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Canned Smoked Whitefish

Canned Smoked Whitefish

This is a topic close to my heart. It is a passion of mine that started in an effort to preserve the biggest harvest I ever had from my garden. It was the summer of 2001 and I had a 4000 square foot garden over flowing with fruits and vegetables. It was the results of working my way through the hardest struggle of my life.  Months before I lost my youngest son. Deep in the dark lonely hole of grief, I was desperate to find something good in the world. Something to busy my mind. My hands. To have purpose. So I started some seeds under a set of florescent lights that winter.

From those dark days grew a passion that gives me tremendous joy and is where I go to think, or not. And the results is an amazing wealth of fresh produce that I preserve to last the entire year.

Along my preserving journey I have made pickles, jams, jellies, pickles eggs and sausage and my latest experiments have been with smoked fish.

Smoked whitefish on Nutmeg Disrupted

Smoked fish is a flavour of my childhood that takes me back immediately to the kitchen table of my childhood home. It was like Christmas when my Gido would arrive bearing bags of whole smoked whitefish. Truly, it was one of the things I most looked forward to, better then any other gift he could have bought.  They were whole fish, cut down the belly, laid flat then smoked until they were dried yet still had a touch of tenderness to them.  I would gently peel the bones back from the fish and break it apart into flakes, popping the pieces into my mouth and slowly enjoyed the salty smokiness of each bite.

That was 35 years ago yet I can picture it as if it was only last week.

Blessed with friends who had just gone fishing it was easy to get as many as I needed. Everyone who knows me knows I love to smoke fish whenever given the chance. Looking for a better way to handle the fish once smoked I looked into canning it. All you need is a pressure cooker. And hey, that is a fantastic reason to pick up an new kitchen toy! I bought  a 22 quart Mirro pressure cooker at Canadian Tire.

22 quart Miro Pressure cooker

The first step in the process is to prep the fish for the brine. It must be scaled but keep the skin on and all the bones need to be removed.

Preping whitefish for smoking

Brine

3 1/2 quarts of water

1 1/2 cups of brown sugar

1 1/2 cups of coarse salt

2 tablespoons of onion powder

1/2 cup of white sugar

8 cloves of garlic, minced

Combine all of the brine ingredients in a large pot over medium heat. Simmer and stir until all sugar and salt is dissolved.

Remove from heat and allow to cool.

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Once cool add the whitefish and refrigerate for 12 hours.

Remove the fish from the brine and rinse under cool running water. Pat dry.

Spray the rack from the smoker well with non stick spray. Place the fish on the rack, skin side down leaving a bit of space between the pieces. .

Place the rack on the top setting in the smoker and smoke for one hour.

Have all jars clean and sterlized and in hot water. All lids and rings should be in a pot of water, slightly simmering on low/medium heat.

Fill the canner with the proper amount of water for your model. I used 4 quarts for this application.

Remove the whitefish from the smoker and allow to cool for a few moments.

Filling jars with smoked whitefish

Gently fill the jars with warm whitefish, leaving 1/4 headspace in each jar. Drizzle with a touch of canola oil. I then topped each jar with 2 heaping tablespoons of hot sauce.

Adding hot sauce to the smoked fish

Clean the rims of the jars with a hot clean cloth, add the lids and rings until finger tight. Place on the racks of the pressure cooker.

Loading up the pressure cooker

Place and secure the lid on the cooker. Now crank up the heat!

You want the pressure cooker to get fully pressurized. Once that happens and the cooker begins to let off a steady stream of steam,  start timing for 10 minutes. This is a very important step, do not skip.

Once the 10 minutes has passed add the 10 pound weight and maintain the cooker just under 10 psi for 110 minutes.

After 110 minutes remove the canner off the heat and allow to cool for 1 hour before removing the lid of the pressure cooker.

Remove all jars and allow to cool completely.

You can open a jar and enjoy it immediately.

