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.

Oatmeal Cookies – New Recipe!

One of my favourite cookies is the classic oatmeal cookie.  There are many different variations and ways to modify this recipe, I was browsing through the Martha Stewart website for ideas, but then I decided on my own recipe.  My tips and added touches to the classic oatmeal cookie are to add cinnamon, honey and butter!  The recipe makes about two dozen medium sized cookies or three dozen smaller cookies.  Really, two dozen is a perfect amount, and they will last about a week at room temperature in an air-tight container – if you don’t eat them first.  The best part about baking cookies versus store bought is that there are no preservatives and I know exactly what is in them (which is good when you have severe food allergies).

Freshly baked cookies have given the condo a warm delightful smell.  Baking is really what makes a place home – so now that I have made cookies in this condo, it is officially home.  Jonathan and I have many new kitchen utensils and a fancy toaster from Williams Food Equipment in Windsor.  The sign in front of the store says “The Candy Store for Cooks,” and it really lives up to its name.  I look forward to building a collection of even more kitchen gadgets and utensils.  For now, I have all the cooking tools I need and I am very excited to make Christmas cookies and many more recipes.

Jonathan and I are settled into the new condo and even the mantle is looking more like home, with a Christmas decoration, an engagement gift and some cards.  There are many Christmas decorations out in the stores and it makes it feel like there is not long before Christmas.  Jonathan’s parents gave us the reindeer and sleigh decoration, which is from Timeless Treasures in Windsor, next to Vito’s Pizzeria.  We had a wonderful lunch at Vito’s Pizzeria when my parents and Jonathan’s parents visited last weekend.  It was exciting to show off the new condo and some of the great restaurants in Windsor that we have discovered so far.

*Fun fact: Windsor Table Salt is from Windsor, Ontario (my new home!)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon Windsor salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift flour,
    baking powder, baking soda,
    cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon salt
    into a bowl. Beat butter and
    sugars until pale and fluffy. Mix
    in egg, vanilla, and honey, then flour
    mixture. Mix in oats.
  2. Using a 1 1/4-inch ice cream
    scoop (or 1 tablespoon), drop
    dough onto parchment-lined
    baking sheets, spacing each
    scoop about 2 inches apart. Bake
    until edges are golden, about
    12-14 minutes. (Mine took 13min)
  3. Let cookies cool on a wire rack.

Motor Burger Restaurant Review/ I promise to get some recipes up soon!

No, my blog isn’t dead it was just taking a break.  So, here it is back in full swing!

Deux Chevaux Burger

Recently, Jonathan and I went to the restaurant Motor Burger in Windsor Ontario.  Jonathan had been very interested in trying this place and had heard wonderful reviews.  The burger Jonathan ordered was rated the Reader’s Digest #1 Burger.  The Deux Chevaux burger is served on brioche buns with baby spinach and Kozlik’s Daily Dijon mustard.  In addition there is delicious melted Gruyère, red onions caramelized in Maudite beer and beautiful strips of smoked bacon to top it.  It was a truly delicious burger!  Reader’s Digest also posted a recipe, which we will be sure to make soon.  (The recipe is posted at the bottom of this page.)  Jonathan and I have been eating out a fair bit because of a lack of a kitchen for the moment.  However, there will be a kitchen November 1st, so I can start baking up a storm.

Jonathan and I have enjoyed Windsor so far, yesterday we walked along the beautiful waterfront.  Jonathan and I, also went for dinner at Mazaar’s, which serves absolutely amazing Lebanese food.  If you are in the area it is a must! Across the river from Windsor is Detroit, which we will be visiting this weekend for some shopping – oh, the benefits of being so close to the border!   We have been having absolutely beautiful fall days and the weather in Windsor is definitely warmer than Toronto.  Fall weather is my favourite, where you can wear a sweater and stroll around enjoying the fall leaves.  While exploring Windsor has been fun, I have been busy working on online courses, but I hope to make time for more blog posts.

Vampire Gingerbread men

There are so many recipes that I hope to try out in the near future.  Here are a few recipe ideas that I have found on Pinterest.  These vampire gingerbread men look absolutely irresistible for Halloween.  I will have to search the web and test out some new gingerbread recipes.  The quinoa casserole idea looks like classic comfort food.  I have tried a few quinoa recipes, but not too many.  My sister Laura, loves quinoa, she also bought a new cookbook that has some scrumptious recipes that I am excited to try.  These are not my pictures, but when I try the recipes out at some point, I will post my thoughts on the recipe, and let you know if I have made any modifications.

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

Deux Chevaux Burger Recipe

Ingredients

2/ 3 cup (150 mL) Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp (25 mL) balsamic vinegar
1 tsp (5 mL) Dijon mustard
2 lb (1 kg) medium ground grade AA Canadian beef chuck and/or brisket
½ tsp (2 mL) salt

Directions

1. In small bowl, mix Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard. Then, in large bowl, mix this marinade with ground beef until just combined. Shape into 4 patties, each ¾-inch- (2 cm) thick.

2. Place patties on greased grill over medium-high heat; sprinkle with salt, close lid and grill, turning once, for 1 minute per side. Transfer to baking sheet and cook in preheated 350°F (180°C) oven until digital thermometer inserted into centre reads 160°F (71°C), about 8 to 10 minutes.