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Butternut and Apple Sous Vide Soup


Butternut and Apple Soup – Sous Vide

A rainy day. Decided to try something different. One of my favourite is butternut squash. Found this recipe and decided to try it for the family. It turned out great, the texture was smooth and the aromas were amazing.

The ingredients:

  • 1 medium squash (diced)
  • 1/2 yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 granny smith, cored, peeled, and you guessed it, diced
  • clove of garlic – chopped
  • a few sprigs of thyme
  • 1 cup of vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon apple vinegar
  • salt + pepper

Vacuum sealed (food grade bags)

Vacuum seal the apples, squash, thyme, onion and garlic. Heat up the immersion circulator (water bath) to 185F, and drop the package into the water and let it do it’s thing for 2 hours.

Immersion circulator set at 185F

After 2 hours, open the bag, remove the thyme, place into a pot and add a cup of vegetable broth and a tablespoon of apple vinegar. Blend to a smooth puree. Serve hot! Finish with a drizzle of heavy cream (optional) chopped apples and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Salt and pepper to taste. Great for a cold winter meal!



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Booker & Dax “Searzall” Arrived!

The Searzall

The Booker & Dax Searzall

My Searzall finally arrived after 10 months! Hooked this up to my TS8000, seasoned it for 2 minutes (Wow, it gets hot!). Super excited to start searing food with this!

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Vietnamese Steak and Noodle Salad

Vietnamese Steak and Noodle Salad

Vietnamese Steak and Noodle Salad

Hot day here, summer in full steam! Decided to play with a nice fresh summer tasting noodle dish. My wife and I love Vietnamese food, thought I’d try a dish tonight. This is a very quick and simple recipe. The only thing that takes some time is the marinating of a nice flank steak!! (most flavourful)


Love the beef

Marinade for beef: (classic asian mix:)

  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 2 tbs chopped ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 2 lb flank steak

Have this marinating for 4-8 hours, then bring it out and let sit to room temperature (about 30 minutes)

Medium rare is the only way!

Medium rare is the only way!

Fire up the grill and cook the steak until medium rare, pull out and set aside. Meanwhile for the salad

The salad

  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (3 limes)
  • 6 tbs water
  • 6 tbs sugar
  • 6 tbs fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp crushed hot pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cups fresh chopped shallots (4 small) 
  • 1 package of dried vermicelli rice stick noodles
  • 2 granny smith apples
  • 1 package of fresh cleaned spinach
  • 1/2 cup of salted roasted peanuts (chopped)

whisk together the lime juice, water, sugar, fish sauce, pepper flakes in a bowl. Stir in shallots.

The amazing dressing!

The amazing dressing!

Boil the noodles for about 4-7 minutes, rinse in cold water, and drain well. Toss into a bowl and pour 1/2 cup of the yummy dressing, and mix.

bubble bubble

bubble bubble

Core the apple and cut into match sticks, combine with the spinach in a large bowl and add 1/2 cup of dressing and toss.

Green Salad

Green Salad

Thinly slice the meat across the grain, toss some noodles on a plate, layer on the green salad, then the meat. Finish off with some chopped peanuts! THE KIDS LOVED IT!

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Classic Buttery Beer Bread!

Beer Bread

Beer Bread – fluffy inside, with crunchy crust!

Its a Saturday afternoon. We decided to keep it quiet for the morning. I wanted to make a quick bread for lunch, and decided to make a quick beer bread. I know, this is a pretty simple thing, but our kids love it (don’t worry, the alcohol burns away). They love the combination of the sweet and salty crust!

This is considered a quick and easy bread to make. The ingredients are:

– 3 tsp baking powder
– 1 tsp salt
– 3 cups of flour (sifted) – I used a whisk to fluff it up
– 1/4 cup sugar
– 1 can of beer (of course)
– 1/4 cup butter (less if you want to, but this makes a yummy crust)

Beer Bread

The reaction of the beer and the dry mix, smells nice.

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl, add the can of beer, and mix up the batter. Careful not to mix too long, just enough to get everything coated and “elastic” consistency.

Beer Bread

Drizzle the butter

Grease up a pie pan, this makes more crust due to the surface area🙂 – I love crust!

Melt some butter in the microwave, and pour over the loaf.

Beer Bread

Golden brown goodness

Throw this into a pre-heated oven at 375F for about 40 minutes and enjoy. Beer bread is so simple and delicious. Great for having a quick warm bread for guests or snacking on.


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Aromatic Scallion Oil

Fragrant Scallion Oil

Fragrant Scallion Oil

Its the weekend, I wanted to make my own scallion oil. My plan is to have this for the week to brush onto some baked bbq pork buns! The recipe for the oil is extremely simple.

Scallion Oil

The ingredients – simple

Chop up plenty of scallions (green onions). Heat up a wok with 1/2 cup of peanut oil, slowly place the onions into the oil and simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Scallion Oil

Simmering in Peanut Oil

The room will smell amazing (if you like the smell of frying onion, I DO!) Strain the onions with a strainer, and store the oil in an air tight container for up to 1 week. I will use this in a couple of days on my buns🙂

Scallion Oil

Strain the scallions

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