3-5 vegetables

  • cauliflower
  • carrot
  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • celery
  • corn
  • endive
  • romaine lettuce
  • iceburg lettuce
  • radicchio
  • bell pepper
  • cucumber
  • jicama
  • zucchini
  • tomato
  • green beans
  • chickpeas, cannned or fresh
  • edamame beans
  • sugar snap peas
  • snow peas
  • asparagus
  • celeriac
  • fennel
  • kohlrabi
  • radish
  • daikon radish
  • yellow beets

 

1 fruit (dried or fresh)

dried: cherries, cranberries, blueberries, figs, dates, mango, pineapple, raisins, papaya

fresh: cherries, blueberries, strawberries, figs, avocado, apple, raspberry, mango, peach, grapes, orange, cantaloupe, kiwi, plum, nectarine, pear, dragon fruit,

 

 

1 nut (raw or roasted)

  • - walnut
  • - macadamia nut
  • - hazelnut
  • - pecan
  • - cashew
  • - pistachios
  • - pinenuts
  • - pumpkin seed
  • - sesame seeds
  • - flax seed

 

1 protein (Cheese, meat, fish, egg)

  • - feta
  • - blue cheese
  • - chevre
  • - crumbled cheddar
  • - prosciutto
  • - pepperoni
  • - grilled chicken
  • - grilled flanksteak
  • - pork tenderloin 

 

1 herb or aromatic (fresh herbs, microgreens, lemon zest)

  • - citrus zest
  • - ginger
  • - citrus zest
  • - garlic
  • - chives
  • - fresh dill
  • - fresh basil
  • - fresh horseradish
  • - mint
  • - parsley
  • - arugula
  • - celery leaves
  • - chili peppers

 

1 pickle or marinated veg (quick pickle, olives, capers)

See Quickie pickles for recipe.

quickie pickle

 

Make your own quickie dill pixels.

or create a pickle out of all kinds of diced fruit or vegetable. Peaches, plums, cherries, onions, carrots, cucumber, green beans, etc... the choice is yours.

 

2 cups water

1 cups vinegar or acid

1 Tbsp salt

1 Tbsp sugar

spices of choice

1½ cups of diced, sliced or broken down vegetable/fruit

Suggestions: carrot ribbons, cucumber, halved cherries, sliced onion

 

Bring all the ingredients for the brine to boil until the sugar and salt dissolve. Let it steep for 10 minutes.

Place the vegetable/fruit in a large heatproof bowl. Pour the brine, straining out the spices if necessary, directly over the vegetable/fruit to cover.

Wrap the bowl tightly in plastic wrap and allow pickles to cool to room temperature before refrigerating. Will be good to eat in an hour and will last in the fridge for 2 weeks.

 

Half Baked Pot brownie with sticky green sauce and grilled strawberries

 

This pot brownie is righteous and it's half-baked.

Dude, wrap your head around the concept of a brownie that you mix and bake in one pot. Did that just blow your mind?

Just wait until you try this gooey, fudgy brownie with a sticky-icky centre like a molten chocolate cake. I guarantee your mooching buds will be rolling around looking for freebies when they catch a whiff of this righteous brownie.

I tweaked this recipe on Chopped Canada using Instant mashed potatoes, fennel seed, strawberries and sandwich cookies.

 

 

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Green pesto

¼ cup of almonds

1 large bunch of mint.

2 Tbsp honey

zest and juice of 1 lemon

2-3 Tbsp water

 

In a blender, combine the almonds, oil and mint. Blend until smooth. Add the zest and juice of lemon and the honey. Blend again and set aside. Add water if needed to thin out the consistency.

 

Grill some strawberries. Putting them on skewers makes them easier to handle. Or just use raw strawberries. Whatever, man.

 

brownie

1 cup of chocolate chips

½ cup of butter

 

2 eggs

½ cup of brown sugar

1/3 cup of flour

1 tsp baking soda

pinch of salt

 

In a medium pot combine the butter and chocolate chips. Place over simmer to let them melt together.

In a bowl combine the eggs and brown sugar, whisk or beat with an electric beater until they are very light and fluffy. Super floofie!

