Tuesday, August 26, 2014

wedding season

i have been so busy catering weddings that the blog has definitely taken a backseat. lately, by the time i finish all of my prep i'm exhausted & can't bring myself to stay up later to write things - hence the tuesday morning blog post to catch everyone up.

this summer has actually been rather busy for freezer meals, they typically don't sell very well during the warmer months but this year has been totally different. last week i made 4 new main courses just to keep a well rounded menu.

also, this saturday will be your LAST OPPORTUNITY to stock up on frozen meals for quite some time. i will be away for the entire month of september!!! i'll be back as of thanksgiving. 

it will actually be leslie (my mini me) working on saturday as i'll be on the amherst shore catering a wedding. if you'd like to pre-order any meals please email me at jenna@littleredkitschn.com just so i can have things organized for her on saturday.

ok here goes with the menu:

beef shepherd's pie - getaway farm beef, tangy gravy, peas, carrots & corn topped with cheddar-green onion mashed potatoes.


i'll also be making the paleo version of it this week with sweet potato puree instead.


both versions are gluten free
small $10  large $20

italian beef ragu: braised getaway farm beef in a robust tomato sauce with mushrooms, peppers, basil, parmesan & topped with mozzarella cheese. the regular version is served over gluten free pasta and the paleo version is served with sauteed zucchini & swiss chard from my garden.


both versions are gluten free
small $10  large $20

sesame ginger pulled pork: getaway farm pork shoulder in a sweet & sour tamari sauce with loads of fresh ginger & sesame. the paleo version is served with roasted broccoli, celery, bok choy, red pepper & sprouts. the regular version is the same with the addition of jasmine rice.


paleo


regular

both versions are gluten & dairy free
small $10  large $20

then i made a brand new dish - lamb! i'm not a huge lamb fan so it doesn't make it's way on to the menu very often...but i am a big bill wood fan (wood & hart farm...he's hilarious) so i wanted to showcase some of his product. i made mediterranean style lamb meatballs with citrus, garlic & fresh herbs. it's served with zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, swiss chard, fresh peas, mint & feta cheese. the paleo version has loads of vegetables and the regular version also has a white bean & roasted garlic puree.


it's a really fresh & light summertime main course. both versions are gluten free.

small $10  large $20

then it was on to my favourite dish of all time - braised chile pork with cheddar cornbread crumbles. it starts out with braised getaway farm pork shoulder cut in to big chunks. they're stirred in to a red chili base with lots of beans, peppers, spices, citrus & chipotle. this mixture is topped with homemade cornbread crumbled up with cubes of old cheddar cheese, fresh valley corn & green onions.



small $10  large $20

jerk chicken: this is gluten & dairy free. it features shani's farm chicken in a spicy caribbean marinade. it's done on the grill & served with pineapple salsa to cool things down & a side of rice & beans. there are tons of bright, fresh favours in this one.


large $20 (no smalls left)

smokey mac & cheese: this is hardcore comfort food. the mac & cheese is kicked up with double smoked bacon, fresh corn, roasted tomatoes, a touch of cumin & chipotle & three types of cheese including cheese curds from foxhill cheese.


small $9  large $18

vegan curry: making curries is perhaps my favourite thing to do in the kitchen. this one has potatoes, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, roasted cauliflower, green beans, tomatoes, lime, cilantro & coconut served with basmati rice & quinoa. it's vegan & gluten free.


large $18 (no smalls left)

chicken parm: marinated chicken breasts in a panko-parmesan crust, hearty marinara sauce, fresh tomatoes, swiss chard, mozzarella, buttered noodles & fresh basil.


large $20 (just a couple left)

braised brisket: braised getaway farm beef, mustard, horseradish, caramelized onions, roasted beets & turnips, greens from my garden & parmesan polenta (only left in larges). the paleo version is the beef & extra veg, no polenta.


small $10  large $20

moroccan meatballs: dates, fennel seed, sumac, harissa, tomato sauce, olives, citrus, roasted peppers, tomatoes, greens & a side of harissa quinoa with almonds.


gluten & dairy free
small $10  large $20

red curry beef (only 1 left!): getaway farm beef in a spicy red curry, coconut & basil sauce with citrus, peppers, zucchini, japanese eggplant, coriander & jasmine rice.


gluten & dairy free
large $20

current soup flavours are:

carrot, apple, ginger
curried butternut squash
beet, parsnip & pear
tomato vegetable
white bean, lemon & kale
indian spiced cauliflower
roasted pepper, tomato & chipotle
baked beans
chicken stew
beef stew
seafood chowder

okee dokee, i hope some menu items are appealing and that you pop by the market this saturday to pick some up from leslie before my month long hiatus.

see you at thanksgiving!


