Salmon with Kozlik’s Canadian Mustard

IMG_4600This dinner was simply the best I have eaten in a really long time.  As Jonathan and I savoured every bite, we discussed how much we thought the meal would cost at a restaurant.  Our end decision was probably $31.00, of course making it at home is significantly less.  The salmon was purchased at Costco as you can see from the beautifully large pieces.  Fresh salmon would also be great if you can find it on sale at the grocery store.  I have been having too much fun cooking lately, and Jonathan has been encouraging it.  Well, really who wouldn’t want to encourage all of these tasty meals?  This is my 102 blog post, and at this rate I may just accumulate many, many, more magnificent recipes.

My Mom (who is the ultimate foodie) gave me Kozlik’s Canadian Mustard for Christmas as a stocking stuffer.  So, I tried it out on my favourite meal, salmon!  Just reading the ingredient listing makes my mouth water: Mustard seed, vinegar, water, whiskey, honey, herbs, spices, salt.  Gluten free, no additives, no preservatives.  All I had to do with this recipe was to add a little olive oil and spread the mustard on top of the salmon, then bake at 400 F for 20 minutes.  This recipe is going to be a staple in our household!  It would also be a great recipe when have friends over who are gluten intolerant.

This weekend Jonathan and I, meandered around Windsor.  We made stops at Salute Cafe, Biblioasis, and an Indian grocery store.  Later this week I want to make samosas, so stay tuned.  Jonathan also completed a radio column about restaurants in Windsor, I am extremely excited to hear it on air.  The food was delicious and this restaurant owner has a truly inspirational story.  I won’t give away any details, so listen to CBC radio Windsor on Thursday (also available online because CBC is awesome).  Biblioasis was recommended by one of Jonathan’s urban planning idols via Twitter, and it really was a unique and welcoming independent book store.  Inside it was warm, inviting and most importantly fully of beautiful new books that were begging to be taken home and read.  I now have more books to add to the list of birthday presents for Jonathan!

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Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 F.  Then line a baking sheet with tinfoil or parchment paper.  Drizzle a small amount of olive oil on the pan, so the salmon doesn’t stick.  Place the salmon on the baking sheet and drizzle a small amount of olive oil.  Spread about one tablespoon of Kozlik’s Canadian Mustard on the salmon.  Bake for 20 minutes.

For the potatoes, chop into desired size and place in a roasting dish.  Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and two generous pinches of dried thyme.  Bake for 30-40 minutes at 400 F, stir half way through.

New Years Resolution and Chia Bread

IMG_4557It is 2013 and my New Years resolution is to post more recipes on my blog.  I am aided in this endeavor by Jonathan’s Christmas gift to me: a KitchenAid Standard Mixer.  I have been enjoying it tremendously!  Aside from baking bread I have also been experimenting with many new recipes that I will share in the future on my blog.

Life has been busy with Christmas and exploring the Windsor-Detroit area.  So, far we love the Great Lakes Coffee Company (Roasted in Detroit) and loved going to the Detroit Institute of Art.   Jonathan went to a Detroit Pistons game with his friend Peter, and now my Dad really wants to visit and catch a game.  We are truly lucky to be in a great location!  Sometime this summer we want to visit Chicago (it’s the same distance away as Toronto from here). I will have to find out what the shopping is like in Chicago!

Jonathan and I took great delight in comparing Canadian and American grocery stores.  In particular, the price difference in American and Canadian cheese.  American cheese is significantly less costly – however, we love our Canadian grocery stores.  All of my foodie ingredients are available here in Windsor.  We also decided to get a Costco membership for buying salmon, chicken, flour, sugar, and frozen blueberries (and much more).  The frozen blueberries were the biggest and sweetest I’ve ever tasted. They were particularly delicious in oatmeal blueberry muffins.

IMG_4593 Today’s project: Chia bread!

Now, you may remember the old commercials for Chia Pets, but chia seeds are much more than a fun pet.  Chia seeds are full of omega 3 fatty acids.  This bread is extremely simple to make and delicious.  I may never buy store bought bread ever again.  It reminds me of my favourite bread from COBS bakery.  The method I have used to make this bread is rapid mix, which I learned from the KitchenAid recipe book that came with my mixer.  There are other ways of making bread as well, that I will explore in the future.

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1 tablespoon sesame seedsIMG_4590

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons quick rise yeast

¼ cup canola oil

1 cup warm water (between 120 F and 130 F)

Directions:

Place flour, sugar, salt, chia seeds, sesame seeds and yeast into mixing bowl and mix on speed 2 of your mixer for about 30 seconds.

Slowly add warm water and oil to the mixer.  Mix at speed 2 until a slightly stick dough forms and is gently kneaded by the mixer dough hook (about 4-5minutes).

Take the bowl off your mixer and wrap with plastic wrap and put a towel on top.  Let rest for 20 minutes.

Put the dough on the counter and roll it with a rolling pin into a rectangle.  Slowly roll the rectangle into a log and then tuck the corners of the log underneath.  Set the log in a greased bread pan, seam side down.  Lightly brush the top of the loaf with canola oil.  Cover in plastic wrap and then refrigerate for two hours.

After two hours, uncover and let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.  Then, gently push down on the loaf to remove excess gases.  Bake at 400 F for 35-40 minutes.

Let cool completely, then slice with a bread knife and enjoy.  The bread is good for 1-2 days, so I would recommend slicing it and then putting it in the freezer.  Then it can be taken out as needed and toasted or thawed for sandwiches.