26 Apr 2016
in Appetizers, Breads, Desserts, Drinks, food, health, recipes, Salads, science, Soups
Tags: bananas, cakes, children, chocolate, family, fennel, nutrition, nuts
Vinny’s been updating older posts recently and putting them up on Yum Goggle. Yum Goggle features food photography from contributors around the world. The photos whet your appetite for the recipes you can get simply by clicking on the pictures or the words GET THE RECIPE. It’s a great site and we’re proud to be a part of the team. More
29 Mar 2016
in Appetizers, food, Main dishes, recipes
Tags: ancho spice mix, beans, environmental footprint, gourmet, gumbo, lentils, nutrition, protein, pulses, shrimp, Spanish, tapas
Year of the pulse…
In honor of this versatile food group, we present a dish starring beans, lentils and dried peas. We served our spicy shrimp gumbo as the opening course for our Spanish tapas gourmet dinner this year. But it works well in larger amounts as a main course, too. More
09 Feb 2016
in Appetizers, Desserts, Dips, food, health, recipes, Snacks
Tags: avoiding sugar, dip, easy recipes, goat cheese, icing, lemon, spread, Stevia, yogurt
Whipped goat cream
Once upon a time I came across a recipe that called for whipped goat cheese. So I took my basket and headed to the grocery store, where I eventually found a small tub of the stuff at three times the cost of regular, ordinary, every-day goat cheese.
When I finally had a minute to spare I sat down and examined the label. The ingredients were goat cheese and water… and a few chemicals. It seemed I’d bought a processed food fortified with who knows what. And I thought: why can’t I make that myself – and leave out the chemicals?
Why indeed. It’s so simple, I didn’t even need a food processor. I got great results with nothing but a spoon and a bowl.
Goat cheese and lemon – so easy to whip up
Whipped goat cream
Makes approx 1 1/4 cups or 20 tablespoons
- 1 cup (150 grams) goat cheese, at room temperature (mine comes in a tube)
- 2 tablespoons yogurt from 2% goat’s milk (I make my own… You don’t? OK, use natural Greek-style yogurt instead)
- freshly squeezed juice and finely grated zest from half a lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
- Stevia* to taste (0 calories) or 1 teaspoon honey
- sea salt, to taste
- 1-2 tablespoons hot water, or as needed to achieve desired consistency
- Combine goat cheese, yogurt, sweetener, lemon juice and zest into a bowl.
- Cream them together with a wide spoon until smooth, adding 1-2 tablespoons of hot water, as needed, to get a light creamy consistency. Add more if you like it runnier, as for a dip perhaps.
- Season to taste with a little sea salt.
*This is a great recipe in which to experiment with Stevia, because it sweetens while enhancing the lemon flavor. It works better than sugar.
Pear taquitos with whipped goat cream
How to serve goat cream
This works great in the recipe I mentioned off the top, for pear taquitos. I make it often for special occasions, and it is always a success.
Whipped goat cream goes well with fruit and today I enjoyed it with sliced apple.
Use it as a low-sugar icing on cupcakes or tarts. Whipped goat cream adds moistness and tang to any chocolate, lemon, or banana treat.
Thin it out a bit more and use it as a veggie dip for carrots or turnip sticks.
Whipped goat cream works as a spread on crackers. I like it with Triscuits (20 calories each) but if you like bagels or toast, I’m sure it would be delicious there as a spread.
One tablespoon of whipped goat cream has 21 calories. It has equal amounts of fat and protein, about 1.5 grams each.
Whipped goat cream is a low-carb food, only 0.3 grams (if you use stevia to sweeten).
This food is a good source of vitamin A, niacin, riboflavin and iron.
By the way, you can reduce the amount of fat per tablespoon by adding more water. This is how manufacturers make low-fat butter and mayo. Now, you can make them too and save some money. They charge more for products with less fat because of the processing cost.
