The wrinkle, all dishes must be worldly mashups. Branding and Buzzing, the marketing firm behind this campaign, will also provide suggestions for a “seasonal requirement,” “which course dishes will be included in,” and “what kind of protein to employ.”
The challenge, create 7 recipes for dishes, using McCormick products, heavy on those from Thai Kitchen Canada.
Voting begins January 13th here on the blog and over on our Facebook page. More to follow…
Voting began January 13th, click here to vote.
- Beef (again!)
- Dish must be able to be served everyday as well as during the Superbowl
Must use Ingredients:
Superbowl? SUPERBOWL?!? That would be football, right? So, Thai Kitchen Canada wants me to make pub grub with their products? Maybe Sunday nibbles to watch the game with the guys?
Frankly, I largely don’t do pub food. But, I understand it. After all, I’m Canadian-born and raised in Ottawa, so when Team Canada makes it to the gold medal hockey game at the Winter Olympics or our Senators find themselves in the Stanley Cup playoffs, I watch. I have little idea what’s going on, but I cheer with everyone else!Moreover, I prefer to catch a game at a Lone Star Texas Grill restaurant, usually the ByWard Market location.
Why? The chain, which is revered for its take on tex-mex food, launched in the national capital region in 1986. Lone Star was a first and arguably the catalyst for the locally-owned restaurant movement that continues to endure today. Ottawa’s restauranteurs are passionate folk, oftentimes frighteningly driven.
So, the city has nothing remotely tex-mex? Ship in your own mesquite wood and open a place to prepare and serve the cuisine’s characteristic dishes. Do it well, even baking flour tortillas in-house fresh.
Here’s my homage to Lone Star’s fajitas.
Dish: Green Curry-Seared Steak Fajitas
- 2 tbsp Thai Kitchen Green Curry Paste
- 1 tsp Thai Kitchen Fish Sauce
- 8 oz New York Striploin steak
- Salt and freshly ground Club House whole black pepper to season
- 1 pkg (340g) medium-sized floured tortillas
- 3 cups assorted vegetables (sliced onions, bell peppers, etc.)
- 2 tbsp oil for cooking
- 2 tbsp Simply Asia Mandarin Orange Sauce (divided)
- Fajita accompaniments (flour tortillas, sliced avocado, and sour cream or plain yogurt)
In a medium size bowl, marinate the steak in fish sauce and green curry paste for at least 2 hours or overnight (refrigerated).
In a thick bottomed non-stick pan set to medium-high heat, sear the steak (at least 2 minutes per side or to desired doneness) and set it aside to rest.
Heat oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat. Saute assorted vegetables for 3-5 minutes in two batches. Finish with Mandarin Orange sauce to glaze. Season to taste and set the vegetables aside.
Slice the steak thinly across the grain.
Serve with vegetables, warmed flour tortillas, sliced avocado, and sour cream or plain yogurt.
Thoughts: While it is somewhat a faux-pas to marinate steak, especially striploin, I feel certain cuts actually benefit from an umami hit from seasoning with fish sauce and floral notes imparted by a curry paste. After all, packaged curry pastes are often little more than ground aromatics.
Next time, I want to try my hand at augmenting Thai Kitchen’s red Thai curry paste and add spices to make it resemble a traditional Matsaman curry paste.
Now, it is New Year. I bet a lot of us are likely aiming to eat healthier after a spot of holiday gluttony.
Would fajitas be a tad on the heavy side? Try Chinese-inspired lettuce wraps.
The wrinkle: marinated fennel
Mandarin Orange Marinated Fennel
- 1 medium-sized bulb of fennel
- 2 tbsp Simply Asia Mandarin Orange Sauce
- 2 tbsp water
- 2 tbsp light olive oil
Make a vinaigrette by thinning the orange sauce with water and slowly whisking in the oil.
Core and slice the head of fennel and dress it with the vinaigrette.
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Disclaimer: We are being sponsored by Thai Kitchen Canada for participating in the #TKLucky7 challenge and campaign. However, the experiences and opinions are our own.
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