Archive | October, 2011

Media // Food Stylin’ with Zebrassieres & Future Cooking Class with Kathy Smart

22 Oct

Check out the following links for some media I’m involved in:

Firstly, Zebrassieres have a new music video. I play synth in the band and food styled an epic meal we gorge on for our latest music video Lone Fish.

Secondly, Airing on Sundays at 7pm on Rogers Cable 22 is Live the Smart Way – The first North American gluten free cooking show. I helped prep and food style them delicious food for the camera! (photos to come..)

Thirdly, I will be assisting Kathy Smart during her next cooking class “Gluten-free & Wheat-free Cooking” happening this Monday October 24th at Rideau High School.

Oh Kathy, you're so damn nice!

Tried, Tested and True #2 // Using Spaghetti Squash as a Substitute for Pasta

18 Oct

Yes. I know it’s hard to believe, but you can use a squash instead of pasta as a “lighter on your tum-tum” alternative.

The way I served it was baked, casserole styles, topped with a meatless ‘meaty’ tomato sauce, ricotta and mozzarella cheese on top with plenty of parsley for all that extra iron and greens!

It’s fairly simple:

..or you could offer it to your mermaid painting from Greece

Spaghetti Squash

Preheat oven to 350

Slice in half and scoop out the seeds of,
1 Medium Spaghetti Squash (about 4 servings)
Place face down in a casserole dish with,
1/4 cup water

Bake for 45min or until the spaghetti scrapes out easily with a fork and is less crunchy and more tender.
Fork out of the squash and toss in a bowl with
1-2 tsp salt, to taste
1 bunch basil, chopped fine
3 tbsp olive oil

It obviously isn’t the same texture-wise but you honestly feel a hell of a lot lighter after eating it.

Meatless ‘Meaty’ Tomato Sauce
(one million servings.. 12)

Soak overnight,

Bye tomato season!!

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped.

Sautee on med-hi heat

2 tbsp olive oil
2 med onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic,mashed

until onions are translucent.

Add, and sautee until tender ‘n’ juicy,
7 mushrooms, roughly chopped
1 medium eggplant, cubed (although I like to roast the eggplant separately on the bbq in strips or in the oven, cubed but that’s just for that roasty flavour).

Add to about 3L of your favourite pasta sauce recipe and season with smoked sea salt or black pepper.

Breakfast // Bon matin!

8 Oct

Pre-brunch snack for your long weekend of feasting.

Turkish Coffee with Egg BLT on Wild Oat Potato-Sage Sourdough


Fall // Earl Grey Chai

7 Oct

Yesterday I had a BIG craving for Perfection Satisfaction Promise’s (Laurier @ King Edward) Chai Tea. If you haven’t been there before, or tried their in-house, full bodied chai, I really recommend going. This restaurant is for those who like customizing meals, are vegetarian/vegan, who like Indian/healthy comfort luncheon food. This ain’t buffet style either like some other vegetarian restos but still casual.

The atmosphere is relaxing, cheery yet earthy. If you open up to the vibe of Sri Chinmoy that permeates the intention of this restaurant, you’re bound to feel as though you’re treating yourself to a yogic way of eating.

Now, if you don’t have $3.25 to spend on a chai tea, you try to make your own at home using a recipe from here. I adapted this one and posted it below.

Cozy, quick and light.

Earl Grey Chai

1-1/2 cups water
1 inch stick of cinnamon
8 cardomom pods, broken open
8 whole cloves
5 black peppercorns
1/8 tsp ground ginger
2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 1/2 tbsp honey (or to taste)
1 bag earl grey tea

Put 1-1/2 cups water in saucepan. Add the cinnamon, cardomom, black pepper, ginger and cloves and bring to a boil. Cover, turn heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the milk and honey and bring to a simmer again.

Throw in the tea bag, cover, and turn off the heat. After 2 minutes, strain the tea into one big mug and serve immediately with a garnish of ground cinnamon.

A note on the benefits of these spices…

Cinnamon has been proven to keep your blood-sugar from spiking when you consume sugary substances, cinnamon and ginger help stimulate circulation (great for this weather!) and ginger helps reduce nausea! *note* the mode of preparation and consumption of them spices affects their effectiveness.. holler

PS. Did you know chai means ‘tea’ in both Serbian AND Mandarin!? (and probably a bunch of other languages..).

Breakfast // Trout Spread and Bacon on Spelt Drop Biscuits

3 Oct

Give yourself some eye candy. Even if (especially if) you're eating alone.

1. Make Quick Drop Biscuits from The Joy of Cooking because you need bread immediately and feel like using up the spelt flour from your cupboard.
2. Fry 2 slices of turkey bacon your mom gave you that she bought from Costco.
3. Meanwhile, slice 3 drop biscuits that have been sitting around in half and spread generously with Red Apron Quebec Trout Spread or Herbed Cream Cheese.
4. Move bacon to cutting board.
5. Put biscuits in the pan where the bacon was to toast the bottom of them with residual heat while you cut the bacon in cubes.
6. Top little biscuits with bacon and garnish with parsley to cut the fattiness…
7. Put some friggin vegetables on the plate so you don’t die.