Starting today and each Wednesday from now on, I'll be posting recipes from one of our awesome cookbooks. I plan on cooking up this recipe and posting here, on our blog, as well as on our Facebook page.
If you're interested in winning a copy, follow the recipe below, (printable page here) and post a picture of your finished dish on our page. I'll make a random draw and announce the winner the following Wednesday. Good luck and happy cooking! ~ Danielle
This week I made Thyme-Rubbed Salmon with Shallots and Caramelized Cauliflower "Risotto" from Chronicle Books' ONE PAN, TWO PLATES I realized after all the cauliflower was in the pan I should have chopped them into smaller bits but the end result was super yummy anyways which resulted in no leftovers for todays lunch! The recipe was easy to follow and quick to make.
START TO FINISH
Two 6-oz/170-g salmon fillets, skin removed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp minced fresh thyme (see “It’s that easy”),
plus a few small sprigs for garnish
3 tbsp olive oil
2 shallots, minced
1/2 head cauliflower, finely chopped
1/2 cup/120 ml heavy cream
1. Pat the fillets dry and sprinkle all over with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the minced thyme over the fish and pat it lightly with your fingers so that it
2. Heat a 12-in/30.5-cm skillet with a lid over medium-high heat and add 1 tbsp of the olive oil. When the oil shimmers, add the salmon to the pan and cook until browned on the first side, about
2 minutes. Flip the fish with a thin-edged spatula and cook the other side until browned, another minute or so. Transfer the fish to a plate. (It will not be fully cooked at this point.)
3. Add the shallots to the hot pan and sauté until they begin to soften, about 30 seconds. Add the cauliflower, 1/4 tsp salt, a few grinds of pepper, and
the remaining 2 tbsp olive oil and toss to coat the cauliflower with the oil. Allow the cauliflower to cook undisturbed until it begins to brown, about
3 minutes. Flip the cauliflower over, scraping the bottom of the pan with the spatula, and cook, undisturbed, until the other side browns, another 3 minutes or so. Taste and adjust the seasoning. If the cauliflower is still a little too crunchy for your taste, don’t worry. Pour in the cream and give it a stir. It will boil almost immediately. Top the vegetables with the fish. Cover and cook over low heat until the fish flakes easily, about 2 minutes longer.
4. Mound the cauliflower “risotto” into two warmed shallow bowls and top it with the fish. (If you’re wondering where the cream went, the cauliflower
absorbed most of it up deliciously.) Garnish the plate with the thyme sprigs and serve hot.
extra hungry? How about a salad of red leaf lettuce and halved grape tomatoes with a splash of balsamic and a glug of olive oil?
it’s that easy: Thyme has woody stems, so it’s best to strip the leaves from the stems before chopping them up into a fine mince. To do this, hold the thyme sprig on the tender end and strip the leaves against the grain (that is, in the opposite direction they are pointing) with your other hand. No worries if the tender tip pulls off; those can be minced up with the str ipped leaves.
Finally -- after siome delays trying to catch up after our move -- I'm able to announce the winner of our "Cook Bake, Blog!" contest ... drumroll please ...
Congratulations, Suzie Ridle from Nova Scotia!
Suzie, aka Susie the Foodie, will win $500 (CDN retail) worth of cookbooks of her choice, published by Chronicle Books, Quirk Books or Gibbs Smith.
Check out Suzie's test-kitchen reports from trying out recipes from The Geometry of Pasta here and here (her delicious results are pictured below) -- and also watch this video of Suzie's brave husband concocting a brew of Mad Scientist Mix-Up from Little Monsters Cookbook!
ALSO ... congrats to the fabulous Cadboro Bay Book Company in Victoria, BC, who is the winner of our bookstore cookbook display contest!
November 12, 2010
Mmmm.... madeleines. Comme je vous aime...
If you love madeleines too, get out your recipe books and warm your ovens. Chronicle Books is creating their first ever crowd-sourced book (!), and yes, it's all about madeleines (!!). If you have a killer recipe, send it over to the fabulous food team at Chronicle and your recipe might be included within a gorgeous Chronicle cookbook.
P.S. Speaking of gorgeous cookbooks, check out this post on the Raincoast and enter to win $500 worth of cookbooks from Chronicle and Gibbs Smith!
Food & Drink / October 15, 2010
You could win $500 worth of cookbooks from Chronicle Books, Quirk Books and Gibbs Smith!
It's easy ... and delicious!
There are two ways for Canadian foodies to enter:
1) Cook, Bake ... Blog!