Add the flour and baking soda to the eggs. Whisk it into the melted chocolate, scrape down the sides of the pot and pop the whole thing into the oven for 10-12 minutes. Set aside to cool and serve scoops of brownie with grilled strawberries and pesto.

 

Written by Pierre Lamielle — June 26, 2014

Peaches and cream chilled soup perfection

Life isn’t all peaches and cream, but sometimes it can be.

It’s the truly perfect peachy micro-moments of unquantifiable bliss that make life worth living. Don’t get caught up in trying to beat the monotony of life with canned peach-attempts at happiness, pick the perfect moments and savour the sweetness while it lasts. Enjoy those juicy bursts of peachy perfection that give us the real warm, fuzzy navel feeling inside.

  

6 very ripe peaches (can also be over ripe, or slightly bruised for this recipe)

1 Tbsp freshly grated ginger

2 Tbsp runny honey

500 ml 2% or homogenized milk

250 ml of whipping cream

pinch of salt

honey as needed

 

Get a large pot of water on to boil.

Meanwhile fill a large bowl halfway with ice and add enough cold water to fill the rest of the bowl ¾ of the way up. Leaving enough room for the peaches to fit in the bowl.

When the water is boiling rapidly, drop all the peaches in at once. Careful not to get splashed with hot water.

Boil the peaches for 30-60 seconds to loosen the skin and then scoop them out with a slotted spoon and dunk immediately into the ice bath to cool for 1 minute.

Use your fingers to peel away the loosened skin and discard. If the skin does not come away easily simply pop it in the boiling water for another 30 seconds and back into the ice bath to cool.

Now you can tear open the peaches using your fingers and discard the pits. Pile all the peaches in a medium pot and add the milk, honey, pinch of salt and fresh grated ginger. The whipping cream goes in much later.

Over medium heat bring the pot to a bare simmer. When you see little bubbles forming quickly around the edges of the pot and some steam rising from the middle you can remove it from the heat and get ready to purée the soup.

Using a stand up blender and blending while hot makes your soup super smooth, much better than a hand blender. However, puréeing hot soup in a stand up blender requires kitchen know-how so you don’t end up splatter painting your kitchen and face with the hard to colour match “peach explosion”.

Remove the little plastic thingy center hole from the lid of your stand up mixer, and cover the hole with a folded dry tea towel. (This stops it from being airtight, which would cause an ugly kick at the start—although the steam can sometimes get slightly warm on your hand.) Fill up your blender only half way and do batches. Start on low, and build up the speed incrementally.

When the soup is looking smooth, turn it off.

Pour the soup into a container, wrap the top tightly with plastic wrap and get it into the fridge to cool for at least 2 hours.

When you are ready to serve get a large bowl and a big whisk and beat the whipping cream until it is nice and thick. Soft peaks if you want to get technical.

Add 1/3 of the whipped cream to the peach purée and mix it in until smooth. Add another 1/3 of the whipping cream and mix in. Now add the last of the whipped cream and stir it all until smooth.

To serve, simply pour the thick creamy soup into lovely chilled bowls or teacups. You could also add a splash of champagne to each serving or dig out that bottle of peaches schnapps.

succotash

Back during the Great Depression food mostly came out of a can. A tinny version of Succotash using canned corn was choked down so regularly it coined the catchphrase “Suffering Succotash”. Nowadays with an abundance of fresh food we no longer need to suffer any boring fodder and we can enjoy virtually limitless variety. This pasta is so expletifly good that it may soon spur a new explurge “Sweet-ass Succotash!”

 

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200g small shell pasta or orecchietti (little ears)

2 corn cobs

4 slices bacon, diced

1 red pepper, diced

1 cup of white wine

½ cup fresh or frozen broad beans (fava, lima or edamame), shucked

1 cup sour cream

3 sprigs chives, finely chopped

good pinch of salt

nice crack of pepper

1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

 

Bring a large pot of salty water to a boil.

Hold the ear of corn upright on the cutting board. Use your chef knife to slice straight down the sides of the corn to trim off all the corn kernels. They will be popping around like popcorn so be careful about the bouncing kernels.

