Ready, set, Start from Scratch

Easy chicken, soup recipes help students eat well for less

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Weekend Life - Satur­day, Au­gust 25, 2012

Cal­gary-based Dan Clap­son’s Start From Scratch pro­gram is a 10-week course aimed at post-sec­ondary students who have few skills in the kitchen.

Students en­rolled in the class are shown how to make a range of dishes, from ap­pe­tiz­ers to main cour­ses to desserts, that don’t stretch their bud­get or sac­ri­fice taste.

Here are two recipes de­vel­oped by Clap­son to try. You’ll find more info at start­from­ 500 mL (2 cups) cooked


50 mL

125 mL

50 mL

10 (1/4 cup) melted but­ter (1/2 cup) dried cran­ber­ries (1/4 cup) loosely chopped fresh basil baby pota­toes, quar­tered Olive oil Salt and pep­per, to taste

Heat oven to 200 C (400 F).

In a small bowl, com­bine vine­gar, honey and gar­lic. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, com­bine half of the onion, car­rot, cous­cous, but­ter, cran­ber­ries and basil. Toss a few times to mix evenly. Sea­son stuff­ing with salt and pep­per, then pack into cav­ity in chicken.

In the bot­tom of a small roast­ing pan, place pota­toes and re­main­ing onion. Driz­zle olive oil lightly over veg­eta­bles. Place chicken on top of veg­eta­bles.

Ap­ply vine­gar glaze to the out­side of the chicken, ei­ther by brush or by hand. Sea­son with salt and pep­per. Place any re­main­ing glaze in the bot­tom of the pan.

Cover with foil and bake for one hour and 10 min­utes.

Re­move foil and baste chicken with pan liq­uid. In­crease oven tem­per­a­ture to 230 C (450 F) and roast for an­other 20 min­utes or un­til the skin is crispy and the chicken is cooked through.

Let sit for 10 min­utes be­fore serv­ing. Makes four serv­ings. Tip: To make 500 mL (2 cups) cous­cous, place 375 mL (1 1/2 cups) dried doubts, don’t act. Mars op­po­site your sign now means your pa­tience with part­ners and close friends is wear­ing thin. But you won’t lose your tem­per. Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

To­day: You’re cer­tainly will­ing to work to­day but you’re not go­ing to push your­self too hard. What mat­ters more is that you fit in with oth­ers and pace your­self with co-work­ers or friends. This is be­cause you have a strong de­sire for team­work.

Sun­day: Keep an eye on any­thing for which you might have some re­spon­si­bil­ity, es­pe­cially the pos­ses­sions of oth­ers. You could en­counter a few sur­prises. Theft, break­age or sud­den in­ter­rup­tions might up­set your care­ful plans.

This week: Ev­ery month, there are four signs that feel the Full Moon ten­sion more than the other signs. Specif­i­cally, these are the signs that are at 9 o’clock/3 o’clock and 12 o’clock/6 o’clock. Well, the Full Moon on Fri­day (which is a Blue Moon) is a 12 o’clock/6 o’clock sit­u­a­tion for you. It will likely set up ten­sion be­tween the de­mands of home and fam­ily ver­sus the de­mands of your ex­ter­nal life and your ca­reer. To put it an­other way, you can’t keep ev­ery­one happy! Can­cer (June 21 - July 22) To­day: This can be a cre­ative, fun-lov­ing day for your sign! For starters, you’re in touch with your Muse. Your imag­i­na­tion is height­ened. There­fore, ex­plore the arts. En­joy the cre­ative gifts of oth­ers. Sports, movies and gen­tle times with chil­dren will de­light as well.

Sun­day: Be as easy­go­ing and tol­er­ant as pos­si­ble, es­pe­cially part­ners and close f r i ends. Plus un­ex­pected events might sud­denly oc­cur that send ev­ery­thing side­ways in a New York minute. Ex­pect the un­ex­pected to­day.

This week: Al­though the Full Moon this Fri­day will be mild for ev­ery­one, in fact for your sign it will be a mildly ac­ci­dent- prone sit­u­a­tion. In fact, this ac­ci­dent-prone qual­ity could build up start­ing around Wed­nes­day. This is good to know so you can take pre­cau­tions; most acci- cous­cous in a heat­proof dish. Pour 375 mL (1 1/2 cups) of boil­ing wa­ter it and stir. Cover and let sit for five min­utes, then fluff with a fork.

