Corn Galette with Zucchini, Thyme, and Goat Cheese

Corn Galette (Pie) with Zucchini, Thyme, and Goat Cheese
1 TBSP olive oil
1 medium shallot, minced
1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
Salt and black pepper
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 cups fresh corn kernels (3 or 4 ears)
1 tsp C&C Thyme leaves
3/4 cup fresh goat cheese, crumbled
1 pie crust, thawed if frozen

Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat, add the shallot and sauté 2 minutes. Add the zucchini and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the vegetables are tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the corn kernels and thyme leaves.

Transfer the mixture to a bowl and let cool to room temperature then mix in goat cheese. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven, heat to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Roll the dough out on lightly floured work surface to a round about 12 inches. Transfer it to the baking sheet. Spread the mustard on the dough. Spoon the filling evenly leaving a 1/2 inch border. Gently fold the edges of the dough over the filling being as fancy or as plain as you like. Leave the centre open.

Bake until the crust is golden-brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool at least 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into wedges and serving.

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Greek Style Tuna Salad

Greek-Style Tuna Salad
2 cans oil-packed tuna, drained
1/2 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
1/2 cup peeled, diced cucumbers
1/2 cup chopped orange bell peppers
1/2 cup yellow beans, sliced legnthwise
1/4 cup shredded fresh spinach
1/4 cup pitted, chopped kalamata olives
1 TBSP C&C Greek Oregano leaves
3 TBSP coarsely chopped fresh parsley leaves
2 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP freshly squeezed lemon juice
Salt and Pepper to taste.

Place all the ingredients in a medium bowl and gently stir to combine. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.

This recipe could easily be altered to add most any other veg you have this time of year. A great saying is “if it grows together it goes together” – so almost any combination of veg purchased locally is going to be fantastic with the herbaceous oregano, rich olive, tuna and oil and zesty lemon.

 

Sweet Potato Chicken Fajitas

Sweet Potato and Chicken Fajitas
2 TBSP olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 TBSP C&C BBQ Salmon Blend
1 large sweet potato, peeled Salt and Pepper
2 chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch wide strips
8 to 10 small flour or corn tortillas
2 medium bell peppers, thinly sliced
1 medium sweet or yellow onion, thinly sliced

Juice of 1/2 a lime

Heat oven to 475F. Cut the sweet potato into strips the same size as the chicken. Place the potato and chicken in a bowl and toss to coat oil,garlic, salt, pepper and C&C BBQ Salmon Blend. Transfer to a large baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Roast on the middle rack for 10 minutes.

Carefully remove the hot baking sheet from the oven, flip the sweet potatoes and chicken, and push to one half of the baking sheet. Add the bell peppers and onions to the other half of the baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Place the baking sheet back on the middle rack. Roast until sweet potatoes are tender and chicken is cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes more.

Drizzle veg with lime juice, toss to combine with chicken. Serve with the warmed tortillas, lime, salsa, guacamole, sour cream and cilantro.

 

Jamaican Blue Drawers

A traditional Jamaican dessert, Blue Drawers are traditionally made with banana leaves over an open flame which gave the filling a blue tint.

Jamaican Blue Drawers

2 cups cornmeal
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp C&C Mixed Spice
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla

banana leaves/aluminium foil
banana bark/string

Mix all dry ingredients and grated coconut together. Add coconut milk and vanilla, and mix well. Place about 1/2 cup of mixture into the banana leaf or foil. Fold up the sides to make a secure parcel. Tie with banana bark or string.

Cooking Method # 1
Drop into boiling water. There should be enough water to cover the parcels. Simmer for about an hour.

Cooking Method #2
Cook package on the BBQ over a medium, indirect heat for 45 minutes until the inside has set.

Cooking Method #3
Cook in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 45 minutes until the inside has set.

Remove banana leaves (or foil) before eating.

 

Dirty Chai Latte

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Dirty Chai Latte

2 cups water
2 black tea bags
1/2 TBSP C&C Chai Spice
3 TBSP maple syrup
3/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup strong coffee or 2 shots of espresso

Prepare coffee or espresso.

In a medium-sized saucepan, bring the water and C&C Chai Spice to a boil. Once boiling, turn off the heat and allow the spices to steep in the water for 5 minutes. Turn heat back on and add the black tea bags and maple syrup. Return to a slight boil then turn off the heat.

Allow the tea bags to steep in the water and spices for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and strain the tea through a fine mesh strainer. Set aside 1 cup of Chai tea. Store the rest of the chai tea in the fridge up to two weeks.

In the now empty pot, add milk and heat over medium heat, use a milk frother if you like or the attachment on your espresso machine to heat and/or froth the milk.

In two mugs layer coffee, chai tea and milk. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Strawberry Apple French Toast

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Strawberry Apple French Toast

6-8 cups day-old bread,cubed
7 large eggs
2 cups milk
1 tsp C&C Apple Pie Spice, divided
3 apples, cored, peeled, and sliced into wedges
1 cup strawberries sliced
2 TBSP butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, divided

Preheat oven to 375 F and grease a 9×13 baking pan.

Add bread cubes to the baking pan – enough to generously cover the bottom and up about half way.

In a mixing bowl whisk the eggs, milk, and 1/2 C&C Apple Pie Spice. Pour over the bread and press down with spoon. Add more bread if there is additional egg, remove dry bread pieces if there isn’t enough.

To a large skillet over medium-low heat, add the apples and butter. Sprinkle with remaining C&C Apple Pie Spice, stir and cover. When they start to get tender – about 4-5 minutes – add strawberries and brown sugar to taste.Continue cooking with cover off for one more minute.

Make sure bread has soaked up all the egg. Sprinkle top with remaining brown sugar. Spoon fruit over the top of the bread and push them down into the cracks with your fingers. Bake on center rack for 45 minutes to 1 hour until bread and fruit is golden brown and is set in the middle.

Home Made Ketchup

Ketchup
1 1/2 cups tomato paste (2 cans)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup raw apple cider
3 to 4 tbsp sugar
3/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp C&C Ketchup Blend
Pinch cayenne pepper

In a small saucepan add the sugar and water.  Over very low heat stir until sugar is dissolved.  Whisk in all the other ingredients and cook over very low heat for 2 to 3 minutes to mix the C&C Ketchup Blend with the tomato paste.

Taste and adjust the salt and seasonings if necessary.  Pour into a clean glass jar, cover and store in the refrigerator where it will keep for months.