What a great day I had today, I know your surprised….lol, no seriously, the weather was picture perfect, and after a little bit of a slow start at work , I got everything organized, and we even had a Barbecue! Burgers and Dogs were the lunch special, along with a do it yourself sundae bar, needless to say the girls were ecstatic!
Traffic wasn’t bad coming home and when I pulled up to the house I got another pleasant surprise, our lawn service came today and removed all of the winter debris and gave the lawn a trim, and I have to say the house looks great! What a perfect day to spend some time outdoors, (we have a new front porch but no furniture for it yet, we need to get some soon so I can do my posts outside…sigh). The only thing that could have made today better was if it was already Friday and we started the weekend!
Although it’s probably a pleasant surprise not to hear me complaining about the weather, that’s not why you stopped by today. Today is our favorite day of the week, the day I get to share my blog with one of my friends, It’s Guest Post Friday ( I always feel there should be balloons and confetti dropping from the sky)!! Today it’s my great pleasure to introduce to you my friend Steve from The Black Peppercorn, and for those of you that haven’t had the pleasure of visiting The Black Peppercorn, you’re in for a treat today! When you stop by Steve’s blog you’ll find so many delightful tasty treats that you won’t know where to start, from barbecue to angry birds, The Black Peppercorn’s got it all!
So sit back, relax, put your feet up and if your so inclined why not open up a bottle of bubbly, it will go oh so well with today’s guest post, as I give you Steve and………..
My name is Steve and my blog is The Black Peppercorn. I started in the summer of 2011 with the desire to share some of my recipes with family and friends. Since that time it has become a true passion and I love to experiment, trying new cooking techniques and culinary traditions from around the world. My blog has a bit of everything, but my favourite food involves smoking and grilling. I like to make different spice rubs, sauces and dishes to liven up outdoor cooking.
I live in Toronto, Canada, with my wife and three kids. When I am not cooking, you may find me spending time with my incredible family, playing RockBand or Settlers of Catan, or watching Fringe, Community or Warehouse 13.
I was so excited, a couple weeks ago, when I checked my email and there was an invitation from Chef Dennis to do a guest blog post. I was, and am, honoured to be asked to share a recipe on his blog. I have been blogging now for a little over half a year and in that time I have come to respect Chef Dennis for his culinary skills and his support to the foodie community. He is truly a valuable person among us food bloggers. So, I want to say thank you to Chef Dennis for all he does and for inviting me to share this recipe with you.
The weather has been incredible up here in Toronto. We have broken the record every day for the last 4 or 5 days. That has resulted in me having a constant desire at the grill. During the summer, I like to grill anything and everything including meat, veggies, pizza and even dessert. One grilling technique that has so much versatility is plank grilling. Plank grilling involves placing food on a presoaked wood plank which is then placed on the grill. The grill lid is closed essentially baking the food in the grill. The underside of the plank will begin to char and the smoke from the wood provides a mild smoky flavour to the food. Planking is a wonderful technique allowing some of the more delicate foods to be cooked on a grill.
This brie cheese recipe is the perfect example of plank grilling. Normally cheese could never be cooked on a grill but the plank provides a barrier between the flame and the cheese. The brie is perfectly melted and oozes out once cut. The cheese is topped with a fresh and fruity salsa of blueberries and mangos. The tang of lime juice and the kick of fresh jalapenos round out the flavour of this salsa. Try some gooey brie and salsa on a slice of a French baguette and you know how wonderful plank grilling truly is!
- • 2 small brie wheels (about ½ pound each)
- 1 mango
- 1 pint fresh blueberries
- 1 jalapeno pepper
- ½ lime
- 4 tbsp honey
- 2 French baguettes
- 1 wood plank (cedar, oak or other type of wood)
- Soak the plank for 1-2 hours.
- Preheat the grill to 350-400F.
- Peel and core the mango. Cut the mango into small pieces. Wash the blueberries and jalapeno pepper. Seed the jalapeno and dice it finely. Mix the mango, blueberries and jalapeno in a bowl with juice of the ½ lime and 2 tbsp of honey. Stir and set aside for 30 minutes.
- Remove the plank from the water and shake off the excess water.
- Place the wheels of brie on the plank and top each with the blueberry mango salsa. Drizzle the remaining honey on top of the salsa.
- Place the plank on the grill and close the lid. Cook on the grill for 20 minutes. Carefully remove the plank from the grill and place on an object that cannot be burned (the wood may be charred on the bottom). Let the brie rest for about 3-4 minutes.
- Serve with sliced French baguettes.
Now that was simply amazing, the way that Brie just oozed onto that baguette……sigh, who knew you could even grill Brie!! But that salsa, that’s going on my the list to teach my girls, just brilliant!
So before you forget, please head on over to The Black Peppercorn and say hi to Steve, just don’t forget to tell him Chef Dennis sent you! Spend some time while your there and look through his recipes. I promise you’ll find more than a few you’ll want to add to your must make list, and If I ever find out what an angry bird is, I’m making that cake too!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! If you can get out and enjoy this lovely spring weather……maybe a picnic, how nice would that be! Good food, good friends and the great outdoors!