VanEats Launch Party Menu

We launched on June 11. To celebrate we're having a party tomorrow! Here's a sneak preview of the menu:
Spicy cashews
Spicy marinated green olives
Crazy cracker sticks
Cheddar fricos
Gruyere fricos
Crudites with peppercorn dip
Cheese platter featuring cheeses from Salt Spring Island
Sundried tomato spread
Hot crab dip
Proscuitto bites


Fire Lusty Gal updated!

The Fire Lusty Gal story has been updated to include recipes for Five Spice Chicken Skewers and Satay Pork Steaks.

Keep grillin'!


For Marco: Barb's Chocolate Ganache Cake

This is Barb's "adult" version of the nostalgic Ding Dong cake served at Marco's sugarladen birthday party (Part 1! Only princesses and princes have more than one birthday party!) hosted by Lisa and Rebecca.


Five Spice Chicken Skewers

2 Tbsp. hoisin sauce
1/2 tsp. five spice powder
2 tsp. honey
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. chicken bouillon powder (optional)
2 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
1 clove garlic, mashed

1 1/2 lb. boneless chicken (breasts or thighs)

In a medium bowl, combine all marinade ingredients.
Cut chicken into 1" pieces and combine with marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours up to 24 hours.
Soak bamboo skewers in water for 1/2 hour.
Thread chicken onto skewers.

Satay Pork Steaks

1/2 Tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
2 cloves garlic, mashed
1/2 Tbsp. Malaysian curry powder
1 Tbsp. honey
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 Tbsp. lime or lemon juice

1 1/2 lb. pork shoulder butt steaks or loin chops

Combine all marinade ingredients in a large bowl.

For the love of Mohnkuchen

Crazy for Mohnkuchen would be another title for this news item! I am looking for Mohnkuchen (poppy seed cake) like I used to enjoy at the Dornier Kantine when I lived in Germany.


Chocolate Ganache Cake

1 recipe Chocolate Buttermilk Cake or your favourite chocolate cake recipe, baked in three 8 layers

1 ½ cups whipping cream
3 Tbsp. icing sugar
3/4 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. Frangelico
½ package whipping cream stabilizer, like Whip-It

Ganache Icing:
12 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 ¼ cup whipping cream
3 Tbsp. Frangelico
Whole hazelnuts

In a well chilled medium bowl, combine all filling ingredients.

Roland's BBQ Pork Chops

This simple dish is great with seasonal vegetables from your garden like cucumbers, peas and beans. Just steam the veggies and serve with the Pork Chops over rice!

Mmmm! Mmmmm!


Roland's BBQ Pork Chops

juice of two lemons
Chinese light soy sauce (same amount as lemon juice) 2-4 pork chops

Combine the lemon juice and the soy sauce. Marinate the pork chops with this sauce in the fridge as long as possible.

BBQ over a hot grill until done (about 6-10 minutes depending on the thickness of the pork chops). Don't forget to baste with the leftover marinade while cooking!

For people at Marco's party - Roasted Red Pepper Dip

For Marco's party I made Roasted Red Pepper dip which everyone really liked. This dip is awesome with Italian bread like focaccia. We will also post the recipe for the incredible chocolate cake that Barb made for Marco soon, so stay tuned!



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