Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Salade Nicoise

I love a good salad and one of my favorites would have to be Nicoise Salad. A couple years ago on a trip to Paris I tried to eat as many traditional French dishes that I could, Nicoise Salad being one of them! Sitting in a little bistro doors wide open, sun shining, over looking the street, it was hands down one of the best salads I’ve ever had! Why is it some of the most memorable meals have to do with good family, good friends and a good setting? The one I had in Paris had an anchovy mayo based dressing so I tried to lighten up my rendition with a garlic Dijon vinaigrette instead. I only realized after I started eating that I forgot the anchovies (along with tomatoes)! I know some people think yuck anchovies! But it really does add a nice salty depth of flavor and for all you haters, why do you think your ceasar salad dressing tastes so good! I also used Italian olive oil packed yellow fin tuna, it’s sooo good and so different from the water packed stuff. My favorite brand is called Rio Mare and you can usually find it at your local Italian grocer.

Nicoise Salad
yields 4 portions
1 package mixed field greens
1 package green beans
2 cans tuna
1/2 cup black olives, pitted
4 hard boiled eggs, sliced
3 tomatoes, quartered
6 anchovies (optional)

Garlic Dijon Vinaigrette
1 tbsp garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
2 tbsp dijon mustard
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 cup olive oil
2 tbsp honey or 1 tbsp agave syrup

1. Mix all ingredients for vinaigrette together and chill in fridge.
2.In a boiling pot of water, drop green beans in and cook until tender. Drain and shock in cold water to stop them from cooking. Toss beans in 1tbsp of vinaigrette.
3. Place mixed greens on a platter and assemble tuna, egg, olives, tomatoes, green beans and anchovies on top. Pour dressing over top and serve immediately.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Ladies Night

  • Roasted Garlic Caramelized Onion Goat Cheese Baguette
  • Cantaloupe Bocconcini Prosciutto Salad
  • Roasted Cauliflower White Bean Dip
  • Individual Strawberry Shortcakes
  • Cinnamon Caramel Popcorn

Last night my close girlfriends and I got together for girls night so I thought what better way to start out the night then appy’s and drinks before going out downtown? It was a bit of a random selection, but recipes I’ve been meaning to try, or in the strawberry shortcake case, a poundcake from the freezer that needed some lovin! The crackers I used for the white bean dip are Lesley Stowe's Raincoast Crisps and if you've never had them before, you need to go out and get some right now! The caramel popcorn recipe is from Dinner with Julie and I decided to add cinnamon to the recipe since I think caramel and cinnamon are the most amazing combo together. I also had picked up the cutest little popcorn containers from Gourmet Warehouse and have been meaning to use them. I love how the box says delicious and nutritious, this popcorn may not be nutritious but it sure is delicious! Nothing better than good food, good friends and a little dancing...

Cinnamon Caramel Popcorn (Adapted from Dinner with Julie)
8 cups air popped popcorn (about 1/2 cup kernels)
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup corn syrup
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp baking soda

1.Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Spray a large bowl with non-stick spray and put the popcorn in it
2.Combine brown sugar, corn syrup and butter in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add cinnamon and mix in.
2.Reduce the heat and boil without stirring, swirling the pan occasionally, for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and baking soda.
3.Quickly pour over the popcorn and stir to coat well. Spread onto a cookie sheet or roasting pan and bake for 30 minutes, stirring once or twice. Cool.

Individual Strawberry Shortcakes
1 Poundcake
1 cup whipping cream
3 tbsp icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups frozen strawberries
1/4 cup sugar
mint garnish (optional)

1.In a mixer whip cream with icing sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Chill in fridge
2. In a pot add frozen strawberries and sugar.Cook on med-high heat. When strawberries soften, mash them and let reduce until sauce because thick and syrupy. Serve warm or cold.

