Food Musings

A Winnipeg blog about the joy of preparing food for loved ones and the shared joy that travel & dining brings to life.

Shark Attack


One weekend while I was out of town, my son called to see if he and his wife could drop in for a Saturday night dinner.  My husband was so thrilled that he started recipe searching and shopping right away.  He headed to Neptune Seafood  on Dufferin in the North End of Winnipeg where he met a Food Musings blog follower who works there.  She suggested that he try shark and personally sliced  it for him.  Macadamia_crusted_Shark

This is the recipe that he decided upon: Macadamia Encrusted Shark

  • 2 cups macadamia nuts, roughly chopped in a food processor
  • 2 pounds shark, cut into 4 (8 ounce) portions
  •  salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 large eggs, whites only
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • Directions

    Lay the 4 pieces of shark on a clean work surface. Season each piece with the salt, pepper, and cayenne. Using a brush, quickly spread a thin layer of the egg whites on top of the fish and then sprinkle over the chopped macadamia nuts. Press the nuts into the fish to secure. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Heat a large saute pan coated with the oil to medium heat. Place 2 pieces (or 4 if the pan is big enough) of the fish, macadamia side-down, in the pan and sear for 3 to 4 minutes, until the macadamias are golden brown. Flip the fish and cook for another 3 minutes. Repeat the process with the 2 remaining pieces of fish. Place all 4 pieces of fish in a baking dish and cook in the oven for another 8 to 10 minutes.

    Kath’s quote: “Fish, to taste right, must swim three times – in water, in butter, and in wine.”  ~Polish Proverb 
    JMCAY2CC8HCAIWW9CQCAJG5HRFCAULURCJCA1XL4W9CAEFTT33CAFXYKTICAUIIKIECAQFQR3FCAD7I1Z1CASRTM5UCAF1BAW5CAUQ328ECAQDWQRXCAXOTP9ECA59HZKVCAV2HH7JCA4V0SFSCAECAHWTPost Script: My  little Grandma and my sweet Dad were both born in Poland and my heart is grieving with the people of Poland at this time.

    It is Official


    On Saturday I began my annual quest to see which new restaurant in our cottage area has the best hand cut French fries.  We headed to Grand Beach, which at this time of year is a short drive down a forest road.  We had lunch at the newly purchased Stationhouse Restaurant.  Alas, theirs did not pass the taste test. 


    On the way back to our beach, we stopped at The Spirit Rock Cafe.  Now this is a place to love!  It is filled with exotic jewelry and gift-ware.  The prices are very reasonable and everything is just my taste.  The aromas from the open kitchen of coffee and lunch preparations were divine and I highly recommend it, even though we did not taste anything.  The desserts in the display case and the clean plates going back to the kitchen were testament enough.  The cafe is owned and operated by a couple who’s two adorable children are part of the cozy atmosphere.

    A long walk and a sit in the sun, filled the rest of the time until we got the barbecue out for dinner.  D grilled succulent strip loins while I was inside steaming baby potatoes & asparagus and sauteing mushrooms in garlic and red wine.


    This morning D was the chef for brunch, frying up the left over potatoes and serving them with Italian sausage, red pepper and cheddar omelets.  Toast from the local bakery completed the meal and we pulled our chairs into the sun and ate out on the front deck.P4110086

    Its spring on the prairies!

    Kath’s quote: “That outdoor grilling is a manly pursuit has long been beyond question. If this wasn’t firmly understood, you’d never get grown men to put on those aprons with pictures of dancing wienies.”-William Geist 14-Lovely-Hearts-for-St-Valentines-day-sandwich

    Easy Breezy Chicken recipes


    There was a time in our home when hamburger was always in the freezer and therefore always on hand for last minute dinner options.  We  are  less inclined towards ground beef these days but always seem to have chicken breasts either in the freezer or left over in the fridge.

    Here are some suggestions with what you likely already have in your fridge or cupboard:

    Baked “Nacho” Chicken

    Place 4 small chicken breasts on a foil lined cookie sheet, top each with a smear of salsa (1/2 c in total)-substitute with spaghetti sauce if you’re in a pinch.  Bake 15 mins. at 400 degrees.   Remove and top with ½ c crushed taco chips and ½ c shredded spicy cheese (any jalapeño or pepper variety).  Return to oven for another 5 mins or until cheese is melted.  Top with sour cream if desired and serve with a Mexican style rice.

