I love beets every which way but my family is not crazy about them unless they are roasted and how easy is that. There are new varities popping up in our grocery store and farmer’s market. I think the beet is a little forgotten vegetable that when roasted turns out sweet and crisp. You can now get beets bagged in a variety. The smaller ones don’t even need peeling.
One bag of beets in a variety
2 Tbsp. good olive oil
Kosher or large grain sea salt
Freshly ground pepper
Preheat oven to 400F. Scrub beets and cut off top and bottom. Cut into small chunks, the small ones can be cut in quarters and the larger can be in sixths. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Toss well to coat evenly. Roast for 35-45 min. turning once or twice. I like to wait until they are starting to brown before turning probably at the 20 min. mark or longer. Remove from oven and season futher with salt and pepper if you like. Serve hot.
This is honestly one of the best things I have ever eaten!!!! Brava Bistro is on 17th Ave. SW again in a trendy part of town in Calgary. These mussels have it all. From the crispy perfectly done pomme frites to the garlicky aioli adorning the top, down to the bottom of the bowl where a creamy heavenly sauce resides. The mussels are surrounded in wonderful tastes for your palate. I have had these time and time again and they never fail to delight. I would love to try and replicate this recipe but I doubt they would ever be the same. If you are lucky enough to reside here or are visiting they are a must!!! Enjoy!!!
Their address is 723 17 Ave SW.
Their new store is on the main drag of a very trendy part of Calgary in Inglewood. You open the door to this gorgeous store and the aroma of spices smacks you awake. The fragrance of all these lovely spices, herbs and seasonings surrounds you. It is hard to choose when there is such a great selection. I have received these spices as a gift and have given them as gifts, plus have done my own purchasing. Their spices are very fresh and very aromatic. You will be surprised with the difference from a store brand. The staff is helpful and very pleasant. You can select their pre made gift boxes or have your own selection beautifully boxed. They also have shipping so they are just as easy as your local neighborhood store. Let Silk Road spice up your life.
Their website is www.silkroadspices.ca
This is the coolest gift a foodie could get. I received this from my loving friend Nan as a Christmas gift. I look at them, smell them and am completely enthralled by them. They are all like little gems. I unfortunately lost the insert for them describing each spice but the company which is based in England very kindly mailed me a new one. So I have been waiting on this to blog about them.
With unique blends of spices like White Mischief that has Smoked China tea, delicate jasmine and orange flowers, chili and aromatic Sichuan peppercorns, that they say goes well with fish, shell fish and vegetables. Others have unique names like Carnal Sin, Grains of Paradise, Salt of the Earth and Devil’s Penis Chili. To spices that have been treasured as much as gold over the years like nutmeg, saffron and cacao nibs. I will now be using these in my dishes and will report back to you about all their heavenly aromas and tastes.
These are made by Laura Santtini and her website is www.laurasanttini.com
Ken is back at the smoker again and these are so good!!!!
4 large beef steak tomatoes
1-14 oz. can of artichoke hearts, packed in water, drained and diced
8 oz. soft goat cheese
4 Tbsp. chives, chopped
Cut tomato tops off and core. Sprinkle inside of tomatoes with salt. Place tomatoes upside down on a paper towel to drain any excess moisture.
Mix artichokes, goat cheese and chives together. Stuff into tomatoes and spread top evenly.
Smoke for 45-55 min. in your smoker at 215-230F, using apple/hickory wood mixture following instructions from your smoker. Hickory is a solid standby for most vegetables but you can also use any fruit wood.