Herbaceous Pattypan Squash

Herbaceous Pattypan Squash – Candy Coated Culinista

A visit to the local farmers markets always gets the creative juices flowing. This summer and fall season I’m lucky enough to have a new farmer’s market just steps from my door and I intend to take full advantage of what they have to offer. Heirloom tomatoes, fresh snap green beans, golden and purple beets, gourmet popsicles and pizza, fresh loaves of bread, honey, cheese and so much more. I found these lovely Pattypan squash for the second time in two years and I wanted to make a simple recipe to highlight and respect the local ingredients.

Yield/Serving: 2
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 5 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 2 tbsp vegetarian butter
• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 6 large sized pattypan squash, cut into quarters and eights
• Fresh thyme, finely diced
• Fresh dill, finely diced
• Fresh parsley, finely diced
• Fresh rosemary, finely diced
• Fresh Oregano, finely diced

Assembly
1. Over medium-high heat let butter and extra virgin olive oil get to the temperature of the pan and melt.
2. Add pattypan squash along with fresh herbs.
3. Cook for 5 min, ensuring squash stays crunchy.
4. Serve immediately.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I enjoyed pattypan squash for the first time last month when I visited the CN Tower 360 revolving restaurant. I hadn’t managed to buy the squash I saw last year, so I was very happy to come across it again this year. Simple summer sides are a delight to make especially with the farmers markets finest produce. The squash was buttery and herby and the aroma was delightful. I love a good crunchy vegetable and this was the perfect side to my dinner last night.

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M is for … Melon Cucumber Salad

M is for … Melon Cucumber Salad – Candy Coated Culinista

Yield/Serving: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 4 tbsp lemon juice
• 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 2 tsp agave nectar
• 1/4 tsp sea salt
• 1/4 tsp black pepper
• 1 small honeydew melon, seeded and cut into bite-sized chunks
• 1 golden kiwi, halved and sliced
• ½ English cucumber, cut into chunks
• 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
• 1/3 cup black olives, roughly chopped
• 3 tbsp finely chopped dill
• ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled

Assembly
1. In a small bowl whisk together lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, agave nectar, salt and pepper until emulsified.
2. In a large bowl add honey dew, golden kiwi, English cucumber, red onion, black olives and dill.
3. Drizzle dressing over salad and mix.
4. Finally top with crumbled feta cheese and give one last quick mix and serve.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This is one of my most creative salads to date. The combination of fruits and vegetables and it being both salty and sweet was very delicious. I would make this for a dinner party in a heartbeat.

Food Diaries: Front Street Foods

Frisco Fries - Candy Coated Culinista

Frisco Fries – Candy Coated Culinista

Location: Union Station (65 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario (Between Bay St. & York St.)
Hours: July 6 – September 27, 2015- Monday – Friday: 7am – 9pm, Saturday: 11am – 9pm, Sunday: 11am – 6:30 pm

This summer the newly renovated Union station has been home to Front Street Foods – a culinary market showcasing some of the best foods from chefs, restaurants, food entrepreneurs offering delectable edibles. I have walked by and through numerous times now and finally thought I should actually try something. There are plenty of seats and live music is played at lunch time to make your visit more welcoming.
After tasting the Garlic Snow Crab Fries with Garlic Aioli from Jake’s Lobster at the CNE I found out that Fresh off the Boat also offered a dish called Frisco Fries. Now to me these two dishes looked exactly the same visually and the price was the same at $10.

This review is a little hard for me as I always find the good in a bad situation at least in one aspect; but my review of these fries were they were just ok. I went just before the lunch rush 11:30am on a Friday and upon receipt of my Frisco Fries I could see there were less whole pieces of crab; but if it still taste good that’s fine and I’d still be happy. Upon consumption I found the fries to not be seasoned and my order was all the small end fries (like the bottom of a batch) I’m not sure if they use smaller fries but in any event all those tiny fries just wouldn’t make sense. The fries as a whole were definitely greasier and I didn’t want to finish it my order. As for the garlic aioli; it was good but there wasn’t enough dill also. For the $10 the portion was bigger but the ratio of crab to fries was off in my opinion.

