For the love of food

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens*Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens*Brown paper packages tied up with strings*These are a few of my favorite things*Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels*Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles*Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings*These are a few of my favorite things*Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes*Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes*Silver white winters that melt into springs*These are a few of my favorite things

Scallops with roasted pepper sauce and couscous June 23, 2008

Filed under: Recipes — lovemyfood @ 7:36 pm

Stage 1:

Roast a yellow pepper, peel and process it in your food processor of chop really fine. Add:

3/4 tsp butter

1/2 hot red halopeno pepper – finely chopped

1 clove of garlic – minced


Mix all while pepper is still hot to melt the butter.

Stage 2:

Prepare couscous according to package instructions (I added a bit of Saffron but it wasn’t very noticeable)

Stage 3:

Cut scallops in half length-wise (they cook quicker and more evenly that way); sprinkle with salt and roll in bread crumbs. Saute in a hot pan with butter and Canola oil – butter for the flavor and oil for the temperature.


Summer BBQ

Filed under: Recipes,Uncategorized — lovemyfood @ 7:14 pm

I am not a fan of commercially produced sauces and marinades and I am even a lesser fan of BBQ sauces which seem to rarely strike the right balance between spices, sugar, tomatoes and heat. On my recent shopping trip I have found an exception! The D.L. Jardines “Killer” sauce which is spicy (not crazy spicy but still noticeable) and delicious! A good thing to have in your fridge for a quick summer BBQ whether its chicken wings or pork ribs.

P.S. The brand has quite a few other products including Mesquite BBQ Sauce and Fajita Meat marinade as well as some salsas and preserves. But I haven’t tried any of those yet…


A quick summer lunch June 22, 2008

Filed under: Recipes — lovemyfood @ 11:23 pm

One of the components is sort of cheating as I got the crab-cakes in a store but the rest are quick and easy additions which will make a tasty refreshing lunch.

Roasted Poblano (a mild, large, chili pepper) sauce – for the crab cakes:

Roast one green Poblano pepper either on your gas stove top, your BBQ or in your oven (turn on to Broil, 550F and put the pepper on the top shelf on a baking sheet or on foil). Don’t forget to turn it until the skin is burnt on all sides. Transfer directly into a paper bag (a plastic one will melt!) and close for a few minutes. When cold enough to handle take it out of the bag and peel the skin off, take out the stem and the seeds. Puree in a blender with equal amounts on mayo and sour cream. Add salt to taste. I used one tablespoon of each sour cream and mayo per pepper.


Mix all ingredients listed below…

Chopped purple cabbage and twice as much regular cabbage (I used about 1/8 and 1/4 head)

A handfull of chopped cilantro

1 Tbsp sunflower seeds

One (chopped) garlic clove

A 6cm piece of ginger – chopped

1 tsp lemon zest

1/2 tsp lemon juice

1/2 Tbsp Canola oil

Ponzu sauce or soy sauce to taste.

* you could add a bit of chopped lemon grass if you have some to spare.


Lemon Veal with TWO mashes

Filed under: Recipes — lovemyfood @ 11:00 pm

There are more and less complicated recipes for the classical Lemon Veal but this one beats them all…

Sprinkle the veal scallopini with salt and dredge in flour. Saute in butter on high heat, very quickly. Transfer to your serving plate; place a small slice of butter on each piece of veal and sprinkle with lemon zest (I had some chopped dill left on the board so I used it too, but it is not necessary).

The two mashes are Cauliflower (boiled in salt water) with sourcream and potato and celery mash (boil together potatoes and celery until tender, about four celery ribs per one large potato) with a bit of butter.

Bon Appetite :)


One Avocado, Two Avocado…

Filed under: Recipes — lovemyfood @ 10:50 pm

Tired of the usual Mexican style guacamole you are served any place you go? Try these two recipes which are simple and require very few ingredients to actually show off the avocado rather than everything else around it.

Chop avocado into small cubes. Drizzle a little bit of Lemon juice to prevent it from discoloring; you don’t want it swimming in it (just use a slice as big as you would use for your tea). Using a mortar and pestle (or a wide blade knife) crack PINK peppercorns (about 40 per avocado). Add salt to taste. Add a little chopped mint. I used sliced cucumbers to make the presentation but they are not necessary.

Chop avocado into small cubes. Drizzle a little bit of Lemon juice to prevent it from discoloring and give a bit of taste. Using a mortar and pestle (or a wide blade knife) crush GREEN peppercorns (about 40-60 per avocado). Add salt to taste. Chop a tomato into identical size cubes as the avocado. Mix all the above with a bit of sour cream.



Brocauliflower or Broccoliflower or whatever they call it

Filed under: Recipes,Uncategorized — lovemyfood @ 10:36 pm

I have seen a few spellings of this and am not sure whats the right one. This hybrid of broccoli and cauliflower is suitable for any preparation you have for either one of its “parents”. It is tasty and pretty and a compromise in a house like mine where I hate broccoli and my husband likes it.

I bought it for the first time last week and used it as a side dish for baked Arctic Char.

I devided it into florets; boiled in salt water until cooked al dente – not mushy and then sauteed it for a few minutes with olive oil, garlic, a small squeeze of lemon juice and a bit of lemon zest.


Rim Rock Cafe, Whistler

Filed under: Canada,Food,Hidden Gems - BC,Travel,Vancouver Restaurants,Whistler — lovemyfood @ 9:21 pm

To be more precise the Rim Rock Cafe is in Creekside, about five minutes drive south of Whistler village.

You have probably seen it from the road but unless you know how good this place is you have probably never stopped. It is called a cafe but it is a restaurant. It is in an unassuming old building right off the highway but it has been there for the past twenty years. The menu is guaranteed to meet all tastes and desires but it never changes except for seasonal salads and daily specials to accommodate the regulars and keep their favorite dishes available at all times.

I have been there numerous times and I think this restaurant is the essence of Whistler; it is warm and cozy in the winter with a burning fireplace and airy and fresh in the summer when the patio is open. The food is excellent and I have never had a bad wine there either. The staff is very very nice, very professional and knowledgeable.

My recommendations:

Start with the antipasto for two which includes ceviche and tuna poke, smoked salmon and fried soft shell crab, shrimp cocktail and a cone roll with crab and mango.

Second course is tough but if you are out there for the classics like lobster or steak and lobster they are done to perfection; if you want game meat there is absolutely nothing that can top the northern caribou with mushroom sauce; there are combination plates of three meats or three types of fish and seafood and they are delicious as well…and don’t forget the duck with foie gras on top with some caramelized peaches!

For dessert – and you better have room for dessert – try the sticky toffee pudding, you haven’t had one like it before. The creme brulee is also delicious.