Swiss Chard Tzatziki (Yogurt Dip)

The South Arm Community Kitchen served the Zucchini Feta Fritters with Swiss Chard Tzatziki.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup finely chopped Swiss Chard leaves (ribs removed)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • a dash of cayenne and cumin

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

Serves 4

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Zucchini Feta Fritters

This is another recipe which utilizes the zucchini donated by the Richmond Sharing Farm.

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The Zucchini Feta Fritters are fried to crispy on the outside. It’s a good way to sneak vegetables to fussy kids.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 cup chopped dill and parsley
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, finely diced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup flour (or more)
  • salt, pepper and cumin to taste

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Source: this recipe adapted from Cooktoria

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Sweet and Savory Swiss Chard

With the Swiss Chard donated by the Richmond Sharing Farm, the South Arm Community Kitchen made a Sweet and Savory Stir Fried Swiss Chard.

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups stemmed, chopped, rinsed Swiss Chard
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • salt and pepper to taste

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P/S: You can substitute the Swiss Chard with Kale

Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Garlic-Parmesan Hasselback Zucchini

The South Arm Community Kitchen made some Garlic-Parmesan Hasselback Zucchini with the zucchini donated by the Richmond Sharing Farm.

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried ones
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 small zucchini
  • 1/3 cup shaved Parmesan cheese, large pieces broken in half

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Source: this recipe is adapted from Eating Well

Makes 4 servings

Serving size: 1 zucchini

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Turnip Salad with Pistachio and Apricot

For the summer months, the South Arm Community Kitchen only have one kitchen in July and another in August. The kitchen has to be conducted in the Gilmore Park Church due the the kitchen in the South Arm Community Center is being used for summer programs.

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Minoo shared a few vegetarian recipes in the month of July. She received a lot of vegetables donated by the Richmond Sharing Farm for the use in community kitchens. For this particular kitchen, the donated vegetables included Swiss Chard, Zucchini and Turnips.

The Richmond Sharing Farm grows food to feed Richmond families in need. The harvest goes to community meals and Richmond Food Bank for distribution. This non-profit organization is operated by volunteers. You can find out more about the Richmond Sharing Farm in their website: http://www.sharingfarm.ca.

We started off with a salad made with some of the turnips donated from the Sharing Farm.

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 bunches small salad turnips and/or radishes, peel and dice
  • 1 carrot, peel and cut into matchsticks
  • 1 sweet-tart apple (like Gala, Fuji or Honey Crisp), unpeeled and cut into thin wedges
  • 4 cups of mixed salad greens of your choice, optional
  • 1/4 cup diced dried apricot
  • 1/4 cup craisins
  • 1/4 cup shelled slivered pistachio (can be substituted with toasted pecans or walnuts)

Dressing

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic reduction
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

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P/S: Minoo bought the pistachio from Persia on Main St., Vancouver

Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Fried Tofu and Egg Stew

Ben loves dishes with sauce.This Fried Tofu and Egg Stew is just one of such dish.

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Plenty of sauce to go with steamed rice.

Ingredients

  • 8 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 package of fried tofu
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon dark say sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sweet soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups water

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P/S: the dark soy sauce was missing from the above photo

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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

I made this smoothie whenever I have banana on hand.

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This Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie is great for summer and it helps to replenish your energy. I usually have after my morning walk.

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional), omit if the banana is ripe enough
  • 1/4 cup of coconut milk for a richer taste (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • ice cubes (optional), I usually do not add ice as I do not mine smoothies too cold

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Instructions

  • Place everything in a blender

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  • Blend on high speed until smooth.

Sing Yee Chinese Restaurant opens for dinner only

My family came out for dinner on a Saturday evening. We wanted to go to Happy Tree House BBQ on Alexandra Road. But there was no parking available despite we went around the block twice.

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So, Ben drove to Continental Plaza which he thought parking will be slightly better. Yes, indeed. We had no trouble finding one. We walked over the Firebird Cafe but it was closed without any notice on the door. Strange.

Then, Ben suggested to go to Sing Yee Chinese Restaurant which is opened for dinner only for sometime already. Sing Yee was full house. We had to wait for at least 20 minutes for a table.

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We ordered a dinner combo for 3 where we get to choose three dishes for $46.80. The above was the complimentary soup of the day. It was pork soup with carrot, corn and almond. The soup was flavourful.

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Our choice of dishes included the above Steamed Pork with Salted Egg. We enjoyed comfort home style food. Continue reading

Young Coconut Agar-agar

I made this dessert for Ben’s office potluck. It’s kind of last minute request. He only told about the potluck  on Monday evening and the potluck is on Wednesday. I only do my groceries shopping on Sunday and am not prepared for it at all.

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So, I had to whip up something from what I can find in my pantry.

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I  still have the shredded young coconut which I mistakenly bought in the freezer. I also have some can coconut juice and 1/2 pack of the agar-agar (missing from the above photo).

Ingredients

  • 1 package of 454g shredded young coconut
  • 18grams agar-agar
  • 1 can 520ml coconut juice (plus enough water to make up 800ml)
  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar (depend on the sweetness you desired)

Instructions

  • Soak agar-agar for 30 minutes and strain.
  • Combine agar-agar, coconut juice and water in a pot and bring to a boil.
  • Stir until the agar-agar and sugar is dissolved.
  • Add the shredded young coconut, give them a few snips if the strands are long.
  • Bring back to a boil.
  • Ladle into mould or container.
  • Let cool. Refrigerate until set.

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R&H Chinese Food in Lansdowne Foodcourt, Richmond

Nanzaro and I went to Lansdowne Foodcourt for lunch after running some errands.

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I went to the R&H Chinese Food stall while Nanzaro opted for the Bubble Waffle Cafe.

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When I was there, a lady was making Siao Loong Bao at the counter.

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I ordered the Pan Fried Bun. It came in four for $6.99 before tax. Continue reading