{FOOD} Surprise Your Sweetheart With A Foodie Prize Pack

There’s one thing that I love (almost) as much as I love my family: food – so it makes perfect sense for me to celebrate the upcoming day of love with the gift of grub!

Through my business, I’ve been fortunate to work with Brad Hill – an incredible photographer and publisher of the Foodie Book series. Not only have I enjoyed creating buzz for his business, but the books have opened my eyes to new culinary destinations that I might not have otherwise discovered.

After the launch of his first book – the North Shore Foodie, a group of friends and I started our own food tour – working our way through the featured restaurants in the book. It’s been a great excuse to veer away from my usual restaurant spots and try something new, and I look forward to eating my way through the East Van edition next!

Photo: Jamjar

Recipe for Mujadra (lentil stew) in the East Van Foodie book

Photo: Jamjar

To celebrate my love for food, I’m excited to be sharing with you a chance to win a copy of the East Van Foodie book and a gift certificate for $40 to enjoy a delicious meal at Jamjar. Enter below for a chance to win this gift pack fit for a foodie – one that you can keep for yourself, enjoy with a friend, or gift to your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day.

About the East Van Foodie Book:

It’s a dazzling coffee table book filled with mouthwatering images of delectable dishes. It’s a collection of recipes ranging from vegan fare to courses fit for carnivores – from simple everyday meals to complicated culinary processes that will push you outside of your cooking comfort zone. It’s a story book filled with the history and heart behind some of Vancouver’s most esteemed dining destinations, and it’s a book of discovery, where you’ll learn something new about the tools, tales, and tastes that come from the kitchens of our city – and from around the world.

About Jamjar Restaurant

Tantalize your tastebuds with the flavours of folk Lebanese food, cooked with passion and made from scratch in a cozy setting on Vancouver’s Commercial Drive. Using fresh ingredients and the aromatic spices of East Mediterranean cooking, Jamjar connects diners through communal sharing, nodding to Lebanese culture and the art of sharing food while enjoying the company of family and friends.

Photo: Jamjar

Enter for a chance to win below.

Note: Entrants must live in the Greater Vancouver Area.

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{RECIPE} Get In My Belly Brussels Sprouts

Growing up, nothing grossed me out more than the feeling of a soggy sphere of Brussels sprout dissolving on my tongue. I can still taste the bitter mush as I struggled to swallow it down – wincing in agony as I forked another chunk.

Back then, it seemed the only way to serve a dish of Brussels Sprouts was to boil and serve. Overcooked, unseasoned globules of grossness topped with a dollop of butter (if you were lucky). I vowed to never punish my tastebuds again with the sour sting of Brussels sprouts when I was old enough to cook for myself.

I can’t remember how I was convinced to try the infamous Brussels Sprouts dish at Glowbal Group‘s Trattoria for the first time. I’m sure a healthy dose of peer pressure (and wine – lots of wine) were involved. Nonetheless, I choked one down, ready to swish the awful taste away with a swig of red wine, but it wasn’t gross – not at all. In fact, I took another bite, and eventually ordered another dish to enjoy all to myself!

 

Image: Glowbal Group

Dinner at Glowbal Group

Since then, I’ve been obsessed. What did they do to turn the grossest vegetable in the world into a “get in my belly” dish of deliciousness!? I had to know. I asked if they were willing to share the recipe, and was surprised when they handed me a recipe card with step-by-step directions.

For months afterwards I stuck with eating in or getting their famous Brussels sprouts to go (because I’d always rather have someone else make food for me). Then one day, I decided to take a stab at it myself. I don’t have a deep fryer, and didn’t have chili flakes, so I made my own take – and it was so delicious, I’ve been making it several times a week! Here’s how to make my lazy version of the classic:

Get In My Belly Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts (small)
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp. capers (drained)
  • 1 wedge lemon
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Cut ends off, and halve Brussels sprouts
  2. Pour vegetable oil into frying pan and heat on High
  3. Add Brussels sprouts (cut sides facing down) and fry until golden brown, stirring occasionally to cook evenly
  4. Once browned, add capers, lemon juice and stir in
  5. Remove from heat, add parmesan cheese

My husband and kids refuse to eat them, but I love them so much that I cook them just for myself. SO GOOD.

Give them a try and let me know what you think!

Bee XX