I thought it would be fun to share some of my most memorable dishes from the previous year. Primarily, I picked them based on taste, but ease of prep was also important. I love looking through the archives of food blogs, and this helps focus on recipes that get my two thumbs up. I had a hard time narrowing down the list to my top 10, so I included a few worthy runners-up. In no particular order, here are my picks. Here’s to a healthy and delicious 2011. :) Enjoy!
If you have been reading my blog since the summer, I know you have heard of this salad. I still call it “The Best Salad Ever’. Plump, creamy bulgur is the base of this meal-salad, that is stuffed with oven-roasted cherry tomatoes, chickpeas and pomegranate arils, seasoned with toasted almonds, mint and lemon.
So I hmm’ed and hawed about whether to do this. At first, it sounded like a way to bolster google ratings (not mine, obviously).
But in the end, I decided I shouldn’t deprive my loyal readers of winning a possible $65 to spend at CSNStores.com. Online, you can find anything you need for your kitchen, as well as other items like luggage sets as well. The prize doesn’t cover shipping costs, but you are free to spend it on any of their affiliated sites.
This prize is only open to people with shipping addresses in Canada and the US.
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here, describing your favourite meal to make at home. Make sure you leave your email address so I have a way to contact you – it won’t be published. You have until Wednesday, December 22, 2010, at midnight to enter. After that, I will randomly select a lucky winner.
It is my pleasure to host Healing Foods this month. Siri started this event to highlight the health benefits from a variety of foods. There are so many healthy options when you eat vegetables, but I wanted to highlight one of my favourite winter vegetables: winter squash.
Whether your preferred squash is butternut, acorn, kabocha, pumpkin or spaghetti, winter squash is filled with vitamins (great sources of A, B and C) and fibre, while being low in calories. Most importantly, they all taste great.
Squash is versatile and can be used in soups, sides, main dishes and even desserts. It can be boiled, baked, or steamed. It can be sweet or savoury. And this is why it is so easy to fall for squash.
Join me this month by sharing your winter squash and pumpkin recipes.
To participate, please create and photograph a vegetarian dish with winter squash, linking to this announcement and Siri’s Healing Food event page by December 31, 2010. Email me at saveur11 AT yahoo DOT ca with your name, your entry’s name and url along with a photograph of your dish. The dishes must be new and posted between December 1 and 31. You may submit as many entries as you like.
I look forward to seeing everyone’s creative dishes.
I am so excited to share all these tasty Turkish treats that were submitted as part of AWED. Turkish cuisine is so varied, with everything from delicious appetizers, to flavourful main dishes and sweet desserts. Thanks again for collectively creating a fabulous collection of Turkish recipes. Enjoy the following menu:
If you would like to join this culinary feast this week, please email me your name, name of dish, post url, location and photo until Sunday at saveur11 AT yahoo DOT ca, by September 5 at 5pm EST.
I look forward to seeing what end of summer bounty we will be using this week. :)
It is my pleasure to host AWED this month, featuring the lovely Turkish cuisine. A Worldly Epicurean Delight (AWED) was created by DK at Chef in You to explore and delve into a different cuisine from around the world each month. This month I take us to Turkey.
I knew nothing of Turkish cuisine before I went to Turkey for a vacation earlier this year. I was mesmerized by the food – it was delicious. I have already recreated a few dishes since my return. :)
Turkey is unique as it spans two continents and variety is the main feature of Turkish cuisine. Like other Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines, mezes (or small appetizers) are common. Main meals commonly include ingredients like eggplant, bell peppers, tomatoes, okra, squash and cucumbers. Dried fruit like figs and apricots as well as nuts like hazelnuts and pistachios are common in main dishes as well as desserts. Yogurt is also very prominent in Turkish dishes.
Fresh produce is key to create such a vibrant cuisine and depending where you are in Turkey will have a different feel to its cuisine, whether it be from the spicy East or the fish from Northern Turkey or the sweet oranges from Fethiye in the South.
I encourage you to check out and be awed by the delightful Turkish cuisine.
To participate in AWED-Turkey, please create and photograph a vegetarian Turkish dish, linking this announcement and DK’s AWED page by August 31. Email me at saveur11 AT yahoo DOT ca with your name, your entry’s name and url along with a photograph of your dish. You may submit as many entries as you like.
Here are some Turkish cuisine resources to get you started:
More about Turkish cuisine:
Mainly Turkish food blogs:
Jennifer from Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat cooked a simple, yet delicious Spaghetti with Lemon, Garlic and Thyme Mushrooms.
Allie from Yum in Tum created a masterpiece while cleaning up her freezer and pantry: Three Sisters Stuff Shells
Stash from The Spamwise Chronicles brought us two recipes this week: The first was a simple, decadent pasta dish titled Cacio e Pepe, but better known as Penne with Manouri Cheese, Fried Breadcrumbs and Garlic.
Stash’s second submission was a lovely, fluffy ricotta gnocchi dressed up cherry tomatoes and mushrooms: Ricotta Gnocchi with Sungold Cherry Tomatoes and Shiitake Mushrooms
Tigerfish from teczcape – an escape to food created a simple dish for 2 which was a Vegetarian Stir-Fry Noodles with Bok Choy, Shiitake Mushrooms and Bell Peppers. It doesn’t sound weird to me at all!
Kristin from Holy Cannoli Recipes substituted gnocchi with tortellini to create a healthy, filling meal: Tortellini with Swiss Chard and White Beans.
