Monthly Archives: July 2012
Happy Wednesday Happy food lovers,
Please see this link for my blog added to a British Planet Roaming daily publication.
It happily picked up their namesake match for Roaming Dragon as they were roaming the planet. This to me brings credibility to both the paper and following their name and mission for roaming the planet and for our region getting some great recognition for our food.
It is good to know that our more than worthy food and beverage industry is worthy of a look abroad.
Keep up the great work great food masters of Vancouver !
Thank you Planet Roaming for including my blog in your very informational paper!
Have a great day!
“You Gotta try this !”
Looks fantastic. Take a look
I have no idea what people who are not Austrian connect with Austria – probably “Wienerschnitzel”, “this famous chocolate cake” (Sachertorte), Mozart and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Am I wrong? (I’d really be interested to know what your first associations to Austria are)
Apfelstrudel is in my opinion one of the things that Austria should be known for. You find it everywhere. Bakeries, supermarkets, restaurants.
What I like about it is that you don’t need a lot of ingredients and it’s easy to prepare. Whether you add raisins or not, you grate or slice the apples, add walnuts or almonds or even hazelnuts, you use homemade “Strudelteig”, puff pastry or filo pastry – Apfelstrudel should be a “must” on your baking list!
Makes one “Strudel”
- 4 tbsp rapeseed or corn oil
- 1 handful bread crumbs
- 1 tbsp vanilla sugar
- 5 medium-sized apples
- 4 “layers” filo pastry
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 handful ground…
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Looks great… Worth a try I’d say
Happy Tuesday great food lovers!
Every so often change up your flavors and try something a little different….
Butter Chicken and paolo rice>;; with Garlic naan bread.
Butter chicken (or murgh makhani) is part of Indian cuisine and Pakistani cuisine, popular in countries all over the world. The origins of butter chicken can be traced back to a Punjab region. Butter chicken is regarded to have been first introduced by Simon Mahli Chahal in Mareelun, Delhi. Butter chicken is usually served with naan, roti, parathas, roomali roti or steamed rice. It should not be confused with chicken tikka masala, a similarly coloured Indian chicken dish that originated among the South Asian diaspora in the United Kingdom.
top this off with garlic naan(Indian flat bread)
And you will be craving these flavors for time to come. Dip your garlic naan in the butter chicken and complex heartwarming flavors pop in your both an make your taste buds scream for more!
Where do you find these delectable flavors?
Well that’s easy really, check @urbanspoon for great restaurants in your area. Look up some great recipes up on @foodnetwork or @foodnetworkca or look for Chef Vikram Vij’s pre-packaged products on their food truck or at great quality grocery stores around Vancouver lower mainland.
Vijs prepared foods link click here
You Gotta try this!
If you are looking to expand your flavor world look up Parbu Sweets in Surrey, BC.
A pleasant surprise of wonderment and colorful sweets.
A word from Prabu
Indian Sweet Shop
Indian sweets or Mithai, are known throughout the entire World. Indian sweets rely heavily on sugar, milk and condensed milk, and frying, however the bases of the sweets vary by region. In the Eastern part of India for example, milk is a staple, and most sweets from this region are based on milk products.
Prabu Sweets provide “Traditional Indian Sweets” made with high quality food products and excellent customer service.
A tempting range of exotic North, Indian & Bengali sweets, premium quality namkeens are displayed in a very practical as well as elegant manner.
Apart from sweets & namkeens, we offer mouthwatering chaat to our those customers who have an inclination towards Chatpata’ (tingling) taste.
A well equipped kitchen is the integral part of our shop. We strictly follow the modern methods of preparation. A team of experienced karigars have been deputed to keep an eye on the process of manufacturing, so that no stone is left unturned. Hygiene is the ‘mantra’ among our kitchen staff.
We are 100% Vegetarian
They are located at:
105-7035 128th street
A little education on the products:
Prabu’s website is full of helpful and easy to understand information.
