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March 2016 - Vol 7, Issue 3            
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Another Raving Fan
Chef Selwyn's Cooking Tip

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We have just celebrated another Easter weekend.  For some of us it's more than just Easter eggs, fried fish or bun and cheese; but the knowledge that Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price so we can live life abundantly. Talking about resurrection gives us an opportunity to resurrect some of the good things in our lives that have been dormant for such a long time. Some of us had our dreams stolen, put on hold because of others' needs.  If we can imagine it; we can create it! Let's stop doing things the same way expecting a different result. It is time to discover the strength and creative power that is within us.  Challenges and frustrations will come, but so does our resilience to overcome any and all obstacles.

Selwyn with Peter Sloly Last week the community paid tribute to retired Toronto Deputy Chief of Police, Peter Sloly. I was not only encouraged, but inspired by what he shared. When you thrive for excellence; you cannot settle for mediocrity.  Also of note, the District of Peel school board hosted a reception for the Hon Jean Augustine, to officially reveal the school named in her honour. We regret the passing of the former Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford.  Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family.

As we prepare for spring, the cleanup and replanting; let's also take a moment to declutter our mind of all the things that are holding us down and give it a chance to succeed. Our attitude determines our altitude.

Isaiah 40:31 -
"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint."

I wish for you every success on this journey we call life!

Stay Blessed,


Chef Selwyn
President & Executive Chef
The Art of Catering Inc.

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Another Mouth Watering Recipe
Ackee & Smoked Salmon Val-Au-Vent

1 can ackee (or fresh boiled)
1/2 pound of smoked salmon (julienne)
1 onion diced
1 red pepper diced
1 green pepper diced
1 clove garlic chopped
1 sprig fresh thyme, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon black pepper
Salt to taste
2 boxes frozen tart shell 2 1/2"  

Ackee & Smoked Salmon Val-Au-Vent

1. In a medium pot heat oil, add onions, garlic and sauté for 2 minutes. 
2. Add peppers and smoked salmon. 
3. Sauté for another 2 minutes then add drained ackee, thyme, pepper and salt to taste. 
4. Sauté for another 3 minutes. 
5. Bake tart shell in oven at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until golden brown, careful not to overcook.
6. Let cool on rack for 15 minutes. 
7. Remove from foil and add ackee to shells. 
8. Serve with plantain, bread or festival.


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The Salmon Solution - A Super Food With All The Right Stuff   
You've probably heard a lot of talk over the years about salmon being one of the healthiest fish to eat.  You may have even added salmon to your diet.  But, do you know why?  Let's shed some light on why salmon is a super food and what specific benefits salmon has to offer as a part of your regular diet.
Meet the Super Fish

The mighty salmon is probably one of the most widely studied fish we know. These studies often involve sustainability and contaminants comparing farmed salmon with wild caught salmon. Farmed salmon represents a large majority of available fish.  However, these farmed salmon have been treated with antibiotics, have more fat content, and have less beneficial omega 3. For these reasons alone, wild salmon is a much healthier choice for regular consumption.

Salmon is categorized as a 'fatty' fish, but don't let that scare or confuse you. The fat that is referred to is where we find the most powerful super food imaginable - omega 3 fatty acids.  These fatty acids are essential nutrient elements that contribute to your body's healthy functioning, beginning right at the top with the brain, and continuing throughout the body.  And, you can get more omega 3 fatty acids in just one 4 ounce serving of salmon than you would get in several days of trying to eat other healthy foods containing some omega 3's.

With so much emphasis on the tremendous amount and availability of omega 3 fatty acids in salmon, some of the other healthy aspects have tended to be overlooked. Salmon is rich in tryptophan, the amino acid that helps the nervous system relax, rest, and even sleep. With more than 100 IU's of vitamin D in a serving of salmon, you have one of the very best sources available. Also, a super source of selenium, which is associated with decreased risk of joint inflammation, prevention of certain types of cancer, and is known to protect against cardiovascular diseases.

And that's not all. Don't forget the protein. Salmon, like other fish, is a great, low fat, low calorie source of protein.  Then you get B3 (niacin), B12, B6, phosphorus, and magnesium.  And not just minimal amounts either... you're getting serious doses of nutrients in this seriously delicious fish.

More Salmon Benefits

As you can see, salmon has a lot to offer, but along with all those vitamins, minerals, and omega 3's, salmon is also lower in cholesterol than other seafood and shellfish, like shrimp and lobster.  So, while the omega 3's are improving cardiovascular health, the salmon is not adding a lot of cholesterol to counteract all the benefits.

The all-important omega 3's we've been talking about in salmon not only contribute to better brain function and memory, but also supports skin health, joint health, heart health, and digestive health, along with a host of other benefits.

Salmon also has selenium and certain amino acids that protect the nervous system from the effects of the aging process. It is also known to lower the risk of Parkinson and Alzheimer's disease, and can help prevent blood clots that can contribute to stroke.

Salmon tends to speed up the metabolism which helps regulate blood sugar levels in the body. That little four ounce serving of salmon we talked about earlier provides up to 30 grams of protein, which we know supports muscle strength. But, don't forget about one of our most important muscles - the heart. Yes, salmon has a lot of offer every system of our body. But, how can you enjoy salmon a couple times a week without getting tired of it?

Preparing Pleasing Salmon Dishes

A broiled, baked, or grilled salmon fillet is delicious all on its own, for most fish lovers.  But for some, the unique flavor of salmon is better when fixed in slightly different dishes or with a variety of sauces.

Cooked salmon works well with a lot of flavors.  A number of different glazes and seasonings can turn each salmon experience into a unique one.  Some herbs and spices to try in your rubs or sauces include cayenne pepper, mustard, fennel, ginger, and paprika.  A classic sauce for salmon that's worthy of your time is a maple syrup glaze. Made simply by reducing a mixture of maple syrup with various ingredients like brown sugar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and even chili powder, makes a splendidly sweet and savory glaze that compliments the salmon perfectly.

Creamed soups are another good option for enjoying salmon.  Much like lobster bisque, salmon bisque has a rich flavor that can be slightly sweet, slightly spicy, and definitely delicious.  Keep this bisque simple as the flavor of the salmon will carry it just fine.

Salmon that has been cooked, cooled, and tossed in a big salad with mixed greens is a great choice for folks who like a little crunch surrounding their salmon. Choose a light vinaigrette and a variety of vegetables for your salmon salads. One vegetable that is especially complimentary with salmon is cucumbers. Try making a simple flaked salmon and diced cucumber sandwich spread for something extra special.  Just mix in a bit of light mayonnaise and spread on toasted English muffins or hearty crackers.

Of course, a favorite for holidays and buffet tables is smoked salmon. A few pieces of smoked salmon on a hearty cracker is enough to convince most non-believers that salmon is a food to favor.  But, you can also used smoked salmon to create wonderful salads, spreads, and more.  There is really no end to the ways you can enjoy this super super-food.

This popular fish lends itself to lots of different ideas and recipes, so don't be afraid to experiment with new flavors to find the ones you like best. Salmon is a super healthy food that provides countless beneficial nutrients all wrapped up in a super tasty fish.

Another Raving Fan

Chef Selwyn's Cooking Tip
  Cooking Fish Like A Pro
cooking fish

To minimize moisture loss when grilling, baking or sautéing fish, it's important to use a relatively high heat and cook the fish for a short time. When you cook fish longer than necessary, the juices and flavors are lost, leaving the fish dry and chewy. Plus, overcooked fish is prone to falling apart.