Snow Fungus, Pear and Papaya Sweet Soup

Lorna shared a dessert soup recipe in the South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen.

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She shared the above Snow Fungus, Pear and Papaya Sweet Soup which is great for complexion and soothes your lungs. She did not come with a recipe, so, I’m sharing the exact amount of the ingredients she used in the kitchen. She made a big pot of the dessert soup that can feed an army.

Ingredients

  • 6 dried snow fungus
  • 5 pears, peel and remove core, cube
  • 3 ripe medium papaya, peel, remove seeds and cube
  • 15 to 20 red dates
  • 1/2 cup of bitter and sweet almond
  • 1 tub of fresh lily bulbs
  • rock sugar to taste (we used 1 1/2 packages)

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Source: Lorna

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Japanese Style Mah Poh Tofu

For this South Arm Community Kitchen, the participants shared their favourite recipe.

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Junko shared a Japanese style Mah Poh Tofu served on germinated brown rice. Junko preferred germinated brown rice as it’s not as tough as regular brown rice and yet still has some chewiness to it.

Ingredients

  • 1 package of smooth soft tofu, cubed
  • 100 grams ground pork
  • 3 stalks green onions, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon soy bean paste (or substitute with miso paste)
  • 1/4 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch

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Source: Junko

Serves 2 (we made enough for 12)

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Chicken Tzatziki Salad

The last salad we made in the South Arm Community Kitchen is a Greek style salad.

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This healthy chicken salad has a yogurt base (much better than mayo base) and with Greek inspired flavour. If you can’t find garlic paste, just finely grate some fresh garlic.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill (optional)
  • juice from 1/2 lemon (optional)
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/4 rotisserie chicken, chopped
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • mixed salad greens

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Source: Dinnertime Hacks for People Too Tired to Cook

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Black Bean Burrito Bowl

The second salad we made in the South Arm Community Kitchen with rotisserie chicken has Mexican flavour to it.

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You can make this a vegetarian version by leaving out the rotisserie chicken but it still has protein in it in the form of black beans.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup black beans (drain and rinse if using can beans)
  • 1 cup finely chopped kale
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced or diced
  • 1/4 rotisserie chicken, shredded or chopped
  • fresh cilantro (optional)

Dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon/lime juice
  • ground cumin to taste
  • chili powder to taste
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Brown Rice Bowl

The South Arm Community Kitchen theme for this kitchen is to make quick meals with rotisserie chicken. Rotisserie chicken is a versatile ingredient. We made three different flavour salad out from two chicken breasts from a rotisserie chicken.

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The first salad is a Brown Rice Bowl which has an Asian flavour.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice (click here on how to cook brown basmati rice)
  • 1/2 cup carrots, julienned or grated
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 rotisserie chicken, shredded or chopped
  • rice vinegar to taste
  • toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • torn nori strips (optional)
  • salt to taste

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Source: Dinnertime Hacks fro People Too Tired to Cook

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Root Vegetables Soup

The South Arm Community Kitchen met again on a Wednesday. We made a winter soup with various seasonal root vegetables.

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This simple, robust and cold weather soup can be made with almost any mixture of root vegetables you can get on hand. We made this with carrots, parsnips, celery root, turnips, rutabaga and sweet potatoes. Winter gourd, potatoes and squash are great for this soup too.

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We served the Mixed Root Vegetables Soup with a 3 chicken salad of 3 different flavours.

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion or 2 leeks (white and light green part only), chopped
  • 2 to 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 rosemary or thyme stalks (or 1 teaspoon dried ones)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 1/2 pounds mixed root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, celery root, turnip, rutabaga, sweet or regular potatoes), peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • juice of 1/2 lemon, or more for serving
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • chili flakes, optional

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Homemade Kefir (or Milk Kefir)

Minoo brought her homemade milk kefir to share in the South Arm Community Kitchen. Milk kefir is a probiotic yogurt-like drink.

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Kefir is a fermented milk drink made with kefir grains. Kefir is a source of calcium, iron, vitamin B12, etc.

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Minoo demonstrated to us how to make homemade kefir. First she strain the kefir with a stainless steel strainer. The kefir milk taste like yogurt drink, i.e. a little sour with a yeasty smell. The longer you leave the kefir grains in the milk, the more sour the milk will be.

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Rinse the kefir grains under cold running water.

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Kefir grains are symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts. They are alive. They will grow as you continue the process of making the kefir milk. You can share the excess kefir grains with your friends.

The probiotics in kefir promote a healthy digestive tract and a healthy immune system. They are the good bacteria in our guts.

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Minoo gave us a little kefir grains to bring home to make our own kefir. Just place the kefir grains in a clean jar and add milk to it. Close the jar and give it a few shakes. Leave the jar in room temperature overnight or up to 24 hours and repeat the process of straining, rinsing and restart fermentation with a new batch of milk.

Minoo reminded us not to place the kefir grains in the fridge for too long as the cold will kill the kefir grains. If you cannot attend to the kefir grains for a day or two, it will be alright to place in the fridge, but any longer than that, you have to find someone to baby sit it.

Minoo, thank you for sharing.

Tender Steak Roll filled with Vegetables

The South Arm Community Kitchen made the main dish last as it is to be consumed hot.

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The main dish we made was Tender Steak Roll filled with Vegetables. This can be grilled or pan fried.

Ingredients

  • 8 thin slices sirloin or flank steak
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Rosemary, chopped and crushed
  • 1 red pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • a few mushrooms, cut into thin slices

For the Rosemary Balsamic Glaze

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup dark balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dry red wine
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Rosemary
  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

Serves 8

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Stacked Potato Gratin

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen made a side dish of Stacked Potato Gratin.

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Minoo shared this recipe of Stacked Potato Gratin just in time for Thanksgiving as we met the week before Thanksgiving.

Ingredients

  • 2 kilograms large potatoes (about 5)
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme or 1 tablespoon dried ones
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg or ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • paprika for sprinkling on top, optional

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Best Bran Muffins

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen started off with a sweet recipe first.

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This high fiber Best Bran Muffin is freezer friendly.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups ground wheat bran
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or honey)
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons oil (or coconut oil, melted)
  • 1 cup raisins

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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