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SHRIMP AND WILD MUSHROOM ALFREDO (gluten free)

Shrimp and Wild Mushroom Alfredo

I love shrimp! Now days with the talk of Asian shrimp not being clean I only use Argentinian shrimp or local west coast shrimp in season. Costco sells a HUGE jar or dried wild mushrooms. I keep a jar in the pantry for stews and pastas, they’re delish! Here is my recipe for Alfredo, simple, quick and oooh so fattening! Haha! Enjoy!

For 2 servings

1/2 lbs Frozen large shrimp whole or bite sized pieces

1/2 c dried wild mushrooms (reconstituted in warm water for 20 mins), or 3/4 c fresh sliced mushrooms. Reserve liquid if needed to loosen the pasta

3 cloves garlic crushed

2 T olive oil (I used Mushroom Sage flavoured oil to intensify the mushrooms)

1/2 stick butter..here comes the fattening part!

1/2 c heavy cream

1 anchovy chopped finely (optional, but brings out the shrimp flavour)

1/2 c mozzarella shredded

1/4 c Parmesan

1 tsp sugar

Pepper to taste no need for salt due to the cheeses

Chopped fresh parsley and Oregano

Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil into sauté pan med high heat. Add crushed garlic and let it infuse the olive oil for a minute or two. Add mushrooms (make sure to squeeze out access water). Sauté for about 4-5 mins and then add the shrimp. Toss together for about 1-2 mins ( don’t overcook the shrimp!).

Reserve Mushroom mixture on the side. In the same pan add butter and remaining olive oil on low heat. Once melted add the cream and whisk until combined. Add anchovy, if using. Add sugar, believe me it makes the dish!

Add combined cheeses and stir constantly until melted. Top with herbs and serve on fettuccine, or gluten free pasta. Serve immediately with a nice spring lettuce salad.

Asian Pork Stew

Asian Pork Stew

I’ve been having so much fun with my new Instant Pot cooker! So easy and fast to cook nutritious meals. Definitely recommend investing in one. This stew can also be made using a slow cooker or pressure cooker as well. Enjoy!
1 Apple chopped
1 onion chopped
2 carrots chopped
2 potatoes chopped

6 cloves garlic
1″ piece of ginger
2 pork shoulder chops cut into 1″cubes
2 tbsp soy sauce (use gluten free if desired)
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp Gochujang paste (Korean red pepper paste to taste, can be purchased at any Asian market)
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp miso paste
2 kafir lime leaves
1 Tbsp fish sauce
1 can coconut milk
1/2 cup beef stock or broth

Put all ingredients except coconut milk into a slow cooker, or instant pot. Set timer to stew on instant pot for 18 mins. After timer is done, let steam escape naturally. Or slow cook 8 hours on low.
When done add coconut milk and let reduce on high for 10-15 mins to thicken.
Sprinkle with cilantro and green onions chopped finally to serve.

Mama’s Autumn Stew

Mmm..stewSo autumn is definitely my favourite time of the year. Lovely root vegetables are in abundance and the cozy feeling of comfort food makes me all gushy inside.

This is the time of year for pickling, stewing, jam and jelly making and slow good food all from Mother Nature’s bounty!

I sometimes play around with different ingredients to create the rich flavours that this bounty deserves. This is a good example!

PS. I know some ingredients sound like..say what?? But trust me my chickadees, you’ll love it!

Mama’s Beef Stew

Ingredients to serve 4

1.5 lbs good quality stew beef or pork butt (even half half is nice)

Butter and olive oil for browning meat

3 medium potatoes

2 medium turnip

3 carrots

1 onion chopped

And any other root veggies you’d like to add such as sweet potatoes, yams or parsnips

3 c Homemade beef stock (or good quality organic beef broth)

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon dry thyme

This is where it gets weird!…

4 anchovy fillets in brine

2 T organic maple syrup

1 t pomegranate syrup (found in ethnic shops) or tamarind paste

1/4 c red wine (optional)

1/4 c cream or white gravy

White pepper, black pepper and salt to taste

Now let’s put it all together..

brown your meat in a Dutch oven or similar, add onion and sauté for a few minutes. Add stock, and stir well to bring up the goodies on the bottom of the pot. Add everything but the root veggies and cover. Slow cook for 1 hour until meat is starting to get very tender. Add the veggies and cook another 30 mins.

At the end I like to add a bit of cream to soften and bring the flavours together.

Thicken using either corn, rice or potato starch mixed with water first. Bring back to the boil to thicken and serve.

Try it, and let me know how you like it!

Gluten Free Gnocchi al Forno

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Gnocchi al Forno with Bolognese sauce
(Fluffy potato pillows baked with meat sauce)

worked for years perfecting my bolognese meat sauce for spaghetti. It’s my kids favorite meal. Today I decided to use it in a gluten free meal with potato dumplings called gnocchi. You can however use this sauce with any type of noodles, gluten free or not. 

Bolognese sauce

2T olive oil
4-5 cloves garlic mashed
Pinch of chili flakes (to taste, optional)
1/2 onion finely chopped
1lb ground beef, lean
1cup crimini mushrooms, sliced
1/4c thinly sliced sun dried tomatoes
1 can fire roasted chopped tomatoes
2/3 small can tomato paste
1/4 cup good red wine (optional)
1T oregano and basil each
Salt pepper to taste

Pasta
Gluten Free potato Gnocchi, or make it spaghetti noodles

1cup fresh grated cheese such as mozzarella or a mixture of mozzarella and Parmesan 

This recipe depends on time to cook..the longer the better to meld the flavours!
Start by adding olive oil to a medium sized pot on medium high heat. Sauté the garlic, onion and chili flakes until translucent.
Remove with slotted spoon and set aside. Add ground beef to the pot and cook until no longer pink. Sun dried tomatoes and mushrooms get added next and sauté again for about 5-10 mins. Add herbs salt and pepper, red wine, tomatoes with liquid and tomato paste. Stir to incorporate and add the garlic and onions.
Cover and let simmer on low for at least 1 hour but preferably longer. If the sauce gets too thick as it’s cooking add more wine or water. The sauce should be fairly thick so as to cling well to yep the noodles.

