Pupusas con Cortido

Pupusas con Cortido
Today I have a recipe for Salvadoran pupusa for you! Pupusa are basically stuffed tortillas or pancakes made with masa harina, aka corn flour, that are typically stuffed with cheese and optionally other things like pork and/or refried beans. These stuffed tortillas are really easy to make! You just mix some water and corn flour, form balls, flatten them, add the filling, fold them up (back into balls), flatten them again and then cook them in a pan! The final result is a like a pancake that is crispy on the outside, soft and warm on the inside and just bursting with melted cheese! The only tricky part is getting the right consistency for the dough since if it's too dry it will crumble and if it's too wet it will be difficult to work with but if you add the water a little at a time it's pretty easy to get it right! Once you have mastered the basic cheese pupusas try adding other filling like the refried beans or pork! Serve the pupusas topped with curtido, a Salvadoran lightly fermented cabbage and hot sauce!

Curtido

Curtido
Curtido is a Central American form of lightly fermented cabbage that is commonly served as a condiment in various dishes including pupusas. It is similar to sauerkraut or tart cole slaw or even kimchi. I like that it's super easy to make where you pretty much just mix some shredded cabbage, carrots and onions along with vinegar, water, salt and oregano and let it sit for a few days before enjoy as a side or as a condiment/relish on whatever you wish!

Esquites (Mexican Corn Salad) Avocado Toast

Esquites (Mexican Corn Salad) Avocado Toast
Avocado toast is so simple and oh so good but really it's just a start and I always enjoy adding extra flavour! One of my favourite summer dishes is esquites (Mexican corn salad) with charred corn, mayo, lime juice and crumbled cheese! There is just something magical about the sweet charred corn, creamy mayo and tangy lime juice combo that tingles my taste buds and add a dusting of chili powder to that and my mouth is in heaven! Of course if you take two great things like avocado toast and esquites and combine them the result is something truly spectacular! You really can't go wrong adding creamy avocado to the mix and serving it on a convenient slice of toast for easy eating! I always like to make extra esquites for quick and easy leftover esquites avocado toast for breakfast the next morning where you really just need to toast the bread and heat the corn salad!

Greek Lemon Foil Roasted Potatoes

Greek Lemon Foil Roasted Potatoes
When you are cooking with on grill or barbecue it's nice to be able to cook your entire meal on it, including the sides. Potatoes are always a great side dish and very often I roast them in the oven and they can also be roasted on the grill! You simply need to throw them in foil and place the entire parcel on the grill to cook while you are cooking the rest of the meal. The potatoes will generally take longer than the meat so you place them on a bit before the meat and they are done when the main is! Since I was grilling up some Greek style lamb chops recently I went for these Greek style lemon roasted potatoes as a side! The potatoes are tossed in lemon, garlic and oregano to add a ton of flavour which infuses into the potatoes while they roast in the foil! These greek lemon foil roasted potatoes are great all by themselves or you can sprinkle on some crumbled feta while they are still piping hot so that it just starts to melt onto the potatoes! Yum!

Greek Style Grilled Lamb Chops

Greek Style Grilled Lamb Chops
Next up for your grilling enjoyment are these tasty greek style grilled lamb chops! The lamb chops are marinated in a a Greek style marinade consisting of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano and yogurt over night before they are thrown on the grill and grilled until they are lightly charred, smoky and oh so good! These grilled lamb chops are so quick and easy to make and I like to serve them with grilled veggies, lemon roasted potatoes, a greek style salad and watermelon for a really nice summer meal that can be cooked outside!

50 Late Summer Recipes

50 Late Summer Recipes

Summer is trucking along and there is still plenty of time to enjoy some late summer produce including some of my favourites like tomatoes, eggplant, red peppers, corn, cauliflower, broccoli and green beans. In addition to all of the summer produce we already have some fall items showing up including apples, pears and winter squash so we are quite literally spoiled for choice these days! It was really difficult trimming a roundup of recipes down to a manageable amount so I ended up going with a 'mega' roundup containing a whopping 50 amazing recipes using late summer produce! When I head down to the market at this time of year it is always challenging to not pick up some of everything that's available but no matter what I end up bringing home I have plenty of tasty recipes to make!

Thai Green Curry Pork Dumplings in Coconut Sauce with Crispy Fried Shallots

Thai Green Curry Pork Dumplings in Coconut Sauce with Crispy Fried Shallots
While visiting festivals this summer I noticed a few places selling creative takes on dumplings which sounded like fun! With dumplings you have several ways to make things interesting including the flavours in the filling, how you cook them and what you serve them in/with or what you garnish them with! One of the first dumplings that I had to try were these Thai green curry pork dumplings in coconut sauce with crispy fried shallots where I take pork dumplings and serve them in a Thai style coconut green curry sauce. The pork filling is nice and simple being seasoned with a fresh homemade Thai green curry paste along with fish sauce and plenty of fresh basil and green onions. The coconut curry sauce is a basic curry sauce with the coconut milk, green curry paste, fish sauce, lime juice and palm sugar for a perfect balance of sweet, salty, sour and spicy! The dumplings are fried in a little oil until the bottoms are nice and golden brown and crispy and then a bit of water is added, they are covered and steamed until cooked! The green curry pork dumplings are served in the coconut sauce topped with fresh chopped cilantro, slices of jalapeno and crispy fried shallots!

Berry and Avocado Spinach Salad with Feta and Pistachios in a Creamy Berry Poppy Seed Dressing

Berry and Avocado Spinach Salad with Feta and Pistachios in a Creamy Berry Poppy Seed Dressing
Are you ready for another light and refreshing summer salad? How about this berry and avocado spinach salad with feta and pistachios in a creamy berry poppy seed dressing? With no less than four berries this salad just screams summer! The combination of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and black berries is phenomenal and it only gets better with avocado, feta and pistachios! Just when you were thinking that this salad could not get any better, how about topping it with a creamy berry poppy seed dressing for even more berry goodness?

Creamy Berry Poppy Seed Dressing

Creamy Berry Poppy Seed Dressing
This creamy berry poppy seed dressing has to be the king of summer salads! I mean you can't get much more summer-y than bright tangy dressing with no less than four summer berries in it! The base of this dressing is fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and black berries along with olive oil and a white balsamic vinegar! The creaminess comes from a light greek style yogurt and a touch of honey enhances the natural sweetness of the berries. The dressing is finished off with poppy seeds and it's just perfect on pretty much any every summer salad, especially this berry and Avocado spinach salad with feta and pistachios