Foodie Gifts for 2017

Cookbooks

I know I never tire of getting new cookbooks.  Some of my favourites – Oh She Glows, Thug Kitchen, Flavor Bible, anything by Ottolenghi

Cooking Class

Experiential services are a great way to go when you are giving to someone who has everything.  STIR offers gift certificates for upcoming cooking classes or private cooking classes.

Ice Cream/Cookie Scoops

We use these all the time for energy ball production.  Makes measuring evenly simple.  Fits nicely into a stocking.

Weber iGrill

This handy thermometer is perfect for the grilling enthusiast on your list.  This is used regularly in my house.  Weber iGrill

Flavoured Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

Small jars of these infused oils and vinegars are perfect for a stocking and then the pantry.  Great to have these on hand for instant flavour.

Olive Branch Nanaimo

Local Food Products

Support local this holiday season by buying gifts from Vancouver Island Food Producers

http://nanaimo.thrivinglocally.com/

Chipotle Corn Chowder

This Chipotle Corn Chowder is warming for autumn as the nights descends earlier and the days grow colder.

Chipotle Corn Chowder
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Ingredients

  • 2Tbsp butter
  • 1 large onion, small dice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 Tbsp chipotle puree
  • 2 yukon gold potatoes, peeled, diced
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 ears sweet corn or 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3 ½ cups milk
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
recipe by STIR Cooking School

Instructions

In a large soup pot, heat butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Add celery, carrot, red pepper, chipotle, potatoes.

Add broth and cook until vegetables are tender, approximately 10 minutes.

In a medium bowl whisk together flour and milk. Pour into soup pot.

Add the corn kernels, thyme, salt and pepper.

Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Ladle soup into bowls and top with cheddar cheese if desired. Serve with warm bread or cornbread and crisp salad or slaw.

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Healing Power of Turmeric

In this interactive workshop learn how to incorporate fresh and dried turmeric into your everyday meals and snacks. Discover how this golden rhizome can help with many health conditions as well as improve your general well-being. STIR will demonstrate recipes from sweet to savory, and provide samples and recipes.

Go home with your own jar of turmeric chai tea mix.

This class is gluten-free and vegetarian. 10% off store-wide.

Healing Power of Turmeric

 

Vietnamese Pho Class

You will learn 2 broth methods; a Vegan and a Chicken version of Vietnam’s famous dish as well as how to make spring rolls and dipping sauce. These authentic recipes come to us from a famous chef in Hanoi.

 

Vietnamese Pho Class

Vietnamese PHO …say FUH!

Pronouncing Pho correctly ,especially when in Vietnam, will reward you with a delicious, aromatic bowl of comfort food.

If you haven’t tried this tasty national dish from Vietnam you are in for a treat.

PHO starts with an amazing complex flavoured broth and ends up in your bowl filled with noodles, protein ,and crunchy, spicy ,tangy condiments.

PHO is held as a reflection of the daily life of the peasants tracing back to the Hanoi area in the 19th century.It is believed to be a culinary merge with the French stew Pot au Feu the Vietnamese pronounced as Pho. Prior to the French Colonization ,the Vietnamese did not slaughter their cattle.The French added the cow as a protein source and by the 1920’s beef  or water buffalo in Pho was the norm and chicken was added soon after.

When I was in Vietnam last year I was able to obtain an authentic Pho recipe at a very well respected restaurant in Hanoi.I am excited to share it with you!

Join us on Tuesday, November 28th and learn how to make your own Chiken and Vegan Pho .

We will also make Vietnamese rice paper rolls and dipping sauce.

Kimchi Queso Dip

This is a great use of kimchi, especially your older kimchi that you want to use up when it’s time to make a new batch.  Serve with tortilla chips or other dippers for a quick, easy and delicious snack.

Kimchi Queso Dip
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Ingredients

  • • 1 cup cashews, soaked 2 hours, drained
  • • 1 cup almond milk, or similar
  • • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • • 1 cup kimchi
  • • 1 ½ Tbsp potato starch
  • • salt and pepper to taste
  • • green onions and cilantro to garnish
recipe by STIR Cooking School

Instructions

Blend cashews, almond milk, nutritional yeast, kimchi and potato starch in a blender until smooth.

Pour into a pot on low heat. Heat just until warmed and begins to thicken.

Adjust seasoning. Place in bowl to serve. Top with green onions and cilantro.

Serve with tortilla chips or another favourite dipper.

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Kimchi Workshop

October 19 at Pomme Natural Market.

Learn how to make your own batch of this fermented Korean side dish.

Join us for this demonstration of the complete kimchi process. We will talk about the health benefits of fermented foods as well as giving you some culinary inspiration on how to use kimchi in your kitchen. Recipes and samples provided. This class is gluten-free and vegan. 10% off storewide.

Ticket includes a 2 litre mason jar in which to ferment as well as Korean chili flakes for your first batch.

Kimchi Workshop at Pomme

Canada’s Food Guide Gets a New Look…finally!

Let’s face it, that dairy, grain and meat heavy Canada’s Food Guide is overdue for a re-vamp! We will see the new-guide early in the new year, in the meantime here is a sneak preview of some of the exciting new changes you can expect .

 

-Proteins will be lumped together making it easier to incorporate a variety of choices daily ie, meat, dairy and plant-based choices are in the same category.

-Processed foods and beverages will be discouraged, especially refined carbohydrates like those found in pre-made baking, snack foods, convenience meals and take out. Sweetened beverages like pop, energy drinks and high caloric coffee drinks are excluded and no more chocolate milk or juices in the food guide.

-Mindful eating will be encouraged, paying attention to feelings of fullness, hunger, enjoying eating slowly and loving your body.

-Families gathering around food to promoting a healthy involvement in cooking and eating meals together.

-Meatless meals will be emphasized to help families include plant-based protein in their diets.

-Reduction in saturated fat consumption ie. butter,red meat, high fat dairy and promotion of un-saturated fats ie. olive oil, seeds, nuts.

-Reduction of food waste will help us all take care of the planet  by touching on food production, waste, soil, water and wildlife preservation.

 

Watch for the new guide coming your way in 2018!

 

By Jennifer Leslie

 

For more information about the food guide consultation process:

www.foodguideconsultation.ca

Easy Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce

What to do with all those tomatoes?

Make your own tomato sauce that tucks into the freezer for those cozy, comfort food meals. Think chili, spaghetti sauce, soup, lasagna, enchiladas!

Easy Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce
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Ingredients

  • 18 ripe roma tomatoes
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. ground pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. dried or 2 Tbsp. fresh basil
recipe by STIR Cooking School

Instructions

Place all ingredients except the tomatoes in a large bowl and mix together. Halve the tomatoes and place in the bowl. Mix gently.

Turn onto a sheet pan with tomatoes skin side down.

Bake in the middle of the oven at 300 degrees for 2 hours.

Turn oven to 400 degrees and roast for 15-30 more min. to caramelize.

(If you prefer a less dark sauce, roast them for a shorter period of time).

You can change up the herbs for a different flavor profile, try adding cilantro, oregano, rosemary or any herb combination you’d like!

I like to puree the roasted tomatoes once cooled with a hand blender to make it smoother.This sauce freezes beautifully!

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