The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen made a no-bake snack which will satisfy your sweet craving without guilt.
This Magic 5 Snack Bites are made from wholesome ingredients like almond, dates, cocoa powder and shredded coconut.
- 1 cup raw organic almonds
- 1 cup fresh dates (about 8 dates), pitted
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
- dash of sea salt
This recipe is by Andrea Hood.
Nian Gao is a Chinese New Year food which symbolizes growth.
I had some leftover nian gao which had harden. So, I fried it up for snack.
I fried the nian gao with some yam (sweet potato) for added texture.
- 1 nian gao (about 400g) cut into slices
- 2 eggs beaten
- 5 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon cold water
- pinch of salt
- oil for frying
- optional sweet potato or yam or taro slices which had been steamed
I am back in the South Arm Multi Cultural Community Kitchen led by Minoo.
As usual, three recipes were shared in the kitchen. The first recipe was Caldo Verde (Portuguese Kale Soup with Chorizo) which I had blogged before.
Minoo’s recipe is very similar with the one which I had blogged here, with the addition of fresh parsley.
The second recipe is a great way of using leftover rice. This healthy Rice and Spinach Croquettes makes great snacks for the lunch box.
- 3 tablespoons butter , melted and extra butter to grease muffin pan
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 8 oz feta cheese, crumbled
- 12 oz thawed frozen chopped spinach, squeezed to remove excess water
- 1/2 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups cooked rice
- salt, pepper and dill to taste
- Parmesan cheese for topping
Source: South Arm Community Kitchen
Michelle served the hearty lentils and black bean soup with some Garlic and Herb Pita Chips.
These tasty pita chips can be made in a matter of minutes. They are good for snacks or serve with soups, salads or serve with hummus or other dips.
- 4 to 6 inch whole-wheat pitas
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (we substituted with oregano and thyme)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Source: Eating Well (January/February 2009)
Michelle made some Honey Roasted Pecans at the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club, just to use up the pecans in the pantry.
These Honey Roasted Pecans are great for snacking without the excessive salt from store bought one.
- 1 1/2 cups raw pecans
- 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
- 1/8 teaspoon salt, plus more to finish if desired
Michelle prepared a Japanese theme meal for the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club.
The first recipe is Garlic Buttered Edamame.
Nutritional value from 1/2 cup serving of shelled pod:
- 9 grams of fiber
- 11 grams of protein
- as much iron as a 4oz chicken breast
- Vitamins A & C
- 1 to 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
- approx 2 tablespoons butter, melted or to taste
- 1 package frozen edamame
- salt to taste
Source: via South Arm Older Adults Community Kitchen
The South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club met up for another cooking session in February.
The first recipe that Michelle introduced was Roasted Almonds with Herbs. You can try this recipe with different nuts like walnuts, hazelnuts and pecans.
Here are the benefits of almond shared by Michelle; source Wikipedia.
Almonds are a rich source of Vitamin E, containing 26 mg per 100 g. About 20% of raw almond is high quality protein, a third of which are essential amino acids. An ounce of almonds contains 12% of necessary daily protein. They are also rich in dietary fiber, B Vitamins, essential minerals and monounsaturated fat, one of the two fats which potentially may lower LDL cholesterol. Typical of nuts and seeds, almonds also contain phytosterols, associated with cholesterol lowering properties.
- 1 1/2 teaspoons hot water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups raw almonds
- 3 thymes sprigs, leaves only
- handful of parsley, finely minced
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
The parsley and thyme were from Michelle’s garden. You can try other herbs like rosemary, sage, marjoram, etc.
Source: The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters
Stella sponsored a tube of prepared polenta to the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club as she has no idea how to use it. So, Michelle looked up for a simple Polenta Fries to be made in the kitchen.
The Polenta Fries is baked in a hot oven until golden brown and crispy on the outside. The Polenta Fries are served with a Simple Homemade Tomato Sauce.
- 1 tube (18 ounces) plain prepared polenta
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning or dried oregano
Source: this recipe is adapted from MarthaStewart.com
In the South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen, Minoo shared three recipes featuring squash and green tomatoes. The recipes were inspired by the squash and green tomatoes given by Richmond Sharing Farm from their abundant harvest.
The above are the squash given by the Richmond Sharing Farm. From front row, left to right is kabocha, sugar pumpkin and acorn. The one on second row right most is butternut squash and the one on the left most is red kuri squash. Any one know what is the name of the squash in the middle of second row?
We made Butternut Squash Cakes with the butternut squash. It is like latkes with the squash replacing the potatoes. They are crispy when freshly fried. These make a great lunch box item.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup diced onion
- 2 cups grated butternut squash, packed
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 large egg, beaten
- about 4 tablespoons flour
- olive oil for shallow fry
- 1/4 cup sour cream for garnish (optional)
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds for garnishing (optional)
Source: South Arm Community Kitchen
Minoo served the dips with Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips and Pita Chips.
The Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips were flavoured with rosemary while the Homemade Pita Chips where flavoured with basil. Both were crispy and flavourful. They were great for snacking even without any dips.
This is a great way to use up leftover tortilla and pita bread.
- 1 pack wholewheat tortilla
- 1 bag wholewheat pita bread
- olive oil for brushing
- garlic powder for seasoning
- dried rosemary or dried basil or herbs of your choice
Source: via Minoo