The South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club made a Classic Greek Salad to complement the Spinach Pie with Greek flavorings.
This classic summer salad with olive oil and redwine vinaigratte captures the sunny flavours and colors of the Mediterranean.
- 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved or 2 large tomatoes, diced
- 1/2 red onion, sliced
- 1 medium cucumber, diced
- 1 green pepper, diced
- handful of Italian parsley, chopped
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
- 2 handfuls kalamata olives, pitted (we omitted this)
- 8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled or cubed
Source: In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita
Michelle shared a Butter Lettuce Salad with Gruyere and Walnuts recipe at the South Arm Older Adults Cooking club.
A diet rich in walnuts and walnut oil may help the body deal better with stress. Research published last year in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that walnuts and walnut oil lowered both resting blood pressure and blood pressure responses to stress in the laboratory. The researchers said the study shows that a dietary change could help our bodies better respond to stress.
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 1 head butter lettuce
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 2 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 oz gruyere cheese, diced
- 1 tablespoon chopped chives
- salt and pepper to taste
Source: this recipe is adapted from The Art of Simple Food II, by Alice Waters
The side dish which Michelle picked for the Japanese theme meal is Eggplant with Miso Topping (Nasu Dengaku). It was a last minute addition as Michelle found Asian eggplant on sales while she was groceries shopping for the community kitchen.
Eggplant with Miso Topping is Michelle’s favourite dish to order at Japanese restaurants.
- 3 to 4 Chinese or Japanese eggplants
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon canola or any neutral oil
- sesame seeds to garnish
- 5 tablespoons white miso paste
- 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon mirin
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 cup water
Source: Let’s Cook Japanese Food by A. Kaneko
Michelle shared a Raita recipe from My Father’s Daughter by Gwyneth Palthrow as a side dish in the Indian inspired meal at the South Arm Older Adults Kitchen.
Raita can be eaten like a salad if you use less yogurt, as a dip or as a way to tame the spice in curries.
- 1 large English cucumber, peeled, seeds removed, finely diced or grated
- 4 tablespoons peeled and finely chopped red onion, optional
- 1 tablespoon finely sliced fresh mint or cilantro
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- a few grinds of black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- pinch of cumin, optional
Yogurt has calcium and protein and is great for your digestive system.
- Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl and stir.
Michelle prepared an Indian inspired meal for the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club upon the request of Jeff who comes from UK.
For appetizer, Michelle shared a baked garden greens pakoras for a healthier version. Serve the garden greens pakora with chutney (next post), yogurt or sour cream.
- 1 cup chickpea or besan flour
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
- 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- pinch of cayenne pepper (1/16 to 1/8 teaspoon)
- 2/3 cup cold water
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, melted butter or coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice + 2 tablespoons water, optional
- mild-flavoured cooking oil for greasing baking pan or frying
- 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
- 1 russet potato, peeled and grated (or finely chopped)
- 1 cup mixed, finely chopped greens (kale, chard, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.)
Minoo also prepared a salad to go with the Roasted Red Pepper Soup and Tamale Pie.
This Lemon Garlic Sesame Salad is simple to prepare and the dressing will be good in the refrigerator for a week.
- 1 head leafy lettuce (we used Romaine)
- 1 can mandarin sections
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- juice of one whole lemon
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Source: South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen
Minoo also shared with us some tips on food safe. The tips are very useful, whether applying in our home or cooking for others.
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First, an update of the baked goods sales fund raising at the South Arm Christmas Craft Fair on 16Nov 2013. A total of CAD913 was raised for the Richmond Food Bank. A great thank you for all the volunteers that help to make it happened.
Michelle shared a recipe from her blog in the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club.
The Winter Confetti Salad is much easier to make if you have a food processor to shred the cabbage. Otherwise, grate the carrots and slice the cabbage really thin.
This recipe makes a big batch. Keep the dressing separate until you are ready to serve. The Winter Confetti Salad will keep for a few days in the refrigerator.
- 1/2 head of green cabbage
- 1/2 head of red cabbage
- 2 carrots
- 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 2 tablespoons agave syrup or honey, or more to taste
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- ground black pepper to taste
- pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries or raisins
For salad, Michelle shared an Arugula and Egg Salad in the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club.
According to Doctoroz.com, the bitter the greens, the better it is for health. Here is an excerpt from Doctoroz.com.
Eating your greens is always detox-friendly. But even better are bitter greens, which must taste bitter in order to get the benefits. And that’s because when you taste bitter foods, like arugula, watercress and dandelion greens, they stimulate the liver to more effectively cleanse and detox the body.
Here’s why; Your taste bids signal what’s coming, and when you eat bitter greens, your gastrointestinal system gets the message to release hormones and digestive enzymes that increase bile flow, metabolize fats, and keep elimination moving smoothly. This helps your body carry the toxins out faster.
Bonus; Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine also say that eating more bitter greens can help ease sugar cravings. That’s a detox win-win.