Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Food

Recipes for Portuguese fare: Octopus salad, caldo verde and piri-piri

In her cookbook “Pimentos & Piri Piri,” Carla Azevedo explores the cuisine of Portugal as it is reflected in modern-day Canada. Here are some recipes for home cooks to try.
Octopus Salad

Chilled soups refreshing during warm weather, but flavour is key to success

LONDON, Ont. — Based on the general conception of soup, “chilled soup” is something of an oxymoron.
Real soup is warming, hearty and comforting, not cold. But there are lots of good words to describe chilled soup as well — refreshing, flavourful, hydrating, easy to make, even fruity.

Recipes for cold soups: Thai green pea, cucumber avocado, gazpacho, parsnip pear

Here are four diverse recipes for delicious chilled soups, perfect for summertime entertaining.
Thai Green Pea Soup
Green curry sauce gives a spicy lift to this soup and the arugula balances the sweetness of the peas. A blender works best because it breaks down the pea skins, making a smooth puree.
30 ml (2 tbsp) vegetable oil
125 ml (1/2 cup) chopped onions
5 ml (1 tsp) chopped ginger

BACK TO SCHOOL: Recipe for easy overnight ham and cheese casserole

Those first few weeks when the kids head back to school can be among the most hectic for families. The lazy days of summer quickly give way to crazy schedules, homework and afterschool activities. And don’t forget somehow managing to slip dinner into the middle of all that.

Recipe for frozen chocolate granola bananas

The words hungry kids heading home from school hate most? “Have a piece of fruit.”
Afterschool snacks are one of the toughest terrains for parents to navigate. The kids want a treat, but parents — mindful that dinner is just around the corner — want to keep it healthy. So we decided to come up with a healthy, filling snack that kids would still consider a treat.

Breakfast tortilla, grilled cheese, fish and chili sure to satisfy hungry campers

Here are some recipes for camping created for Canadian Tire by Marcus Monteiro, executive chef of Brasaii Restaurant and Lounge in Toronto.
BREAKFAST: Vegetable Omelette
It’s easy to keep the base of the omelette the same, then tailor it to different tastes with vegetables and cheese. If you have any spinach and mushrooms left over, use them in a lunch sandwich.

Raise a pint: Home brewing hobby has seen a resurgence over last decade

LONDON, Ont. — In terms of Canadian traditions, there may be none more long-standing than a cold beer on a hot afternoon, and potentially even more satisfying if you brewed it yourself.

Recipes for mussels, brasserie chicken and Radler variation feature beer

Here are some food recipes incorporating beer as an ingredient, along with a cocktail recipe. Be sure to have enough of the beer called for in the food recipes so that you can enjoy some as a complement to the finished dish.
Mussels Fra Diavolo

Recipes for strawberry streusel pie and berry-cream pot pies

Apple pie may be as American as the Fourth of July, but it probably wasn’t on the table when the holiday first began.

Team summer caesars with melon and feta skewers, ‘gazpacho’ salad

Here are a couple of caesar recipes that are sure to wow your guests this summer. Clint Pattemore, author of “Caesars: The Essential Guide to Your Favourite Cocktail,” has created the Peachy-Keen Caesar and the Thai Mango Caesar, both of which are a sweet-savoury variation on the classic caesar cocktail.

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