Friday, July 25, 2014

a big week

yet again it's late on a friday night & i'm just sitting down to write a blog update.

this week it really was just my fault. i wanted to take a bit of time off to recuperate from last week. i ended up with one & 1/2 days off (ummm not even a weekend) and i'm paying for it now.

anyway, i'm heading in to wedding season so i tried to stock the freezers as best i could this week - not sure when i'll be able to prep much for the market over the next month.

there's a whole whack of beef - it's all local from getaway farm.

first dish is red curry beef brisket with zucchini, peppers, eggplant, sprouts, bok choy, lime, coconut, basil & jasmine rice. it's gluten free & dairy free but does contain shellfish from the red curry paste. it's not as spicy as i typically make curries - decided to give some people a break this week ;)


small $11  large $22

i also made a new batch of indian-spiced cauliflower soup. it's got fennel, cumin, a touch of curry, ginger & coconut. again this one isn't super spicy. it is vegan, gluten free & paleo.


$7/500mL serving

then it was on to some menu staples.

i made regular & paleo batches of beef shepherd's pie. the paleo version is also dairy free & has sweet potato puree on top. the regular version has super cheesy, green onion mashed potatoes.
i didn't take any pictures cuz i make this ALL the time.

small $10  large $20

next up was moroccan meatballs. the beef is seasoned up with garlic, ginger, herbs & spices. it's in a tangy tomato sauce with olives, date puree, citrus, sumac & harissa. the veggies are roasted red peppers, swiss chard, kale & cherry tomatoes. the regular version comes with harissa quinoa with toasted almonds, scallions & lemon.


small $10  large $20

the paleo version comes with an eggplant/zucchini/parmesan puree.


small $10

then i made another batch of crab cakes. there were lots of disappointed folks last week since i sold out within about 20 minutes of announcing on social media that i would have them. they are my version of jazzed up crab cakes with fresh corn, red pepper, green onions, lime, cilantro & chillies. they're panko crusted & deep fried so you just need to reheat them in the oven.

before:


after:


$16 for a pack of 4

there's broccoli salad as well as,

vegan potato


beet. wheatberry & kale


thai peanut slaw


there are lots of baked goods & plenty of goat's milk fudge.

i just made a cake


and i just have to finish up some tomato ginger jam to send to obladee.

clearly it was a big week. thank you to krista & kelly (who's 9 months pregnant!!!) for helping me out.

see you over the weekend
saturday 7-3
sunday 9-3
unless i accidentally sleep in either day which is a definite possibility...


Friday, July 11, 2014

flat out

well it's been another jam packed week here at little red kitsch'n. i'm exhausted & need to go on another vacation...and maybe NOT cater a wedding while i'm away.

the week started off with a big luncheon catering for the port authority in pavilion 20 next to the market. it was quite a spread with mustard & horseradish braised beef brisket, chipotle lime pulled chicken, coleslaw, homemade sesame seed rolls, quinoa, broccoli & potato salads, cookies, cupcakes & fresh watermelon. it was quite a production but turned out really well.


then it was on to market prep.
i made extra of the proteins for catering to use for my freezer meals - thank goodness!

first up:


paleo chipotle lime pulled chicken with sweet potato puree, peppers, tomatoes, lime, cilantro & cumin.
small $10

second was beef:


it's the braised beef with local turnips, beets & greens served with roasted garlic & asiago polenta.
small $10  large $20
there's also a paleo version without the polenta & extra veg.
small $10

third was some more chicken:


chicken parmesan to be exact. it's served with parmesan marinara with swiss chard & cherry tomatoes, buttered fettuccine, mozzarella & parmesan cheese. this one is always a top seller.

small $10  large $20

there's also a paleo option with sauteed peppers, mushrooms & zucchini in place of the noodles.


small $12

then today i baked all of the cupcakes, cookies, brownies, squares & fudge for the market this weekend. plus i made a cake:


and then i made the salads.

sweet potato:


beet:


and broccoli (which i neglected to photograph)

and now i'm going to sleep. hope to see you all over the weekend!



