Easy Italian Spaghetti Pasta Salad

The South Arm Community Kitchen resumes in September after the summer break.

For this kitchen, we made an Easy Italian Spaghetti Pasta Salad. This salad is a great way to incorporate vegetables into the meal. It is also great for school lunch box.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound thin spaghetti (can substitute with your choice of pasta)
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 cucumber, quartered and cubed
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 10 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 x 4-ounce can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 garlic clove, finely minced
  • salt to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

Serves 8

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Ramen Danbo at West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Ben and I attended the first night of the Honda Celebration of Light on a Saturday. We drove to downtown early to secure a parking spot before some road closures.

We had dinner at Ramen Danbo in Kitsilano before the event.

The restaurant is small and seating is tight. Ben decided to go for the summer special chilled ramen.

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Shang Pin Beef Noodle House on Main St., Vancouver

Ben and I was in North Vancouver for a hide. On the way back, we drove along Main St. to look for a place for dinner.

We came upon Shang Pin Beef Noodles and decided to give it a try.

It was not too busy when we were there. The server who attended to us was not too friendly though.

Ben had the Braised Briskets, Tripes, and Tendons Noodle in Beef Soup for $9.25. The broth was a little spicy as Ben commented. Continue reading

Banana Oat Muffins

The Gilmore Park Church Community Kitchen made a fiber rich Banana Oat Muffin for dessert.

This Banana Oat Muffin is great for breakfast. It is flourless and mainly made with rolled oats and fruits and nuts.

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats

Optional filings

  • strawberries, chopped
  • blueberries
  • apples, cubed
  • blackberries
  • raspberries
  • nuts like almond, walnut or pecan

Source: community kitchen

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Swiss Chard Slaw with Peanut Dressing

The Gilmore Park Church Community Kitchen made a Swiss Chard Slaw with Peanut Dressing in the theme of Swiss chard in this kitchen. Thank you to Richmond Sharing Farm for the donation of Swiss chard to the community kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 2 large bunches of Swiss chard (about 12 cups)
  • 2 red peppers, cut into fine strips
  • 2 carrots, sliced very thin
  • 3/4 cup roasted, salted peanuts, divided
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Source: community kitchen

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Swiss Chard Pesto

For the last kitchen held at the Gilmore Park Church before the summer break, we made a couple of dishes with Swiss chard. The Richmond Sharing Farm shared some of their produce to the community kitchens especially during the abundant harvest in the summer.

The community kitchen made a Swiss Chard Pesto which is good to go with a tomato based pasta or just used as a dip like we do.

Ingredients

  • olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, stems removed (about 6 cups)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 250g cream cheese
  • 1 bunch of basil leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste

Source: Gilmore Park Church Community Kitchen

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Golden Garden Vietnamese Cuisine in Chinatown, Vancouver

I joined Ben in downtown Vancouver on a week day after Ben’s meeting in downtown. We walked from Waterfront station to Chinatown and all the way to Science World.

After our walk, we went for an early dinner. We decided to have Vietnamese food. The Golden Garden Vietnamese Cuisine looks run down from the outside. But the interior looks better and it is quite big inside.

Typical Vietnamese condiments.

After we placed our orders, Ben went to the washroom which is located downstairs. Upon his return, he asked me to go to the washroom and said that I will not regret it. I thought the washroom is a fancy one. So, I went. To my surprise, (not the wash room) but what I found downstairs. The moment I opened the door at the lower level, I was greeted with the sound of Cantonese Opera. There is this secret room here with the wall posted with Cantonese Opera posters from floor to ceiling. I am a Cantonese Opera fan, so the discovery was ecstatic.

Back to the food, I ordered Grilled Skewed Pork and Spring Roll on vermicelli. The pork was on the dry side.

I had my vermicelli with some of the chili condiment to spice it up.

Ben ordered a Pork Hock Thick Rice Noodle Soup.

Credit card is accepted here.

Golden Garden Vietnamese Cuisine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Chinatown, Vancouver

This is one of our impromptu walk in Vancouver.

This time we headed towards Chinatown. I like the above Woodward’s Building which has trees planted on top of the building.

This is one of the heritage building in Gastown, Dominion Building.

A totem pole and longhouse on top of Skwachays Lodge on Pender Street.

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Chocolate Avocado Mousse

The South Arm Kitchen made Chocolate Avocado Mousse for dessert.

Minoo had trouble finding avocado that is ripe enough for this recipe. Hence, the Chocoloate Avocado Mousse was a bit gritty and not smooth. But it still taste good.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 – 1.5 cups mashed avocado (2-3 avocados)
  • 3/4 cup raw cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup water

Source: this recipe is adapted from Food Matters

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Green Pea Salad

The South Arm Kitchen met at Gilmore Park Church for another cooking session.

We made a Green Pea Salad to go with some Chicken Strips.

You can find the recipe of this healthy homemade Chicken Strips recipe here.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups frozen peas
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill (we used dried ones)
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1-2 drops Tabasco sauce

Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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