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Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry

Hi everyone! Today I will be sharing a great soup/curry recipe: Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry. This is great on these upcoming winter nights. Very nourishing with all of the lentils and perfect for leftovers. You can add as much flavor as you want to this fiber rich dish. Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 large sweet onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 1/2 cups veg stock
  • 2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup red lentils, washed thoroughly

Directions:

  1. Add butter to a sauce pot and turn to medium heat. When butter is melted, add chopped onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes or until translucent and fragrant.
  2. Add garlic and curry powder, turmeric, and cumin. Sauté another minute, stirring.FullSizeRender-15.jpg
  3. Add the veg stock, cubed sweet potatoes, and lentils.FullSizeRender-13.jpg
  4. Stir everything together and turn heat to a simmer.
  5. Simmer stew for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed and the sweet potatoes are fork-tender.FullSizeRender-14.jpg
  6. If thickness desired- add about half a cup of the curry into a food process to make a puree. Then add back to the pot and stir.FullSizeRender.jpg
  7. Heat for an additional 10 minutes.
  8. Plate and serve!FullSizeRender-22.jpgFullSizeRender-16.jpg

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This serves about 5 people.
  • Add curry powder and salt to taste.
  • You can use chicken stock or any other stock you prefer.
  • Feel free to add whatever vegetables you like. It’s your soup!

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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Spiced Sweet Corn Soup

Hi everyone! Now that Fall is officially here, it’s impossible to not make soup so often. Today, I will be sharing an amazing recipe on Spiced Sweet Corn Soup. So delicious and so full of flavor. It’s perfect for a side at dinner and leftovers for lunch. Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • Turmeric
  • Cumin seeds
  • Coriander
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Chili powder
  • Creamed corn
  • Whole corn kernels
  • Broth
  • Onion
  • Potato

Directions:

  1. First roast cumin seeds and coriander in a skillet (no oil), until aromatic. Takes about 2 minutes.
  2. Grind with chopped garlic, ginger, turmeric, red chili powder, and a dash of oil until thick.FullSizeRender.jpg
  3. Sautee the chopped garlic in a skillet until translucent.
  4. Add the curry paste and cook to release the flavors.
  5. Add cubed potatoes.
  6. Add vegetable broth or chicken stock.FullSizeRender-3.jpgFullSizeRender-2.jpg
  7. Add salt/pepper to taste.
  8. Bring to a boil and then stir in creamed corn.FullSizeRender-1.jpg
  9. Add half the whole corn kernels.
  10. Blend until smooth.
  11. Fro texture, add the remaining corn kernels and bring to a boil.
  12. Heat and serve!IMG_2847.JPGIMG_2846.JPGIMG_2845.JPG

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • Serves 5 people.
  • You can add as much spice as you want and any protein you’d like. I kept it simple.

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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Markham Street Cafe

Happy Friday everyone! I hope everyone had a great week. I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for the weekend. Last week, I had the pleasure of reviewing a new restaurant, Markham Street Cafe, that opened up in my neck of the woods. Markham Street Cafe is still in their soft opening stage, but is planning on having their grand opening. This beautiful restaurant/cafe is more than what I can try to describe. Cozy, absolutely amazing decor, ambiance. Markham Street Cafe is going for the California cafe vibe, and with their succulents and decor, I can say they nailed it! The best part is that the owners (including the chef), and staff are so polite and friendly. Oh, forgot to mention that the food is nothing less than their service: impeccable! I was able to try a few items from their menu, which isn’t set in stone due to the soft opening. However, a more concrete menu, a full bar, live music, decor from local artists, and much more are in the works post grand opening. Check out their amazing food below and what I thought about each one! Plus, some views of their decor.

Paragon Salad, minus the beef: Thai beef (not included), red and green cabbage, fresh greens, spicy cashews, cucumber, sliced radish, onion, spicy Thai vinaigrette.

OMG, I thought this salad was amazing. I am not a fond of salads as they tend to be dry, bland, and just not exciting. However, this salad was full of flavor and the thai vinaigrette was just wow. 5/5 for me.

