Friday, June 26, 2009

Summer Cooking - Keeping it Outdoors!

Wow, one whole month between this and my last blog post. I've been cooking quite a bit lately, but it really revolves around salads and bbq fare. My home is really warm with this high humidity, high heat Montreal weather.

Some of my favorite items to grill on the barbecue this summer?
  • Tofurkey's vegan Italian sausages - amazingly tasty, almost like the real thing. It's got the caloric value to compete with traditional sausages, a mind blowing 270 calories PER link.

  • Fresh shitake mushrooms - although hard to find in Montreal, the Jean-Talon market has several sellers of wild mushrooms. Lightly brushed with red wine vinegar, olive oil and zappata seasonings, its meaty texture and taste satisfies.

  • Fresh oyster mushrooms - again, easily found at the Jean-Talon market, it absorbs marinate very quickly, so be sparce and brush the marinade on them instead of soaking them in the juice.

  • Asparagus. Grilled asparagus is just amazing!

  • Onions. Naked or marinated, always awesome.

  • Zucchini. see above.
Some things I've tried and am not so impressed with:
  • Baby turnips - it sounded like a good idea at the time, but it never cooked fully and the taste was awful.

  • Yves' Bavarian Bratwursts - the skin chars bizarrely and the taste is dry. Save those for your indoor cooking.
So what if you don't have a bbq but would still enjoy grilled veggies? Try a panini press or raclette griddle. It works.

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