Chopped Canada is Back and Recipe Idea From Their Mystery Basket

Chopped Canada’s fourth season started on Food Network Canada on September 3.  Mystery ingredients for various courses premiere included haggis, mountain yam root, gai lan (Chinese mustard greens) and fruit ring cereal (i.e. Froot Loops – YUCK!!!).  For my meal idea, I’ve decided make a (fake/fantasy) main course out of the round 2 basket, consisting […]

Food Network Star: Is Joy Being Exploited for her Cuisine Ignorance?

My husband and I have been watching Food Network Star this season and I think I have an idea who the finalists will be.  I won’t say whom just yet, though.  However, I want to talk about one contestant – Joy.  I often wonder WHY she’s even on.  Her cooking style is very…mom-like.  People who […]

Chopped Canada, Season 3, Episode 19: Sweet and Spicy Breaded Halibut Sandwich with Turnip and Sweet Potato Fries

The main course ingredients on this episode were candy powder dipping sticks, halibut, sweet peas and baby turnips, and thus, the first thing that came to my head was, well, fish and chips (okay, so the baby turnip “chips” will look more like turnip hash browns, but still!).  The candy powder can easily be mixed […]

Chopped Canada, Season 3, Episode 18: Asparagus Stuffed Guinea Fowl

Ingredients for the main course were as follows:  guinea fowl (gamey poultry), purple mustard seeds, barbecue flavoured rice crackers and green asparagus – pretty simple compared to other weeks.  As soon as I heard about the ingredients, I thought of breaded guinea fowl – stuffed with asparagus, sundried tomatoes and goat cheese.  Why not? The […]

Chopped Canada Season 3, Episode 17: Fresh Horseradish? Elk Ribeye?

Hmmmm….what can you do with those?  And nacho cheese flavoured chips?  And seaweed sheets?  I mean, I could go all pubby, slow cook the elk and  then make nachos with it.  However, that wouldn’t really be a main course.  I would cook the elk, wrapped in seaweed and then serve it with a fresh horseradish, […]

Chopped Canada Season 3, Episode 16: Macaron Crusted Pork Tenderloin Skewers

The appetizer round ingredients for episode 16 consisted of cassis flavoured macaron (one faux pas I heard during the episode – at least ONE contestant (a professional) pronounced it MACAROON.  If you’re in the culinary industry, shouldn’t you KNOW it’s MACARON?  Macaroons are a different species entirely), jalepeno peppers, pork tenderloin and loquats.  The first […]

Chopped Canada, Season 3, Ep 15: Sun Dried Tomatoes and Beetroot Powder Pizza

The appetizer round consisted of the following ingredients: beetroot powder, pepperoni, sun dried tomatoes, and long beans.  Since this is an imaginary meal and I’m also not a contestant on Chopped, I have all the time I have.  Thus, I’m going to make pizza (actually, I’ll probably make some sort of open-faced sandwich if I […]

Chopped Canada, Season 3, Episode 14: Using Sticky Rice to Make Dumplings

Jong – eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival is a tradition in Chinese culture.  Called zongzi (or simply jong in Cantonese), it is often served savoury with ingredients such as duck eggs, sticky glutinous rice and nuts (usually peanuts) and wrapped in bamboo leaves.  It resembles tamales from Mexico.  Since episode 14’s dessert ingredients included […]

Chopped Canada, Season 3, Episode 13: Braised Sweet and Sour Hare and Bok Choy Rice

The ingredients for the main course last week were as follows:  hare, sage, watermelon lollipops and bok choy.   There was, as usual, a time limit, but this post isn’t about that, so I will will take my time and braise the meat in the oven.  It’s a fantasy meal, anyway – something that I will […]

Chopped Canada Season 3, Episode 12: Peppermint Patty Goat Meatball Mole

The main course ingredients for the twelfth episode of the third season were as follows:  mint peppermint patties, capers, ground goat meat and black bean flour.  As soon as I heard there were peppermint patties and meat, the first thing I thought of was something with a mole sauce.  Can’t be that hard, can it?  […]

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