Thursday, 17 April 2014

Maple Glazed Salmon on Bite Me/ Full Frontal/ NUTV



In the wake of the recent tragedy in Calgary involving young students from the University of Calgary, I feel a  particular need to re post this excellent project done by the NUTV television and film club at the UofC
The producers, writers, camera people, editors, stylists, lighting technicians are young, smart funny and talented people, who volunteer their time to make the University a more vital and interesting place. I feel so fortunate to be able to work beside you on this sweet and delicious project. Bless you all, and Happy/Sad Easter.

Love Butterfan


BITE ME is NUTV's student cooking show that appears as a regular segment on NUTV's Full Frontal Show. The goal of each short episode is to improve the dull culinary habits of university students through a series of fun challenges to demonstrate quick, cheap, and easy ways to cook, broadcast on Shaw Cable and on campus.

Butterfan has been part of a wonderful group based out of the University of Calgary called NUTV, in particular I've been Food Styling a cooking segment entitled, Bite Me. The goal is to inspire University residence students to cook meals for themselves using what they have on hand in their dorm room, not an easy task seeing's how most students only have access to a microwave.

We started off season two with a bang! With two new student hosts we dove straight into fresh healthy options that can be prepared with minimal effort and ingredients (all in a toaster oven no less).
What I really love about this recipe is that the salmon and the kale chips cook for the same amount of time, and at the same temperature making it easy to cook both dishes at once, and making it easy to cook in such a limited amount of space. Here's what you'll need;

Maple Glazed Salmon

Ingredients
2 salmon fillets (1 - 4oz boneless salmon fillet/per person)
1 tbsp grainy mustard
1/2 cup maple syrup (or honey if you like)
1 tsp soy sauce
salt and pepper
1 tbsp olive oil

Directions
Preheat your toaster oven to 400 degrees
Rinse and pat dry your salmon fillets with paper towel and then season both sides with salt, pepper 
Place Salmon fillets on a tin foil lined tray (shiny side up)

Time to start your glaze
In a small bowl whisk the maple syrup, grainy mustard fresh ground pepper & soy sauce
Pour most of the the glaze over top of the fillets, reserving 4 teaspoons
Bake the fillets in a 400 degree toaster oven or oven for approx 10 minutes, depending on thickness
When they are finished baking remove from the oven and glaze again

 
Pour the glaze on reserving 4 tsp




Baked Kale Chips

Ingredients
6 large kale leaves
olive oil
salt and pepper

Directions; Preheat your toaster oven or oven to 400 degrees
Clean and cut your kale into a little larger than bite size chips (they will shrink a bit when you cook them) removing the big white rib in the middle, discard that part.
Toss the cleaned kale in 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1/2 tsp of each salt and pepper. Play with different salts here, use sea salt, spicy salt even grey salt, why not try some of them?

Spread on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes

Photo by Louis Villanueva 
Served up with some rice and fresh lemon

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Shoe Bakey - So yes!

Hi there ladies... I think the Easter Bunny should rethink the waxy chocolate thing and just bring shoes instead.



Amiright?

Doggie Camping Tips

dog in harness for hiking


My friend Stephanie sent me this link this morning, Doggie Glamping, soooo Summer 2014

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Butterfan's Mexican Dental Experience - So yes!

                        

Butterfan has been a little MIA these days, but for good reason. I just saved myself about $25K in dental work!

About 2 weeks after we returned from our home away from home Puerto Vallarta, I got a wicked shooting pain in my front eye tooth, no bueno. It was muy muy malo!

Anyway, I made an appointment with my dentist here in Calgary and was told I needed a root canal for $750 and that it might not take, my old British teeth are going down like little soldiers, so this was really bad news. If the root canal didn't take, I would have to get the implant process started. I was forwarded to a specialist here in Calgary and he quoted me upwards of $3500 per implant!
After I recovered from the initial shock, I didn't know what to do. The last root canal I had didn't take, but the one before that did, so my chances were about 50/50 for saving the tooth. I'm sure this isn't news to many of you, it's a pretty common dental problem, but my solution was anything but.

 I remembered my Uncle, who lives in Puerto Vallarta in the winter months found an excellent dentist and recently had 28 implants done, seriously 28! I turned to him for advice on my situation, and it was good stuff.

The first thing my Uncle said to do was for me to ask for a copy of my recent x-ray be emailed over and then I should then forward it to his dentist in Mexico. I didn't even know you could have your x-rays emailed (so awesome for future notes and second opinions).

Now normally the next step is to usually ask for recommendations, but in this case I had my Uncle and he gave his Dentista a great recommendation, so I went for it. Do some research for yourself obviously. Ask around and share your experiences, that's how you find the good doctors.

                         

So, away went my email to the Mexican dentist along with my x-ray, he emailed me back the next day and quoted $300 for the root canal or $1000 if an implant was needed but not both. He explained, he would be able to tell when he sees me in person if it's worth even trying to do the root canal or not, something the dentists were not keen to do here.

