Old Fashioned Coffee Cake

The South Arm Community Kitchen made an Old Fashioned Coffee Cake for dessert for the last kitchen of 2017.

This is a basic coffee cake where the sweetness comes from maple syrup.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour (unbleached white or you can use 1/2 whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 1/2 pound butter
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Topping

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 maple syrup

Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Potato Crusted Quiche

For the last kitchen at the South Arm Community Kitchen for 2017, we made another three dishes.

Our main dish is a Potato Crusted Quiche. This recipe is inspired by Foodnetwork.com.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound russet potato, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup bacon bits
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

We served the Potato Crusted Quiche with Cream of Celery Soup.

You can find the soup recipe here. This Cream of Celery Soup is great as people who are not a fan of celery also enjoy it.

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Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

For dessert, Minoo shared an Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies recipe in the South Arm Community Kitchen.

These healthy Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies are great for snack. You can pack them in your kid’s lunch bag or enjoy them with coffee or tea.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup large flake oats
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped if they are big pieces
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips

Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

Minoo also shared some tips on packing healthy school lunches at the kitchen.

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Tuna Loaf with Potatoes

The South Arm Community Kitchen met again for another cooking adventure.

For this kitchen, we made a Tuna Loaf with Potatoes.

We served the Tuna Loaf with Potatoes with a Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad. You can click here for the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mash potatoes
  • a teaspoon Paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup drained tuna
  • a small bunch of Parsley, chopped
  • a handful of sliced black olives
  • breadcrumbs for coating

Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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SMAK Fast Food on West Pender Street, Vancouver

Sometimes, Nanzaro will go for his run along the seawall in Vancouver. After his run, he will go for a healthy brunch.

One of Nanzaro’s healthy brunch destination is SMAK Fast Food.

SMAK serves gluten free food. Their menu include organic scrambled eggs, gluten free toast, salad (as seen in fridge in the photo above), wraps, etc.

On the first occasion, Nanzaro had a Sausage Breakfast Sandwich @ $6.45 with addition of  Spicy Avo Mash for an extra $1.35. Continue reading

Apple Pumpkin Bread

The South Arm Community Kitchen made a quick bread with fall theme ingredients.

This Apple Pumpkin Bread is moist with a little crunch from the walnuts.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, extra virgin or any other vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 baking sweet apple (should yield 1 cup grated apple)
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Source: this recipe is adapted from Giulia Melucci

Makes 1 loaf, 6 to 8 servings

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One Skillet Ground Beef Straganoff

I am back at the South Arm Community Kitchen after missing one of the kitchen due to personal commitment.

In this kitchen, Minoo shared another three recipes. The main course is a One Skillet Ground Beef Stroganoff.

We served the beef strognaoff with a side dish of Crunchy Bok Choy Slaw. I had blogged about it here.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry (we used red wine)
  • 4 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups dry egg noodles
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce, optional

Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

Serves 6

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Banzai Sushi House on Westminster Hwy, Richmond

I have not blogged about Banzai Sushi House for a number of years even though we had been eaten here or take out party tray.

We came here on a Saturday around 11AM. We were practically the first eat in customers. There were already some take out orders which is popular here.

Nanzaro ordered the Salmon Don. The salmon sashimi was a generous portion. This is $10.95.

Arkensen ordered a Golden Roll and a Vancouver Roll. The Golden Roll is made with chopped scallop and topped with smoked salmon. The Vancouver Roll is basically California roll topped with smoked salmon. The rolls are $5.45 and $4.45 respectively. Continue reading