Make a recipe from any cookbook published by Chronicle Books, Quirk Books or Gibbs Smith, then blog about it. Photos are encouraged! To enter, comment below and leave us a link to your blogpost about your culinary adventures with the recipe or cookbook. (This option counts as two entries!)
2) Share your faves.
To enter, comment below and leave a comment about your favourite cookbook published by Chronicle Books, Quirk Books or Gibbs Smith. Which cookbook is your favourite and why? What's the one recipe that everyone definitely needs to try out? (This option counts as one entry.)
You have until January 1, 2011 to enter!
The contest is open to Canadian residents only.
Contest Details: Winners will be drawn at random on January 5, 2011. Winners must live in Canada. Multiple entries (with different recipes!) are accepted. Prize will be $500 CDN retail worth of cookbooks published by Chronicle Books, Quirk Books or Gibbs Smith, as selected by the Winner from a list provided by Raincoast.
Be inspired ... at the market, in the kitchen, and at the table!
Here are a few new cookbooks — with some videos and sample recipes! — to get your tastebuds fired up. Click on the covers to learn more about each book.
Listen to an interview with the creators of The Geometry of Pasta on NPR.
Recipe for Penne All'arrabbiata (Spicy Tomato Sauce) from The Geometry of Pasta
Recipe for Gnudi Al Ragu D'Agnello (Lamb Sauce) from The Geometry of Pasta
Recipe for Gemelli Al Fagiolini (Green Beans) from The Geometry of Pasta
Food & Drink / September 10, 2010
Food & Drink / August 17, 2010
Check out this jaunty, oh-so-D.I.Y., book trailer for Vanessa Barrington’s D.I.Y. Delicious: Recipes and Ideas for Simple Food From Scratch:
D.I.Y. Delicious is perfect for crafty green types who have graduated from simple weekend jam and baking activities. The book goes beyond pickling and preserving into fermenting, culturing cheese, and brewing sodas and tonics. A total of 75 recipes and more than 50 step-by-step, colour photographs lead the way to stocking a pantry that uses fewer ingredients to make delicious staples at a much lower cost.
Stylish, greed-inducing, knowledgeable, and witty; an instant classic.”—Nigella Lawson
The Italians have a secret. Over the centuries, they have pioneered more than 300 shapes of pasta, each with a history, a story to tell, and an affinity for particular foods.These shapes have evolved alongside the flavors of local ingredients, and the perfect combination can turn an ordinary dish of pasta into something sublime.
In The Geometry Of Pasta (available in September), critically acclaimed chef Jacob Kenedy presents authentic recipes featuring a delectable selection of pasta types, while award-winning designer Caz Hildebrand illustrates each pasta form with stunning black-and-white designs.
Food & Drink / July 02, 2010
Happy Holiday Weekend!
What better way to celebrate than with a booze cake?
From Piña Colada Cake to Rum and Coke Whoopie Pies, there's a dessert in this book that will satisfy every lush's sweet tooth. ~ Lemondrop.com
- Blue Hawaii Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes
- Lone Star Liquor Cake
- Rum and Coke Whoopie Pies
- Piña Colada Cake
- Jelly Cake Shots
What was your favourite thing your grandma baked for you as a child? Does your dad make brilliant BBQ? Does your best friend make a mean guacamole?
Moleskine and Foodista.com want you to share your favourite recipes passed down from friends and family. In the spirit of sharing, they're giving away a set of Moleskine notebooks, including the new Moleskine Passions Recipe Journal.
P.S. Also be sure to check out the other titles in the Moleskine Passions series - and watch the fun video trailers for each book!
What's your passion?
Music? Film? Books? Food? Wine? Health? ...Moleskine?
Proving you just can't have too much of a good thing, Moleskine has just introduced an beautiful new series, specially designed for your life passions.
There are 6 journals in the Moleskine Passions collection:
Each Passions journal is specially designed to help you collect and organize information, comments, memories, clippings and reviews concerning your very own Passions. Each journal has with a fully embossed cover with a themed illustration.
For instance, the Moleskine Passions Wine Journal includes 6 theme-based sections to fill in with Sparkling, White, Rosé, Red, Fortified/Sweet and Spirits, 6 tabbed sections to personalize, 10 blank pages for comments and notes, adhesive labels, coloured icons, 3 ribbon place markers and double expandable inner pocket. The black cover is fully embossed with sleek silhouettes of wine glasses and bottles.
Here's a lovely video to introduce you to the Moleskine Passions collection:
And, since we're indulge a little in our passions, here are some more videos -- each highlighting an individual Passion:
What are YOU most passionate about?