Now all this being said I think I will visit the brick and motar store and maybe try the fries again and order something else because I always give people and things a second try probably to my detriment but that’s just who I am. I do have my eye on their Mediterranean Shrimp Sandwich or the FU-Schnicken and i’d really like to give those a try.

Other vendors here are: Mad Mexican, CC On front, Caplansky’s, Helluva Falafel, Kupfert & Kim, Little Fin, Republica Sandwhiches, Chocosol, Bacon nation, Come and Get It, Drink Inc., Loaded Pierogi, Holy Chuck burger, Pancho’s Bakery, Hula Girl Espresso, Jedd’s Frozen Custard, Jamie’s Cracked Corn, Station Cold Brew Co., Pekoe Kombucha Bar, Hotbunzz Street Cusinine, Uncle Tetsu, The Mighty Cob, Miche Bakery (July/ August Only), YOLO T.O. (July/ August Only), Toben Food By Design (July/ August Only), Cava Sur (July/ August Only), Greenhouse Juice Co. (July/ August Only), Small Batch Co. (July/ August Only), Wanna Banana (July/ August Only), Fred’s Bread, Eative, Nisos Importing

Fresh Off The Boat - Candy Coated Culinista

Fresh Off The Boat – Candy Coated Culinista

Vinegar Slaw with Cucumber and Dill

Vinegar Slaw with Cucumber & Dill - Candy Coated Culinista

Vinegar Slaw with Cucumber & Dill – Candy Coated Culinista

Yield/Serving: 4
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 1 hour
Difficulty level is: Easy

Slightly altered from Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

Ingredients
• 1/3 of a medium green cabbage, shredded
• 1 English cucumber, thinly sliced
• 4 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
• ½ cup apple cider vinegar
• 2 tbsp kosher salt
• 2 tbsp sugar
• ½ cup cold water

Assembly
1. Shred the cabbage and slice English cucumber along with the dill into a large bowl.
2. In a small bowl pour in the apple cider vinegar, salt, sugar and whisk until it has dissolved.
3. Add in the water and whisk.
4. Pour liquid over the salad and let marinate.
5. Toss and mix occasionally using tongs; after an hour in will start to wilt.
6. Serve at this point if you’re in a rush or continue until two hours have passed and serve.

Tips
• Salad will keep covered in the fridge for a week.
• Use a mandoline if you have it. This took me no time at all now that I have invested in a mandoline.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I love a good coleslaw and this simple slaw is quick and easy. There is a bite to slaw which may be due to the use of apple cider vinegar instead off white wine vinegar. I added more dill and prepared the recipe to suit it serving 4 vs. the 12 servings in the original recipe. I can’t wait to taste this tomorrow when the slaw has had more time to marinate.

Garlic Dill Butter

Garlic Dill Butter - Candy Coated Culinista

Garlic Dill Butter – Candy Coated Culinista

After my Mediterranean Inspired Dinner I had a lot of dill left over and as I am not one to waste, I immediately said “dill butter”.

Yield/Serving: 400g
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 cup fresh dill, finely chopped
• 8 cloves garlic, finely minced
• ¼ cup parsley, finely chopped
• 1 ¼ cup vegetable margarine, margarine or unsalted butter
• 1 tsp black pepper
• 1 tsp sea salt

Assembly
1. Chop and mince dill, garlic and parsley and pour into a bowl along with the margarine.
2. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Mix until well combined.

Tips
• Don’t over salt whatever you are putting the dill butter on.
• Use unsalted butter to control how much salt you want in the butter if any.
• Scoop out portions and freeze to use at a later date. Wrap in some wax paper and cover with cling film and place in a freezer bag.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I made these to accompaniment my baby potatoes and this tasted amazing. I could still taste the fresh dill and the aromatics of the garlic and dill. I also bought some mini ciabatta breads and prepared dill garlic bread for snacks and to accompany pasta dinners.

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