Canned Smoked Whitefish

I am sure my Gido would have enjoyed this version of preserving Smoked Whitefish.

dad and Gido auctioning in 1969

(my dad about age 22 and my Gido, first & second generation Auctioneers)

Gido in the pineapple fields of Hawaii.

It is amazing when I look back at how many of my memories of him are food related. Though first and foremost he was a businessman it was his garden and the crab apple picking adventures with him I cherish the most.

I don’t know where he got the smoked fish, whoever it was had some amazing skills.

 

 

 

 

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Grilled Lobster with Herbs

Grilled Lobster with Herbs

Having cooked most of my life you would think I have a substantial cookbook collection. When in fact you would be surprised at how small it actually is. My cooking magazine collection on the other hand is large. Very large! My passion for food was fostered by cooking magazines back when I was a teen and was fundamental in my learning how to cook. To see full color photos of the dishes I was making was instrumental in my kitchen success in those early days.

So when I was asked by Ricardo Cuisine to do a review on one of their recipes I was very excited to participate! If you haven’t checked out Ricardo magazine you must. It is gorgeous from cover to cover.

After looking through the amazing array of recipes I decided to go with Grilled Lobster with Herbs. I love cooking with Lobster and knew I could have some fun with my take on it and turn it into a spectacular Grilled Lobster Roll with Herb Mayonnaise.

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Grilled Lobster with Herbs – Adapted from Ricardo Cuisine

5.0 from 1 reviews
Grilled Lobster with Herbs
 
Author:
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: BBQ
Ingredients
  • 2 Live Lobsters
  • Fresh rolls - split
  • Herb Butter
  • ½ cup of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped chives
  • 2 cloves of garlic - grated with a microplane
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  • Herb Mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup of mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped chives
  • 1 clove of garlic grated on a microplane
  • 2 lemons - cut into wedges
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh tarragon
Instructions
  1. To kill the lobster, place the tip of a sharp knife on the cross at the base of the head and cut in half. Cut the tail in half lengthwise.
  2. Remove the intestines and tomalley (the green stuff) and discard.
  3. Remove the gravel pouch in the head area.
  4. Repeat with the second lobster.
  5. Preheat the grill and lightly oil the grates.
  6. Herb Mayonnaise
  7. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stir well to combine.
  8. Herb Butter
  9. In a small saucepan melt the butter.
  10. Add all the ingredients, including salt and pepper.
  11. Baste the lobster with the butter and place on the grill with the cut side up.
  12. Place the lemon wedges on the upper rack of your grill.
  13. Close the lid and allow to cook for 8 minutes.
  14. Once the lobster is almost done use a pastry brush and generously brush the rolls with the herb butter and place on the grill to toast.
  15. Remove the lobster, lemons and rolls to a platter.
  16. Remove the tail meat from the lobster, using lobster pliers crack open the claws to remove the meat and place into the pot of herb butter.
  17. Liberally spread the herb mayonnaise onto the toasted rolls.
  18. Fill with lobster and sprinkle with torn tarragon leaves.
  19. Drizzle with the grilled lemon.
  20. Serve with frites.

 

Herb Mayonnaise for Grilled Lobster Rolls

Lobster on the grill

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I changed some of the herbs and used butter in place of oil. And with the mayo it seemed natural to make a lobster roll. I loved everything about this recipe and look forward to making it again soon!

Disclosure: I collaborate with brands/products that I’m passionate about and that are a good fit within the scope of what I blog about on Nutmeg Disrupted. Ricardo Cuisine is giving me a subscription to the magazine for the above recipe review. All opinions stated above are my own.

 

 

 

 

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Lentil Coconut Shrimp Tacos

Lentil Coconut Shrimp Tacos

If you have checked out the recipes being created for the Canadian Lentils contest you’ll notice how creative everyone is getting. Keeping that in mind I wanted to kick my entrée recipe up a notch. Something quick, easy and crazy delicious!

The pineapple in store right now is absolutely gorgeous so I started with that in mind. Thinking I want a lot of color in the dish pineapple salsa seemed the perfect choice. One of my favourite things to go with pineapple is coconut. The rest fell into place after that.

