Sunday, March 18, 2018

Green Living Show Preview 2018


Last week I dropped by the Preview for the upcoming Green Living Show on April 6-8, 2018 at the Metro Convention Centre.  The preview was held at the tucked away coffee shop Propellor Coffee in the Bloor and Dundas area of town.

We sampled some of the International food that will be at the Green Living Show this year.  Some of the participating restaurants include:  Farm'r, Wafel Huis, Urban Acorn, 6ix Triangles, Cucinato Italian Culinary Studio, Paintbox, Santo Pecado, Lion City Restaurant, TC's MoMos and Propellor Coffee and various Beers and Wines.

I think I tried every other sample because we went to something else afterward but the things I really enjoyed were of course the waffles from Wafel Huis and the Chicken Tinga tacos from Santo Pecado.
And new this year was Cucinato Italian Culinary Studio's Ricotta fried dough with tomato sauce.


There were also some of the other vendors that will be at the show on hand to show off their products. I found the Soil Booster product pretty interesting.  It has microbes that will enhance your soil and I will be using my sample to refresh the dead earth in my balcony pots this spring and get some herbs and flowers planted again.

We also tried a non alcoholic spirit that was really good by Seedlip. There were skin care products from Province apothecary and reusable wax food covers, I have something like them and they work.

There is so much to see at the Green Living Show for everyone in your family.  Besides the Local Food and Drink area there is Health and Wellness, Eco Travel, Kids fun zone, Fashion and Beauty and Yoga and Fitness and a whole lot more.  You are going to want to try and buy lots of things so bring your walking shoes and your wallet because you will see things you might not have seen before and will want.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Green Chicken and Potatoes

 GREEN CILANTRO CHICKEN with Green Peas and Potatoes

 It's St. Patrick's Day today so I was inspired to make some Green Food and also because of a bunch of Cilantro in my fridge that I needed to use so I created this pretty simple nod to St. Patty's Day Dinner.

I started with a Green Marinade for a couple of bone in skin on chicken breasts.

Green Marinade:

1 bunch of fresh Cilantro
1 peeled shallot
2 tbsps olive oil
1 pickled jalapeno
zest of 1 lime and the juice
Salt and pepper to taste

Blend all of the ingredients in a blender and then pour into a large ziploc bag and place the chicken in the bag and distribute the marinate around the chicken and squeeze out the air and seal the bag and place on a plate and refrigerate for about an hour or so.

I Baked it using a cast iron grill pan so that air would circulate underneath the chicken.  Preheat the oven to 350F and bake for about 40 minutes and check the temperature because of the marinade you won't be able to check by the color of the chicken.

Green Peas and Potatoes

I also peeled and boiled 1 potato in salted water and then just before they were cooked I added frozen peas to the water to cook.

Strain the potatoes and peas when cooked and then saute in a skillet with butter and salt and pepper.  I also aded some chicken smaltz and you could add bacon fat if you have some.  You could also add some garlic but I kept it kind of simple.  Cook until there is a bit of color on the potatoes and the butter is melted and browned.

I also made my new favourite pepper, some blistered Shisito peppers.
In a dry pan on medium heat place some Shisito peppers and cook until the skin starts to blister.
I poured some Sherry Vinegar on them when I took them out of the pan for some acidic balance.

And that was it.   My Green inspired St. Patrick's Day dinner can also be made to celebrate Earth Day too.   Either way it's a very flavourful and fairly simple dinner.   Even better if you have someone to do the dishes afterward,  sadly I do not so I have to try and keep it simple.   I charred the peppers before I sauteed the potatoes and peas to save a pan. 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Sustainable Dim Sum Festival 2018

Event:  Sustainable Dim Sum Festival
Date:  March 6, 2018
Location:  Rotunda at Toronto City Hall 

I had the pleasure of attending the SUSTAINABLE DIM SUM FESTIVAL again at City Hall recently.  It's a fun little festival full of creative Dim Sum from some of the Top restaurants and chefs in Toronto.  

It's a fun event where you pay one price and get a passport, chopsticks and a glass for the beverages and with the passport you go around to each station and they stamp your passport and give you one of their dishes.
It was great to see my friend Matt Dean Pettit there with his Mattys Seafood Brand serving up his crab dip on crackers.
I didn't try all of the different dim sum dishes because I was at another event before hand but I tried 
Some of the participating Vendors included Kanpai Snack Bar, Daniel et Daniel Catering, Earlscourt BBQ,  Centennial College, Just Craft soda paired with Northern Temple Vodka and Bar Reyna and more Breweries and wineries also participated.  I didn't keep the passport so I don't remember everyone but there were about a dozen vendors.  There is also an artist on hand painting during the event and it's pretty fun wandering around and finding out what each one is serving because they take sustainability into consideration in the products they use to create their dim sum dishes.
Kanpai Snack Bar Pork & Cricket Dumpling

Earlscourt BBQ Pork Spring Roll

Daniel et Daniel shrimp and sweet potato bun
Seared Tuna