Tortellini Salad with Pesto and Broccoli

Michelle shared a pasta salad recipe in line with the summer theme in the South Arm Community Center Older Adults Community Kitchen.

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This pasta salad can be served warm for dinner and cold for lunch the next day or two.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 pound broccoli florets, cut into short length
  • 250g (about 1/2 pound) fresh tortellini
  • 3 tablespoons pesto (homemade or store-bought)
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (we used red wine vinegar)
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved

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Source: bbcgoodfood.com

Serves 2
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Beef Stew with Noodles

The South Arm Women Community Kitchen is back in action after Christmas break.

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For the first kitchen, Michelle prepared 3 simple recipes for some old and some new participants. The main course is a Beef Stew with Noodles. This is a hearty one pot complete meal.

Tips

  • Use affordable chuck roast for stews because it becomes tender and flavourful as it simmers. Cutting the meat into smaller pieces shortens the cooking time.
  • Cutting vegetables into evenly sized cubes helps to ensure that they’ll finish cooking at the same time.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds boneless beef chuck, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • salt and ground pepper
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cans (14.5 ounces each) chicken broth (preferably reduced-sodium)
  • 1/2 pound carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch dice
  • 2 cups egg noodles (or more)
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon red-wine vinegar

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Source: This recipe is adapted from MarthaStewart.com

Serves about 6, depending on serving size

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Fassolada (Greek Bean Soup)

For today’s South Arm Older Adults Community Kitchen, we made cookies for the annual South Arm Fund Raiser for the Richmond Food Bank. Of course, we also whipped up a simple meal of soup and salad for the participants.

Michelle shared a quick and easy Greek Soup recipe called Fassolada.

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This soup can be versatile in a way that you can add more broth for an extra helping. Some crusty bread and a side salad will made it a complete meal.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 cups of diced tomatoes, can or preesrved
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth (we used an organic bouillon cub dissoved in water)
  • 2 to 3 cups pre-cooked or can white beans (if using can beans, rinse and drain)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon dillweed, or 2 tablespoons fresh dillweed
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chooped parsley for garnishing

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Source: South Arm Older Adults Community Kitchen

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Important Update – 07-Sep-2014

Hi All:

This is to let you know that this is the new permanent chowtimes website. We have decided to go simple and going forward, we will update new posts here on http://chowtimes.wordpress.com. Please update your bookmarks.

We will be spending the next few months migrating the contents over from http://chowtimes.com and once it is completed, we might decide to shut down that domain.

Thank you,
Ben and Suanne

Random Eats in Beijing – Malaxiangguo, Paris Baguette, Food Republic & Kung Fu

I visited Beijing in the fall of 2012 again. This trip was merely to spend time there with Ben; not so much for site seeing. Anyway, it was very cold even it’s just November. Most of the days were below zero.

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My first meal was my favourite Malaxiangguo. This dry spicy dish consists of pork belly, fish tofu, enoki mushroom, cabbage, lotus root, etc. The choice of ingredients is up to the customer. This dish was RMB168 (CAD28) and it’s good for two.

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Ben bought some Beijing snacks for me to snack on.

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We bought a steamed cheesecake from Paris Baguette for breakfast. It was RMB12 (CAD2). It’s like Japanese style cheesecake. Continue reading

Man In Motion Rick Hansen’s Relay at McDonald’s Restaurant on Steveston Hwy, Richmond

This is the 25th years anniversary celebration of Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion relay to continue to fund the research for a cure for the spinal cord injury.

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McDonald’s is a sponsor of the Man In Motion Rick Hansen’s Relay and hence the McDonald’s Restaurant on Steveston Hwy was a pit stop for the relay. Nanzaro wanted to be part of this epic journey of 7,000 runner, 12,000 kilometer event through more than 700 communities.

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Emily and Audrey from Lord Byng Elementary school are the chosen candidates for this relay as both the sisters had raised more than $30K for the Rick Hansen Foundation. Emily is a brave girl who chose to make a difference despite her adversary.

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The above is arrival of the Ramesh Ferris who will be passing the relay medal to Emily.

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Home Remedy for Cough

Spring is a love and hate season for me. I love the warmer and longer day. I love to see buds coming out from the ground and flowers start to bloom. However, this is also the season of allergy. I’m allergic to pollen and my nose will stuffed up and runny at times and my throat will be agitated by clear mucus. When these symptoms hit me, I will have sleepless night due to the cough caused by agitated throat.

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I remembered Lorna told me of a remedy for cough with orange. I looked up the remedy from the internet and gave it a try. After a few times, it does help to ease my cough. There is no harm trying this because it’s just orange and salt. Orange is rich in Vitamin C and salt has antiseptic value.

Ingredients

  • 1 orange
  • pinches of salt

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Chowtimes.com Turns Six

We cant believe that chowtimes.com is 6 years old already. It’s been a wonderful 6 years of sharing our food and travel experiences with our readers and friends. We just want to thank our readers for their continuing support and encouragement.

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We hope there will be more sharing in the coming year with more good eats, recipes and travel experiences.