Pink Garlic Dill Pickles for Dirty Dancing

Summer bounty is the perfecting time for early harvest pickles. Here is a super cute Pink Garlic Dill Pickles made with just an added touch of beet.

The Food N’ Flix pick this month was another major flashback from the past with Dirty Dancing.  The biggest food moment of the film is when Baby says to Johnny: “I carried a watermelon.” So not the first line you want to say to your heart throb. A watermelon recipe would have been the perfect choice … but my promiscuous twisted mind does not work that way. I went with a pickle reference and I came up with a pretty Pink Garlic Dill Pickles for your summer picnic table.

Pink Garlic Dill Pickles

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Chinese Laba Garlic | 腊八蒜 | Laba Suan & a Beijing Foodporn Diary

Pickled Laba Garlic is ready to eat when it has turned green. That goes against everything else we know about green food! And it pairs perfectly with greasy meat dishes such as dumplings.

My new Chinese friend Kerry took me to a dumpling restaurant for lunch on my first day in Beijing. The tables were so low there was no way you could even slide your knees under. Awkwardly seated, we chose 4 different dumpling varieties. It was worth the back breaking position, we were rewarded with delicious jiaozi  (dumplings). I asked Kerry what on earth were those green things floating in the brown liquid in the three huge jars placed inside enclaves in the wall. He said it was pickled Laba Garlic and right away he called over the waitress to bring us a few green jewels on a plate.

I was on a exotic tasting role that day so I grabbed one with my chopsticks and bit down…

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Ketchup and Beans Salad with Spinach for Popeye

Making your own homemade ketchup is so rewarding, and a millions times healthier than the bottled crap.  Find below one of the original recipes from 1906.

It’s Food ‘n Flix time again! In this monthly group a host picks a movie of their choice that pertains to food. Everyone watches the movie and then makes a recipe which the film inspired. It can be any recipe you want. This month’s pick is hosted by Elizabeth at The Lawyer’s Cookbook and she picked a really original movie: Popeye! No, spinach was not the main inspiration for my recipe but there is some in there. I was actually inspired by a book I was reading and by ketchup, the condiment. That turned into a Ketchup and Beans Salad with Spinach!

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Pesto Bianco with Elderflower

Creative pestos are so in right now and we think they are new variants off one “real” pesto recipe. But the truth is there are hundreds of traditional pesto recipes in Italy alone. Pesto Bianco is one of them, made of walnuts, olive oil and ricotta. Inspired by the movie I Am Love, I added a touch of Elderflower flower syrup to mine.

It’s Food ‘n Flix time again! In this monthly group a host picks a movie of their choice that pertains to food. Everyone watches the movie and then makes a recipe which the film inspired. It can be any recipe you want. This month’s pick is hosted by me, here is my announcement post, and I picked an Italian movie called I Am Love. I found my inspiration in the vast palate of Italian dishes, pesto, with a touch of a flower syrup mentioned in the movie, which I just purchased on my trip to Austria. I give you Pesto Bianco with Elderflower.

Pesto Bianco with Elderflower

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7 Gorgeous and Easy Red Pickle Recipe Ideas

Check out these awesome Red Pickle Recipe Ideas

We are half way through summer and your garden is starting to hand over it’s bounty. Maybe a little bit to much actually. That is where pickles come to the rescue. Don’t lose anything from your harvest by preserving it in vinegar. You can enjoy your cherry tomatoes and red onions year round. Here are 7 Gorgeous and Easy Red Pickle Recipe Ideas!!

7 Gorgeous and Easy Red Pickle Recipe Ideas

Pink Garlic Dill Pickles

Pink Garlic Dill Pickles Red Pickle Recipe Ideas

Other Pickling recipes to try!

Chinese Laba Garlic

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Pickled Ginger

A Canadian Hummus by Sabra

Announcing my debut article about a Canadian only hummus flavor on Citynet Magazine, a fabulous online Montreal lifestyle Magazine!

So excited to share this news with you, I have been asked to become a contributor on a local lifestyle online publication in Montreal called Citynet Magazine. I just published my first post yesterday!

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I was invited to a flavor launch party for Sabra Canada’s latest hummus. It was designed and tested exclusively for the Canadian taste palate. The flavor is …. sweet-roasted caramelized onions and accented with aromatic smoked paprika.

Want to know what I though of the new hummus? Check out my post over at Citynet Magazine let me know what you think!

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And speaking of all things Canadian, we are so proud here in Canada to be hosting the upcoming Pan Am and Parapan Games 2015. This event will bring 7,500 athletes to Toronto for a wonderful series of breathtaking competitions.

Maytag, the Pan Am’s Official Appliance and Athlete Laundry Services Supplier, if furnishing all athlete residences in the Athletes’ Village with over 400 washers and dryers. Because nothing stinks like the clothes an athlete has been wearing all day! I can vouch for that personally!

Check out this video with athlete Vanessa Riopel, and visit Maytag Canada’s Facebook page and Twitter page. hashtag #PERFORMANCECOUNTS

Roasted Tomato Jam

One thing I do miss about living in an apartment is not having a garden. In my late teen I took over a section of my parent’s backyard to grow vegetables.Only one problem: I do not have a green thumb. But still it is a fun and relaxing activity. now I have a herb garden and still no green thumb. I did try to grow a tomato plant in a big pot for 2 summers. It was not a big success.

It’s a shame because one of the great pleasures of summer gardens is fresh juicy tomatoes. And it just so happens to be the them of this month’s Creative Cooking Crew challenge. And of course to do something different! So get your fish, chicken or even breakfast toast out for my Roasted Tomato Jam.

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