Okay I was at my favourite restaurant the other night – I will let you guess where…Yup Ted and Judy’s! Have I mentioned (7 or 8 times I’m sure) in previous blogs, that the meals I eat there are totally outstanding? Well they are!
Last Friday I had dinner there to do a “family” hang-out as their little dog Duffy passed away after 18 years of being the best family pet. We toasted the “Duffster” with some lovely wine and Ted and Judy made a spectacular meal of a Cantonese style lobster served over rapini and mashed potatoes.
To start, Ted sprinkled a little cornstarch over the lobster which he had broken into pieces. He then sautéed the pieces in a frying pan till they turned red. He then took the pieces out of the pan and added 1 lb of ground turkey (you can use pork too). The ground turkey was stir fried till browned with some chopped garlic, then he added a cup of vegetable stock. Once cooked Ted added back the lobster and mixed in a finishing sauce of the following:
1 tbsp of corn starch
2 tbsp of soy sauce
1 tbsp Chinese cooking wine
1 tbsp of brown sugar
Mix these ingredients and pour over the lobster/turkey mixture. Mix and heat in pan. Finish with chopped green onions sprinkled over top.
Judy then made her famous mashed potatoes with only 1 tbsp of butter and some vegetable stock. Soft fluffy and delicious!
The rapini was sautéed with 2 tbsp chopped garlic and 1 tbsp of chopped ginger and some vegetable stock. Judy did the plating of potato, rapini and then the lobster over top.
I don’t normally eat much pasta but Presidents Choice (brand name in Loblaws grocery stores in Ontario) black label pasta has put out a commercial using their mushroom stuffed pasta that is mouthwatering. I happened to be in Loblaws and saw some of this black label pasta and as I was reaching for a package of it to read the label a woman stepped up and loaded every one of the mushroom stuffed pasta into her cart!. She left the pumpkin stuffed pasta and a cheese version on the shelf along with the style I bought which was stuffed with asparagus.
I felt rather creative that night so here is what I did with the pasta…
Using a roasted garlic flavoured olive oil (which I mixed with a bit of lemon flavoured olive oil), I sautéed some finely slivered peppers with some pine nuts till golden brown. I then added a tablespoon of butter to make some brown butter. While the peppers and nuts were sautéing I boiled the water and cooked the pasta (only needs about 4 minutes). Once the nuts and peppers were done and the butter melted I tossed the pasta into the pan and mixed it all together.
I then divided the pasta into two dishes (one for me and one for my friend Richard – because you can’t just eat this good a meal by yourself ;-). I had crisped some prosciutto in the microwave which I then crumbled over top of the pasta and peppers and then grated some fresh parmesan cheese over top.
Felt like we also needed some greens with dinner so using a Kale Salad mix I buy at Costco which is made up of kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts and radicchio I added some crumbled feta cheese, chopped mango and tomatoes.
All I can say is… Whoa! that was a yummy meal. All ready in less than half an hour.