Shrimp Po Boy #SundaySupper

Today Sunday Supper is celebrating Mardi Gras and I thought what better way to do that then to share my favourite New Orleans staple, the Shrimp Po Boy. Sadly I have actually only visit New Orleans in passing when I went to go see my parents while they were working in Biloxi Mississippi after hurricane Katrina. I flew into New Orleans and for a treat my dad stopped off at the French Quarter, which had already been fixed up at this point, for lunch. The Po Boy a fried shrimp or oyster sandwich is such a simple concept and yet is incredible. While we enjoyed this meal I have to say it just didn’t taste as good as the one I had that day. But them then I am competing against the atmosphere of the French Quarter so that probably makes a big difference.

One confession I have is I have slightly cheated by continuing to call this a shrimp po boy when in fact I used prawns. This side of the Atlantic shrimp are not commonly found so I have to use their cousins, prawns. Taste wise they are interchangeable. It just seemed wrong calling this classic dish prawn po boys.

So have you ever celebrated Mardi Gras? It looks like a very fun holiday to enjoy. Maybe one of these days my family will take a holiday and experience it for ourselves. But in the meanwhile I know I can enjoy some of these amazing dishes that the Sunday Supper crew have shared.

Shrimp Po Boy

500g (1 lb) medium shrimp, shelled, deveined and with tails removed
(3/4 c.) fine cornmeal
(3/4 c.) flour
1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning
1 tsp salt
2 eggs, beaten
Peanut oil for frying
1/2 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
2-3 tomatoes, sliced about 1/4 inch thick
4 small French sandwich rolls
Recipe from Simply Recipes

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Hoisin Beef Chili #SundaySupper

The Sunday Supper team isn’t adverse to a little competition so today we are excited to share a chili contest. We have all been challenged to share our best chilli recipe and it is up to you to vote on which one you think is the best. After reading through everyone’s titles I am so excited to say that competition seems to bring out the best in us because we have come up with some incredible sounding chilies.

And just to make things interesting, there will be prizes involved. The dish with the most votes at the end of the voting period will get one ticket to the 2014 Food and Wine Conference, being held once again in sunny Orlando, Florida this July + a $25 gift card. If the person with the most votes is unable to attend, then they will still get to keep the gift card, but the ticket will be passed on to the person with the next highest votes.

How do you vote? We will be holding votes through Thursday February 27th on the Sunday Supper website. Choose a tried and true one that you have attempted or let your taste bud imagination make the choice. This is such an incredible list I know it won’t be an easy choice to make.

What I have decided to try and tempt you with today was an attempt to step a little outside my box of regular chili thinking. I have actually already shared some of my favourite chili recipes so I wanted to challenge myself by creating something completely new that I had never tried before. Seeing as how my natural instincts is to go more towards Asian flavours I decided to play around with Hoisin sauce. The result was incredible but definitely a 9 out of 10 on the heat scale. So make sure you serve it with a nice big scoop of sour cream for those nervous about heat.

Hoisin Beef Chili

1 400g (14.5oz) tin diced tomatoes
65g (1/4 c.) tomato paste
1-2 Tbsp Sriracha sauce
80g (1/4 c) Hoisin sauce
1 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp cocoa powder
Freshly cracked pepper to taste
1 Kilo (2 lbs) top round or beef chuck, cubed
2 bell peppers, chopped
1 large onion , chopped
8 garlic cloves, minced
2 4oog (14.5 oz) tins kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 Tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
*Optional: Sour cream.

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Artichoke Heart and Beef Stroganoff

I have talked about it before but I often come up with these ideas that I just can’t get out of my head when I am trying to fall asleep. I wasn’t sure about this one though. I always paired artichokes with chicken and when doing some research didn’t find a lot of recipes that paired with with beef. But for some reason combining artichokes in a family favourite dish just seemed right. Not only did it turn out amazing it comes close to winning our hearts over our traditional version with mushrooms. And coming from a mushroom obsessed family that is a big deal.

Artichoke Heart and Beef Stroganoff

1 Tbsp olive oil
500g (1 lb) minced beef
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
400g (14oz) tin of artichoke hearts, drained
1 Tbsp cornflour
150ml low-sodium beef stock
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
3 Tbsp creme fraiche

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Almond-Crusted Sole with Mushroom Pilaf for Two #SundaySupper

I have a confession to make, if it weren’t for my blog Valentines day would just come and go in our house without much thought. I have never been a Valentines person, I actually have never been out on a Valentines date, not even in the days before kids. I don’t even think I have ever received a Valentines card before, other then the ones you all fill out at school and send to your whole class. But when I became a blogger it was obvious that Valentines day was a much loved blogging holiday so ever since then I have been enjoying sharing some special recipes for people to be able to enjoy with their Valentine. Trust me with incredible meals like this hubby loves the new tradition. Although it isn’t celebrated on the day, because lets face it if you are in a blogger family you never get to enjoy these amazing holiday recipes on the day. Our families are taste testing our Christmas recipes in July.

Today Sunday Supper are going to bring you some special recipes for cooking just for two.

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Moroccan Couscous with Saffron

The family have been battling colds all last week, which has meant two things for me. One of the first things I like to do is air out my house when we are sick. No matter how cold it is I open all the windows and give them a wipe down as this time of year often encourages moisture around the windows and you can be left with mold. I leave the windows open for 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how freezing it is outside. I feel one of the factors in the winter bug is being so persistent is because instead of getting out we end up staying indoors breathing each others air, living with our heaters on and passing the germs back and forth. So freshening our environment makes us feel better, I am not sure if science is behind me on this one but even if it is just a placebo effect I am sticking to my routine. The second thing that becomes important for 3 sick people is some comfort food. I don’t know about you but when I am feeling ill I just want to curl up on the sofa in my pj’s and eat food that warms my body. But hubby and I are trying to eat healthier and lose some weight so just because we want comfort food doesn’t mean we want high calorie. This dish has all the goodness of comfort food but doesn’t make you feel guilty.

What do you find you crave when you are sick?

Moroccan Couscous with Saffron

280g (2 c.) peeled butternut squash, cut into 1/4 to 1/2 cubes
1 large onion, diced
185g (1 1/2 c.) carrots, cut into 1/4 to 1/2 cubes
180g (1 1/2 c.) courgette, cut into 3/4 cubes
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Fine sea salt
1 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
355mL (1 1/2 c.) vegetable stock
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp saffron threads
260g (1 1/2 c.) whole wheat couscous
2 scallions, white and green parts, chopped
sunflower seeds *optional
Recipe from The Kind Life

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