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Fiscal Situation, Farmland Feedback, Kitchen Gadgets, Blog Squad, Melting Igloo

The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council releases a report on the fiscal situation in the region, and the headline is not good; especially in New Brunswick. Your thoughts on preserving farmland. We interview two members of the "Blog Squad" at the 2011 Canada Games. Plus, disappointment for a group in Grand Falls, NB who were trying to build the largest dome igloo ever. It seems the weather just won't cooperate. Finally, Chef Craig Flinn on reviving your useless kitchen gadgets. Here are a couple of recipes to get you started...

RICE COOKER "FRIED" RICE

1 1/2 cups basmati or whole grain rice

2 cups chicken broth

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp sesame oil

1 tbsp minced ginger

1 tbsp minced garlic

1/2 cup minced onion

1/2 cup diced red pepper

2 green onions sliced

3/4 cup sliced button mushrooms

1/2 cup frozen sweet peas

3/4 cup chopped cooked chicken or leftover roast beef

1/2 cup cooked coldwater shrimp

a couple of dashes of Tabasco sauce

salt and pepper to taste

1 whole egg (optional)

Simply place all ingredients in the rice cooker (except the egg) and give a gentle stir. If you are using the egg, beat it separately in a small bowl and make a slight depression in the middle of the rice mixer in the cooker. Pour the egg into the "well" and proceed to turn the machine on as per the manufacturer's instructions.

When the rice is cooked, open the lid and use a knife to slice the cooked egg into small pieces. Then stir the egg through the rice and serve.

Serves 4

 

SLOW COOKER HUNGARIAN BEEF GOULASH

2 lbs beef stew meat cut in 1" pieces

2 medium onions thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

pinch of chili flakes

1/2 tsp cumin

2 tbsp tomato paste

3 tbsp best quality paprika (sweet or smoked)

1/2 cup beef broth

1/2 cup red wine

zest of 1/2 lemon

Place all the ingredients in the slow cooker and stir. Cook for 8 to 10 hours until the onions have melted down and the beef is very tender. Serve the goulash with mashed potatoes, buttered noodles, or rice.

Serves 4


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