Motichoor laddu or Boondi laddu is a sweet delicacy made from grilled gram flour flakes which are sweetened, mixed with almonds, pressed into balls and fried in ghee. This sweetmeat is believed to have originated from Motichur, a small town near Haridwar and popularized by the Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar region of Uttar Pradesh. The fact that the western Uttar Pradesh belt is the largest producer of cane sugar in the country has helpd develop variants of this laddu – known as khaand ke laddu and guldane ke laddu. Maner, a small town near Patna in Bihar, is also famous for its delicious motichoor laddus. It is a traditional gift at weddings, engagements and births.
Gulab Jambu is a popular northern Indian, Bangladeshi, Nepali and Pakistani sweet dish made of a dough consisting mainly of milk solids (often including double cream and a little flour) in a sugar syrup flavored with cardamom seeds and rosewater or saffron.
A similar Arabic dessert is lu’mat al-adi (Arabic for judge’s bread). Like the South Asian gulab jamun, rosewater syrup is often used, however saffron syrup and honey are also common
The rasagolla was invented in the state of Orissa, where it has been a traditional sweet dish for centuries. Soft, spongy balls of cottage cheese soaked in chilled sugar syrup…. Nicely made Rasgulla melts in your mouth and leaves you wanting more…always! The Bengalis (from eastern India) sure know their sweet making.
Kalakand or Qalaqand
(Urdu: قلاقند ) is a very popular Indian and Pakistani sweet made out of solidified, sweetened milk, to which is added ricotta cheese. It owes it origin to the milk-rich Braj area of western Uttar Pradesh. It is a very popular sweetmeat in North and East India, including Orissa and Bengal and is reputed for its exquisite taste. The ‘Kand’ of Kalakand is derived from the Arabic language which means sweets. Another such example is Gulkand.
Besan Barfi is an Indian sweet made from besan (gram flour), condensed milk and sugar. The sugar blends into a creamy texture that comes from the basic mixture.
Besan barfi is a very common sweet in North India especially during winters. Besan barfi is often garnished with sliced or chopped almonds or pistachios.
Kaju Barfi is an Indian dessert. Kaju literally means Cashew nuts and Barfi is a type of Indian sweet, which varies in ingredients used but is usually prepared according to a standard method. Barfi is often but not always, made by thickening milk with sugar and other ingredients. It is then spread in a flat, shallow dish and cut into bite-sized pieces. These pieces are sometimes decorated with edible silver foil.
Kaju Barfi is made with cashew nuts soaked in water overnight and ground the next day; then sugar, saffron (kesar) and other dried fruits are added. However, you can make kaju barfi with only sugar, water, and ghee. It is usually tan. If made with pistachios, it can be green
A Bengali sweet which has a moist centre surrounded by a sandesh coating! Utterly yummy! When you bite into the crumbly white sweet, you wouldnt suspect the syrup soaked sweet inside!
Dhoda (Sohan Halwa)
Dhoda is the most famous sweat in Khushab, Mianwali and D.I.Khan. Sohni is available at Karyana stores in Pakistan
Rasmalai originated somewhere in the coastal parts of the Indian states of Orissa, West Bengal and Bihar. Sometimes shown as Rassmalai. Ras malai consists of sugary, cream to yellow-colored balls (or flattened balls) of paneer soaked in sweetened, thickened, creamy milk
Gajrela (Carrot Cake)
Also known as carrot delight, gajrela is a tasty blend of carrots, spices, and heavy cream. This sweet dessert hails from the Punjab region of India.
The Petha cluster in Agra is more than a century old. Petha is a form of sweet that is made from Ash-Pumpkins. It has been an Indian favourite due to its medicinal properties and sublime flavour. The clustering of enterprises involved in the production of Petha sweet occurred in Agra due to the availability of raw fruit here and the fondness of the local people for sweets.