If and implant is needed the cost would only be around $1000. Hmmmmmm $3500 +$950= $4450 to fix it here in Canada or $1000 in Mexico at it's worst. The choice was clear, so off I went to find a seat sale.

First, I had to wait for the infection to go down, so as I was starting my antibiotics, I had a week to find a good a flight. I found a one way from Calgary to Puerto Vallarta on Westjet for $180 plus tax $210 all in.
I was able to arrange to stay with a dear friend at her apartment in PVR, avoiding a hotel bill and having the ability to cook in and be cooked for. Coming back however was much more expensive at $600 one way, damn snowbirds!

The morning of my appointment in Puerto Vallarta, I was a little nervous, but I needn't be, the office was very easy to find, you can actually see exactly what the place looks like on Google maps and it's nice, simple, clean.  Plus it was only 1/4 of a block off the main drag in the center of town, perfect. They had me at easy to find.

Dr. Francisco Lopez inspected my teeth and said he would give my tooth an 80% chance that the root canal would work, which was excellent news and that he could also crown my poor tooth for $650. He also gave me anther option.

If I would like all of my front teeth crowned so they would all match he could do the whole job for around $3900 USD. All in the highest grade, zirconium and all the work would be fully guaranteed. Again...I went for it, might as well, I've already come this far.



So these were my teeth the day before, the second tooth on the top right was killing me.


After my root canal on they started drilling my teeth down on Thursday. They used a water drill, so it didn't have a terrible grind or smell. It took about 3 hours to grind down 6 teeth, I had no pain at all.


Terrible I know, with an even more terrible filter, but hey I was under anaesthesia, it was the best selfie I could muster at this point of the day

  

They sent me home with temporary front teeth that they made at some point that morning when they were grinding down my teeth, I thought they were great. Everyone thought these were my new teeth and I was already starting to get compliments. Two days later my set of zirconium caps were in so I went back down on Saturday for my new permanent teefs!


This was actually the most painful part of the procedure, they just yanked out my temporaries at the office and when the cold air hit my little vampire teeth I almost hit the roof! He should have given me aesthetic beforehand, man alive! He said I may need a mouth guard to prevent grinding but I didn't, once he got them glued up in there nothing would move them, he said he would have to destroy them to move them. So I guess they're in there for good now. Good thing I love them.


My set of 6 new sparklers were $44850.00 Mexican Pesos or $3781.75 Canadian Dollars, including a root canal and a post to beef up my weak tooth. The total time it took was from Tuesday morning to Saturday afternoon to complete. One full day of root canalling, 10 minutes to fit my quick and simple impressions for my temporary teeth, 4 hours of grinding with hazy wifi breaks, and finally and hour of fitting the temps. I had no pain and left a stronger woman! Whew! That was a long day but worth it!


Butterfan gives this place a solid - SO YES!


Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs for Easter

Directions

1. Place however many eggs you would like to cook in a saucepan.
2. Fill the pan with cold water an inch or two above the eggs.
3. Place the saucepan on the stove, uncovered, set heat on medium, and bring water to a boil.
4. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 1 minute.
5. Remove from the heat and let sit 12 minutes.
6. Remove the eggs with a spoon or ladle and run under cold water.

A la Marcus Samuelsson... yet again.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Recipe on Deck - Marcus Samuelsson's Chocolate filled Coconut Macaroons


Marcus Samuelsson from Aquavit  in NYC posted this little piece of heaven on his website today, a recipe for Chocolate Coconut Macaroons, I simply couldn't not share.


His cookbook is amazing and makes a killer gift for a serious foodie friend.


French Onion Soup

              

Spring has sprung, and I always think of Spring onions and lights soups this time of year. So when I was in Mexico I shared one of my homemade recipes with my friend there instead of the other way around. I'ts probably the cheapest and easiest soup you can make. Plus most of the ingredients re in your house right now.


French Onion Soup

2 white onions medium
2 red onions medium size
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon of flour (optional)
Fresh ground pepper
Worcestershire or Maggi seasoning sauce
2 Bay leaves or Laurel leaves 
2 Beef bouillon cubes 
10 cups of water
(or use 2L of beef stock and skip the bouillon cubes and water)


Slice the onions relatively thick and saute them in the butter and oil until they are soft. You can sprinkle some flour on top and mix it in and cook it all down for for a few more minutes to take the flour taste away. The flour just thickens the soup a little, but it's not mandatory my any means. Add your salt, pepper and sugar at this stage too.


After you cook it down a couple more minutes add your red wine



Water, bouillon and 2 bay leaves (or laurel leaves), them let the soup simmer on med/low for about 20 minutes. Then tast the soup and ass your worchestershire or maggi seasoning to  your taste.


Just before serving preheat your broiler in you over, then toast whatever bread you have on hand, I only had hot dog buns, so what?  They worked great.


After you toast you bread rub a cut piece of garlic and rub it onto the surface of the toast


Float the toast on top our your soup


I prefer two cheese slices for extra gooeyness, then pop your soup onto a cookie sheet and into the oven for 2 minutes to broil until your cheese is melted, browned and bubbly.


Garnish with a little parsley or spring onion, and you are done my friend!