    Sesame Chicken Toss

    Use leftover chicken cut into strips or cook 2 breasts and cut into strips.  Cook 300 g of spaghetti in a large saucepan until el dente adding 1 c of snow peas (fresh or frozen) to the water in the last 30 seconds (frozen green beans will also work).  Drain and retain ¼ c of the water.  Mix 2 T of peanut butter, 1 T of soya sauce and ¼ c of a sesame dressing (or any other Asian style dressing); gradually stir in the reserved water.  Toss together the above ingredients with 1 sautéed red pepper cut into strips, 1 c of sautéed slivered carrots and 3 green onions cut on the diagonal.  Top with 2 T chopped peanuts.

    Kath’s quote:  ‘Is this chicken, what I have, or is this fish? I know it’s tuna, but it says ‘Chicken of the Sea.’ “-Jessica Simpson


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    Sister #3 Isla Mujeres (Part 4-Fresh Seafood)

    “Many of our meals on Isla are fresh fish. The Gulf of Mexico side of the island is lined with tiny fishing boats and the daily catch is available at a variety of “Cocktelerias” that line the waterfront. Fish being so abundant means that the fresh is super fresh and really cheap.
    Almond Crusted Fish at Cockteleria Justica Social

    Almond Crusted Fish at Cockteleria Justica Social

     Coconut Shrimp


    4 cups sweetened shredded coconut (10 oz)
    1 cup flour 3/4 cup beer
    3/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt
    1 large egg 6 cups vegetable oil
    1 1/2 lbs of shrimp (I like to use the largest I can find)


    Coconut shrimp at Miramar

    Coconut shrimp at Miramar


    Rinse shrimp under cold running water, blot dry with paper towel. I like to ensure that the slit down the back of the shrimp is nice and deep to add to the butterfly for this dish. Pour some coconut into a pie plate. Whisk together flour, beer, baking soda, salt and egg and mix until smooth. Heat oil in a deep heavy pot until it register 350ºF. While oil is heating, hold each shrimp by the tail and dip into batter, letting the excess drip off. Dredge in coconut, I like to press the shrimp cut side down into the coconut to increase the butterfly. Transfer to a plate and repeat for each shrimp. You will need to discard your coconut as it becomes clumped with excess egg and start with fresh coconut. I always seem to need more coconut than I expected to use. Place batches of the shrimp into the hot oil and fry until golden. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and place on paper towel to remove excess oil.

    Serves more than you can possibly eat but if you’re going to the trouble to make them why not make lots.”

    Kath’s quote: “Do not overcook this dish. Most seafoods…should be simply threatened with heat and then celebrated with joy.” –Jeff Smith (The Frugal Gourmet)


    Tradition, tradition! (Part 3)


    Thank you to my patient readers, this is the last entry about our traditional Easter celebrations.  We have a group of friends that have been getting together for an Easter Feast for over a decade.  It started when Connie (our  transplanted Sicilian friend) remarked that she was missing her families’ celebration that year and so we decided to create an traditional Italian Easter celebration of our own. Connie and Roger are visiting from Castellammare del Golfo right now and so the timing was perfect.

    Connie and I in her home town

    Connie and I in her home town

    Connie assembled the antipasto.  Three Italian meats, provolone cheese, olives, marinated veggies and spicy eggplant.  She picked everything up at Sobey’s and was very pleased with their selection and quality.


    Next course was Judy’s Caprese salad, topped with a light shake of olive oil from C&R’s own olive trees back home.  This was accompanied by Connie’s stuffed sun dried tomatoes-a recipe that she taught me when we visited them in Sicily. In addition, delicious and authentic breads purchased at De Luca’s (that were contributed by another attendee) were served. 


    The meat course was Italian sausages that I brown and then roasted with tri-coloured peppers and a roasted herb chicken that we have called “Ruth’s” Chicken since she shared the recipe with me 20 years ago.  Roasted potatoes and yams with a drizzle of truffle oil and yellow and green beans sauteed with toasted pine nuts, accompanied the meats.


    The person who was to have brought the salad course, which was to have been served next, couldn’t make it and so “uncleansed”, we ate on.  Gina contributed a decadent tiramisu that she purchased at La Grotta and Connie had brought a special cake from Sicily –Il Panettone Grandorato.  Jamie brought a platter of fruit to accompany the sweets and Doug put on the tea and espresso.

    Kath’s quote: “Food is not about impressing people. It’s about making them feel comfortable.”-Ina Garten


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