Archive for August, 2010

But -I- Like It…

Funny thing happened last weekend. I was feeling a bit creative and we had some watermelon we had to use up so I thought I’d try making a savoury salad out of it. Kim was pretty much “sure, sounds interesting” which she most often is unless chocolate and chicken are involved (that’s another post I think).

The recipe was pretty simple:

2 cups cubed, seeded watermelon

2-3 leaves fresh mint, finely chopped

some sea salt & quite a bit of freshly ground black pepper

1/3-1/2 cup soft goat cheese in small teaspoon sized pieces

1/3 cup fig flavoured balsamic vinegar

I love the Presidents Choice Fig Balsamic. You could use any kind, or just plain, although the fig stuff has a really nice, sweet tone that really shines in a reduction, which is what I did.

Just prior to serving, mix all but the balsamic & cheese together. The salt really brings out the liquid in the watermelon so you want to leave it as late as you can before serving to avoid serving soup instead of salad.

Put the Balsamic in a sauce pan, bring to boil, turn down to medium high and reduce by half (should only take a few minutes). Plate your watermelon mixture, top with cheese and drizzle with balsamic reduction. Garnish with a mint leaf and serve immediately.

I absolutely loved this. The savoury salt, pepper (again with the fruit and pepper) and the sweet yet astringent balsamic works brilliantly with the creamy goat cheese and sweet watermelon.

Now here’s the thing.  Kim takes a bite and looks at me, looks at the dog and says it tastes like vomit. (I may be paraphrasing here). She went and made herself a green salad. It worked out for me as I got to eat her portion as well. Now I wasn’t really offended as it -is- kind of out there (but not too far) but it was pretty unusual for us to have that differing of an opinion on something I’ve made.

It’s probably not too surprising that I liked it. To this day, my 93 year old grandmother won’t eat watermelon without salt. Maybe it’s a genetic thing.

Anyone have any stories about things you’ve made that you loved your spouse/family hated? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.


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Santa Fe Quinoa

Santa Fe Quinoa, grilled Mahi Mahi & Fresh Farmers Market Salad

If you’ve read this post, you’ll know I’m a pretty big fan of quinoa. A couple of weeks ago, I created a new recipe using quinoa which I had the opportunity to make again tonight (and actually figure out how I made it). It’s a simple, tasty side dish that’s gluten free and high in protein and most importantly, taste.

2 cups water

1 cup quinoa

1/2 dehydrated corn (I used NOW Corn Off the Cob. There’s no reason you couldn’t use canned corn or even fresh corn cut from a cob)

1 tblsp Sun Dried tomatoes, finely chopped

1/4 to 1 tsp cayenne pepper or chipotle pepper powder (depending on your tolerance for heat)

1/2 tsp dried chili flakes

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp ground cumin

Salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a pot, stir, bring to boil, turn down to medium low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until all water is evaporated.

Serve hot with butter or cold as a salad

makes 4-6 servings

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