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Putting Food By

In this section we present recipes on a larger scale, either to be cooked for a party, or to be canned, frozen, or packaged for later use. 

I’ve loved mole sauce since the first time I tried it, and the best I’ve ever tasted was in a cantina in Blaine, Washington, just across the border from Canada. My mom had taken me there for lunch and while it was a simple restaurant, the food was stellar.  I have tried for years to reproduce that sauce and with this combination, believe that I have hit the jackpot.  For my own most recent batch, I rendered the pork fat off of the rind of some double-smoked bacon, gaining particularly delicious results.

The recipe I based this on claimed it was for 12 and at Mexican restaurants it’s true that the dish usually has a great deal of sauce, but I prefer a slightly less wasteful plating, so for me, 1/4-1/2 cup per serving is plenty.

Chocolate Mole Sauce – 20-40 servings
10 Passillas
10 Anchos
10 Mulatos
6 Tomatillos
2 rounds of Mexican chocolate
1 cup of raisins
1/4 cup lard
1 cup pork or chicken broth
Salt
Hot water
I Spanish onion chopped
1 cup Almond meal
1/4 cup Sesame seeds
1 Pinch Anise seeds
10 Coriander seeds
10 Peppercorns

Soak the peppers in enough hot water to cover them until they are soft.
I render my own lard from the skin of double smoked bacon that my butcher sells and use the broth from that as well in the blender.
Fry the onion and tomatillos in the lard until they are soft
Using a blender, food processor, or food mill, grind all the ingredients into a smooth paste. Use as much hot (boiled) water as required to achieve a thick milkshake texture.
Salt to taste

When this is made, prepare a cupcake tray with paper liners (the liners prevent flavour transfer to the metal). Fill the cups with sauce then freeze. After they are removed from the pan, store them in ziplock freezer bags. This gives you 30-40 portions of approximately 1/4 cup. Each is sufficient for one serving.

 

Chili02Three Bean Chili

This chili is one of my most popular recipes. Not only is it the most often requested, but as a regular table item at parties ‘back in the day’, I can remember  regularly hearing people being told when brought as guests that “You absolutely have to try the chili…it’s the best!” It’s also one of my personal favourites, which currently, I like best with eggs as breakfast, or

Recipe:

Stage One Ingredients and Method

  • 1Lb (dried) Kidney Beans
  • 1Lb (dried) Pinto Beans
  • 1Lb (dried) Turtle Beans

Add:

  • 2 Garlic bulbs
  • 1 Chopped Onion
  • 2 Dried Chilies
  • Salt

Cover with water and cook at 250º for 6-8 hours

Stage Two and Three Ingredients and Method

  • Oregano
  • 6 Garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 1/2 Onions
  • 3-4 Chilies of at least 3 types [I like Banana, Habanero, Scotch Bonnet, Jalapeno and Mulatos]
  • 3/4 cup of Olive Oil
  • 2 x 26 oz can Whole Tomatoes

Stage Two

  1. Chop 1/2 of onion,
  2. Mince 1/2 of garlic and chilies
  3. Stick a knife in the can and roughly chop tomatoes
  4. Saute onions, garlic and peppers with oregano
  5. Add to beans along with 1/2 of the tomatoes
  6. Cook covered, for another 6-8 hours.

Stage Three

1. About hour or two before serving, use the remaining ingredients add to chili and cook uncovered

January – Food for Thought

 Dan Barber’s excellent TED presentation on fish farming looks at the problems of the industry and at a revolutionary fish farm in Spain that could point a new path forward.

Eatin’s Canada supports sustainable food practices, family businesses, cottage industries,  progressive thinking about how we eat, and how we treat what we eat.

Food for Thought presents links to videos and essays about food and how it’s managed and mis-managed in our world. Updated regularly. Come back for more.

Quinoa Hot Breakfast Cereal

I’ve loved oatmeal all my life, the  creamy texture of it set off against crumbled brown sugar, melting into the cream poured over it. Sometimes I’d add cinnamon and apples, or even get the seasoned instant in a pouch variety…it was all good. Unfortunately, my body and mouth are in disagreement on the topic and my body won. So, no more oatmeal.

I don’t generally enjoy foods that are made to simulate the flavours of others. Rather, I look for combinations that give me similar sensations on eating. I’ve tried, but did not enjoy rolled quinoa…too gummy. I tried a few things and this is my favourite preparation. Succanat is a sugar cane product made by drying cane juice. If you don’t have succanat, use maple syrup if you have it (but at the end) or brown sugar.