Chicken Beef Bone Broth: gut series

Take your recipe to the next level by using homemade broth. And the most healthy one is Chicken and Beef Bone Broth, packed with minerals and gelatin.

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 from The Lawyer’s Cookbook and she challenged us to travel back to our childhood and watch Lady and the Tramp which inspired me to cook with bones, a first!

chicken beef bone broth

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Maraq Fahfah (Somali Soup)

It’s time for the MENA (Middle Eastern & North African) Cooking Group. This monthly group has for goal to help us discover the culture and cuisine of the countries found in these parts of the world. The host of the month will choose a savory and a sweet dish from the country and the members pick one dish to make.

This month we are exploring Djibouti and I chose to go with the Maraq Fahfah (or Somali soup).

Somali Maraq Fahfah Soup

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The Liver Experiment Week 9: Beef and Liver Chili

Can you believe we are already at the 9th installment of The Liver Experiment where I will try to acquire a taste for liver? Over a 10 week period I will cook, consume and post my experience once a week about trying to appreciate my food nemesis. I hope my experiment will inspire you to try the same with your own personal food nemesis. And even if you are determined to hate liver for life I hope you will follow along throughout the whole series.

I had leftover beef liver from the Austrian Liver Dumplings on week 3. If you have been reading the series you will know that the dumplings were a disaster as beef liver is very strong in taste and I just could not eat them. But surely a Beef and Liver Chili would be a great way to use what I have left by smothering it in spices and tomatoes, right?

Beef and Liver Chili

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The Liver Experiment Week 3: Austrian Liver Dumplings (Leberknödel)

Yes it is already time for the next instalment of The Liver Experiment where I will try to acquire a taste for liver. Over a 10 week period I will cook, consume and post my experience once a week about trying to appreciate my food nemesis. If you want to know why I am doing this in the first place please read my Week 1 post. Again, thank you all for your comments and support. I am really enjoying the exchange with my readers with this series all over the social medias and comments. I hope my experiment will inspire you to try the same with your own personal food nemesis. And even if you are determined to hate liver for life I hope you will follow along throughout the whole series.

I was so happy to be able to combine Week 3 with this month’s Creative Cooking Crew, our first one of 2014! This month our theme was dumplings: any kind from any nation so there was plenty of room for creativity. I decided to follow my ancestral roots for this challenge. One of the most authentic foods you will find in Austrian cuisine are a type of dumpling called knödel. This week we will prepare Austrian Liver Dumplings, one of the most popular knödel dishes.

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Going Greek at Nikas

Our last dinner with the Cheap Ethnic Eatz group was at Nikas in NDG. This is my hood and I have seen this place for years and never went. Finally I did about 6 weeks ago…I have been back twice since then.

I had to throw a quick event together as Conor of HoldtheBeef was in Montreal…all the way from Australia. Conor and I met actually in Montreal through the dinner group about 18 months ago while she was studying here for 6 months. So meeting her with the group again was perfect.

Now Nikas is nothing fancy. It’s your traditional souvlaki, gyros, moussaka kind of place. I don’t think its anything out of the ordinary food wise. But it is very good basic food, it is very generous and it’s cheap. A great thing here too is that you can bring your own wine – BYOB. This alone saves a lot on the bill (there is a SAQ across the street, too).

The service is great. The waitress are very nice and chatty and cheerful. In the 3 times I went it was always the same staff and service was equal each time. You can tell also by how they chat with customers they get a lot of regulars.

Elias on the other hand told me he had no qualms about being on the blog, lol. He is a regular face in another blog. In my visits I have had the moussaka which was pretty good, the lamb souvlaki that I enjoyed a lot, and twice the calamari. First time was an appetizer and it was excellent, second time not so good and way too salty. The staff will always ask if you want french fries or Greek potatoes. I love their Greek potatoes but they are not what you think. These are more like perfectly boiled then baked no crust lemony potatoes.

We definitely had a blast there as a group and everyone enjoyed the meal. Again its basic food, not a gastronomy outing. But if you want some good hearty food with friends you cannot go wrong at Nikas.

Restaurant Nikas
6087, Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montreal, QC H4A 1Y2
(514) 481-5661