Spent a wonderful Canada Day long weekend in around the Lindsay/Peterborough area at my good friend Victorias place. It was like a spa for the mind and body. We had planned on experimenting with cooking up new food ideas so I was very excited. Some worked really well while others not as much. I decided to blog even the mediocre in hopes perhaps someone could recommend how to make it better. Here goes several meals so keep reading after the first:
Brown Rice Paella (not your typical version)
While this looks really good….it was lacking in intensity of flavour. We didn’t do the typical spicing which is probably why it was lacking in flavour. Instead we opted to try lime and cilantro to flavour it for a lighter tasting paella.
1 cup brown rice (we should have used instant rice but used regular brown rice as it was what we had)
10 large raw peeled shrimp
1 lb of mussels
1 cup of frozen green peas
Juice of 1 lime
1 lemon cut in quarters (to sprinkle over dish)
We marinated the shrimp in some lime juice and coriander first.
Cook the rice in chicken or vegetable broth until just about ready then add the frozen peas, shrimp and then the mussels on top. Cover and steam for about 5 minutes. Very quick and easy but the thing that made it taste okay was we added hot sauce to it on our plates.
Please feel free to comment any ideas you think would have improved on the flavour (other than the traditional style).
Grilled Turkey Burgers with Tomato and Feta Salad and Grilled Vegetables
This was amazing – We made these burgers in a way I had never made burgers before and low and behold they were awesome!!!!
We did not have any bread crumbs so we used large flake oatmeal instead. Who would have thought! Okay every gluten intolerant person probably knows this but we didn’t so it was amazing to learn.
No real need for instructions here as you just combine all ingredients which included the following:
1 lb. ground turkey
1 sweet onion – I caramelized the onion but you can just sauté it.
About 1 cup of large flake oatmeal
Dijon mustard – 3 tbsp
2 cloves of garlic minced
A splash of hoisin sauce
A splash of BBQ sauce
(use any condiments you have in your fridge that you think you might like)
A pinch of black pepper
The mixture seemed very wet so we made the patties and put them in the fridge and like magic by the time we went to cook them (about an hour or two later) they had firmed right up! – apparently the oatmeal absorbs moisture (I know all you people that knew this are thinking “Well of course it does” but we really didn’t know – I am not an oatmeal eater so I never use it).
The fun part for us both was grilling on a tiny charcoal grill – after several attempts we got it going and that little sucker really got hot (we kind of charred a couple of the burgers in the process but they still tasted amazing).
Add to this a roasting pan full of baby carrots from the farmers market fresh that morning, japanese eggplant and asparagus topped with a bit of shredded parmesan cheese and you have a fabulous meal.
What could be better to add to this meal than a salad of fresh tomatoes with feta cheese and basil from the garden fresh picked and you have the perfect summer meal. (oh yeah I also sautéed some mushrooms to put on top of the burgers…)
Lastly – for lunch Victoria made this yummy Niçoise salad with some fresh tomatoes, baby white potatoes, 2 hard boiled eggs, fresh quick cooked asparagus with a dijon dressing that was absolutely delightful! So fresh and tasty.
You now know pretty much everything we ate that weekend 😉
Pretty darn awesome I have to say!