Friday, July 4, 2014

#stormgrub

unless it's absolutely bonkers in the morning, i will be at the market from 7am-3am. i've had an incredibly busy week in the kitchen & am ready for all your #stormgrub needs.

check ca:


if you popped by my table last week, i'm sure your realized how dismal my menu board was; well it's been a crazy productive week & i'm back... in a big way! june was a huge month for frozen meals (who knew???) and coupled with a working vacation for 10 days, i had no inventory. this week i made four new main courses, two soups, four salads & the usual assortment of baked goods just in time for you to stock your freezers before arthur's onslaught.

i actually don't think the tropical storm will be so bad tomorrow - my sources further south down the eastern seaboard fared just fine today. fingers crossed, we'll get lucky tomorrow!

ok here's what's new & exciting:


smokey mac & cheese: brother's double smoked bacon, corn, den haan tomatoes, green onions, foxhill cheese curds, parm, mozzarella, panko with some chipotle & cumin for added smokiness.

small $10  large $20


classic beef shepherd's pie: getaway farm beef, peas, corn, carrots, tangy gravy, super cheesy cheddar-green onion mashed potatoes. it's gluten free & has lots of pizzazz.

small $10  large $20

i also made a paleo/dairy free version with sweet potato mash:


small $10

then it was on to my new favourite dish - chile pork with cornbread crumble. this is only my second time making this, but it starts with getaway farm pork which is braised in a green chile sauce. meanwhile i make a red chili with beans, peppers, spices & chillies. then the two get mixed together & seasoned with lime & cilantro.


this delicious concoction then gets topped with homemade cornbread crumbled up with cheddar cheese, fresh corn & green onions. it cooks up in to some super flavourful comfort food.


i love this dish.
small $10  large $20

the final main course was a fresh batch of vegan curry. curry is perhaps my most favourite thing to make. i just love combining the spices, layering the flavours & waiting patiently while it all comes together. this curry is packed with roasted cauliflower & sweet potatoes, chickpeas, green beans, white potatoes, tomatoes, lime, cilantro, chillies & coconut milk...and a secret blend of about 14 spices. it's paired with a mixture of basmati rice & quinoa.


it's vegan, gluten free & dairy free.
small $10  large $20

there are also fresh batches of seafood chowder & chicken stew - my two best selling soups.



all soups are $7/500mL serving

salads this week are:
broccoli - red onion, red pepper, almonds, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, creamy dressing
potato - garlic scapes, baby arugula (from my garden), radishes, cucumbers, celery, green beans, herbs, dijon
beet - wheatberries, balsamic, kale, red onion, basil & local strawberries


macaroni - hard boiled eggs, radishes, cucumbers, green onions, celery, tangy dressing


this is pretty old-fashioned but it's one of my all-time favourite foods.

ok fingers crossed that arthur misses us. i really hope to see you all over the weekend so you can try the food i've been slaving away on...i actually had help in the kitchen this week from my friend kelly...thank goodness...there's no way i could have done it alone!

g'night




Friday, June 27, 2014

ready

well, i didn't think it was possible, but i'm officially ready for the market this weekend.

i flew in last night, did a quick grocery shop & then prepped til midnight. got up this morning & headed to the market. i emptied my freezer before i left so i defrosted & reloaded that. then it was a few more grocery stops & i zoomed back home to start work. it's now 11:45 & i just sat down...it's actually a bit earlier than i was expecting.

clearly there was no time to put together any frozen food, but the salads & all the baking are ready to go. the salads this week are:

broccoli - double smoked bacon, red onion, red pepper, sunflower seeds, cranberries & almonds
potato - parsley, dill, dijon, cucumbers, celery, radishes, green beans & green onions
sweet potato - lime, cilantro, chipotle, green onions, avocados & bell peppers

in the freezer, i don't have a whole lot (!!!) but i'll work my tail off next week to restock. as of right now i only have shepherd's pie, moroccan meatballs & mediterranean vegetable ragu in the large size. there's lots more selection in the smalls & LOADS of paleo options - i'll actually list those on the board this weekend.