Boil gnocchi until they float, drain and add the bolognese sauce stir to cover the noodles completely. Place into a oven proof bowl or pan. Sprinkle with cheese and broil on high approx. 5 mins until cheese is melts and slightly brown.

Serve immediately, serves 4 hungry eaters!Image

 

 

Pork Steaks with Chimmichurri sauce

Pork Steaks with Chimmichurri sauce

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Its not not often I cook pork, but I wanted to try my chimichurri sauce with different meats. So if you do not eat pork, feel free to use this delicious sauce, which is my own spin on the South American, standard with BBQ or grilled meats or fish.                                           Again of course my recipes are all taste tested and gluten free! Ole!

This sauce can be made quickly using a food processor or finely chop ingredients and add to medium bowl..

 

Parsley, curly  1 large bundle

3 large garlic cloves finely diced

1/2 med onion finely diced

chili flakes to taste (optional), or fresh chili seeds removed for more heat

1/4 c extra virgin olive oil

red or white wine vinegar to taste

grayed rind of one lemon

2T lemon juice

sea salt and pepper to taste

Pulse or chop parsley finely and add all other ingredients blend to desired consistency, I like it a bit chunky. Play around with amounts of sourness or heat.

The longer you let it sit the better it tastes!

Serve with grilled meats or seafood.

Yield  approx 1 cup

 

 

 

Photo credit: let birds fly

 

Creamy Lemon Chicken Chowder-GF

Creamy Lemon Chicken Chowder-GF

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Lemon Chicken Chowder -Gluten Free

This recipe, dahlings you don’t have to be gluten free to love this, nutritious and easy. This one of my favorites and laughably simple to boot!

1 box organic low sodium chicken stock (or make homemade if you love extra steps! See side note*
1 head garlic yes I said one (if not baking, 4-5 cloves minced)
Pieces shredded cooked chicken
1/2 cup short grain rice
1c frozen organic chopped spinach
Juice of 2 lemons or to taste (should be fairly tangy)
4 whole free run eggs
Salt pepper to taste.

Heat broth on low on the stove.
Prepare to bake your garlic..cut a 1/4 inch on the tip to expose most of the garlic cloves. Drizzle with olive oil and wrap in foil, bake at 300 for 45 mins. Remove, cool for touch and squeeze the garlic whole, the cloves come out as a golden paste. Add this to your broth. *you can skip this step if you’re in a hurry and sauté raw garlic until soft and slightly gold add the broth to it from there..

Add rice and chicken cook on med low covered for approx 20 mins. Test to be sure rice is cooked before proceeding.
The only tricky part is this step. In a separate bowl crack the eggs and whisk until fluffy and yellow. Add while whisking the lemon juice very slowly so as not to curdle. After they are whisked fluffy again you need to temper the eggs. Add a ladle of the hot broth to the eggs and whisk, add 2 more ladies of broth whisking a peach time. Turn off the stove. Put the spinach in at this point.
Add the egg mixture to the broth and stir. Let it stay on the warm element for another 5 or so mins but remove if it starts to boil. This is when the magic happens and your soup turns into a lovely creamy rich lemon chowder.
Adjust seasoning and serve.
Reheating, if you do need to serve later it has to be slow with no boiling, so as not to serve a fancy omelette instead 😉

Serves 4

Side note: I love to make this after leftovers from my Greek lemon chicken dinner (see recipe in my blog). I use the carcass of the chicken and roast drippings to make my stock fresh. Shred up leftover chicken and add to the stock. The rest is all the same.

Cool men Eat Quiche!

Happy Season’s Greatings Possums!! It is my hope that you will all have a safe and wonderful 2013 filled with all your greatest desires..starting with FOOD!! ah hah!

I thought I would add one final recipe for you for 2012. Its a lovely thing, served as a brunch or luncheon. Best of all, its EASY!! You’ll look like you’re superwoman/man when you pull this one off!

So Quiche is so versatile, you really can put whatever you have in your fridge in it, use your imagination lovlies! I’m sharing one I did recently. I had some smoked salmon and feta already in the fridge, but you could do just about anything you have on hand..so here is my recipe!

Smoked Salmon and Feta Quiche

Smoked Salmon and Feta Quiche

Smoked Salmon and Feta Quiche

6 eggs, lightly whisked

1/4 cup Milk

1/2 c crumbled Feta cheese (I love Bulgarian Feta, its soft and creamy and not too salty)

1/2 cup shredded cheese (I use any white cheese on hand)

1 small red onion finely chopped

2 Tbsp capers

1 tsp dry or 1 Tbsp fresh Dill

rind of one lemon

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 package ready to use puff pastry (defrosted and rolled to fit 10 inch pie plate)

Heat oven to 200 C or 400 F

Mix all ingredients, except puff pastry of course, in a large bowl. Pour mixture over pie plate covered with puff pastry. Bake in 400 degree oven until puffed and lightly brown. Don’t overcook!! The center can be just slightly wiggly, approx 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool and set, about 10 minutes. Serve with an herb salad with dressing of choice. I’m sitting here thinking if I should ramble on making it look much more difficult, but hmm, nope that’s it!!

Enjoy!!

Happy New Year to you all! Edwina