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Taco Salad

4 Dec
Taco salad.

Taco salad.

  • 6 to 8 crispy taco chips
  • 1/2 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 to 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 5 to 7 cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, washed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 small english cucumber, cubed
  • 1 cup of cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • water

1. Heat a pot on high. Once hot, add in 1 tbsp of oil and onions. Cook until onions are soft (about 5 minutes).

2. Add in garlic, beef and 1 to 2 tbsps of water. The water will help the beef to separate. Stir often.

3. Season with sugar, salt and pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes.

4. Just before the beef is finished cooking, add in half the lime juice.

5. Let the beef cool for a few minutes before adding to the top of the salad. If the beef is too hot, the salad vegetables may wilt and the cheese may melt.  TIP: Cook the beef in advance up to the day before. When ready to use, gently warm.

6. In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes and avocado. Season with a light sprinkle of sea salt.

7. To make the dressing, combine the dijon, the remaining lime juice and 2 to 3 tbsps of olive oil. Season with freshly ground pepper.

8. Add the dressing to the vegetables. Toss well.

9. Top dressed salad with beef, then cheddar cheese.

10. Place the shells along the perimeter of the salad.

11. Finished.

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Boomers Gourmet Fries

25 Sep

Boomers Gourmet Fries, 26 Erie Street, Stratford, Ontario

Boomers Gourmet Fries is a colourful quirky burger and fries joint.  I learned of it some time ago after watching an episode of Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here” and I finally found the chance to visit.

Cosmopolitan Poutine (sweet potato fries with gravy and cheese curds).

Boomers is known for their eclectic poutines and burgers.  You can have fries with marinara sauce or black bean chili, sweet potato poutine or onion rings. In addition, your Boomer burger can be accompanied with such items as avocado, goat cheese, mushrooms, onion rings or BBQ potato chips.

The Guacamolean.

shroom burger.

Boomers has one large long table off to the side where you can sit and eat with everyone else. The day I went was a beautiful summer’s afternoon and I noticed many people munching Boomer’s food outside while sitting on glossy black benches.

Boomers is a fun and happy place with delicious unique fries and burgers.

Avocado Egg Sandwich

21 Aug

Avocado egg sandwich.

The following recipe makes two sandwiches.

  • 4 slices of your favourite bread (I used whole wheat), toasted
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and cut into chunks
  • 3 eggs, hard-boiled and cut into chunks
  • 1/3 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Avocado, red onions and eggs.

Avocado, eggs and red onions mixed with paprika, salt, pepper, dijon, lemon juice and olive oil.

In a large mixing bowl, add in the onions and lemon. Let sit for a few minutes so that the lemon juice reduces the raw taste of the onions. Add in the avocado pieces and extra virgin olive oil, then roughly mash. Add in the eggs, paprika, salt, pepper and dijon.  Combine well.  Assemble the sandwiches and enjoy.

Avocado egg sandwich.

Avocado egg sandwich.