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We had the most splendid weather on the day JT had my birthday party, not humid at all and it was beautifully sunny. Even though it was a wonderful temperature I decided not to serve any warm or hot appetizers, keeping the house even cooler! When I saw a version of this tasty mediterranean dip over on Karen’s blog (Back Road Journal) I knew I had to include it in my party food repertoire! We served it with papadums and Gluten Free crackers. The next day we had it for dinner with a little goats cheese, very tasty indeed.

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A slightly salty treat

An easy dip to make and delicious to eat!

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Tapenade in Action!

Black Olive Tapenade

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata Olives
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 1 anchovy fillet
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1-2 tbsp EVOO

Directions:

  1. Add everything but the parsley to a small chopper and pulse until you achieve the desired consistency.
  2. Gently fold in the chopped parsley.
  3. Serve at room temperature.

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We were down in wine country region in South Western Ontario on the weekend, and I couldn’t resist picking up some fresh corn on the cob. This is really a treat for me as it’s been about four years since I’ve incorporated more-or-less a low-ish carb diet; I’ve limited vegetables that are carbs (such as corn, peas, carrots). I’m not perfect, and I do eat carbs, but when I do, I really want them to be worth it.

Inspired by Tastefood, with her grilled flank steak and Chimichurri sauce that she blogged about on Sunday (another rendition of this popular sauce) I decided to make Chimichurri again. Originally I made the Chimichurri Sauce in early September in 2008 and posted it (it’s funny how I’m making it again, right about the same time!). What goes better with corn on the cob than a good old fashioned steak – we got tenderloin (not quite budgetary, but sure is tasty). And the Chimichuri was great on the steak and a great substitute for butter on the corn.

In searching around the net, I discovered that not all Chimichurri‘s are created equal. Some folks are quite adamant that there is no oil in it (too fancy), they also say that shallots are too fancy! And I’ve found that instead of lemon juice, people feel quite strongly about using red wine vinegar, and there always seems to be oregano added. I’ve always felt a recipe is a guideline, that one is expected to modify to one’s own taste. I ended up switching out the lemon juice for the red wine vinegar…but I used shallots, regular onions would have been too harsh! I also used a freshly picked Jalapeño from my garden instead of the pepper flakes. The parsley and garlic was also harvested from our garden. Very tasty, indeed.

I’ll leave the grilling instruction to my new friend Ann (cookinghealthyforme, she’s lost oodles of weight by simply modifying the way she cooks!) Ann is the true southern grilling expert! Check out her blog, she’s got great photos!

Grilled Ontario Corn, Beef Tenderloin with Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri Sauce (adapted from Epicurious.com)


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice (I used red wine vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots (about 2 medium)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried hot red-pepper flakes (or 1/2 small Jalapeño Pepper)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Add all the ingredients into a small food processor bowl and process until the desired consistency is achieved. Allow the flavours to blend in the refrigerator for about 1 hour (allowing it to set in the fridge for a while also mellows the shallots). Drizzle on corn on the cob, steak, pork or whatever you choose. It’s a fresh, green sauce that goes great with everything!

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