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Top Five Friday – 5 Cold / Chilled Soups to Cool You Down

In Top 5 Friday on July 9, 2010 at 1:02 pm

soba-in-frozen-consomme1.  Soba Shots in Frozen Asian Flavoured Double Strength Chicken Consomme by Island Vittles

I think my timing is a little better on this post than my last one — if I had checked the weather forecast before I published on Monday, I would have seen this heatwave coming, and not suggested a Wilted Spinach & Oyster Mushroom Salad with Warm Goat’s Cheese Dressing.

That said, I originally posted the Frozen Soba Shots above in April, when a warm spinach salad probably would have been the more appropriate choice in the cool spring sun.

I could change the name of this blog to Seasonal Food Anachronisms, or I could just get a grip and start posting stuff at the right time, and in the right order…in that spirit, I give you 5 great chilled soups to cool down the summer heat:

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Baba Ghanoush

In Recipes on June 21, 2010 at 2:31 pm


Baba Ghanoush.  Fun to say, difficult to make look pretty.  Food this colour is generally not a good idea.

But even the most aesthetically demanding foodies I know make an exception for Baba — it`s just too smoky, creamy and delicious to pass up.

We had it out on the deck last night with some flatbread and beef short ribs fresh off the charcoal grill.  The sun may be acting a little shy lately, but I am determined to usher in summer, post-haste.  Enough with this inside living stuff…

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Pender Island Cobb Salad

In Island Life, Kitchen Tips, Recipes on May 13, 2010 at 5:03 am


  • Galloping Goose Bacon & Fennel Confit
  • Cold BC Spot Prawns on blanched Washington Asparagus
  • BC New Potato Salad with Yellow Pepper Romesco
  • BC Tomato, Cucumber and Red Onion Salad with a Salted Meyer Lemon vinaigrette
  • Hard-boiled Pender Island Eggs
  • All on a bed of local lettuce, baby kale and dandelion greens.

Seasonal, sustainable, local, foraged, a fridge cleaner — and a freakin’ amazing dinner, if I do say so myself.

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Ouzo Steamed BC Spot Prawns

In Did You Know, Island Life, Recipes on May 10, 2010 at 5:03 am


Trap caught BC Spot Prawns have gained a lot of fame here at home in the past few years — they’re some of the biggest, juiciest sweetest shrimps in the world, AND they’re sustainable, local and (relatively) affordable.

I fear, however, that things may be about to change.  Read the rest of this entry »

Tamarind Wings

In Recipes on May 7, 2010 at 4:11 pm


Tangy, tasty, sweet & sticky, finger licking finger food.

The only thing that could make these better is the barbecue.  The weather is right — and I’ve just heaved the Weber from its winter home in the basement up onto the deck — I wonder if I can get a bag of briquettes home on my scooter…

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Pico de Gallo Cheeseburger

In Recipes on May 6, 2010 at 5:01 am

pico de gallo cheeseburger

I don’t know where I’ve been lately, but I totally blanked on the fact that yesterday was Cinco de Mayo.  If I had been with it, I would’ve posted this quick and easy burger in time for you to have it while celebrating the Mexican Army’s victory over the French in 1862.

Then I ask myself why I, a Canadian, am worried about missing what is really just a regional celebration in the Mexican state of Puebla?   When did it get so BIG?

I don’t know, but I suspect it all started with NAFTA.  Nothing good came out of that nightmare.

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Sunday Lunch – Oven Baked Flatbread

In Recipes, Sunday Lunch on May 2, 2010 at 6:01 am

oven baked flatbread

No, we’re not on bread and water rations for Sunday Lunch here at Island Vittles.

That said, if I was restricted to bread only, I would choose this flatbread as my mainstay.  Do you think they`d let me have a little dip to go with it?

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Olive Oil Poached Salmon with Salted Citrus Gremolata

In Kitchen Tips, Recipes on April 30, 2010 at 10:39 am


Exotic & luxurious sounding, but quick and easy to cook — any night of the week.  Served with a mixed rice pilaf and a small side salad, we were feasting on rich, moist (but not oily) salmon in under an hour…

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Howard’s Biltong

In Howard's Eats, Recipes on April 13, 2010 at 5:03 am


Howard wants me to let everyone out there know that I’m the one calling this Biltong — NOT HIM.

We may have followed — (to a T) — the hundreds years old recipe dictated to him by a Boer grandmother during his time in South Africa in the late 80’s, but because I subjected the marinated beef to 90 minutes of smoke in our smoker/dehydrator it was NO LONGER AUTHENTIC.

Now that the necessary disclaimer is out of the way, I assume it’s safe to continue.

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Cauliflower Fritters

In Recipes on April 12, 2010 at 5:01 am


We’ve been traveling around (foodwise) quite a bit recently:  to China for Jade Chicken, to Spain for some tasty condiments in Romesco and Picada, to Japan for Yakitori, to North Africa for some flavour-packed Preserved Citrus,and to Ireland for an Iced Irish Coffee.

Today I give you a tasty little vegetarian snack from the Indian sub-continent.  The sun is shining; crack open a beer and join me on the deck.  I made enough to share… Read the rest of this entry »