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Gruyere Mac and Cheese with Applwood Smoked Bacon: Cavatappi pasta, gouda, gruyere, parmesan with crispy applewood smoked bacon, and fried shallot.

Ok, this dish may be biased because I can kill for mac and cheese or any dish that is loaded with cheese. Mac and Cheese is my go to comfort food and this did not dissapoint. 5/5 for me. Would give it 10/5 if I could.

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Creamy Tomato Bisque:  Roasted tomato-extra virgin olive oil-cream.

This tomato bisque was definitely creamy. The flavor was on point! Of course, the name of the dish stated it’s creamy, so I would give it a 4/5 just because it was a little too creamy for me (I like not too bisque-y bisques), however if that’s how you roll, then its a 5/5 for you. Definitely a 5/5 for presentation!

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Cubano Sandwich: Mojo pork, pickled cucumber, provolone, smokey bacon, mustard dressing.

What a filling sandwich! Served with a pickle and fries, it surely does hit the spot. The Cubano is not dripping with sauce; a little more would’ve been nice. However, it has so much flavor and bread is toasted the right amount. The pork was succulent. 4/5.

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Overall, the food was amazing. I would definitely recommend stopping by and having a bite to eat. Check out their pages below as well as their decor!

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https://www.instagram.com/markhamstreetcafe

https://www.facebook.com/TheMarkham/

https://www.yelp.com/biz/markham-street-cafe-annandale-2

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See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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Very Veggie Soup

Hi everyone! Now that Fall is around the corner, my go-to recipes are always hearty soups. Today, I will be sharing a classic veggie soup. It’s a great way to sneak all those veggies in but all you can taste is the flavorful garlic and tomatoes. It takes no time at all and is super easy. Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Beet
  • Ginger
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Fill a large bowl halfway with water.
  2. Place the tomatoes, beet, and carrots in the bowl.FullSizeRender-4.jpg
  3. Microwave for 6 minutes to soften the veggies.
  4. Meanwhile, chop the onion, garlic, and ginger.FullSizeRender-2.jpg
  5. Let the boiled veggies cool to room temperature.FullSizeRender-8.jpg
  6. In a food processor or Ninja blender, add the chopped veggies and about 1 cup of water.
  7. Blend until smooth.FullSizeRender-3.jpg
  8. In a big pot, pour the puree in and turn on the heat to medium.
  9. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Let the soup come to a boil and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  11. Serve hot alongside garlic bread!FullSizeRender-10.jpgFullSizeRender-13.jpg

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • You can add whatever veggies you have on hand or you like. I would add more except this is all I had at the moment.
  • You can use broth instead of water.

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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Minestrone Soup

Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is having a fantastic week. Today, I will be sharing my recipe on Minestrone Soup. This soup is so delicious and flavorful. It makes for the perfect leftovers. All you have to do is put everything in one pot and let the stove do the work. Very simple, you can add whatever your heart desires, and not a lot of work needed! Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. First, chop all of the vegetables; chop the celery, cut the potatoes in small cubes, slice the carrots, chop the onion, chop the tomatoes, mince the garlic.FullSizeRender-2.jpgFullSizeRender.jpg
  2. Melt butter in a heavy pot over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, celery, and carrots; saute for a few minutes.
  3. Add beans, tomatoes, 1 spoon of tomato paste, potato, stock, and salt to the pot.FullSizeRender-3.jpg
  4. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat.
  5. Simmer for approximately 45 minutes until vegetables are barely tender.FullSizeRender-4.jpg
  6. Add pasta, and simmer for 30 minutes more.
  7. Add any additional seasoning as needed.
  8. Plate and serve!FullSizeRender-5.jpg

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This recipe serves about 5 people.
  • You can add as much seasoning as you want and make it as spicy as you want.
  • You can add any source of protein such as chicken, sausage, or even tofu.
  • You can use any broth or beans you’d like.

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz