Pork Bone Broth: follow your gut

Not only are bone broths packed with minerals and gelatin, they are so good for you, taste great and if used in recipes the broth will take your dishes to the next level. Today we will make Pork Bone Broth.

If you recall, last month I made a bone broth from scratch for Food N Flix. When I found out bone broth if great for acid reflux, I gave myself a challenge to drink a cup of bone broth a day for a month. Many of you expressed an interest on my following up with this experiment; hence I invite you to enjoy my new Follow your Gut series.

Pork Ribs Bone Broth

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Kyozon restaurant: the new Asian kid in town

Last week Montreal was witness to a mega restaurant media launch party like I had not seen in a while. Let me introduce you to the newest Asian sweetheart on Crescent, THE downtown “bar-and-club street” :  Kyozon restaurant.

Kyozon presents itself as an affordable destination that blends a great bar with tasty New-Asian cuisine and a mezzanine Kaiten belt.

Kyozon sushi conveyor

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Kaffir Lime Ginger and Gin Ice Cream

With the arrival of summer comes my NEED to make ice cream. I am way overdue to include an ice cream recipe. I was shocked to realize my last ice cream was posted just over a year ago. Well good news…I made 3 ice creams last weekend, 2 of which are quite exotic in flavor. Here is the first one, a Kaffir Lime Ginger and Gin Ice Cream, and keep an eye out for the other two recipes coming soon.

Kaffir Lime Ginger and Gin Ice Cream 1

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Asian Persuasion Cocktail with Ungava Gin

April 01st every year is the kick-off of cocktail season for me. You see between April 01st and Father’s day my parents and I all have our birthdays, maybe Easter, then there is Mother’s and Father’s Day. So for the exception of my birthday, I am expected to contribute an exotic cocktail. I discovered a bunch of great ones when I was recently on vacation in New Orleans (post coming soon, promise!). But the one I made for Easter was a completely new discovery, starting with the alcohol.

I bet you do not know a whole lot about the Canadian Arctic. I am from Canada and I do not know a lot about that part of my country. But I did recently make one fabulous discovery: Ungava Gin. I was just as shocked as you are right now, there is a fabulous gin being made from hand-picked ingredients found in the far north reaches of Quebec. And with it I made for Easter the Asian Persuasion Cocktail.

Asian Persuasion 3

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SRC: Black Asian Rice with Stir Fried Vegetables

Today is my group’s reveal day for the Secret Recipe Club. What is the SRC? Basically you are assigned a fellow participant’s blog by the organizer and then you pick a recipe of your choice from that blog and make your version of it. But it is a secret, you cannot reveal whom you picked and what you made until the established posting date and time. This month’s secret: Black Asian Rice with Stir Fried Vegetables.

Black Asian Rice with Stir Fried Vegetables

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One Armed Tom Yam Wonton Soup

Broken wrist in cast update: today is day 31. 12 days to go! I cannot wait for April 30th.

I saw my GP so I got a prescription finally that is stronger than ibuprofen. I am getting a bit of strength back in my fingers very slowly. Three fingers are still a bit numb but a bit better. One very amusing thing: my nails are nice and long on the hand in a cast. My nails are thin and break easily so long nails for me is unusual.

Today I could hold my almost empty yogurt cup to scrape the bottom with my good hand. This may sound like a simple thing to do but 31 days ago I could not hold a piece of paper. Holding a full tube of toothpaste is still a no no. Zip-lock bags are impossible to open but I did manage to close the snap of my eco shopping bag. Little victories.

A big victory: I cooked the first recipe I prepared all by myself in a month! Its a very easy recipe that involves a few already prepared ingredients and no chopping in sight. Just toss everything in a casserole. But it got rave reviews! It is an Asian soup, a real fusion Asian soup with ingredients usually found in Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, China and Indonesia.

Ξ One Armed Tom Yam Wonton Soup Ξ

Ingredients:
6 cups water
2 cubes of tom yam soup base (or any Asian soup base)
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 cup nian gao noodles (or any rice noodle)
24 shrimp wonton
4 cups chopped baby bock choy
1 lemon, quartered
Sambal oelek and coriander to taste

If you use nian gao noodles they must be soaked for 12 hours prior.

In a large pan add water, soup base, sesame oil and noodles, bring to a boil. Add the wontons and boil for 5 minutes (or according to your package). Add baby bock choy in the last 3 minutes.

Serve in  large soup bowls with a quarted lemon, sambal oelek and coriander to taste.

– tom yam is a spicy clear soup typical in Laos and Thailand

– lau thai lan Thai is the broth used for a Vietnamese Hot Pot

– wonton is a type of dumpling commonly found in a number of Chinese cuisines.

– nian gao noodles are chewy Shanghai style noodles made with non-glutinous rice

– sambal oelek is a chili based sauce which is normally used as a condiment in Indonesia

Blue Dragon

I was so looking forward to attending the Blue Dragon product launch but I had to cancel as I was sick. I asked if I could still get samples to try out, which they were happy to do. But imagine my surprise when I opened my apartment door in the morning to go to work, 2 days later, and this package is just lying there on my door step.I got home at 10pm the night before and I was now heading out at 8 am…when was this delivered?

I could not resit opening this suitcase box before heading out. It was the samples…I have to say I was very impressed. And opening the box was such a delight: 10 different samples of stir fry and cooking sauces. The Blue Dragon line does not end there: they also offer dipping sauces, noodles, wrappers, sesame oil, hoison and oyster sauce, fish sauce, and 2 types of coconut milk.

Blue Dragon is named after the Chinese symbol of good fortune. The company was created over thirty years ago when the founder realized there was hardly anything available in the shops that would help people create authentic Asian dishes at home at that time. Today Blue Dragon has become a great way to help you create delicious dishes from China, Thailand, Japan (UK site) and Vietnam. To bad not all the products are available in Canada, I guess I’ll have to go to there and look up cheap car hire from the uk to go shopping in London.

In the package I found the following flavors: Thai Red Curry Paste, Thai Green Curry Paste, Chinese Curry Cooking Sauce, Tomato & Sweet Chilli Cooking Sauce, Chow Mein Cooking Sauce, Sweet & Sour Cooking Sauce, Sweet & Sour Stir Fry Sauce, Wasabi Plum Stir Fry Sauce, Chilli Coconut Stir Fry Sauce, and Szechuan Pepper Stir Fry Sauce.

Obviously I have not gotten around to trying them all, I actually cooked 2 two meals so far only. I live alone and every sample gave me about 3 meals. All the sauces/stir fries mention they should be used within 3 to 5 days so opening everything to stick my finger in it was not option. Why a short self life you ask? Reading the ingredient’s lists of the Blue Dragon products is a pleasure because there are no preservatives at all! Just beautiful flavor packed spices, herbs, and sauces.

I really did love the ease of preparation for a full meal. All you have to do is cook your protein and/or veggies, add the sauce and cook a bit longer and then serve on a bed of rice or noodles. It’s a great way to use up all those veggies lying around in your fridge.

The stir fries suggest 350 gr of meat, chicken or seafood and 1 cups of veggies. I added more like 2-3 cups of veggies and I used chicken. The first one I wanted to try was the Chilli Coconut Stir Fry Sauce. I fell in love with it: so yummy, loved the coconut taste  and nice spiciness to it. I served it on a bed of Udon noodles. This one I will buy again and again.

Take a look at the ingredient’s list: Water, Coconut Milk (Coconut, Water), Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Lemongrass, Green Birdseye Chillies, Modified Maize Starch, Fish Sauce (Anchovy Extract, Salt, Sugar), Garlic Purée, Thai Basil, Ginger Purée, Kaffir Lime Leaves, Chilli Flakes, Galangal, Coriander, Lactic Acid, Lime Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid.

The cooking sauces ask for 3 meat, chicken, seafood portions. For this one I used a block of tofu and again 2-3 cups of veggies. I tried the Chinese Curry Cooking Sauce for this dish and I served the curry on a bed of Bamboo infused rice.

Ingredients listed are: Oil, Modified Maize Starch, Garlic Purée, Curry Powder (Coriander, Turmeric, Cumin, Salt, Garlic, Fenugreek, Chilli, Ginger, Fennel, Rice Flour), Onion Powder, Light Soy Sauce (contains Wheat and Soya), Chinese Five Spice, Spices, Salt, Citric Acid.

 

This one was a bit of disappointment unfortunately. The final taste was not packed with flavors and the only thing really coming though was the light spiciness. I also felt it needed salt…and I am not a salt kind a gal. Hopefully the other sauces pack a bit more punch, we shall see as I cook through them.

I feel like the theme in my kitchen will be Asian for a while. Normally I enjoy making my on sauce mixes and adding the amount of spices I like best but for someone with less experience or if you want a nice meal in a short amount of time I think Blue Dragon is definitely worth a try. Next I will try one of the Thai pastes for sure. The company seems to distribute out of the UK first, most of Europe and Canada. If you buy some let me know what you think.

The products were sent to me free of charge but my opinions are my own and are honest.