Katie from Thyme for Cooking was perplexed by her half-yellow, half-green zucchinis but ended up making a Cobb Pasta Salad with ham, runner beans, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, avocado, cheese and hard-boiled eggs.
Nic from Lemon and Cheese figured out a creative way to use up her basil and bacon: Bacon, Pea and Basil Macaroni. I am currently on the look-out for basil recipes, so this is a great idea!
Joanne from Eats Well With Others made a Middle Eastern meal with mini fritter sandwiches: zucchini fritters were filled with an eggplant couscous salad a cinnamon-cumin dressing. It looks scrumptious!
Sandra from Gesund Geniessen looked into her fridge and pantry and whipped together an awesome meal with Chinese vermicelli with shrimp and broccoli.
Giz from Equal Opportunity Kitchen continues to experiment with kale and brings us a comforting bowl of Kale and Hungarian Sausage Pasta.
Pam from Sidewalk Shoes created a lovely, easy, weekday meal: Orzo with Roasted Shrimp and Tomatoes… and Garlic with Feta and Fresh Basil.
Theresa from The Food Hunter explores Mario Batali’s new cookbook, Molto Gusto, and shares an easy, yummy, healthy weeknight meal: Penne Alla Primavera.
Looking for a way to combine dill with roasted chickpeas, I made a lovely orzo salad with pan-fried chickpeas, lemon and dill.
How could I refuse a “damn delicious” pasta from Anna at Morsels & Musings: Orecchiette w Peas, Lemon & Crème Fraîche
It was a pleasure to host Presto Pasta Nights this week. I am inspired by so many people who looked into their fridge, freezer or pantry and whipped together such tasty, healthy and creative meals. I encourage everyone to submit their pasta dish from next week to Daphne at More Than Words.
It is my pleasure to host this week’s edition of Presto Pasta Nights. This is a blogging event featuring what everyone’s cooking up with pasta this week, be it in a salad, soup, a side or main dish. Share your creative carbs! :D
To participate, blog about your pasta dish between now and July 22, mention and link to Presto Pasta Nights, as well as my site The Taste Space. Email me your link and photograph at saveur11 AT yahoo DOT ca as well as Ruth at ruth AT 4everykitchen DOT com. The deadline for Friday’s round-up post is Thursday, July 22.
I look forward to seeing this week’s feast.
It is my pleasure to host Tried & Tasted (T&T) this month. T&T, originally created by Zlamushka, is now hosted by Lakshmi at Kitchen Chronicles and the logo is designed by Ksenia. It is a blog event to discover new blogs, as a new blog is introduced every month and people are encouraged to try these recipes and comment on how they worked. I know I constantly find inspiration from other bloggers, so it is my pleasure to introduce our featured blog this month: Veg Inspirations by Usha.
Usha has chronicled her adventures in vegetarian food since 2008 and focuses on healthy, tasty food. Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring or bland! Inspired by her mother, grandmother and mother-n-law, she has a multitude of recipes, including many vegan dishes. There are so many tasty recipes, I don’t know where to start. Take a look at Usha’s recipes, and report back about your meals.
The rules for T&T are simple:
- Cook any recipe (new or old) from “Veg Inspirations” and blog about it. Stay as true to the original recipe as possible. Therefore there is no need for re-posting it, simply link to the original post
- There is no time-frame for the original recipe. It can be as old as my grand-mother or as fresh as a mung bean sprout.
- Have you cooked from “Veg Inspirations” before? As this event is all about tasting and reflecting on the taste, older posts are also welcome. Simply link to this post and mention T&T event.
- Link your post to this page (Use of logo is welcome) and to the original recipe page, so that you can avoid the copyright problems.
- Non-bloggers are welcome to share their recipes too. Simply email your name, feedback and the picture of the recipe.
- Send an email to saveur11 AT yahoo DOT ca by August 10, 2010, with the following details:
- Your Name
- Name of the blog
- Name of the recipe
- URL of the post
- URL of the Original post
- Picture of the recipe
I look forward to seeing our inspirations based off Veg Inspirations!
I was fortunate to host Weekend Herb Blogging this week, in which food bloggers share their recipes featuring any herb, fruit, vegetable, nut, grain, seed, flower or plant. It was initially created by Kalyn but now hosted by Haalo.
Without further ado, here are our yummy submissions this week:
A tantalizing sandwich layering roasted eggplant, zucchini, tomato, mushrooms
and Halloumi cheese with a balsamic and honey dressing.
Katerina at Culinary Flavours
Bananas (or traditionally plantains) are dredged in brown sugar, wrapped tightly
in an egg roll wrapper and fried until golden and crispy. How sweet this sounds!
TS and JS at eatingclub vancouver
Vancouver, BC, Canada
A hot miso broth is whisked into eggs and topped with wakame and shiitake
mushrooms to create a milky breakfast soup perfect for any time of day.
Anna from Morsels & Musings
Sambuca-laced raw almond and hazelnut cookies from Tuscany
go the extra mile.
Cinzia from Cindystar
Lake Garda, Italy
Fresh quince gets poached in a sugary syrup for 6 hours or more
and exudes its wonderful aroma.
Haalo of Cook (Almost) Anything at Least Once
Chopped nira, bamboo shoots and dried shiitake mushrooms are the secret
ingredients to perfect Japanese spring roll gluttony.
Janet at Taste Space
Thank you again for all who participated. Next week, Lynne from Cafe Lynnylu will be hosting Weekend Herb Blogging #232.