19 Jan 2016
in Appetizers, Main dishes, recipes
Tags: casseroles, cream, easy recipes, eggs, goat cheese, leeks, pears, quiche
A crustless quiche with a difference
Vinny’s blogged about pears, leeks, and goat cheese before. But here they team up to give you something a bit different. Sweet and savory meld to make an unusual main course for lunch or a spectacular beginning to a fancy dinner. And except for the chopping, it’s easy! More
05 Jan 2016
in Appetizers, Dips, food, health, Holiday foods, recipes, Salads
Tags: crab, cream cheese, easy recipes, environmental sustainability, fish, mercury, seafood, sustainable seafood
Crab is a safe bet
Everybody loves fish for its lean protein and its omega-3s that do wonders for our brains. But these days our poor heads are so bombarded with info on which fish are facing extinction or which types are loaded with deadly mercury that we are almost afraid to try any fish at all.
I’m here to tell you though that plain steamed crab meat is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. More
01 Dec 2015
in Appetizers, health, Holiday foods, recipes, Snacks
Tags: avoiding sugar, coconut sugar, easy recipes, nuts, pecans, walnuts
Crunchy sweet nuts are great for dressing up salads, cheese platters, and desserts at Christmas and for other special occasions. Plus, they’re easy!
Kids love to make them. Make lots and keep them on hand to use whenever you want some pizzazz. More
10 Mar 2015
in Appetizers, food, health, recipes
Tags: cheese, chocolate, fruit, gourmet, hors d'oeuvre, lemon, lingonberries, nuts, party food
BeaverTails on ice
Anyone who’s skated Ottawa’s Rideau Canal knows all about our iconic BeaverTails. Nobody ever leaves the ice without a bite of these sugary deep-fried pastries decorated with cinnamon, chocolate, or lemon, or some other delightful combination of sweet and sour.
As I was focusing on Ottawa’s winter wonderland for my gourmet dinner party, Frozen in Ottawa, I thought tiny BeaverTails would make a perfect hors d’oeuvre. They would go well with the sweetly tart cocktail we served, Frozen Blues.
BeaverTails are served hot on the Canal. But as my theme was “frozen,” I served mine cold. More
18 Nov 2014
in Appetizers, Breakfast foods, food, recipes, Snacks
Tags: chocolate, easy recipes, eggs, grilled cheese, peanut butter, sandwich
Iron out the wrinkles on your next grilled cheese
I’m not sure we should let the little dears in our lives in on this trick… But if you’re ever stuck in a hotel room with no cooking facilities and limited cash for eating out, you can get by with an iron!
I’m not kidding. It’s simple! More
24 Jun 2014
in Appetizers, Breads, food, Snacks, stories
Tags: barbecue, cheese, children, easy recipes, foil, meat
Little Tommy Tucker sings for his supper, What shall we give him? Brown bread and butter. How shall he cut it without a knife? How shall he marry without a wife?
Isla was entertaining us for the 17th time one morning with her latest ditty, as I took my sharp, serrated blade from the rack and a round, seedy loaf of whole-grain bread from the cupboard. She stopped and raised her shoulders, palms out. “Hey, Vinny, why doesn’t Tommy have a knife?”
“I suspect the poor kid was on the streets,” I answered. “The poem was written… like 200 years ago. If you didn’t have a family to look after you then and you More
21 Jun 2014
in Appetizers, food, health, Salads
Tags: chocolate, coconut oil, humor, kale, pear, pomegranate
Kale with pears, pomegranate and boiled dressing = easy and delicious!
I’ve been busy with family in the midst of a big move and exotic holidays. So Vinny has been on sabbatical!
But I saw this cute cartoon on Kathy Man’s blog the other day and Jeremy made me laugh. Maybe you’ll like it too :).
Jeremy might even prompt you to have a look at Vinny’s earlier posts on kale. More
20 May 2014
in Appetizers, food, recipes
Tags: avocados, bagette, chorizo, easy recipes, goat cheese, nutrition
Green is clean
Avocado crostini with goats cheese and chouriço, garnished with pistachios and red endive
The little bites at the start of a meal are often what we remember best. Here’s an easy appetizer that should hit a home-run for the crowd.
Choose an artisanal baguette baked fresh that day. If you must buy it ahead, wrap it well and freeze it for up to a week. A crusty-type loaf works better with this recipe than a chewy loaf. The chewy ones don’t toast as crisply and it’s harder to break off dainty bites. I learned this the hard way.
