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Jade Chicken

In Recipes on March 22, 2010 at 4:06 am

Chinese Jade Chicken

Have you ever had deep fried spinach?  It’s really good.

Have you ever had deep fried nettles?  They’re even better.

We had a little of both for dinner  — my latest attempt to recreate a favourite dish from my childhood:  Jade Chicken from Vong’s Kitchen on Fraser Street in Vancouver.  I think I got it this time. Read the rest of this entry »


Nettle-Mint Lollipops

In Island Life, Kitchen Tips, Lessons From Cooking School on March 19, 2010 at 7:17 am


In my brain, it sounded like an inspired, natural way to colour candy green.  (The beets worked, after all.)

In practice, it results in Disgusto-Pops.


Stinging Nettles

One of the chef tips we learned at culinary school was how to use pureed spinach as a green colour enhancer.  You put some spinach in the blender with a little water, blend away, and eventually, you have a vibrant colourant that makes broccoli soup a little greener.


I got a green colourant out of the nettles, but it was more olive than vibrant.  And once the heat of the molten candy got it, it was so drabbed down that I had to use A LOT to turn the lollipops green — so much that the lollipops tasted strongly of nettles, and nothing of the peppermint extract I also used.


A lollipop that tastes of nettles is not A Good Thing.  You’re going to have to trust me on this.

Nettle Pesto Pizza

In Recipes on February 23, 2010 at 5:02 am

nettle-pesto-pizzaDid I mention that February is Nettle Month here on IV?  I’m happier than a pig in sh** — for real.  What?  You should see all of the deer pellets near my nettle patch… Read the rest of this entry »

Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

In Recipes on February 19, 2010 at 5:01 am


Before you even start with the “I don’t like eggplant,” please — just stop.

I’ve heard it before.  And after I convince you to try it — “It’s fried,” I’ll say — you’ll have to eat your words, so to speak.

I have yet to meet someone I couldn’t convert to eggplant with this sandwich.  Even Howard.  It’s that good. Read the rest of this entry »