Garlic and Herb Pita Chips

Michelle served the hearty lentils and black bean soup with some Garlic and Herb Pita Chips.

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These tasty pita chips can be made in a matter of minutes. They are good for snacks or serve with soups, salads or serve with hummus or other dips.

Ingredients

  • 4 to 6 inch whole-wheat pitas
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (we substituted with oregano and thyme)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

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Source: Eating Well (January/February 2009)

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Hearty Lentil & Black Bean Soup with Smoked Paprika

The South Arm Women Community Kitchen prepared a hearty meal for another cooking session.

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Michelle shared a hearty Lentil and Black Bean Soup with Smoked Paprika from the cookincanuck.com.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 2 large stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 x 14oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup dried brown lentils
  • 4 3/4 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth, divided
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 x 14oz black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Serves 4

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Tibisti All You Can Eat

Ben saw a new banner at Tibisti on his way home from work. Tibisti now serves buffet.

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We went to check it out on a weekend evening. Frankly, we were kind of disappointed when we saw the spread for the dinner buffet.

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I started off with the above plate of appetizers and salad. The appetizers include Dolmah which is grape leave stuffed with marinated rice and hummus with pita bread. There were two types of salad. The first salad is Fatoosh which is a Mediterranean style salad made with fresh lettuce, cucumber, onions, tomatoes with a touch of extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice and garnish with oregano. The second salad is Greek Salad.

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For main, there are baked potatoes, rice, chicken, chickpeas curry and sausages. That’s all in the buffet.

Ben did enjoy the rice, chicken and sausage.

When Ben went to pay for the dinner, the owner only charged us for the lunch buffet price. That’s a more reasonable price for the spread of food. The owner/chef told us that we should order from the menu. The buffet is for people to grab a quick bite.

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Mango Yummy on No. 3 Road, Richmond

We had dinner at Szechuan Delicious Restaurant on a Saturday. Oh boy, this restaurant was busy as always.

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After dinner, we decided to have dessert at the fairly new Mango Yummy. We were there when it was not busy yet and we got the comfortable sofa seats. By the time we were about to leave, this place was full house. The moment we vacate our seats, a few girls quickly grabbed the sofas.

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This is a self service place. You place your order and pay at the counter and they only accept cash. When your order is ready, the server will call out your order and you pick up your order from the counter.

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I ordered their Signature Mango Shaved Ice to share with Ben. There were plenty of mango and the ice-cream adds some creaminess to it. This is $7. Continue reading

Dine Out Vancouver 2015: Harold’s Bistro & Bar on Westminster Hwy, Richmond

Polly, CC, JK and I met up for a Dine Out Vancouver event. I picked Harold’s Bistro & Bar for the convenience of all as we all live in Richmond. Free parking is available for diners at Harold’s Bistro & Bar at the outdoor and indoor parking. You have to inform the hostess of your license plate number.

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The Dine Out Dinner Menu is $28. Complementary bread with butter. I like the one with cranberry.

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There were 3 options for the appetizers, entrees and desserts. Since there were 4 of us, we ordered one of each and picked a double for items we like most for sharing.

We had two servings of the Mussels with White Wine/Shallots/Garlic/Cream and Garlic Bread. Unfortunately, the mussels were very small and skinny.

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The second appetizer is Tomato Tart. It is puff pastry topped with mascarpone cheese, oven dried tomato, balsamic glaze and served with arugula and frisee. The only problem is it is really small to share among the 4 of us.

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The third appetizer is Duck Spring Roll made with handmade Peking duck and served with spicy sauce and Asian slaw.

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For the entree, the star was the 6-oz Moroccan rub/grilled Lamb Sirloin served with eggplant/Israeli couscous pilaf and whiskey jus Lie. The lamb was tender and it’s a good serving. We were glad that we ordered two servings of this. Continue reading

After 6 Cafe at Richmond Public Market

There is a new Hong Kong style cafe opens at the ground floor of the Richmond Public Market.

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Polly, Lorna and I decided to check it out one early morning since Polly has to go to work later.

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We ordered two combos to share. You can click on the above menus to have a larger view.

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Spicy Master in Richmond Public Market

Richmond Public Market is decorated with red decor to usher the Chinese New Year, just like every Chinese mall in Richmond.

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We went to the Richmond Public Market for dinner on a weekend. It was not busy at that time, around 7PM as most of the stores in the lower floor had closed or in the process of closing for the day.

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Nanzaro decided to try a new store in the Richmond Public Market. Spicy Master serves mala xianggoa just like Want Want Hot & Spicy House in Yaohan.

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You select the ingredients that you like and is charged by the weight.

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Perhaps, it’s new, the server told us that we can select a free appetizer from the menu above. The free ones are all those on the second row and the right most on the third row. Continue reading

Chinese Almond Cookies Recipe

Happy Chinese New Year eve to all Chinese readers.

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Michelle shared a Chinese Almond Cookies recipe in the South Arm Women Community Kitchen for a little Chinese New Year spirit.

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This Chinese Almond Cookie is light and is certainly great with tea or coffee.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups almond flour, lightly packed
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • thinly sliced almonds

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Source: from Simplyrecipes.com

Yield 5 dozen

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Orange Olive Oil Loaf

With Chinese New Year in the corner, Michelle shared with us why tangerines and oranges are one of the auspicious symbols of Chinese New Year.

From: http://traditions.cultural-china.com/en/214T11982T14619.html

Tangerines in Chinese sounds similar to the word “luck” and orange sounds like the Chinese word for “wealth”. Through the play of words, the Chinese is associating the gift of orange and tangerine as having an abundance of happiness and prosperity.

The bright orange colour of the fruits also symbolizes “gold”, hence it has an auspicious meaning to bring in good luck and wealth.

This is a very important factor for the Chinese New Year celebration.

Hence, you will find tangerines and oranges, being displayed in houses, offices and shops as they believe it will usher in good fortune for the occupants.

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Michelle served the Orange Olive Oil Cake with a Honey-Orange Compote; recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen.com.

Ingredients

  • 3 oranges (blood  orange preferred)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or yogurt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

whipping cream or Greek yogurt (optional)

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Source: this recipe is adapted from Simtten Kitchen

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