After you trim off all the kernels remove all the corn milk by using the dull side of your knife to scrape down the length of the cob. The chunky milky stuff that comes out is the corn milk, or corn cream.

Cook the bacon in a frying pan over medium high heat until crispy. Remove crispy bacon with a slotted spoon so the fat stays in a pan and set aside. Keep the pan off the heat until the pasta water is boiling.

Dump the pasta in the boiling salty water. It should take 8 minutes to cook the pasta, so set a timer.

Get the pan with the bacon fat back on the stove over high heat and toss in the red pepper, cook until soft, 3 minutes.

To the red peppers, add the white wine, all the corn and broad beans. Bring it all to a rapid boil and let it bubble while the pasta cooks.

Drain the cooked pasta in a colander and immediately dump it back into the same large pot. Pour the corn sauce and all into the pot. Add the sour cream, a good pinch of salt, a crack of fresh pepper and the blue cheese. Stir it all around so it is nice and smooth.

Serve it up all steamy hot and garnish with chives and crispy bacon.

Samurai Tataki slaw

 

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Tataki

2 (3-4 oz) flat iron steaks

 

Marinade

3 Tbsp soy sauce

2 Tbsp Mirin (or sweetened Japanese cooking wine)

1 tsp rice wine vinegar

1 tsp yuzu or lemon juice

10 drops of sesame oil

 

Slaw

1/2 small head of Savoy Cabbage

1/2 daikon radish

1/2 cucumber, peeled and de-seeded

1/2 fennel

1/2 red pepper

1/2 yellow pepper

1 carrot

2 green onions

1 firm mango

1/4 cup crushed cashews

 

Dressing

1 Tbsp soy sauce

1 Tbsp Mirin (or sweetened Japanese cooking wine)

1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar

1 tsp yuzu or lemon juice

5 drops of sesame oil

1 nob of fresh ginger, grated on a zester

1 Tbsp almond or cashew butter

 

Start by getting your meat very cold in the refrigerator.

While the beef is chilling get a grill pan or a cast-iron skillet on super high heat and let it get blazing hot, about 10-15 minutes.

Make sure the pan is dry (no oil or food particles) or they will start to smoke like crazy and probably set off an alarm. Put on the hood fan to suck out any smoke. It’s going to smoke anyways, you just don’t want things getting out of control.

Meanwhile make the very simple marinade of soy sauce, mirin, rice wine vinegar, lemon juice and a drops of sesame oil. Divide the mix in two and set them aside.

When the pan is smoking take the beef out of the fridge and pat it dry with paper towels. It’s important that the beef is very dry before it goes in the pan.

Because the pan is hot enough, you don’t need any oil. Simply lay the steak into the pan and count slowly to 30. Flip the steak and count to 30 while you get a clean plate.

Take the steak out of the pan and onto the clean plate. Pour one half of the marinade onto the beef and flip it over to make sure it is covered. Put the steak into the fridge immediately and let it cool down for 15-20 minutes.

To make the slaw.

Using a Japanese mandoline or a very sharp Japanese knife, finely slice or julienne the cabbage, daikon radish, cucumber, fennel, red & yellow peppers, carrot, green onions

and firm mango. Toss all the veg in a large bowl and drizzle with the dressing. Toss with your fingers to coat.

Serve a tall proud pile in a bowl. Using your finger tips to add some height.

Get your grilled and chilled steak out of the fridge and slice it very thinly. Top the slaw with strips of beef tataki and serve with the remaining marinade in shallow serving dishes.

 

Vinaigrette

1 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup red or white wine vinegar, or any vinegar of choice

1 tsp Dijon or grainy mustard

salt and pepper

1 clove of garlic

 

Get a clean mason jar with a tight fitting screw top lid. Place all the vinaigrette ingredients in the jar and give them a good shake.

Leave it to let the flavours infuse. The mixture will separate over time, but all you need to do is give it a good shake before using. The dressing will keep in the fridge for 1 month.