Now with their great success the professional family run business has opened a new facility creating new wonders of their highest quality products by producing Paneer
– a specialty cheese coveted by many of the South Asian community and where the
old world traditional way of producing
the product with highest standards the original quality way as it should be. Don’t settle for shortcuts of products made with fillers or inferior process that doesn’t follow the
old world way
Expand your world of tasting and drop by this great shop and if you want more than just sweets, try their excellent Samosa or Pekoras
Looks like a great heartwarming dish! Thank you. Please enjoy
When I introduced Drumsticks in a ‘Foodstuff’s’ post, I suggested that I might try a recipe from Orissa I found in one of my cookery books as a first experiment. When I looked at that recipe again, however, it struck me as a little bit boring so I decided to improvise a little. I went ahead and paired my drumsticks with potato as in the original recipe but then I opted for a much drier, less ‘saucy’ dish and gave things a bit of a Bengali flavor…
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Roma was the final chapter in our Italian odessey.
Despite the soaring temperatures, train loads of tourists, wild traffic, brutal car exhaust and sore feet, under the watchful eye of Julius Caesar and countless other famous Romans, we were still game to hunt for the best food that we could find.
I ordered artichokes every chance I got…
Jewish style artichokes are deep fried until they are totally crispy. I have never had anything but exceptional food in Trastevere which was the old jewish community of Rome from the end of the Roman Republic to the end of the 15th century.
Unless ofcourse you don’t like liver – I love it!
Stuffed zucchini blossoms were on every menu…
This pasta was dressed heavier than most but it was delicious.
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Happy Friday great foodies,
Menchie’s frozen low fat yogurt
On a hot day we certainly search out something refreshing!
If you happen upon a Menchie’s you will more than likely be wowed and wooed
The flavor choices are out of this world and the yogurt is so creamy and so flavorful it may be hard to remember or believe that most if not all of it is low fat
Just to mention some:
*Red velvet cake batter (outta this world)
And the list just goes on… Single flavor or swirled….. Your choice
Then head over to the toppings area
You will boggle your mind here….
More choices, flavors, textures, flavor orbs, sprinkles, fruit, sauces…. This beat just goes on and on! You think “I wish they had” and they probably do!
Dare to dream about your favorite flavors and toppings but be mindful that you pay by the weight…..
This spot is definitely worth a try… So far it seems like we have 2 locations in BC
2315 Cambie Street
Sun – Thurs: 12pm – 10pm
Fri – Sat: 12pm – 11pm
map it! Morgan Crossing Shopping Centre
15775 Croydon Drive
Surrey, BC V3S 0G2
Mon – Sun: 11am – 11pm
Enjoy a treat and cool off… It seems like Menchie’s has attracted allot of stars to their treats.. Keep your eyes peeled!
you gotta try this!
Happy Sunny Wednesday great foodies!
A beautiful sunny summer day in Vancouver and great street food and delectable restaurants are a calling!
It is a great scene walking downtown these days…. Summer tourists, lunch break from work or a food cart addiction to the great foods that the culinary masters are producing on their moving kitchens or great restaurant kitchens or patio grills?
Whatever the answer it doesn’t really matter because it looks good on the food and beverage industry and city.
Vancouver really is a great city to walk around in and shop or tour. When you feel hungry or in need for a refreshment there really is endless choices.
Wether your down by the ocean and happen upon fresh local wild or in English bay and walk by Your favorite fish & chip stand or favorite hotdog stand or are in the heart of the city and find your way into any number or great restaurants that the city has to offer with flavors from around the world…. Or a favorite street food cart or truck the choices won’t disappoint!
Try and get out and enjoy our great city and take a culinary adventure…. Our wonderful city will tickle you palate and Flavors will pop on your taste buds if you dare to try the wonderful fares.
You want more? Then maybe head on down to Granville Island and poke in the shops, fresh market or Edible Canada….. There are also a great handful of restaurants with culinary delights and I would be remiss if I didn’t also add, some of the greatest views by the water.
Have a great day and remember, You Gotta Try this or That!