I was super thrilled when I was asked to participate in the “On The Table” Blog Tour from The Canadian Living Test Kitchen (Simon & Schuster Canada). If you read my blog post on Canadian Living’s “The Ultimate Cookbook”, you know how much of a fan I am of The Canadian Living Magazine!
Canadian Living recently released a series of Cookbooks all highlighting various themes including the following:
- Essential Salads
- Pasta & Noodles
- Make it Ahead
- 400 Calorie Dinners
- Sweet & Simple
- Fish & Seafood
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Canadian Living recipes, let me tell you they are some of the absolute best! Each recipe is Tested-Till-Perfect, which means little to no errors when you reproduce it in your own kitchen with zero professionals around you. Each recipe is tested using the same ingredients you find in the grocery store yourself and the same household appliances you use at home. This is precisely why I love Canadian Living recipes. The Canadian Living test kitchen puts us readers first and thinks about convenience, availability, and practicality for the average person at home.
I have been fortunate enough to review the “Fish & Seafood” Cookbook, which features 110 of the tastiest recipes in this category. The beginning of the book takes us to some Fish and Seafood Basics then jumps right into to recipes with the following categories:
- Sandwiches & Wraps
- Pastas & Noodles
- Rice Dishes
- Fried & Seared
- Broiled & Grilled
- Steamed & Boiled
- Stews & Curries
- Baked Dishes
Recipes in this book are super easy to follow with most recipes having a decent and doable amount of ingredients. Directions are simple to follow and appropriate for the beginner home cook. Each recipe includes hands-on time, total time, amount the recipe produces, nutritional information, tips from the test kitchen as well as serving recommendations. Recipes in the index at the back of the book are cross-referenced making it super easy to locate your favourite recipe. If you can’t remember the name, just look up a main ingredient. Perfect!
I managed to recreate the Cioppino Soup recipe on page 34. I can’t lie, I called my mother over to help me out a bit with this one as I am 9 months pregnant and was afraid the scent might have bothered me. To my surprise, it smelled AMAZING as it was simmering away on the stove! My husband absolutely went nuts for it and the recipe was ridiculously simple to make. It has already become a staple recipe and thanks to its simplicity, I have made it twice! Scroll below to find the recipe and pictures from my experience recreating it. I think the only tweaks I would have made would be to add a bit more salt and pepper. I ended up using Haddock as my white fish. Be sure not to skip or replace the clam juice. This gives the dish A LOT of flavour.
Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Makes: 4 servings. (or if your husband or yourself or anyone you are making this for is anything like my own husband the serving is probably for 2….or 1)
What you need:
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small sweet onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- ¼ cup dry white wine
- 1 cup bottled strained tomatoes (passata)
- 1 tsp pepper
- 225 g jumbo shrimp (21 to 24 count), peeled and deveined
- 225 g skinless firm white fish fillet (such as cod or halibut), cut crosswise in strips
How to make it:
In large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook onion, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
Pour in wine; cook, scraping up browned bits, until liquid is slightly reduced, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes, oregano, pepper and clam juice; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Stir in shrimp, scallops and fish; cover and cook over medium heat until shrimp are pink, and fish and scallops are opaque throughout, about 5 minutes.
TIP FROM THE TEST KITCHEN
If your scallops are more than 1 inch (2.5cm) thick, halve them horizontally to ensure they cook in the same amount of time as the shrimp and fish.
Overall this book was fantastic as are the rest of the books in the newly released series mentioned above. You may purchase “Fish & Seafood” By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen at Amazon.ca for the current price of $19.73 CAN (price is subject to change). But better yet, you could win all the books in this series thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada!! Click on the link below to enter!
CONTEST LINK: http://www.simonandschuster.ca/pages/on-the-table
A huge thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for sending over this fantastic cookbook in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts in this blog post are 100% my own.