If you like the jumble of sour, sweet, salty, and spicy flavours that epitomizes Thai cuisine, you’re going to be absolutely smitten with this Burmese influenced stir-fry that is reminiscent of laab—a herby minced meat. Cutting the chicken by hand results in a better texture than using ground chicken. Serve with brown rice and even some lettuce leaves for scooping up the mat.
You can turn this into a vegetarian dish by omitting the fish sauce and finely dicing up a block of drained firm tofu and then stir-frying the tofu pieces in place of the chicken.
To mince chicken, with cutting board on counter, smooth side facing up, run a large knife blade parallel to the cutting board to slice each chicken breast in half width-wise, opening each up into two thinner, even pieces. Slice chicken against the grain into thin strips, then chop finely. Run knife over the meat until evenly minced.
In small bowl, mix together soy sauce or tamari, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, and sliced chilies.
Heat wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 Tbsp (15 mL) oil and swirl to coat pan. Place minced chicken in pan and heat until browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes. If liquid begins to accumulate in bottom of pan, carefully drain and continue cooking. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
Reduce heat to medium and add remaining 1 Tbsp (15 mL) oil to pan. Place shallot in pan and heat until a shade or two darker than golden, about 6 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic and ginger; heat 1 minute. Add tomatoes and heat 1 minute. Stir in chicken and soy sauce (or tamari) mixture and heat through. Stir in cilantro and mint.
This recipe is part of the Stir It Up collection.
Ice cream cakes and/or cookies are everyone’s favourite. And here’s a great option for a delicious “Dad’s” cookie cake that’s gluten free! A simple-to-make cookie cake that’s made even easier when the dough is tossed together in a food processor. End a delicious Dad’s Day meal with this deliciously cool and creamy sweet dessert. Best beer? Extra yum when served with small glasses of chocolate-flavoured stout or porter. When Dad loves his cookies We made this delicious dessert into a cake, but it can easily be made into individual ice cream cookies. Roll out dough into 1/4 in (6 mm) thickness and cut into 2 in (5 cm) rounds. Bake, cool, and chill. Once chilled, spoon ice cream in between chilled cookies. Freeze until firm. Drizzle with melted chocolate or dip into melted chocolate.
Coffee-flavoured BBQ sauce? Why not? It’s a strikingly flavourful combo—sweet, tangy, bold, and rich. It can be used not only on pork but on a variety of other meats. We marinated tenderloin in it and doubled up on the smoky flavour by grilling it on a cedar plank. Serve with a side order of grilled broccolini for extra yum. Best beer? You can’t go wrong with an IPA or a honey lager to complement this flavourful dish. Looking for an easy way to grill broccolini? Toss with a little oil and season with salt, pepper, and chili flakes. Near the end of grilling, place broccolini beside plank with tenderloin on hot grill for about 6 or 7 minutes. Using tongs, turn a few times until tender and lightly charred. Place on platter with sliced pork and drizzle with lemon juice and some shaved Parmesan.
If there’s a vegan or vegetarian in the crowd, then this dish will be sure to please. Chock full of complementary textures and flavours, it not only qualifies as eye candy, but is also a substantial stand-alone meal—a stunning meal in a dish! Best beer? Serve this salad with an IPA or pale ale. For a more adventurous sip, it’s equally delicious with a Belgian pale or dark ale. Endlessly customizable When it comes to this powerhouse salad, the sky’s the limit. Swap out apples with orange wedges, or mix up your greens by substituting spinach for endive. Bump up the protein with some canned chickpeas or black beans, if you wish. Or cut up some corn tortillas into bite-sized strips, fry in pan until crisp, then toss over salad for added crunch.
Early summer potatoes, cooked and grilled, are just the ticket for this fabulous salad. Coupled with lentils, they’re a delicious add-on to any meal plan. This recipe offers an added bonus: it can be made in stages, so you’re not cooking all afternoon. Best beer? You can’t go wrong serving this dreamy salad with a simple and uncomplicated pale ale. Variety is the spice of potato-salad life Potato salad lends itself to any number of variations, and this recipe doesn’t disappoint. Try swapping out microgreens for baby spinach leaves. Another interesting slant: crisp up (optional) prosciutto on the grill before breaking into bite-sized pieces and scattering over the salad.