A great first course bursting with flavours and easily adjusted for use with various types of fish. Salmon works well, as does the less costly albacore tuna. If you don’t have garlic oil, simply crush a clove of garlic into a cup of canola oil and bring to heat before cooling–voila, garlic oil.
500 g ahi tuna loin
1/2 cup (125 mL) garlic oil
1 Tbsp (15 mL) capers, chopped
1 small shallot, finely diced
3 chives, sliced
1 sprig of dill, finely chopped
Salt, to taste
1/2 lime, juiced
Cut tuna into 3/4 in (2 cm) cubes. Add tuna to garlic oil in a pot over medium-high heat and slowly bring to just under a simmer, gently turning tuna until it begins to flake. Remove from heat and let cool in oil.
Drain and reserve excess oil and place tuna in mixer along with capers and diced shallot. Mix evenly without pureeing mixture. Add sliced chives, chopped dill, salt, and lime juice to tuna mixture. Add a few tablespoons of garlic oil to adjust the tuna spread to desired consistency.
Check seasoning and serve immediately or put in the fridge and serve the next day.
To serve: Use a pair of teaspoons to mould each serving into the shape of a large almond, then place on crostini. Garnish with fresh herbs. Alternately, put the tuna spread into a serving dish and crostini in a basket beside for your guests to serve themselves.
source: "West Coast Wonder", alive #301, November 2007
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.