in addition to Thai, Vietnamese and Ethiopian, there’s another set of countries that feature very tasty and nutritious dishes, also naturally gluten-free, that are just waiting their turn to burst onto the North American dining scene – and that’s the cuisine that spreads across the length of West Africa. If you’ve never had anything cooked in a bit of redolent, brilliantly orange palm oil, let me introduce you to a new dinner idea – West African Plantains, Gizzards and Greens, from Cameroon, where I grew up.
German Pork and Red Cabbage – especially when made in the slow-cooker – features ingredients that taste like they were absolutely MADE for comfort-food cooking. The pork can literally be cut with a spoon, and is meltingly delicious, melding beautifully with the deep hearty sweetness of the red cabbage, with the whole thing turned up just a couple of tangy notches by the addition of vinegar and pepper.
What’s turkey without stuffing? What’s Christmas dinner without stuffing, for that matter? Sure, it’s a simple dish we take for granted, but you really, really miss it when you realize you can’t make those yummy cold turkey, cranberry and stuffing sandwiches later that night from the leftovers without stuffing in them! Here’s a foolproof recipe that will bring back this comfort food for you.
If you have a slow-cooker, (a.k.a. a crock pot), and a good variety of spices in your kitchen, along with that ultimate of cheats, a bottle of liquid smoke flavoring, I have news. You too can make your own Slow-Cooked Barbecue Brisket – one that comes awfully close to the low-and-slow delights of southern cooking.
With a few ingredients and some imagination, you can actually whip up a proteinaceous, satisfying, and spicy start to the day, with these Basil-Pepperoni Egg cups. Puffed up like a great soufflé in the oven, and served with the last of the GF bread from the freezer, this is as good as any restaurant fare.
reLISH is a brand-new addition to 124th Street, having opened on July 18 – we went in the 20th and again the 21st – and its red-and-white funky decor, enthusiastic staff give it a fun, friendly vibe. (Plus, the beer and wine available on its menu take it another notch up from your standard burger joint). We saw families dining there, as well as groups of young adults and couples, and I’m sure their take-out option will be very popular.
Summer! It really is a time when you can get away with making a meal in 12 minutes and still look like a genius. Many of the males of our species do this by firing up the barbecue, putting a couple of potatoes in the microwave, and heating up a can of baked beans – voila, the epitome of grill dining. But it doesn’t take a whole lot of extra effort to ratchet this meal up a notch or two, and produce a Ribeye Steakstravaganza, a true flavor-craver’s delight.
As the nights get hotter, bring home a bit of the Middle East, with Pomegranate Molasses Rib Chops, served with quinoa flavored with slivered almonds, alongside a sweet mache salad garnished with grilled plums, raisins and almonds and dressed with grapefruit balsamic and olive oil.
It’s that time of year – the time when many Calgarians decide our visitors from many lands can have the city for a couple of weeks while we do some quiet vacationing somewhere else. Don’t get me wrong, Stampede’s a good time (but we who live here usually take it in smaller sips). So – how does one celebrate the beginning of the greatest outdoor show on earth? Sure, you could head downtown at zero dark thirty and secure a prime spot on the curb for the Stampede parade, but this year, I think I’d rather have a relaxing and celebratory event at home – one that can be done in your PJ’s, watching CTV’s impeccable coverage – a Stampede Parade Brunch in Bed.
May is just around the corner—our favourite month of the year! Why? Well, May is #CeliacAwarenessMonth. Celiacs are a big part of our gluten-free community and it’s terrific to bring some awareness to Celiac Disease and the importance of a gluten-free diet. We have a lot of things planned this month and we don’t want you to miss out on any of the fun!
But first up…
Sometimes, the best cure for the depths of winter is a dish with deeply inherent spice that can remind you of better days in much warmer places. The default is usually Mexican, but for something completely different, (and in honor of Mardi Gras?), you really can’t beat Louisiana – a mad jumble of powerful cultures crashing together to make the most different, exotic and foreign state in the USA. That’s also made for a banquet-load of some of the most memorable things you’ll ever eat.