Tasco Recipe Share | Pea, mint & spring onion soup with parmesan biscuits

The Parmesan ‘tuiles’ make this soup stylish enough for entertaining – but they take just a few minutes to make.

Pea Mint Soup

INGREDIENTS:
•1 tbsp olive oil
•knob of butter
•½ bunch spring onion, sliced, plus a few extra to serve
•1 potato, cut into small dice
•1l hot vegetable stock
•900g frozen petits pois
•½ small bunch mint, leaves picked, plus a few extra to serve
•85g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), very finely grated

DIRECTIONS:
1. Heat the olive oil and butter in a heavy based pan. When foaming, add the spring onions and potato. Gently fry without colouring for about 5 mins. Stir in the stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 mins or until the potato is tender.

2. Stir in the peas, bring to the boil again, then cook for about 3 mins until they are just done. Remove the pan from the heat, add the mint leaves and whizz in a blender or food processor until smooth.

3. To make the Parmesan biscuits, heat the grill to high. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment and divide the grated Parmesan into 6 long strips. Grill for 1 min or until the cheese has melted and is lightly golden. While still warm and a bit flexible, release the biscuits from the baking parchment with a palette or cutlery knife, then cool until firm.

4. To serve, heat the soup and divide between 6 bowls. Scatter with mint and sliced spring onions, if you like, and serve with the Parmesan biscuits on the side.

Tasco Recipe Share | Chilled Tomato-Tarragon Soup with Croutons

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Chop the shallots and the garlic in the processor to make this recipe even easier.

INGREDIENTS:

  •          1/2 cup olive oil, divided
  •          7 tablespoons finely chopped fresh tarragon, divided
  •          8 1/3-inch-thick baguette slices
  •          4 1/4 cups coarsely chopped plum tomatoes (about 3 1/4 pounds), divided
  •          1 cup chopped shallots
  •          4 garlic cloves, chopped
  •          1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  •          2 tablespoons tomato paste

DIRECTIONS:

  1.        Mix 1/4 cup oil and 4 tablespoons tarragon in bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Brush over both sides of bread. Toast bread in large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 6 minutes per side. Transfer croutons to plate.
  2.        Meanwhile, heat 1/4 cup oil in another large skillet over medium heat. Add 4 cups tomatoes, next 3 ingredients, and 3 tablespoons tarragon. Sauté until vegetables just begin to soften, about 6 minutes. Stir in tomato paste. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover; cook until tomatoes and shallots are soft, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
  3.        Strain soup into bowl, pressing with rubber spatula to extract as much of the juice and solids as possible. Discard solids in sieve. Season soup with salt and pepper.
  4.        Freeze soup just until cold, about 30 minutes. Ladle into bowls. Top with croutons; sprinkle with 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes.

Tasco Pro Tip – Pressure Cookers

Many people are intimidated by pressure cookers, mostly because of the extremely high temperatures involved. Follow these helpful tips on how to use a pressure cooker with ease.

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Pressure cookers are special pots with airtight, locking lids that feature a valve system that regulates internal pressure. Steam that builds up inside the pot cooks the food at a very high temperature. This ability to cook at extremely high temperatures means foods that take hours, such as dried beans, can cook in a fraction of the time, and wonderful meals can be on the table in minutes.

Although we’ve all heard the urban legends about exploding pressure cookers, modern pressure cookers are equipped with safety features to prevent such mishaps. These include lids that must be locked into place before pressure will rise, an expanding rubber gasket that prevents you from removing the lid until the pressure has been released to safe levels, and a safety valve that automatically reduces the pressure should there be a malfunction or in the event that you forget to turn down the heat when high pressure is reached.

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Tasco Recipe Share | Stuffed Peppers

Savory beef and sausage stuffed peppers, topped with delicious melted cheddar cheese. If you love beef, sausage, rice and cheese, you’ll love these amazing stuffed peppers!

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INGREDIENTS:
•1/2 lb ground sausage
•1/2 lb ground beef
•6 Large peppers
•1 Clove garlic
•1 Onion, chopped
•1 Cup cooked rice
•1 Can mild Rotel
•2 Cups shredded cheddar cheese
•2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
•1/2 Tsp salt
•1/2 Tsp pepper
•Olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.In a large skillet, brown sausage, beef, garlic, and onion in oil.
2. Add the chopped parsley and cooked rice.
3. Stir in Ro-tel and 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese (it will melt, it doesn’t matter).
4. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Cut off the tops of peppers, and trim the bottom so they sit flat in your dish.
6. Chop scrap pepper tops and add to filling (optional).
7. Place peppers in baking dish and stuff until full.
8. Drizzle peppers with olive oil.
9. Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.
10. Remove from oven and take off the foil. Use remaining shredded cheese to top peppers, bake uncovered another 15 minutes.

Tasco Creative Creation: Fishy Fish Cakes

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These fish cakes, a new take on the traditional fish stick, are almost too cute to eat – the kids will love them!

Olympic Ring Sugar Cookies

Enjoy these scrumptious Olympic Ring Sugar Cookies! GO CANADA GO!

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Ingredients:

  • Cut-out cookie dough
  • royal icing
  • 2 circle cookie cutters, size 3-inch and 2-inch
  • black, red, yellow, green and blue food coloring
  • 5 disposable decorating bags
  • 5 couplers
  • 5 size “4” decorating tips
  • rubberbands
  • black, red, yellow, green and blue sprinkles

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Directions:

1) Roll out chilled cookie dough about ¼-inch thick, cut out smaller circles in the center of larger circles to make rings. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake according to the recipe. Let cool completely.

2) Prepare icing according to the recipe, divide and tint your colors. Prepare a decorating bag with coupler and tip for each color, fill each with icing, and close the bags tightly with rubber bands. Have ready your five colors of icing and five colors of sprinkles.

3) Work with one cookie at a time. Pipe to outline the ring at the outside and inside circle, then pipe to fill the ring completely with icing.

4) Place the ring on a plate and generously sprinkle a coordinating color of sprinkles over the cookie. Move the ring to a baking tray and let the cookies dry overnight.

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Beautiful everywhere but in the freezer

Although this frozen lighthouse is breathtakingly beautiful, it doesn’t elicit the same reaction when this happens to our freezers.  Here are some tips for defrosting your freezer.

Frozen Lighthouse

To quickly defrost your freezer:

  1. Remove the food and place in a cooler.
  2. Turn off or unplug the freezer.
  3. Place pans of hot water on each shelf; replace as they grow cool.
  4. Place a floor fan in front of the open door. Turn on high setting.
  5. As the ice melts use a wet/dry vac to vacuum up the water. This way you don’t get water all over the floor.
  6. When the ice is all gone, dry the shelves with a towel.
  7. Spray with cooking oil spray and wipe off the excess. (This helps the new ice not to stick as much).
  8. Turn the freezer back on for 15 minutes.
  9. Load the food back into the freezer.
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