Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Homemade Organic Salted Duck Eggs Recipe - how to make salted duck egg yolks!

Its caviar? nope... its candy? nope! ... its Salted duck eggs!  Sounds like a simple preservation method to save some eggs for a rainy day.  But in reality, these seemingly simple golden salty orbs lend complex rich flavors and practically ooze salty savory unami and indulgence to many Chinese dishes that elevate a simple salted duck egg yolk to culinary gold.  It can be added as a sauce to fish, shrimp or fried crab (so good!), tucked inside sticky rice banana leaf packages, plunked atop various steamed dim sum dishes and incorporated into various salty/sweet dumplings, and pastries like the moon cake. It requires a few quality ingredients - try to get your hands on the freshest duck eggs you can get your hands on and a bit of patience.  And what of the resulting orange-y red hued rich salted egg yolks I brined? As I had made multiple jars to test and tweak recipes, I had a lot of excellent salted duck egg yolks! Many were given away and I had lots of requests for the recipes from many of my Chinese friends' moms lol... I'd say that's a sign of success!  I was lucky to source some wicked huge fresh organic free range duck eggs from Moose Wood Acres Farms from a super friendly and awesome Kristy! And yes, if you were wondering, the salted duck egg yolks get that beautiful color without food coloring and I didn't touch up the photos at all!

Monday, 28 July 2014

Pho Que Huong Vietnamese Noodle House Calgary, AB - tasty quick beef satay noodle soup at this Vietnamese restaurant

During a quick weekend trip down to Calgary a few weeks back, me and my cousin stopped by Pho Que Huong to grab a quick bowl of beef satay noodle soup.  While its not known to be the best place for beef satay noodle soup, we were in the area and hungry, knew service tends to be pretty fast... and we wanted food nooooow!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Roasted Brussel sprouts with salmon white wine cream sauce on pasta recipe

Whew, the recipe title is a mouthful… and what a tasty mouthful!  One night I had a bag of Brussel sprouts kicking around, a bit of cream cheese that needed to be used up before it expired, but I had also wanted to have fish to get some healthy omega 3's in.  It was like a Food Network Chopped episode where I had 3 oddball ingredients: brussel sprouts, creme cheese and canned salmon.  I love Brussel sprouts deep fried or roasted to bring out their sweetness.. then it clicked.. roast dem sprouts, make a salmon cream sauce, jazz it up with some white wine and toss it all together with some pasta (gluten free or rice pasta if you swing that way). Beauty. Nom!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Peters' Drive-In Calgary, AB - huge burgers and killer milkshakes.. a taste of tradition!

When I was a kid, I thought Peters' Drive-In was around foreeeeeever! Its been the go to place for huge hamburgers, cheeseburgers and killer milkshakes on every field trip down to Calgary and whenever we we able to wheedle our parents into going while we were in Calgary.  Open since 1962 by a charismatic Gus Pieters - he was passionate about food quality, treated his staff like family and his simple little drive eventually became a quintessential and revered part of the Calgary food scene and is a must try place if you're in town.  If you've never heard of it, you've been living under a rock! 

Though Pieters sadly passed away in 2008, this blast back to the past drive thru burger joint is still run the way Pieters would approved of - never frozen 100% beef chuck patties, Canadian cheese and icecream plus fresh fruit for the milkshakes... and the employees keep a tight running ship making countless burgers, shakes, onion rings and fries to the drive thru line-ups that loop around the building are always present, but its never a long wait to bite into your burger or sip on a delicious shake.  Pieters had always paid his employees well above the average burger flipper wagers, and it shows in the consistency of the food and service.. yes, real service at a burger joint!!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Mini cheesecake recipe - New York cheesecake, Nutella swirl cheesecake, raspberry and strawberry topped cheesecake and fruit glaze recipe!

I love summer. I love summer fruits.  I hate bathing suit season... who doesn't? But I do love indulging with as little guilt as humanly possible!  So when I had several bricks of cream cheese in my fridge begging to be used up.. it was mini cheesecake making time! Using cupcake/muffin tins to bake these mini cheesecakes not only yield cute little cheesecakes - the smaller portions will let you indulge without the bulge! :D  And since these mini cheesecakes aren't as fussy as making a big cheese cakes - made several variations like New York mini cheesecakes, Nutella swirl cheesecakes, and of course, ones topped with fresh strawberries and raspberries lightly brushed with a clear fruit glaze... let go make some mini cheesecakes!