I ground red lentils into a flour and Lentil Coconut Shrimp was born. Nesteled in a nice lightly fried tortilla with a gorgeous pineapple salsa and finished with a squeeze of fresh lime to make a sweet tart crunchy taco. Total hand held perfection.

Red Lentil Coconut Shrimp Tacos

Lentil Flour

1 cup of red lentils

blender

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Place the lentils into a blend and process until it become fine like flour.

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Set aside.

 

Lentil Coconut Shrimp

1 pound of shrimp

1 cup of lentil flour

1 cup of cornstarch

5 teaspoons of baking powder

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon of cayenne

1 1/4 cups of coconut water

1/2 teaspoon of oil

2 1/2 cups of shredded coconut

1 lime, cut into wedges

In a medium sized bowl combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt and cayenne. wisk in the water and oil, mixing until smooth.

Place the coconut into a bowl. Dip the coconut into the batter then coat it in with the coconut. Set in a bowl, battering and coating all the shrimp.

Using a large skillet heat oil to 375 degrees. Fry the tortillas until lightly browned, flip over and fry until the second side is browned. Using tongs take the tortilla and drape it over the handle of a wooden spoon suspended over a large bowl shaping it into a traditional taco shape.

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Fry all tortillas.  Now fry shrimp a handful at a time until golden brown.

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Drain on paper towel.

To build the tacos.

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Add some greens down the center of a fried tortilla, ie:  chopped kale, lettuce, shaved brussel sprouts, whatever you have on hand and enjoy. Place a large spoonful of pineapple salsa on top of the greens. Top with lentil coconut shrimp! Squeeze a wedge of lime over the taco.

Pineapple Salsa

2 cups of fresh pineapple – chopped

1/2 of a red pepper – chopped

1/4 cup of onion, white or red – diced

handful of fresh parsley, chopped

1 clove of garlic, crushed

fresh lime juice

salt to taste

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Combine everything in a bowl adding salt at the end to taste. Serve in Lentil Coconut Tacos.

Be sure to check out my dessert entry Crispy Maple Lentil Crème Brulee. It is as good as it sounds!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lobster Eggs Benedict

Lobster Eggs Benedict

If you are a regular reader you know I use a lot of lobster in my kitchen.

It just seemed natural to use it for breakfast.

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I could have made crepes but find that to be more of a lunch option so I went with the obvious, Eggs Benedict.

The creaminess of the eggs with the lemony hollandaise sauce with sweet buttery lobster and a hint of smokiness from the back bacon is the perfect way to start the day.

I use the frozen whole PEI lobster from left over from the lobster boil for Eggs Benny. The tails are a bit larger and denser then the canned lobster.

steaming lobster

I just take it out of the freezer, allow to warm a bit on the counter then pop into the top of the steamer and steam until warmed through. Then it is just a matter of breaking them down. A good twist removes the tail and claws from the body.

breaking down the lobster

Give the tail a good squeeze with the belly side facing up. Then turn over and pull the shell open and pull out the tail meat.

For the claws it is good to have some crab crackers on hand. The shell is hard to break through and crackers make this much easier.

legs for soup

I save the legs for soup.

Once you have the lobster prepped you can get everything else ready starting with the hollandaise.

Hollandiase

4 egg yolks

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted (1 stick)

Pinch cayenne

Pinch salt

 

Whisk the egg yolks and lemon juice together in a stainless steel bowl and until the mixture is thickened and doubled in volume. Place the bowl over a saucepan containing barely simmering water, the water should not touch the bottom of the bowl. Continue to whisk rapidly. Be careful not to let the eggs get too hot or they will scramble.

making hollandaise

Slowly drizzle in the melted butter and continue to whisk until the sauce is thickened and doubled in volume. Remove from heat, whisk in cayenne and salt.

adding cayenne

Cover and place in a warm spot until ready to use for the eggs benedict. If the sauce gets too thick, whisk in a few drops of warm water before serving.

