Kim Chau Satay Sauce makes an excellent marinade!

As pointed out in Barb's excellent article about Kim  Chau, not only do they have great sandwiches but they also sell a killer satay sauce.

For a fast, easy and tasty BBQ, marinate pork chops in Kim Chau Satay Sauce for ten minutes or longer. Then grill the chops on high heat until they are done (about 5-10 minutes total depending on the thickness of the chops). Baste the chops with leftover marinade while BBQing. Guten Appetit!


Chocolate Straws

3 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
¼ cup sugar
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
6 sheets phyllo pastry
6 Tbsp. butter, melted

In a food processor, finely chop chocolate, sugar and cinnamon. If you dont have a food processor, use a knife and chop the chocolate as fine as you can and combine with sugar and cinnamon.
Cut phyllo pastry sheets in half crosswise. Cover with plastic wrap, then a damp tea towel.
Place 1 sheet pastry with long side closest to you. Lightly brush upper half of pastry with butter.

Peppercorn Dip

1 cup sour cream
¼ cup yogurt
2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
1 green onion, finely chopped
¾ tsp. mixed peppercorns, coarsely ground
½ tsp. salt or to taste

Mix together all ingredients.
Cover and chill at least 2 hours for flavours to blend.
Serve with an assortment of lightly blanched or raw veggies.

Makes 1 ½ cups

Portrait of a "Real" Bagel

For those of you who haven't seen a real "Montreal style" bagel, check out this picture of a real sesame seed bagel from Siegel's Bagels: a Siegel's sesame seed bagel: A sesame seed bagel from Siegel's Bagels.


Barb's Launch Party Thank-you

We just wanted to thank everyone who came to the VanEats  Launch Party. We hope you had as much fun as we did!


VanEats Launch party a success!

The VanEats launch party was awesome!

Lots of great food and drink was had by all. And most importantly we received a lot of donations for the foodbank.

Barb has graciously posted the recipes for Smoky Caramalized Onion Bites, Cranberry Vodka Spritzers and Thai Fish Cakes

Barb will be posting a followup item soon about her take on the party.


Thai Fish Cakes

2 lb. cod fillets
2 Tbsp. red curry paste
1 Tbsp. fish sauce
2 1/2 Tbsp. arrowroot
1/2 Tbsp. sugar
1 egg
4 fresh lime leaves, finely shredded or 2 tsp. lime zest
1 cup green beans, cut into 1/4" pieces
Oil for panfrying

In a food processor, grind cod to a paste. Place in a large bowl.
Add curry paste, fish sauce, arrowroot, sugar, egg, lime leaves and green beans.
Mix well (use your's a lot easier!) and chill at least 30 minutes.

Cranberry Vodka Spritzers

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup lime juice
3 3/4 cups cranberry cocktail
1 1/4 cups vodka
2 1/2 cups club soda
Lime slices

In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water. Heat until sugar is dissolved. Add lime juice. Cool, transfer to a non-metallic container and refrigerate.
To make cocktail, combine lime syrup, cranberry cocktail and vodka in a pitcher. Gradually add club soda.
Serve over ice and garnish with lime slices.

Makes 8 servings

Smoky Caramelized Onion Bites

1 Tbsp. butter
3 onions, thinly sliced
2 tsp. sugar
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cup smoked Gouda, shredded
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. caraway seeds
6 sheets phyllo pastry
1/4 cup butter
Caraway seeds for sprinkling

Melt 1 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet. Add onions and cook until they are transparent and starting to colour. Add sugar and continue to cook until the onions are brown. Total cooking time should be 40 minutes. Cool.
In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, smoked Gouda, pepper, caraway seeds and onions.

David and Ed review Barb and Roland's menu

Awesome! But what a long wait for the desserts!!! Ed wants nametags for the food items. "Mmm, that Fred was really good, but Justine could have used a bit more spice..." said Ed. "I know, but you should try Charlie, I went overboard with the chili peppers," responded Roland.



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