If you can find a loaf made from whole grain bread, take bonus points for good nutrition! Some more tips… More
18 Mar 2014
in Appetizers, food, health, recipes, Salads, Side dishes
Tags: apples, brain, fish, nutrition, omega-3, sardines, walnuts
No added salt – just wild Canadian sardines and water.
More on the omega-3s…
Omega-3 fats are vital to the workings of our brain, the most important organ of our body. They keep our memories sharp and our minds on target. Sadly, the average North American diet is not a welcoming place for these guys. More
11 Feb 2014
in Appetizers, food, health, science, Snacks
Tags: antioxidants, brain, men's health, minerals, nutrition, nuts, omega-3, vitamin E, walnuts
Can you spot the walnut hiding among all these other tasty tree nuts?
Develop the jaw,
But walnuts, stewed,
Are more quietly chewed.
—with a gentle nod to Ogden Nash
I’m nuts for walnuts…
I lied, when I promised I’d stop waxing poetic about nuts. I forgot about the walnut, one of nature’s treasures! Carrying on with my nutty soliloquy, I present verse 4.
Crunchy or pureed, if we’re smart, walnuts will be found hiding on our plates in everything from soup to salads! I’m so impressed with walnuts’ healthy benefits, I hardly know where to begin… perhaps with the letter A. More
25 Jun 2013
in Appetizers, Desserts, food, health, recipes, Side dishes, Snacks
Tags: antioxidants, bromelain, fruit, immunity, minerals, nutrition, pineapples, spices, vitamins
Pineapple wears a crown for a reason. It is royally healthy. In fact, it may be the healthiest fruit we can eat. More
23 Apr 2013
in Appetizers, Breakfast foods, health, recipes, Salads, stories
Tags: avocados, cottage cheese, fats, nutrition, omega 3 fatty acids, pears, phytonutrients, walnuts
The Avocado and the Pear
Short and squat, Miss Comice Pear rolled into his office. “I want you to defend me,” she exclaimed, blushing a rosy red.
A desk plaque proclaimed the man she was addressing to be the Honorable V. H. Avocado, LL.M. “What is the charge?” the lawyer asked.
“They say I’m harboring a load of sugar. They accuse me of doing great harm. But it’s not true!” Comice was distraught.
“Calm down,” replied Mr. Avocado. He adjusted his dark green jacket over his rather-rounded middle. “Perhaps if you began from the beginning?” More
19 Feb 2013
in Appetizers, Dips, food, health, recipes, Salads, Snacks
Tags: antioxidants, beets, carbohydrates, chick peas, cumin, family, fiber, hummus recipes, minerals
Awhile back, we roasted up some tasty garbanzo beans to zap our good health with fiber and minerals. That bland little bean, which is part of the legume family… comes into its own, though, in the near Eastern dish known as hummus.
Let me introduce you to the Cinderella of the hummus crowd, a beet and garbanzo duo that knocks your slippers off! More
03 Oct 2012
in Appetizers, food, health, recipes, science, Snacks, stories
Tags: chocolate, coconut oil, family, fats, fiber, immunity, kale, nutrition, stroke, vegetables
Click on the coconut to hear Grampa’s song
My Great-Great-Ever-So-Great Grampa used to sing about coconuts at the top of his lungs. But he wasn’t much into eating them. Although he loved fine dining, his choices rarely included stuff that was good for him. Broccoli? Yuck! Brown bread? No way! Bring on the butter and the whipped cream! More
01 Aug 2012
in Appetizers, food, health, recipes
Tags: children, escargots, fats, French, garlic, goat cheese, gourmet, herbs, meat, milk, minerals, nutrition, protein, snails, traditions, vitamins
Bon Appétit !
Escargot, if you don’t already know this, boys and girls, is French for snail. Many of the best restaurants offer escargots on their menus. They’re delicious!
I know one little girl who ordered escargots whenever she had a chance, which was most often when we were traveling in Quebec or France. She liked her snails with lots of garlic butter, washed down with chocolate milk. Servers shook their heads in wonder when she placed her order. More
18 Mar 2011
in Appetizers, food, recipes, Snacks
Tags: children, eggs, hard boiled eggs, nutrition, presentation, protein
If pies give you trouble, either in the making or the eating, try this tasty high-protein snack instead. It’s as easy as boiling an egg!
The secret is in the baggy. More