I am the type of person that chooses my morning coffee cup to suit my mood and the season. So it will be no surprise that I have very personal preferences when it comes to which wine glass I want to use at any given time.
I was delighted a couple of years ago to discover Titanium crystal. Continue reading “Wine Glasses You Want to Know About”
Pumpkin seeds are so good for you. This is a really tasty way to have a healthy and addictive snack!
I first had these served with Champagne. Continue reading “Spicy Pumpkin Seeds”
This Frozen Walnut Torte dessert is like a grown up version of a DQ ice cream cake. Hands on time is minimal although the meringues have to bake for an hour. It has to freeze overnight so it is the perfect make ahead dessert! Continue reading “Frozen Walnut Torte”
This pizza combination is a cinch to make since you can use the ingredients with no advance cooking. It is especially good when tomatoes are in season but the ingredients are easy to find at any time of the year.
The timing assumes you have the dough already prepared either freshly prepared or thawed from your freezer. Get the recipe for Overnight No Knead Pizza Dough here. Continue reading “Basil Pesto Tomato Pizza”
This Vegetable Strudel recipe is a great way to get your veggie quota in! You can vary the ingredients, the amounts to feature your favourite vegetables. Got a lot of zucchini from your garden? This is a great way to use it up. Especially at this time of the year when vegetables are so fresh and good. Continue reading “Vegetable Strudel”
I was experimenting with a dinner I could cook on the grill during a summer heat wave. I made a few versions of meatballs that I could skewer for grilling. I served them with Eggplant Napoleons, also cooked on the grill and a Vegetable Streudel baked in the over. They were a hit all around! Continue reading “Supper on a Stick Meatballs”
We are having a heat wave in Ontario this week so I was planning for a meal that I could cook on the grill. I was working on a ‘supper on a stick’ theme! I experimented with various types of meatballs that I could skewer and then I hit on these little vegetable stacks. They turned out pretty awesome if I do say so myself!
I used Kirkland Basil Pesto sauce ready made. There are lots of awesome pesto recipes out there but I don’t always have enough basil to make my own. And.. have you seen the price of pine nuts lately? They are crazy expensive.. so I looked it up. Apparently pine nuts typically come from China or Russia. The crops have not been up to par for the past 2 years while demand was going up as people became aware of them as an ingredient for pestos, sauces, salads etc. Add to that the process of extracting the nuts from the pine cones is very labour intensive… and here we are today…expensive pine nuts.
You may find that the large end of the eggplant is too big to use for this recipe,depending on the size and the shape of the eggplant you use. I only used the ‘neck’ portion to make 8 vegetable stacks. I used up the fat end in another delicious Vegetable Strudel recipe. Elegant and good for you too!
I also experimented with using mini Bocconcini cheese in the spirit of a Caprese salad on a stick but it melted as it cooked and was too bland. The goat cheese was far better since the eggplant really only takes on whatever flavour you add to it. You could use other dense, flavourful cheeses as well. Just be sure they don’t melt too quickly and slide off the base.
- 8 slices eggplant round slices, approx 1/2" thick
- 1 Tbsp garlic oil
- 2 Tbsps basil pesto
- 1 medium yellow or sweet onion
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 8 slices roma tomatoes 1/4 inch thick (about 2 tomatoes)
- 8 slices goat cheese 1/4" thick (approx 4 oz)
- 8 basil leaves
- coarse sea salt and fresh black pepper for finishing
- 8 sturdy toothpicks or short skewers
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Slice onion 1/8-1/4 inch thick and add to pan. Add brown sugar and thyme. Stir well and reduce heat to med-low. Stir frequently to prevent burning, Saute approx 20 minutes til onions are golden colour.
Wash and slice eggplant into crosswise rounds.
Brush garlic oil on both sides of the eggplant slices.
Spread pesto on the top side of the eggplant slice.
Top each slice with a tablespoon or so of caramelized onion.
Add a tomato slice on top of the onion, then the goat cheese slice and top with the basil leaf.
Hold the stack together with a sturdy toothpick or bamboo skewer.
To BBQ, spray cooking oil on a BBQ tray. Position stacks on the tray and BBQ on medium heat 15-20 minutes.
Or bake in 350 degree oven 15-20 minutes. You could broil at then end for a minute or 2 until the goat cheese starts to brown.
Finish with a pinch of sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper.
This Garlic Goat Cheese Souffle makes a lovely light lunch or dinner. It is perfect with a side salad or some green vegetables. The goat cheese and broiled cheese topping complement the sides as well. Continue reading “Garlic Goat Cheese Souffle”
This Spicy Thai Noodle Salad is a substantial summer salad that is wonderful for summer entertaining. Continue reading “Spicy Thai Noodle Salad”