Oct 24, 2008

Salmon and Soba Noodles

An impromptu and quite healthy dinner ala Cheese Boutique:
Salmon fillet with a honey garlic tamari glaze, on a nest of soba noodles, jerusalem artichokes, shallots, and wilted pea sprouts. These sprouts are tasty, cheap, and stay fresh for a long time.

Organic Living Pea Sprouts...

Honey, garlic, and tamari for the salmon....

Soba (buckwheat) noodles...

The final result:

The salmon is baked in the glaze at 375 F for about half an hour depending on thickness... it should be caramelized on the outside and remain moist and tender on the inside.

The Jerusalem artichokes, also called sunchokes, add such a lovely crisp texture and nutty flavour. I peeled them, cut them into fat strips and briefly sauteed them with the shallots.

I cut some of the sprouts from their forest and threw them in the still-hot pan with a sprinkle of water to steam for about a minute.

All that was tossed with the noodles and everything was given a drizzle of lemon juice. I also used some flax oil and salt and pepper, but it could be seasoned in a variety of ways of course.

Completely delicious as well as being vegetarian (well, for the kind that eat fish) and gluten-free.

Star Ingredients (from Cheese B except for the fish):

Fresh Salmon fillet

Rolana 100% Organic Buckwheat Soba Noodles
Slegers Premium Organic living pea sprouts
Jerusalem artichokes

Oct 10, 2008

Thanksgiving at Cheese Boutique

Cheese B has an eye-dazzling selection of desserts at any time of year, but now they have outdone themselves with an impressive display of Thanksgiving treats.

Pumpkin Pie deserves the honour of being at the top of this list. There is the Traditional, spiced with cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, and for those who find such spices to powerful, ask for the new Roasted Pumpkin and Ginger Pie. I sampled the regular Pumpkin Pie, and the spice levels certainly aren't overwhelming by my standard. It was, for the record, quite delicious and home-made in its quality, with the occasional pleasant little chunk of pumpkin and a light, non-oily crust.

For a more unusual take try the pie made from a scrumptious mixture of Pumpkin, Carrots and Dates, baked in a shortbread crust and topped with crunchy Pecans.

There is a Pumpkin and Date pound loaf, perfect to serve with Tea, and a fun assortment of Thanksgiving-themed Sugar Cookies and Chocolates with great appeal to the child within-- as well as actual children.

To serve alongside Turkey dinner, try the Savory Sweet Potato Pie, made with oven roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions. (All pies are available in the following sizes: 3”, 5”, 6”, 8” ,9”, 11”)

It was a tough choice, but I went with the Ambrosia Pie... made from Apples and Berries, and defying description. Oh, and Cheese B has some very healthy-looking fresh Turkeys if you haven't picked one up yet.

And that's all for now... have a wonderful Thanksgiving!