In a small pot bring water with a tablespoon of vinegar to a boil. Gently break two eggs into the boiling water and allow the egg to cook.

Using a large slotted spoon gently remove poached eggs to a plate to drain.

In a small sauté pan lightly fry 2 pieces of back bacon until nice and hot.

Meanwhile split and toast an English Muffin.

lobster eggs benny

Now build your Benedict starting with the English Muffin and a slice of back bacon. Gently place the poached egg on the bacon. Now add a large dollop of hollandaise onto the egg. Top with a lobster tail.

It is a fantastic way to kick breakfast up a notch for those special occasions. Or just because!

Luxurious and decadent is required every once in a while.

Enjoy.

 

 

 

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Fresh Atlantic Ocean Lobster Boil.

Fresh Atlantic Ocean Lobster Boil.

I admit, I am very lucky to have the connections I do. I can have fresh seafood from eastern Canada on an airplane and flow to me with 48 hours of my request.

Some things are seasonal, so I always try and stock up during the peak seasons.

I will be placing my order for scallops in the next 6 weeks. For just over $200 I will receive enough scallops to last roughly a year. They arrive fresh being out of the ocean less then 24 hours. Love my seafood guy! He is from the east coast so he is not only a great source for the freshest seafood available, he is full of cooking tips and advice for treating the seafood as it was meant to be. And it is great to teach him about the fish from the west coast. So far he has been impressed with my salmon and halibut creations. And he let me cook a wild board for his wedding! Still need to get that post up……….

Then there is my lobster guy! He is also from the east coast, but a different island then my scallop guy. He works here in Alberta and hand delivers cases of bottled lobster when he returns from his trips back home. I have Tweeted about my bottled lobster numerous times and people are always curious as to what it is I am talking about. I have to say, it is amazing. Fresh lobster bottled at the peak of its freshness.

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Somewhere along the way I got a phone number to a connection for fresh lobster. It would fished and package and on a plane within hours. After discussions with my seafood guy we picked what week would be the best for optimum lobster and placed the call.

Cases of fresh lobster from the east coast of Canada.

Within 12 hours we had 2 cases, 40 of the freshest live lobster I have ever enjoyed.

Live lobster flown in from Eastern Canada.

The evening started off with one of the most amazing storms I have ever had the luck to witness. I stood out back for over an hour watching it build. And the payoff was worth it. I captured some of the most fascinating storm shots of my life.

Storm the night of the lobster boil

After it moved off towards Grande Prairie it turned into a gorgeous summer evening. The turkey cooker and pots were all ready to go out on the deck. The wine was chilled, corn was boiled, butter melted. Let the cooking marathon begin.

PEI Lobster

In a perfect world we would have had fresh ocean water for the boil but being in the northern prairies we had to create the ocean water. I used 2 tablespoons of sea salt for every quart of fresh water.

Pots ready for the lobster boil

Bring the water to a boil. Now take your lobster and cross his from legs and remove the rubber bands from the claws. Now place them head down into the boiling water.

Fresh lobster from the East coast

Cover, return the water to a boil and then lower the heat to a bubbly simmer. Lobster will cook in 12-20 minutes depending on the size. Canners will cook in 12-15 minutes, while large lobsters will require up to 20 minutes of cooking time. Timing should start only after the water has returned to a boil. Once cooked, the lobster should be drained immediately.

Ready to feast on fresh PEI lobster.

They can now be served hot or chilled quickly by being placed in large tubs of ice water to stop the cooking process and the chill the meat.

Summer lobster boil feast!

After the feast I packaged all the remaining lobster in FoodSaver bags and moved them to the freezer.

Prepping lobster for the freezer

It is really nice to be able to grab a few from the freezer and pop them onto the BBQ as an addition to a steak dinner or quickly warm them for a breakfast feast of Lobster Eggs Benedict.

After a fantastic night of storms, food, after all my friends had left, I sat out back and watched a stunning 3:30 am sunrise.

Saturday morning sunrise

The perfect end to the day!

 

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