Category Archives: Brunch

Mushroom Quesadilla

Mushroom Quesadilla
We like Mexican food!

Notes:

A quesadilla is a large flour tortilla filled with cheese and other items

• Novice cook: 30 minutes
• Experienced cook: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

• 6 oz of sliced white or crimini mushrooms
• 3 cloves of minced garlic
• 1 small onion, diced
• 1 chopped green pepper
• 1 small, store-bought Jar of Salsa Verde. This is a green salsa. It’s made with tomatillos    and other love
• 1 10 oz bag of Mexican cheese
• 1 packet of 12 inch flour tortillas
• 1 tablespoon of dried thyme
• 1 tablespoon of dried basil
• 1 table spoon of dried parsley
• 1/4 cup of white wine
• 2 tablespoons of butter
• 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
• Fresh ground pepper and salt, to taste (as needed)
• 1 can of non-stick vegetable spray

Instructions: 

1.  Slice your mushrooms and set aside.

2.  Mince your garlic, onions and peppers and set aside.

3.  Over a medium-high heat add 1 tablespoon of the extra virgin olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter to the skillet. When the butter is melted, add the mushrooms and garlic and saute for 6 minutes. Add the wine and saute until its gone. Set aside.

4.  Over a medium-high heat add 1 tablespoon of the extra virgin olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter to the skillet. When the butter is melted add the onions and peppers and saute for untile the onions are lucid about 6-8 minutes.

5.  Clean Skillet. Place back on stove top and spray to coat generously the top of the pan. Turn heat to medium. 6) take out a tortialla and spoon a 1/2 cup of cheese on one half of it. Take 1/2 cup of the mushrooms and place over the cheese. Take 1/4 cup of the onions and peppers and place over the cheese. Sprinkle some cheese, a few tablespoons worth over the peppers and onions. Take two tablespoons of salase verde and place on top of that. Fold the vacant tortilla over the other to form a half moon. Place in skillet and immediately place your makeshift press which is in the form of a smaller skillet of pot with some water in it. You don’t want to press down too hard though. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until that side starts to just get a bit golden brown. 7) Flip and return press and cook for a few more minutes. Cut and serve. Serve with sour cream, quacamole and salsa verde.

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Grilled Salmon with Orange and Pepper Sauce over Micro Greens

Grilled Salmon With Micro Greens

 
Very healthy dish!

Notes: 
Novice cook: 60 minutes • Experienced cook: 35-40 minutes

Ingredients: 

• 1/2 pound of fresh salmon, skinned
• Juice of 1 lemon
• 1 red bell pepper
• 1 tooth of garlic, peeled
• 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger, peeled
• Juice of two freshly squeezed oranges (blood oranges are best)
• 1-2 tablespoons of honey
• Salt and pepper
• 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil (higher quality works best)
• Micro greens (available at your grocery store) or spinach

Instructions: 

1. Roast the pepper. Put the pepper directly onto your gas burner on your stove top. Keep turning until the entire fruit (yes, it’s officially a fruit) is black. If you have an electric stove, roast in the oven at 350˚ for 25-35 minutes, until it’s black. When done, wrap in plastic foil and wait until it has cooled down to peel off the skin. When taking off the skin, you will also easily be able to take the seeds out.

2. To make the sauce, put the olive oil, orange juice, ginger, garlic and roasted pepper in the blender and puree. (High speed for the hand blender.) Add the honey to taste and season with salt and pepper.

3. Lightly coat your fish with lemon, some olive oil and salt and pepper. Cook on a heated grill pan or grill approx. 3-5 minutes each side. When the fish is half cooked, turn it over. Make sure you don’t cook it too long or you’ll dry it out. The internal temperature of the cooked fish should be 125˚F or 50˚C. Do not overcook. You want this fish wet.

4. Mix the greens with some balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.

5. Heat up the sauce on the stove top in a small sauce pot on low, or microwave for a minute or so.

When you’re done, plate the fish on the micro greens and drizzle the sauce on top of and around the fish.

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Norwegian Eggs (Salmon)

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Easy and Delicious Mother’s Day Brunch!

Notes: This was for Mother’s day.  I didn’t have any but, I heard it was delicious. The smoked salmon came from a local gourmet food store in North York. It’s the best I have ever had.

Ingredients :

  • 2 Organic Eggs
  • 4 slices of smoked salmon
  • 2 toasted crumpets
  • 1 TBS of chive cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of shredded strong cheddar cheese
  • Bacon
  • Garlic
  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Asparagus

Instructions:

1. Cook bacon.

2.  Steam asparagus.

3.  Make the cheese sauce – roux and then add milk, garlic and cheese.

4.  Toast crumpets and spread on chive cream cheese.

5.  Poach eggs – crack eggs into 2 separate bowls. Bring 1 quart of water to 200 degrees , add vinegar swirl and gently add 1 egg at a time and cook for 3 minutes

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