Caramelized Onion Goat Cheese Baguette
1 baguette
2 garlic bulbs
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp thyme or rosemary, chopped
2 large white onions,sliced
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup nicoise or kalamata olives, chopped
1/4 cup goat cheese, crumbled

1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut tops off garlic, drizzle with olive oil and wrap in foil. Roast in oven for 30 min or until garlic is soft.
2.In a large pan heat oil on med-high heat. Add onions and saute with sugar and thyme until soft and caramelized. Salt and pepper to taste.
3. Slice baguette in half and warm in oven for 5 minutes. Take baguette out and turn broiler on.
4.Combine softened butter with roasted garlic and spread over baguette, top with caramelized onions, crumbled goat cheese and olives. Place in broiler for 2 minutes and serve warm.

Roasted Cauliflower White Bean Dip
1 can white beans (Cannellini,White Kidney, rinsed)
1 bulb roasted garlic
1 head cauliflower
1/2 lemon, juice
1/4 tsp chili pepper flakes
3 tbsp warm water

1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut cauliflower into small pieces and toss in oil, salt and pepper. Roast until caramelized. Let cool
2. In a food processor combine white beans, roasted garlic, lemon juice, chili flakes, water and 1/2 of the roasted cauliflower. Puree until smooth. Season with s+p and adjust consistency of dip by adding more water if necessary. Add in the rest of the cauliflower (saving a few florets for garnish) and pulse until chunky. Chill and serve.

Cantaloupe Bocconcini Prosciutto Salad
1 Cantaloupe
1 cup bocconcini
8 basil leaves, chiffonade
1 lime, juice
2 tbsp honey
6 slices prosciutto, julienned

1.Slice cantaloupe in half and scrape out seeds. Using a melon baller scoop out balls.
2. Mix honey and lime juice together. Toss everything together and serve chilled.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Salsa Fest: BBQ Chicken Quesadilla with Mango Avocado Lime Salsa

Every year in Calgary they have a summer event called the Sun and Salsa Festival where stores along the Kensington area participate by making their own versions of salsa for people to try as well as vote for their favorite. I helped participate in it when I was working at Crave at the time and man did I learn a lesson the hard way…! I was helping fine dice a massive amount of jalapenos needed for the salsa (I’m talking a huge buckets worth) and started off wearing rubber gloves, but they were getting in my way, so I took them off so I could chop faster. 10 minutes later I said to a colleague who was helping, boy my hand feels funny, how bout yours? She replied, yea it’s feeling a bit tingly…we finished and started cleaning up and by then the tingling turned into burning! We tried scrubbing with salt, soap and water (which of course made it worse, letting the oils from the peppers spread even more!) then I remembered you're supposed to drink milk if you eat something spicy so we tried dunking our hands in a cup of milk, well that didn’t work! Driving home it felt like my hand was on fire and by night I was sitting in a drop in clinic to see what the doctor could do for me. (I swear I usually have a high tolerance for pain!). Have you ever ate something so damn hot there’s nothing you can do but wait it out? Well that’s what he told me I had to do, just waait it out…2 days later the burning went away!! All I can say is at least we won that darn contest!! (Okay to counter my stupidity I have chopped jalapenos before with no side effects, just not a big buckets worth!). Last nights dinner involved a different salsa, more of a sweet salsa using mango's and avocado's that I thought would pair well with a BBQ chicken quesadilla using ground flax seed tortillas, "sour cream" aka thickened plain yogurt and a mixed field green salad with feta, toasted pecans and a raspberry vinaigrette. Careful with those jalapenos!

BBQ Chicken Quesadilla with Mango Avocado Lime Salsa

2 ground flax seed soft tortilla

1 chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces

1 cup fresh corn kernels (or canned)

1/2 red pepper, diced

3 green onions

1/4 cup favorite bbq sauce

1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated

1.Saute chicken until almost cooked through, add in red peppers and cook until softened. Take off heat and add green onions and bbq sauce.
2. In a pan add a little oil and heat on med-low. Place tortilla in pan and on 1/2 the tortilla place chicken mixture and cheese. Fold over. Pan fry until golden and flip and crisp the other side. Serve warm

