Friday, July 21, 2017

Salmon Soba Noodle Buddha Bowls with Ginger Sesame Dressing #FishFridayFoodies


Pan-fried salmon soba noodle Buddha bowls with ginger sesame dressing are easy, tasty and healthy too. They can be made ahead of time and chilled, if you like cold salmon like we do, or assembled when you are ready to eat with warm salmon on top.  Either way, you are going to love the flavors of this dish!

Food Lust People Love: Salmon Soba Noodle Buddha Bowls with Ginger Sesame Dressing are light, delicious and filling. Perfect for a summer dinner or packed lunch.

Years ago my father was living in Southeast Asia. Every time I went to visit him, I flew on the Japanese national carrier, JAL. Their menu never seemed to vary, at least in Economy. You had the choice of a Western meal, invariably a small hockey puck-sized filet mignon steak, overcooked, grey and flavorless. Or the Japanese meal, a small bowl of delicately flavored miso soup with slivers of seaweed and cold soba noodles with a delightfully salty savory dipping sauce. There were other parts to the meal to accompany the noodles, but those were the highlight for me. A revelation of tender chewiness unlike any noodle I had met before. And their dipping sauce was heaven. I guess you know which meal I would choose.

Ever since, I’ve been a fan of soba noodles. And, frankly, Japanese food in general. When was the last time you’ve ever heard that airplane food was a positive convincer for a whole country’s cuisine? I owe JAL a debt of gratitude.

You might think the star of this recipe is the salmon, sitting there on center stage on top of the Buddha bowl. And it is lovely, especially seasoned with the shichimi togarashi. But I’ve got to tell you that what makes this dish special is the homemade ginger sesame dressing. It’s so easy to make – and it keeps well in the refrigerator. It’s also what adds the most flavor to this cold soba noodle salad.

Food Lust People Love: Salmon Soba Noodle Buddha Bowls with Ginger Sesame Dressing are light, delicious and filling. Perfect for a summer dinner or packed lunch.

You’ll have ginger sesame dressing leftovers with this recipe so try it on a fresh baby spinach salad with oranges and maybe some toasted almonds. Another of our favorites.


Salmon Soba Noodle Buddha Bowls with Ginger Sesame Dressing


Ingredients
For the ginger sesame dressing:
1/2 cup or 120ml extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup or 60ml apple cider vinegar
2 in or 5cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons soy sauce (I like Kikkoman’s.)
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon tahini paste
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

For 2 salmon soba noodle bowls:
2 salmon fillets, skin on (about 4 3/4 oz or 135g each)
Fine sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Shichimi togarashi – Read more about it here. http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/01/spice-hunting-seven-spice-powder-shichimi-togarashi-japanese-condiment.html
7 oz or 200g soba (buckwheat) noodles
7 oz or 200g snow peas (mangetout)
1 medium carrot, grated
3-4 small crunchy radishes, sliced
1/2 cup or 120ml ginger sesame dressing, plus a couple of tablespoons
2 teaspoons black sesame seeds
Small bunch green onions, chopped

Method
First, make the ginger sesame dressing: Combine all the ingredients in a blender or in an appropriate vessel with a hand blender. Process until smooth and emulsified.

Refrigerate the dressing as you prepare the rest of the ingredients. It will keep well in the refrigerator for at least two weeks.

Season the salmon fillets by sprinkling salt, black pepper and shichimi togarashi on both sides. Cook them skin side down in a hot pan just until you see the color lighten inside the skin. Remove the salmon from the pan and place on a plate skin side up. Use a thin blade to gently remove the skin and put it back in the pan.


Cook till crispy. Set aside to drain on a paper towel.

Season the skinless side with the salt, pepper and shichimi togarashi. Return the salmon fillets to the hot pan and cook to your desired doneness. I know some people like salmon a bit rare inside, but we like ours cooked through. (Unless we are eating sushi or sashimi, in which case, we love it complete raw. It’s all of nothing with us.)



Meanwhile, put a large pot of water on the stove to boil. Once it comes to a boil, add in the soba noodles a few at a time and give them a bit of a stir so they don’t stick together.


Bring water back up to a boil and then immediate reduce the heat to simmer. Cook for about 6-7 minutes for thin noodles, 7-8 minutes for thicker ones, or according to the package instructions.

In the last 2 minutes of cooking time, add in the snow peas.

Fill a large bowl with cold water and add some ice cubes.

Drain the noodles and snow peas in a colander and rinse with cool water, washing them till the water runs clear.


Soba noodles are quite starchy and washing them is essential so do not skip this step. Now put them in the ice water until completely chilled. Drain well in a colander until dry.