then for sweets there's:
cupcakes - vanilla, lemon, grapefruit, red velvet, chocolate, chocolate-mint & paleo
snickers brownies
spicy brownies
maple walnut bars
hello dollies
breakfast cookies
goat's milk fudge

ok, i'm wiped. hope to see you over the weekend!

ps: i'll be at the market on canada day too - there's a big picnic, family fun day that was apparently a huge hit last year... i'm making special themed cupcakes :)

Friday, June 13, 2014

menu update



i just got home from catering a cocktail party for 120 people! it definitely interrupted my usual friday routine, but everything went really well & the feedback was fantastic. 

i didn't add to my frozen stock this week but there is still a ton of selection:

beef shepherd's pie in small & large (i have small paleo versions)
moroccan meatballs in small & large (i have small paleo versions)
braised beef with roasted veg & polenta large (i have this one in a small, paleo, dairy free option)
chile pork with cornbread topping small & large
mediterranean vegetable ragu in small & large
jerk chicken in large
chipotle pulled pork in small
green curry, coconut tofu in small

there are four salads on the menu. it's so hard to know how many to make - two weeks ago i wasted a dozen & last week i sold out pretty quick. fingers crossed it's a good week.
flavour options are: beet, broccoli (not vegan but with vegetarian option), sweet potato & potato.

ok now i've gotta sleep.
see you tomorrow, & don't forget, i'm at the other end of the market near noggins & the dutchman.

Friday, June 6, 2014

market shake up

the entire market is being turned on its head...fantastic.

tomorrow will see all of the changes put in to place. i will be at the opposite end of the market from my beloved nook where i've spent the past 3 1/2 years. please bear with me as i get situated but i can imagine tomorrow morning will be a bit of a gong show... the rage is brewing.

my location isn't the issue, i think it'll be a pretty high traffic zone - the dutchman, laughing whale, maritime nut company, ironworks distillery & pretty much every nova scotia winery will be my new neighbours. my issue is the lack of space. i know right now i won't be able to bring as much frozen food or cupcakes with me as usual. COME EARLY!

it's sort of shame because i made a ton of frozen food this week. there are 3 new main courses & plenty of variations to suit all your dietary restrictions.

first up: beef shepherd's pie. this one is pretty much a staple of my menu but i shouldn't diminish its awesomeness. the beef is from getaway, the sauce is based on my bbq sauce & the mashed potatoes are loaded with cheesy goodness. they're all gluten free and i made up paleo versions with sweet potato mash (& no corn).



small $10  large $20

then it was on to moroccan meatballs. again the beef is from getaway; it's seasoned up with lots of fun spices, garlic, ginger & coriander. it's served in a tangy tomato sauce with citrus, olives, dates, roasted peppers, sumac & fennel seed with a side of toasted almond & harissa quinoa. they're all gluten free & dairy free and i made up a paleo version too with extra veg instead of the quinoa.



small $10  large $20

and finally, it was time for a new batch of mediterranean vegetable ragu. the ragu is jam packed with grilled vegetables - baby eggplant, zucchini, red peppers, red onions - in a marinara sauce with feta, parmesan, goat cheese & swiss chard. it's served with a side of quinoa dressed with olive oil, roasted garlic & basil. it's vegetarian & gluten free.


small $10  large $20

salads this week are sweet potato, broccoli & potato. the broccoli is back to normal so it's no longer vegan...but still delicious, gluten free & paleo. the potato salad & sweet potato salads are both vegan & gluten free.




as always, they're $5 each.

oh yeah, the blog has fallen by the wayside of late, but here's a recap of a really delicious dish that i recently made. i started off by making a smokey, slightly spicy chilli with kidney beans, peppers, chipotle & citrus. then i stirred in big chunks of braised getaway farm pork shoulder that i cooked in a tomatillo sauce. then it was topped with cornbread crumble with nuggets of cheddar cheese & green onions. the feedback has been pretty stellar for this dish & i think it'll become a menu regular.



small $10  large $20

ok i'm out. it's already past midnight & i haven't even picked out an outfit for tomorrow!!!

ps: i'm sorry if i'm a big grump tomorrow.