Mango Avocado Lime Salsa
1 mango, small dice
1 avocado, small dice
3 tbsp onion (red or white), small dice
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 lime, juice only
2 tsp honey
1/2 jalapeno (optional)
1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder (optional, but adds a bit of smokiness)

Sour Cream
3 cups plain yogurt

1.Place yogurt in a strainer that has been lined with paper towel or a coffee filter and place over a bowl.
2.Let sit in the fridge to drain the liquid and become thick, at least 1 hr.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Go Fish: Crispy Halibut Fish Burger with Lemon Dill Tartar Sauce

The title is fitting because that is exactly what I did! I went to Go Fish for lunch today. Go Fish is a little fish shack located right near Granville Island and with only outdoor seating, it is best to go when the sun is shining so you can sit out over the dock. I was supposed to go down to Granville Island Market to the fish vendor and pick up some halibut for dinner tonight but of course I got a little sidetracked with thoughts of the salmon tacone and had to go get one. While finishing it I thought, do I really want fish again for dinner tonight? ( yea that’s me, already thinking of my next meal, while still eating the meal before it!) but then I remembered the plain yogurt I had straining in the fridge being thickened, for my healthy version of a tartar sauce. So off to the market I went! Lately I have been trying to do a healthy twist on foods that I love so this is my version of a fish burger, a whole grain bun instead of a white bun, breaded, pan fried and finished in the oven crispy halibut instead of deep fried battered halibut and tartar sauce made with thickened yogurt instead of mayonnaise. As you can see from the picture I looove tartar sauce and now I don't have to feel guilty about using so much!

Crispy Halibut Fish Burger with Lemon Dill Tartar Sauce
(for 1 person)
1 whole grain bun
1 tomato
1 handful mixed greens
1 halibut filet
1/4 cup whole grain flour
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
2 tbsp milk

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and preheat small frying pan with a little oil in it. Mix together egg and milk and season flour and bread crumbs with salt and pepper.

2. Dredge halibut in flour, then egg wash then bread crumbs. Pan fry on both sides until golden brown finish in the oven until done, about 5-6 min depending on thickness of filet.

Lemon Dill Tartar sauce
3 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
1/2 cup sweet pickles, diced
3 tbsp capers, chopped
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 clove garlic

1.To thicken yogurt place a strainer with paper towel over a bowl, place yogurt in strainer and set in fridge for atleast 1 hr or more.
2.Combine ingredients together with thickened yogurt and chill in fridge.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Just Me and Edith in the Kitchen: Maple Pecan Pie & Crispy Chewy Granola Bars

There's nothing I like more than crankin the Edith Piaf tunes while cooking and especially baking...if you don't know who she is, she is a famous French singer! I think it just reminds me of Ratatouille (one of my favorite movies of all time!) it's all so very French, you feel like tossing flour around the kitchen and tossing things in a pot! Okay really I did neither of those things today nor what I made was very French, but it is was still inspiring! Today's creations were a good ol Pecan Pie and a crispy chewy Granola Bar. Oh and I cheated a bit too, I had a tenderflake pie crust sitting in my freezer so no homemade pie crust this time. As for the granola bar, I am lovin this recipe, adapted from The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger, it is loaded with tons of dried fruit, almonds and sweetened with maple syrup so it's much healthier than the bars you can buy in a store. Next time I think I will add ground flax seeds to add more fiber and a good dose of omega 3's.

Maple Pecan Pie (Adapted from Donna Hay's- Modern Classics 2)

1 tenderflake deep dish pie crust

1 cup whole pecans

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup maple syrup

40g (1 1/2 oz) butter, melted and cooled

3 eggs

1/2 cup whipping cream

1.Pre-bake pie shell till lightly golden. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and toast pecans, let cool.

2.Whisk together all ingredients except pecans. Fold in pecans last and pour into pie shell. Bake for 35-40 min or until filling is set. Cool before serving.

