Pita Pizza with Hummus and Mint

Minoo also prepared a snack item for the South Arm Community Kitchen. Minoo made a Pita Pizza with Hummus and Mint. This makes a healthy lunch box item or after school snacks.

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Minoo used whole wheat pita bread as the base for the pizza. Instead of using tomato sauce for flavouring, Minno used hummus which is high in protein. Minoo used a store-bought prepared hummus for this recipe for simplicity. You can make your own hummus with this Creamy Hummus recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small sweet onion, sliced
  • 1 cup plain hummus
  • 4 greek-syle whole wheat pitas
  • 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot-red chili flakes
  • 1 yellow or red pepper, sliced
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, blanched
  • 1 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/4 cup shredded fresh mint
  • cumin and black pepper to taste

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Serves 4 to 8

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Whole Wheat Pasta with Eggplant

For the main course, Minoo prepared a Whole Wheat Pasta with Eggplant. Stella had expressed her desire to learn how to use eggplant before. So, this recipe is a great addition to Stella’s recipe repertoire.

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This Whole Wheat Pasta with Eggplant is a vegetarian pasta dish. Although the whole wheat pasta is much coarser than the regular pasta, it is a much healthier alternative.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound eggplant
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 x 28 ounce cans plus 1 x 15 ounce can peeled tomatoes, chopped or 3 pounds fresh tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or 1 1/2 tablespoons dried
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or 1/2 tablespoon dried
  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, optional

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Serves 4

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Tomato Coconut Soup

Stella, the coordinator of the South Arm Cooking Club for Seniors came to help at this kitchen because she wanted to survey the facility and get prepared for the next senior kitchen. Stella single handedly made this soup recipe.  I’m impressed with her capability in the kitchen.

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This Tomato Coconut Soup is a thick, creamy and tangy soup. The creaminess came from the coconut milk which is a very common ingredient in Thai cuisine.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup small dice celery
  • 2 cups small dice yellow or white onion
  • olive oil
  • 1 x 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 or 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • cayenne pepper, ground black pepper and salt to taste
  • 1 x 12 ounce can of light or regular coconut milk

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Serves 6

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Thai Chicken Salad with Spinach and Peanuts

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen will be held at the Bethel Church while the South Arm kitchen is under renovation. We were very fortunate and thankful for Bethel Church’s generosity to allow us to use their kitchen. We love the kitchen as it is big and very well equipped. There are 6 washing basins in the center island.

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Minoo prepared four recipes for this kitchen. The first recipe is a Thai Chicken Salad with Spinach and Peanuts. This salad has a little kick with the hot chili flakes. It is a combination of cooked chicken with raw vegetables.

Ingredients

  • 2 large lime or lemon
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons hot chili flakes
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 green cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh coriander
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • chopped mango (optional)
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, trim fat and slice into thin strips
  • vegetable oil
  • salt to taste

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Cornerstone on West 4th Ave and Stephens St, Vancouver

Polly and I stumbled upon this neighbourhood cafe on one of our ladies meet. We were actually looking for Farbourg without knowing the address. It’s my mistake as I misplaced the address in another bag and I merely remembered the address is somewhere on West 4th but actually it’s on West 41st. It’s a big blunder of mine.

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We were told by the server that this corner cafe has been here for 5 1/2 years already. I wonder if the place got it’s name from the frontage decor or they decorated their frontage according to the name. The sandwich board outside the cafe states that they serve certified organic coffee.

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This is a small cafe where you order and pay for your food at the counter. There is a buffet display of drinks, sandwiches and some bake goods. When I asked the server if they make the food themselves, she told me they … (more…)

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Man Ri Sung Restaurant in Richmond: Korean Style Peking Duck Feast

Updated 11th Oct 2014; This restaurant is closed.

Here. Take a look at this. Take a good look at this.

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A picture paints a thousand words but a youtube video paints a million words.

Last weekend was a mega weekend for Suanne and I. We organized three back-to-back dinners starting on Friday where we had a duck feast. This was followed on Saturday and Sunday where we had Alaskan King Crab dinners. There are so much eating it is scary to think of it. We had never attempted such a crazy thing before but it was just a coming together of a perfect storm.

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The kickoff of our feasting marathon started with the Duck Feast at the Man Ri Sung Korean Restaurant. No, it was not the the Man Ri Sung in Coquitlam where we once had a memorable meal. That Man Ri Sung restaurant in Coquitlam closed a few months ago to make way for SkyTrain construction (or so the sign says). Man Ri Sung re-opened … and they have re-opened in Richmond.

Going back a few weeks ago, vanchow reported that the Chuan Xiang Ge Sichuan restaurant closed quite suddenly. It was unexpected because this is a favourite Sichuan haunt of many chowhounds. So it is good know that a popular restaurant like Man Ri Sung is taking over the vacated spot.

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Man Ri Sung is well known for their Duck Feast. When they were in Coquitlam, they had the duck feast for just $50 and that is good enough for … (more…)

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How To Buy Alaskan King Crab

Suanne and I are trying to learn about buying Alaskan King Crab. Seriously, we are not expert in Alaskan King Crab at all. We just want to write this post not that we can share with you what we learned over the past couple of weeks but hoping that some of you who have the experience chime in here.

So the past two weekends, we went around the few places we knew of in Richmond that carries live Alaskan King Crab (AKC). We wanted to find out the prices and compare them. We went on two consecutive weekends because we wanted to see how the prices fluctuates.

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PRICES OF ALASKAN KING CRAB

In the off season period, these crabs could cost over $30.00 per pound and each of these crabs weighs anywhere from 5 lbs for an extremely small one to as big as 15 lbs. I remember someone saying that they had a 17 lb crab before! So you can imagine how expensive it could be during the off season … a sad looking 5 lb crab will cost you $150.

However, during the AKC season which runs from late February to mid to late March, the prices drops to something more affordable. It will go below $15 per pound and in some places it could even go as low as … (more…)

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