 

NutCracker

There are bound to be some unexpected assorted nuts at your holiday party. Maybe a crazy uncle with an eye patch or a dance troupe of Danish Marzipan Sheperdesses. Forgo the usual boxed crackers, skip the untouched bowl of whole nuts and make your very own nut crackers. You just never know when a dancing royal Nut Cracker might show up at your party. Wouldn’t that be nuts?

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The Nut cracker

1½ cup of almond flour, packed

¼ cup of nut oil (almond, hazelnut or walnut)

1 egg

1½ tsp salt

1 tsp mustard powder

1/2 tsp paprika

 

1/3 cup filled with assorted unsalted nuts and seeds, chopped small

Here are some excellent examples of nuts and seeds

• pumpkin seeds, left whole

• sesame seeds, left whole

• chopped walnuts

• chopped hazelnuts

• sunflower seeds, left whole

 

Serve with assorted cheeses and cold cuts

 

Preheat the oven to 350˚F.

To make your own almond flour, just blitz blanched slivered almonds in the food processor until they resemble fine sand, or buy it already ground.

Get a large bowl.

Combine all the ingredients in the bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until everything is thoroughly combined.

Get a large baking sheet ready.

Place a large sheet of parchment paper down on a counter.

Scoop out the ball of nut dough and place it in the center of the parchment. Use your hands to flatten it out into a large rectangle. Place another piece of parchment on top and grab a rolling pin (or a wine bottle).

Use just a little pressure to roll out the dough starting in the middle and rolling up, then starting back in the middle and rolling down. Rotate and repeat.

Roll the dough to 1/8 inch thick all over and try to keep the edges from getting to crumbly.

Now slide the flat dough onto the baking sheet.

Remove the top piece of parchment. Before you bake, cut out the crackers using a round cookie cutter or a pizza cutter. For the cookie cutter cut out rounds and leave them where they lie with all the filler dough left untouched too. Or you could use a pizza cutter to cut squarish shapes.

Blap the tray into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave them to cool. They will become more cracker-like as they cool.

When cool keep the crackers in an airtight container for up to 10 days.

 

Batatatatin

Sweet potatoes were the first of the North American roots to show up in Europe. People went crazy for them because they have that unbelievable jammy sweetness that no one had ever had before. They called it a batata. Next came the potato and they called it a patata because they thought it was related to a batata. They’re not related and potato found out pretty quick that batatas are a tough act to follow. That’s why we saved the best for last.

Sweet potato

2-3 sweet potatoe, about the same circumference as a muffin tin

¼ cup brown sugar

½ stick butter, melted

ground cinnamon to taste

ground cloves

ground ginger

1 package of puff pastry

 

Whipping cream

2 cups whipping cream

1 Tbsp ground ginger

splash of vanilla

 

Preheat the oven to 425˚F.

Roll out the puff pastry to ¼ inch thick. Keep it as cold as possible at all times. Cut out the puff pastry rounds using a cookie cutter the size of the middle circumference the muffin tin. Place the puff pastry into the freezer on a flat surface to chill while you prepare the sweet potato.

Peel the sweet potatoes and slice into ¼ inch rounds. Make sure the rounds fit perfectly into the bottom of a muffin tin. Use a sharp cookie cutter to cut them to the perfect size.

Get a muffin tin. Plop a soup spoon of melted butter in the bottom of each muffin vessel. Sprinkle with a tsp of brown sugar and a little cinnamon. Place a round of peeled sweet potato on top. Top the potato with another pinch of sugar and a little bit of butter.

Bake the sweet potatoes so they begin to soften, about for 20 minutes. Check by poking with a fork in the center to make sure it is soft.

Remove from the oven and working quickly place a round of puff pastry on the top of the sweet potato and quickly get it back in the oven.

Bake the pastry until it gets golden brown and flakey… about 10-15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let the tarts cool for 10 minutes before inverting them onto a clean cutting board.

Meanwhile make the whipping cream by using a large balloon whisk and a clean chilled glass or metal bowl, or use an electric mixer. When the whipping cream is thickened but still soft add the ground ginger and vanilla. I have omitted sugar because the sweet potato is quite sweet.