Pick the snow peas out of the chilled soba noodles and set aside.

Pour the dressing over the noodles and toss them gently to coat. Add the sesame seeds and toss again to distribute them well. You can cover and refrigerate the noodles now and assemble your salmon soba noodle bowls later, if need be.


To assemble the noodle bowls, start with the dressed noodles, then top with the snow peas, grated carrots and sliced radishes. Add in the salmon. Drizzle on a little more of the dressing and sprinkle the bowl with the green onions. Don’t forget to add the crispy salmon skin! This is our favorite part anytime we cook salmon.

Food Lust People Love: Salmon Soba Noodle Buddha Bowls with Ginger Sesame Dressing are light, delicious and filling. Perfect for a summer dinner or packed lunch.

Enjoy!

This month my Fish Friday Foodie group is sharing Buddha bowls for your dining pleasure. Fresh and healthy Buddha bowls are apparently all the rage right now, with their starches or grains, protein and fresh vegetables. Many thanks to our host Sue from Palatable Pastime for pushing me to make my very first Buddha bowl! Check out the other seafood Buddha bowls right here.


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Food Lust People Love: Salmon Soba Noodle Buddha Bowls with Ginger Sesame Dressing are light, delicious and filling. Perfect for a summer dinner or packed lunch.
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Chive Potato Filled Cheeseburger Meatloaf Bundt #BundtBakers


Elevate meatloaf to a whole new level with this chive potato filled cheeseburger meatloaf Bundt recipe. It is a delicious new family favorite and a beautiful centerpiece for your Sunday supper or buffet table.

Food Lust People Love: Elevate meatloaf to a whole new level with this chive potato filled cheeseburger meatloaf Bundt recipe. It is a delicious new family favorite and a beautiful centerpiece for your Sunday supper or buffet table.

This month our Bundt Baker host is Colleen from Faith, Hope, Love and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice and she challenged us to use our Bundt pans to bake something untraditional.  I briefly considered making a pork terrine - a pâté de Campagne of sorts – or a crustless quiche. But the honest truth is that I didn’t feel like eating either of those things. What I really felt like eating was meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

And so, this chive potato filled cheeseburger meatloaf Bundt was born! It was an absolute hit with my favorite taste-tester/husband. After enjoying the meatloaf for dinner the first night, he took meatloaf sandwiches to work for lunch for the next few days, declaring them fabulous.

Chive Potato Filled Cheeseburger Meatloaf Bundt


Ingredients
For the chive potatoes:
1 lb or 450g waxy potatoes
1/4 cup or 57g butter
1/4 cup or 60ml cream
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
Generous bunch green onion tops, chopped - save a little for garnish

For the cheeseburger meatloaf:
1 slice sandwich bread
1/4 cup or 60ml milk
1 1/2 lbs or 680g ground beef
1/2 lb or 230g ground pork
1 small onion, minced finely
1/2 cup or 50g grated extra sharp cheddar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons dry mustard powder (like Coleman’s)
1/2 teaspoon salt
black pepper
1/4 cup or 60ml ketchup

To line the Bundt pan:
1 teaspoon canola or other light oil
8 slices bacon

Method
Peel and quarter the potatoes. Boil them till tender in lightly salted water. Drain the potatoes and mash them completely with a potato masher. Stir in the butter and cream and season the mashed potatoes with salt and black pepper. Set aside to cool.


Preheat the 350°F or 180°C and brush the 12-cup Bundt pan with the canola oil. Line the pan with the bacon.


Rip the bread into rough pieces and, in a large bowl, pour the milk over it, pushing the pieces down into the milk. Soak until all the milk is absorbed. Add all of the other ingredients to the bowl and mix well.

Food Lust People Love: Elevate meatloaf to a whole new level with this chive potato filled cheeseburger meatloaf Bundt recipe. It is a delicious new family favorite and a beautiful centerpiece for your Sunday supper or buffet table.

Carefully spoon two-thirds of the meat mixture into the prepared pan. Press it down and then use a spoon to create a channel in the middle.


Add the green onion tops to the cooled mashed potatoes and mix well. Spoon the potatoes into the channel in the meat.

Food Lust People Love: Elevate meatloaf to a whole new level with this chive potato filled cheeseburger meatloaf Bundt recipe. It is a delicious new family favorite and a beautiful centerpiece for your Sunday supper or buffet table.

Top with the rest of the meat mixture and press it into the sides and middle.

Food Lust People Love: Elevate meatloaf to a whole new level with this chive potato filled cheeseburger meatloaf Bundt recipe. It is a delicious new family favorite and a beautiful centerpiece for your Sunday supper or buffet table.