Crispy Chewy Granola Bars (Adapted from Ellie Krieger's- The Food you Crave)

1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats

1/2 cup shelled unsalted raw sunflower seeds

1/2 cup toasted wheat germ (if cannot find toasted, buy wheat germ and throw in a 350 degree F oven until toasted)

1/4 cup whole grain pastry flour

1/4 cup dried apricots

1/4 cup dried blueberries

1/2 cup raw almonds

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup pitted dried dates

1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks (optional)

1/2 cup nonfat dry milk

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

2 large eggs

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with parchment paper.

2. Place all ingredients in a food processor, except maple syrup and eggs and pulse until everything is finely chopped, or chop by hand. Add in syrup and eggs until combined.

3. Spread mixture evenly into baking pan and bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes. When cool cut into bars.

(note: because wheat germ is high in natural oils it is prone to rancidity so look for it in vacuum packaging and not in bulk. After being opened store it in the fridge or freezer. It has gone bad if it has an unpleasant smell and bitter flavor.)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Wrap and Roll: Hoisin Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Why do things always taste so good wrapped up? Puff pastry, filo, pita, tortilla, flat breads and the guilt free of them all, crisp iceberg lettuce! When you've had a long day the last thing most people want to do is be in the kitchen but that's exactly what I love, I miss using my knives, I don't get to cook as much as I used to so anytime I can pick up my knife and start chopping is relaxing to me. This dish requires a bit more mise en place(meaning everything in it's place/getting your ingredients set up) but that's what I love about it! It's so satisfying having everything all ready so you can just throw it in a pan. I'll list the veggies I used but you can really use anything you like or whatever is in your fridge. The picture below is not only the mise en place for the wraps but also a soup I was making for the week to have on hand, another rendition of the roasted red pepper soup I made previously, this time using San Marzano tomatoes and a splash of vinegar.
Hoisin Chicken Lettuce Wraps
2 chicken breast, diced into bite size cubes
1 red bell pepper, julienne
2 baby bok choy, sliced
1 carrot, thin strips (use a peeler)
2 celery stalks, sliced
2 cups, button mushrooms, sliced
1/2 zucchini, sliced on bias
2 bunches green onion, sliced on bias
1 bunch cilantro (stems removed)
3 cloves garlic, fine diced
1 tbsp ginger, grated
1 cup hoisin sauce thinned with 1/4 cup hot water
1 tsp chili flakes
peanuts (optional)
3 cups cooked vermicelli noodles (chilled)
1 head iceberg lettuce, chilled

1. In a bit of oil saute chicken until cooked, remove and toss in celery, red
bell pepper, carrot, celery and mushrooms, saute until slightly softened then add garlic and ginger.
2. Add zucchini, bok choy, green onions and chili flakes, saute until soft.
3. Fold in hoisin sauce into veggies and toss in cilantro.
4. Top with peanuts and serve with chilled vermicelli noodles and iceberg lettuce.

Friday, April 11, 2008

When you've got lemons...: Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Strawberries

Okay what I really mean is when you've got leftover lemon curd and egg whites and whipped cream...make Pavlova! After making the raspberry lemon curd cake I had all this extra stuff leftover, so what better way to utilize the ingredients than make another dessert!?

(adapted from Donna Hays modern classics)
6 egg whites
1 1/2 cup sugar
4tsp cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp white vinegar
2 cups strawberries, quartered
(See Raspberry lemon curd cake for lemon curd and whipped cream recipes)

1.Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
2.Beat egg whites until soft peaks form then slowly add in the sugar, beat until mixture turns glossy. Fold in cornstarch and vinegar.
3. On a baking sheet covered in baking paper, form the meringue into a 7 inch round circle, leaving a little indent in the middle (so it can hold the filling after it is cooked)
4. Place in the oven and reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees F and cook for 1 hr.
5. After 1 hr, turn oven off and let meringue cool in the oven

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Piece of cake: Raspberry Lemon Curd Cake