G-whacka-mole

Rough quac with roast tomatoes

serves four

1 avocado

6 cherry tomatoes, halved

drizzle olive oil

sprinkle of chili powder

2 green onions, sliced thin

100 g queso fresco or feta cheese

 

In a baking dish, toss the tomatoes with the oil and a pinch of salt. Bake at 450˚F until the tomatoes release juices, get a little dark around the edges and start to get shrivelled.

Use your thumbs to mush up the avocado inside the peel. Mush it up really well without breaking the skin.

Break open the skin and scoop it all into a bowl. Top it loosely with tomatoes, sprinkle of chili powder, sliced green onion, queso fresco and squeeze on the lime juice. Serve it rough with some nachos and cerveza.

 

Creamy quac with coconut milk

serves four

 

1 avocado

zest and juice of 1 lime

3-4 whole sprigs of cilantro

¼ cup coconut milk

pinch salt

 

In a blender combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth. Adjust seasoning with salt if needed.

Serve it in a bowl with some nachos and cerveza.

 

Chop guac with mango

serves four

 

1 avocado, chopped

1 mango, chopped

2 sprigs of cilantro, chopped

¼ red onion, finely chopped

½ red chili, finely chopped

juice and zest of 1 orange

drizzle of olive or avocado oil

 

Chop all ingredients and toss gently in a bowl with orange juice and a drizzle of oil. Serve it up with some nachos and cerveza.

 

Written by Pierre Lamielle — June 14, 2014

les beans et wieners

Beans, beans, like a piece of fine art, the more you eat, the more you… get a wider appreciation for finer things.

The more you broaden your palate, the better you feel, so let’s have beans for every meal.

These beans are as at home on the range as they are in a fancy-pants restaurant. They most certainly must be enjoyed with great relish.

This dish goes beautifully with a nice bottle of crispy white wine and the good silverware… just don’t light too many candles.


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relish

2 onions, diced

vegetable oil for frying

2 Tbsp maple syrup

1 Tbsp balsamic

¼ cup toasted pumpkin seeds

¼ cup dried cranberries

½ bunch fresh parsley, finely chopped

salt to taste

 

beans

1 large can white beans (19 oz), drained

2 carrots, 2-inch lengths

2 stalks celery, 2-inch lengths

4 whole cloves of garlic

1 cup white wine

2 cups chicken stock

sprig of thyme

 

juice and zest of 1 lemon

 

4 spolumbo chicken sausages (or anything flavour you like)

 

Serve with chilled white wine, warm baguette and room temperature butter

 

PROCEDURE

 

To zest the lemon, use a good sharp peeler to pull off long strips of lemon zest (yellow part of the peel). Set aside for later.

Get a large pot over medium heat and let it get hot for 5 minutes. When it’s hot add the oil and then the carrots, celery and garlic. Sautee until the garlic becomes nice and brown and a little soft. Add the white wine and cook until the boozey smell evaporates. Add the chicken stock, lemon zest and the sprig of time. This amount of chicken stock makes rather soupy beans, but you can cut it in half if you like them less soupy.

Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium and bubble away for 25-30 minutes.

While the beans are cooking make the onion relish.

Get a big honking frying pan over high heat and glug in a good glug of vegetable oil. Toss in the onions and keep a close eye on them, keep stirring and tossing so they get nice and evenly brown and careful not to burn them all on one side. When the onions are gorgeous, soft and caramelized take them off the heat and add the balsamic vinegar, toasted pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and freshly chopped parsley. Transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool.

To cook les wieners, poke holes through the skin using a fork to allow steam to escape then you can heat them up by grilling them on the barbecue, firing them into the oven or frying them in a frying pan. The cooking time will depend entirely on whether your sausage is raw or pre-cooked and on the size of the wiener. To check for doneness, just cut into it to see if it’s still raw inside. Cut the wieners into big chunks for serving.

Let the beans rest off the heat for 10 minutes before adding salt and lemon juice to taste.

To serve up les beans et les wieners, simply ladle up some of the soupy lovely beans into a big bowl, pile on a couple of pieces of grilled wieners and top it with a lovely little scoop of sweet onion relish. Enjoy with warm bread and cold butter. Some chilled white wine would be nice too.

 

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