Fold the excess bacon over the top of the meat mixture from the sides and middle.

Food Lust People Love: Elevate meatloaf to a whole new level with this chive potato filled cheeseburger meatloaf Bundt recipe. It is a delicious new family favorite and a beautiful centerpiece for your Sunday supper or buffet table.

Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes or till the internal temperature of meatloaf reaches 160°F or 71°C.

Food Lust People Love: Elevate meatloaf to a whole new level with this chive potato filled cheeseburger meatloaf Bundt recipe. It is a delicious new family favorite and a beautiful centerpiece for your Sunday supper or buffet table.

Cool the chive potato filled cheeseburger meatloaf Bundt for 15 minutes in the pan. Carefully turn it out onto a baking pan.

Food Lust People Love: Elevate meatloaf to a whole new level with this chive potato filled cheeseburger meatloaf Bundt recipe. It is a delicious new family favorite and a beautiful centerpiece for your Sunday supper or buffet table.

Raise the oven temperature to 400°F or 200°C and roast the meatloaf for 15 minutes more or until golden. I turned the top element of my oven on for the last five minutes, to heighten the color. You might want to do the same.

Food Lust People Love: Elevate meatloaf to a whole new level with this chive potato filled cheeseburger meatloaf Bundt recipe. It is a delicious new family favorite and a beautiful centerpiece for your Sunday supper or buffet table.

Cool for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with a side of lightly cooked green beans or perhaps a green salad.

Food Lust People Love: Elevate meatloaf to a whole new level with this chive potato filled cheeseburger meatloaf Bundt recipe. It is a delicious new family favorite and a beautiful centerpiece for your Sunday supper or buffet table.

Enjoy!
 

Check out the creative list of untraditional Bundts we have for you this month:
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#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on the BundtBakers home page.

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Food Lust People Love: Elevate meatloaf to a whole new level with this chive potato filled cheeseburger meatloaf Bundt recipe. It is a delicious new family favorite and a beautiful centerpiece for your Sunday supper or buffet table.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Chili Maple Bacon Cookies #CreativeCookieExchange


Soft on the inside and chewy on the outside, these chili maple bacon cookies are also the perfect combination of sweet, salty and spicy.


This is the cookie for your bacon-loving friend who doesn’t usually eat cookies. (Like me.) The subtle maple flavor and the fresh kick of chili from the spiked syrup balance the smokiness and salt of the bacon. But make no mistake, these are still plenty sweet enough to be called cookies.

I’m not much of a cookie eater but these guys with bacon and chili have me hooked! If you like cookies with bacon, you might also want to try my Brown Sugar Bacon Cookies or my Bacon Dark Chocolate Bourbon Cookies.

Ingredients - for 2 dozen cookies
1 lb or 450g smoked bacon, divided (11-13 thin slices)
1/4 cup or 60ml maple syrup
1 small hot red chili pepper
2/3 cup or 156ml canola or other light oil
1 cup or 200g sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups or 250g flour +62g

1/4 cup or 60g turbinado or demerara sugar for rolling

Method
Mince the chili pepper finely and put it in a microwavable measuring cup or bowl with the maple syrup. Warm the syrup (about 30 seconds should do) and then leave to cool so the chili pepper flavor and heat will infuse the syrup.

Fry the bacon until crispy then drain on paper towels. Once cool, mince it finely. Divide the bacon bits into piles of about two-thirds and one-third. We’ll mix the bigger pile into the cookie dough and use the smaller one for rolling the dough balls.



Note: Once the maple syrup is cool, you can strain out the chili pepper if you’d like. I like to leave mine in.

In a mixing bowl, stir together oil, sugar, egg, maple syrup, baking soda, salt and vanilla.


Add in the bigger pile of minced bacon.


Mix well, then stir in the flour, stirring just until it is mixed in.



Refrigerate until stiff.

Preheat the oven to 375°F or 190°C and line two or three cookie sheets with baking parchment or silicone liners. These cookies do spread out so I baked them only six at a time.

Mix the turbinado or demarara sugar with the reserved minced bacon in a bowl.


Use a tablespoon or cookie scoop to divide the dough into 24 pieces. Roll the dough pieces into balls and then roll in the sugar and bacon.


Place the balls on the prepared cookie sheets and bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.


Cool on the cookie sheets then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.


Enjoy!



This month my Creative Cookie Exchange friends are sharing cookies with chili. Check out the great list of recipes:



Creative Cookie Exchange is hosted by Laura of The Spiced Life. We get together once a month to bake cookies with a common theme or ingredient so Creative Cookie Exchange is a great resource for cookie recipes. Be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts at The Spiced Life. We post the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month!

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