No really, I swear it really was a piece of cake to make! So maybe it wasn't my finest decorating job, but it was tasty ! I hummed and hawed over what kind of cake to make for my friends birthday, chocolate cake? nahh, too original..chocolate cardamom cake with cream cheese icing? a little too out there...maybe its my obsession with all things lemon right now that I settled on a lemon curd filling with fresh raspberries sandwiched between two nice fluffy layers of sponge cake topped with whipped cream...sweet, tart and satisfying.
Sponge cake
1 1/4 cup sifted flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 eggs, separated
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tsp vanilla

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two 8 inch cake pans by buttering and flouring pans then putting parchment paper circles on the bottom of each pan
2.Sift together flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder and salt
3.Beat egg whites until frothy, gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, beating until stiff peaks form
4.Combine egg yolks, water, vanilla, slowly incorporate dry ingredients into this mixture. Beat until thick and lemon colored
5. Fold egg whites into egg yolk mixture and place into prepared pans
6.Bake for 45 min or until toothpick comes out clean

Lemon Curd
(adapted from Donna Hays modern classics cookbook)
1 cup fresh lemon juice
200 g butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
6 egg yolks

1.Place lemon juice and butter in a saucepan. When butter is melted add sugar, eggs and egg yolks.
2.Stir constantly over medium-low heat until mixture thickens (8-10 min)

Whipped cream
2 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups fresh raspberries
mint (to garnish)

1.Whip cream, add vanilla and slowly adding in icing sugar until soft peaks form.

To assemble:
1.Peel parchment off bottom of one of the cakes, place enough lemon curd to cover the center of the cake and 2 cups of raspberries on top of curd
2.Flip the second cake over so the parchment side faces up, place on top
3.Cover with whip cream and garnish with more raspberries and mint

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Gotta love the twiced baked cookie: Chocolate Cherry Almond Biscotti

Who doesn't love a good biscotti? They store longer than the average cookie and are oh so good dunked in a hot cup of your fave beverage. I am a huge cookie fan, and I'm always in search of the best chocolate chip far my fave has been the addition of brown butter but I'll get to that another time! At the bookstore a couple weeks ago I came across a cookbook by Ellie Krieger host of the food network show Healthy Appetite. As a registered dietitian she does a take on foods you a healthier way. Now who wouldn't want that!? Try it for yourself...

Adapted from: The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger
Chocolate Cherry Almond Biscotti
2 1/2 cups nutri blend flour by Robin hood (white flour and wheat bran)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 canola oil
1 tsp finely grated orange zest
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried tart cherries, finely chopped
1/2 cup raw almonds, finely chopped
1/4 cup dark chocolate, finely chopped

1.Preheat oven to 350.
2.Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together. In a separate bowl beat sugar, eggs, oil, orange zest and vanilla until well combined.
3.Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Add in cherries, almonds and chocolate.
4.Shape into a log 10 inches long and 3 inches wide. Bake for 25 min. Transfer to a wire rack and cool for 15 minutes.
5.Using a serrated knife cut log on a diagonal into 1/2 inch thick slices. Place on baking sheet cut side down, bake for 10 min then turn cookies over and bake another 5-10 min until golden.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Cravin a feel good meal: Crunchy Walnut Lentil Burgers & Roasted Red Bell Pepper Tomato Soup

