Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Recipe for Change 2016 [Event]

3 Hours
30 Chefs, Brewmasters and Winemakers
1 Cause

The tastiest way to promote healthy food and food literacy in schools, Recipe for Change 2016 is FoodShare's 7th annual signature fundraising event.
Among the hundreds of ways FoodShare (@FoodShareTO) moves our mission forward is a chance to connect, celebrate and savour.
Over 30 sweet and savoury dishes made with love by some of the city's best chefs in an intimate setting.
Lower Javis St and The Esplanade, South of the St. Lawrence

 Date & Time:
Thursday Feb 25, 2016
Ticket Details:  
$150 per person - all food and beverage inclusive

Get your tickets here before it's sold out

30 Top Chefs + 4 VQA Wineries + 3 Craft Breweries + Organic Teas + Freshly Brewed Coffees + Hand Crafted Desserts

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Kissan [Indian Products - Butter Chicken Recipe]

I was lucky enough to be send some of the Kissan (@KissanInt) products to try and let me say that their products are so easy to use, especially with the recipes they feature online with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.

About Kissan (from their website) :
Established in the mid 1970’s, Kissan International (Canada) Inc. remains as one of the leading wholesalers of authentic Indian products. Made in Canada, Kissan spice blends uses the finest fresh ingredients available. Created over 30 years ago, our famous Kissan Tandoori Masala still remains the top selling Tandoori Masala in all of Canada, and is sought after by Indian food lovers all around the world. The entire line of Kissan spices, pastes and sauces makes cooking authentic Indian food quick and easy for everyone.
Kissan was one of the very first companies to bring pure Desi ghee into the Indian market over 25 years ago. The technology and meticulous process used to make each bottle of Kissan Desi Ghee is a very unique one, which keeps Kissan Desi Ghee as one of the best-selling brands in the market.
Our line of Kissan oils are 100% pure and can be used for various means. Our popular Kissan Almond Oil is a 100% pure, rich and sweet oil that is excellent for moisturizing the skin and hair. It can also be used for cooking gourmet meals. Kissan pure oils are also used as key ingredients in numerous beauty products within the Canadian market.
The Kissan brand has evolved itself in the competitive Indian market for over 30 years. With distributors all over Canada and a Kisna Foods line in the United States, our business is continuously growing, as customers recognize Kissan as their brand of choice when it comes to exceptional quality products. The Kissan family would like to thank our distributors, retailers, and loyal customers for their ongoing support. 

The first think I tried was of course the Kissan Butter Chicken Sauce I got and trust me, I have tried quite a few brand since you need nothing more than Chicken meat and Kissan's is probably one  of the tastiest one I have tried so far.

Recipe for Quick & Delicious Butter Chicken :

1 jar (400ml) Kissan Butter Chicken Sauce
1 tsp Kissan Coconut Oil or Kissan Olive Oil
1 Lb boneless, skinless chicken, washed & cubed

Cooking Instructions:
1. Heat Kissan Coconut Oil or Kissan Olive Oil in frying pan over medium heat.
2. Add chicken cubes and sauté for a few minutes.
3. Add Kissan Butter Chicken Sauce and simmer on medium heat for approximately 10 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked.
4. Remove from heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
5. Garnish with coriander.
6. Serve with naan bread, roti or rice.

It was my first time using coconut oil for cooking and I was surprise that it didn't have any particular flavor to it. They have 3 types of different cooking sauce with similar easy recipes and I can't wait to try the Tikka Masala Sauce I got which i am sure would be delicious.

*** Products feature are complimentary. Opinions are my own***

Monday, January 4, 2016

Homemade Ramen 中國蘭州牛肉拉麵 [Chinese]

Ben heard from a friend saying that Homemade Ramen 中國蘭州牛肉拉麵 in Chinatown has the best Chinese hand-pulled noodle in Toronto, even better than our favorite, Magic Noodle (see post here). I would say it's a tied!!!
Sesame Pancake w/ Sliced Beef $4.99
This definitely doesn't look like the picture on their menu but I thought it tasted great. The sesame pancake was light while the beef was tender and flavorful.

Sliced Noodle with Hot & Sour Pork Meat Sauce $6.99
Ok really there was barely any pork in there which was a disappointment. But the noodle was amazing, I always like doughier and chewier hand sliced noodle versus hand pulled noodle and this one was perfect although their version is long and thinner than most. I guess this one is not cut by holding the dough and sliced by hand directly over boiling water or soup.