Spare ribs, sourdough pasta & Micro radish pesto

Spare ribs, sourdough pasta & Micro radish pesto

This dish is for those days when you just want to eat something really tasty or when you want to impress friends you haven’t seen in ages and you really want it to look like you got it all together 😉

Step 1. Buy spare ribs from Lazuli farm

Step 3. Buy sourdough pasta from The french raw chef

Nice catch, we didn’t skip 2, we’re just letting it breath for a bit.

Step 2. Pour yourself a nice glass of wine

For the Lazuli Spare Ribs- the secret ingredient is two parts. One, Smoked Olive Wood oil from Vinesation. It prevents you needing to use liquid smoke if you’re not so lucky to have a smoke house in your back yard. Pour a bit on, make sure it’s covered, but not saturated. Second, brown sugar. We use all sorts of things on our ribs, but it’s a safe bet to use the following – making a crust, or a coating over the entire ribs: Salt, Brown Sugar, Pepper, Garlic, Paprika, Mustard and a bit of Cayenne pepper. There’s all sorts of things you can add after that, but these things are pretty special, so use them first. Turn the oven to 305 degrees, let it cook for about 2 hours. You know it’s done when you can grab them with tongs, press down on them and they don’t just spring back at you. Like with all fine meat, let it sit a few minutes before cutting, or serving. To make it look real pretty, turn two bottom up, then place the rest perpendicular atop.

Get a rolling boil on your water, and pour in The French Raw Chefs Pasta. We cook it for a minute longer than recommended, for a total of six minutes. Of course, this is different depending on where you live. Once the pasta is el Dente (ready, just right) drain the water and add about 60 ml of Grub & Shrub Pesto per serving of pasta. Stir while it’s hot, to let the cheese in the pesto become melted beautifulness.

Pile Microgreens on top to make it look super nice and add even more deliciousness. Take a photo and then tag us #GrubAndShrubFarm

Enjoy with family and or friends and take all of the credit for it. Nice work!

Salmon and sourdough pasta with micro pesto

Salmon and sourdough pasta with micro pesto

When you don’t have a lot of time but you still want something delicious: this is the dish for you!

If you have access to fresh salmon we’re jealous – here on the Alberta prairies there are not a lot of them so we have to make do with frozen ones. If you have 12 hours, thaw the salmon in the fridge. Leave the fish in its bag or plastic wrapping and place it on a shallow plate or in a bowl to catch any liquid. (No one likes a fishy fridge.)

If you have an hour, defrost salmon in water Fill a large pot with cold water and place the fish in a leak-proof bag and submerge it in the pot, weighing it down if needed. Empty the bowl and refill it with fresh, cold water every ten minutes. Check the fish periodically by pushing the middle of each fillet—you want the middle to feel slightly soft and the fish to be flexible (this can take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes). 

Put your pot on to get the water to a rolling boil.

While waiting, lay out your salmon and sprinkle goodness all over it. Like some garlic, salt, white pepper, rosemary of course.

Warm your grill, or pan for the fish to medium. Pour some Vinesation olive oil in the pan, enough so that the fish won’t stick. Place the fish down on the pan, for about 90 seconds, or until you see the colour lighten about 35% up the fillet.

While this is happening, put your serving(s) of pasta in the boiling water. We use sourdough pasta that The French Raw Chef makes available. The package said five minutes, but we like it at six.

Turn the Fish. Squeeze a tad bit of lemon on top, chuck the lemon in the pan and let it think about what it’s done.

Take a punch, not a pinch, but a punch of your Microgreen Salad Mix, and select your favorite Oil and/or Vinegar to compliment. Toss it together in a bowl real quick.

Remove your Pesto from the refrigerator.

Cook the salmon just until that colour change starts to reach the other side, kill the heat, remove the fish and set aside.

Drain the water once your pasta is just right, and add your pesto while the pan is still hot. 2/3 of our standard jar (125mL) is a great amount for two full servings of the pasta.

Sip your Mlama from NRG coffee

Put your Fish, Pasta with Pesto and Micro-salad down on the plate, with that lemon cut in half again for squeezing on everything. Maybe sprinkle some cheese on top, that’s always nice too.

Enjoy.

micro Radish & Potato soup

micro Radish & Potato soup

It’s been a rainy and cold June (we even had some snow..) so we have been craving soup. We also had a little bit of extra micro radish on our hands so we figured we could combine the two and make something delicious!

It turned out so great that we just had to share it with you – so you too could feel warm in case this mosquito free weather continued 😉

You will need: (2 servings)

1 large yellow omion

2 medium potatoes

~ 160g micro radish

4 cups of vegetable or chicken broth (we used micro green vegetable broth)

1/3 cup heavy cream

2 table spoons of butter

Our triton radish has a really nice flavour and spice to them but the potatoes and cream tame the oumph

Dice the onion and slice the potatoes. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat and stir in the onion once the butter is a gorgeous golden brown. Saute until they’re tender. Mix in the potatoes and micro radishes, coating them with butter. Pour in the broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat once boiling and let it simmer for about 30 minutes.

Time to wait. Let the soup mixture cool for a while before transferring it to a blender. Blend until smoooooth.

Return the mixture to the saucepan and mix in the heavy cream. Stir as it gets warm and well blended. We served ours with radish flowers but you can also put micro radishes on top.

We paired our soup with a great steak, homemade garlic bread and fried mushrooms and onion. We didn’t mind that it was raining outside, it was quite nice to watch while enjoying this meal !

If you can’t resist and try this recipe – let us know how you liked it and if you post it on social media tag us @grubandshrub so we don’t miss your pictures!

Jaywalker’s Jamboree & new vendors

Brock & Edith Friesen smiling at Fionas Coffee
Brock and Edith at Fiona’s Coffee

This was my (and Ediths) first taste of Jaywalker Jamboree. We were relieved the smoke from the wildfires had let up so that we could walk around and see all the vendors, food and local businesses.

We are so thrilled to be a part of Camrose, we love how everyone are supporting each other and the strong sense of community. We initially moved here from Edmonton to be close to Brocks family but it was the warm welcome we received from everyone that made us feel so at home. Hopefully we will get the house on to our land very soon so we can move from the house we are renting and start making all our plans into reality!

  • Grub & Shrub Farm at Fiona's Coffee
  • Grub & Shrub Farm at Nutters

This week have been exciting for us, we started the week by stocking the fridge at Nutters – from now on you can always find our fresh single variety micro greens there.

And to kick off the Jaywalkers Jamboree weekend we are now featured at Fiona’s Coffee. If you haven’t already, have a slice of the quiche and a side salad, it’s so very tasty. And the pulled pork!