After going to the gym today I was craving something healthy and satisfying and it came to me, lentil burgers! I know I know, it doesn't sound that exciting but I have been wanting to do my own spin on a good ol veggie burger for awhile now. Now by no means am I vegetarian! I love my meat but sometimes this can be just as satisfying! I've also been wanting to make more homemade soups, I don't have that hand blender for nothing and on those rainy Vancouver days sometimes that's all you want! So I headed down to my local produce store, known by everyone in the area as the cheapest produce in town. It's tiny and always packed and you literally have to shove your way through and have your wallet ready to pay because those cashiers are so damn quick! No giving exact change here, they seem to get a little peeved if you try and scrummage in your change anyways here it is! Lentil burgers my way: with a healthier take on basil aioli using thick Greek yogurt, garlic and fresh basil, and a roasted red bell pepper and tomato basil soup.
Crunchy Walnut Lentil Burgers with Basil Aioli
4 whole grain buns
1 handful mixed field greens
2 cups cooked lentils
1 1/2 cups uncooked yam, grated
1 cup zucchini, grated
1/2 small onion, fine dice
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted, chopped
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 tsp cumin
1.Saute onion, garlic and grated yam just until slightly soft.
2.In a food processor blend 1 1/2 cups of the lentils.
3. In a bowl mix together everything. Shape into patties and pan fry until crispy on both sides.
Basil Aioli
1 cup thick Greek yogurt (or plain yogurt, strained)
1 handful fresh basil
1/2 clove garlic
pinch of sugar
1. Place everything in a food processor and mix until yogurt turns green.
Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Tomato Basil Soup
6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
5 red bell peppers
4 small tomatoes
1 small onion, small diced
1 carrot, small diced
1 celery stalk, small diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 handful fresh basil
1 tsp chili pepper flakes
2 tsp sugar
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, place bell peppers on a parchment lined baking sheet and coat with olive oil. Roast for 30 minutes or until the outer skin looks charred. When done, place in a bowl, covering it with saran wrap for 5 minutes. Remove skin and seeds, chop into chunks
2. To remove tomato skin make an x with the tip of your knife on the bottom of the tomato and place into boiling water for 10 seconds, take out and place in ice water, remove skin and seeds, chop into chunks
3. In a big pot saute onion, carrot, celery and garlic till soft. Add bell peppers and tomato, add stock, fresh basil and chili pepper flakes. Using a blender or hand mixer puree until smooth. Season to taste with salt, pepper and sugar. (Sugar will off balance the bitterness bell peppers can have).

Friday, April 4, 2008

Figuring this whole blog thing out...: Cornbread with Sweet Strawberry Butter & Lamb Burgers with Apple Fennel Slaw

So this is my first blog ever, and I feared if I started one I would spend way too much time on it! I havn't yet decided if it will be mostly restaurant reviews and pictures of what I've eaten or my food creations...I'm thinking a little of both so we will see how it goes! As for my blog name, it's so true, I always have room for dessert! Although this blog won't be all about desserts....For now I have posted last week's creations I made for a potluck dinner. Cornbread with sweet strawberry butter and lamb burgers topped with apple fennel slaw and cranberry mayo.

2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup canola oil
3 cups flour
1 cup milk
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup cornmeal

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream eggs and sugar together, add oil, mix all dry ingredients together and add to wet mixture.
2.Bake in a greased 9 x 14 pan for 40 min or until toothpick comes out clean.

Sweet Strawberry Butter
1 cup fresh strawberries
1 tbsp strawberry jam (if strawberries arent very ripe)
1 cup salted butter, softened(I like the contrast of the saltiness with sweet)
1/4 cup icing sugar
1.In a food processor puree strawberries and strawberry jam, in a mixer beat the softened butter, strawberry puree and icing sugar, if butter mixture is still to wet add a bit more icing sugar.

Lamb Burgers
8 whole wheat buns
Handful mixed greens
2 lb ground lamb
1 small onion, fine diced
3 clove garlic, minced
1/2 red bell pepper, fine diced
3 tbsp fresh oregano
1 egg
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup feta, crumbled
1 tbsp montreal steak spice
1.Saute onion, garlic, red pepper just till soft. Let cool. Combine ground lamb, feta, egg, montreal steak spice, pepper and cooled onion garlic mixture.
2.Make a toonie size patty, pan fry in the same skillet from onion mixture, taste and check for seasoning (depending on the saltiness of your feta, may need salt). Form into pattys, bbq or pan fry.

Apple Fennel Slaw/Cranberry Mayo
1 bulb fennel, thinly julienned, reserve fennel tips
2 gala apples, thinly julienned
1 cup mayo
1/2 cup cranberry sauce
1 tbsp white vinegar
1.Mix together Cranberry and Mayo, reserve some to spread on the bun.
2.To the rest, add the vinegar, s+p and toss with fennel and apples and fennel tips.