Dan Clap­son says this quick and easy In­di­an­in­spired soup em­bod­ies fall. It is meant to warm you up on a chilly evening. It can be served pureed or left chunky. “I pre­fer some­where in the mid­dle, puree­ing half and leav­ing it a bit chunky. I love egg­plant and cook with it of­ten. For any egg­plant haters out there, this soup will def­i­nitely make a con­vert of you,” he writes.

Cook­ing Time: 45 min­utes 2 yel­low onions, chopped cloves gar­lic, minced




5 mL

Olive oil egg­plant, cut in 1-cm (1/2-inch) cubes cans (398 mL/14 oz) chick­peas, drained (re­serve liq­uid of one can) (1 tsp) masala tan­doori pow­der dents are pre­ventable. Tip: Don’t be in a rush. Don’t act or say things in haste. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) To­day: You feel very sym­pa­thetic to a fam­ily mem­ber to­day, which is why you will go out of your way to make oth­ers happy. This is very much your style. Leo is a gen­er­ous sign, in that Leo al­ways wants ev­ery­one else to have a good time. (That’s why peo­ple love you.)

Sun­day: You might have health con­cerns to­day. But more l i kely, mat­ters con­nected with your job or any daily tasks you are do­ing will be in­ter­rupted be­cause of power out­ages, com­puter crashes, can­celled meet­ings or un­ex­pected events. Just grin and bear it.

This week: Fi­nan­cial mat­ters might come to a head by Fri­day. Ear­lier this sum­mer, you were spend­ing money like it was go­ing out of style. Now you’re sur­vey­ing the bat­tle­field and check­ing dam­ages: credit card balances, un­paid bills and dwin­dling re­sources. In a few weeks, it will be a great time to shop for wardrobe good­ies. Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) To­day: Al­though you have been very di­rect about what you want lately, to­day you feel gen­tle in your deal­ings with oth­ers, es­pe­cially sib­lings. It’s an easy­go­ing day, and it’s a par­tic­u­larly good day for writ­ers and cre­ative artists be­cause you’re full of won­drous ideas.

Sun­day: This is an ac­ci­dent-prone day for your kids or chil­dren in your care; there­fore, be ex­tra vig­i­lant! Sim­i­larly, this can be a rocky day for ro­man­tic part­ners. Easy does it. Be pa­tient and ac­cept­ing.

This week: You will feel the buildup be­fore Fri­day’s Full Moon be­cause it’s di­rectly op­po­site your sign. Ev­ery Full Moon is an op­po­si­tion be­tween the Sun and the Moon so “you” are part of this for­mula. This means that by mid­week, you might feel ten­sion build­ing up be­tween you and part­ners or close friends. The good news is you are mak­ing a fab­u­lous im­pres­sion of oth­ers. The bad news is you might be com­ing on too strong.

5 mL



15 mL

15 mL (1 tbsp) red wine vine­gar (1 tbsp) le­mon juice Salt and pep­per, to taste Sour cream, for serv­ing (op­tional)

In a medium pot, toss onions and gar­lic. Driz­zle with some olive oil and cook on medium-high heat un­til onion be­comes translu­cent, about five Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) To­day: If you have a chance to be gen­er­ous to some­one to­day, you will. You will feel grat­i­fied if you can give some­one who is in need some­thing use­ful.

Sun­day: Small ap­pli­ances might break down at home to­day, or mi­nor break­ages could oc­cur. For that mat­ter, a break­down in com­mu­ni­ca­tions or lit­tle melt­downs with fam­ily mem­bers are also likely. You’re an ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ta­tor and ne­go­tia­tor. Use your skills to patch things up and keep ev­ery­one happy.

This week: You have an un­usu­ally strong fo­cus and pen­e­trat­ing in­sight right now, plus an in­stinct for the jugu­lar. How­ever, your ef­forts could put you at odds with some­one, es­pe­cially at work. Fo­cus in­stead on your money-mak­ing ef­forts be­cause this looks prof­itable. You are ap­proach­ing a suc­cess­ful time in your life. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)

To­day: You’re cer­tainly will­ing to put the needs and wants of oth­ers be­fore your own to­day be­cause all Scor­pios feel an el­e­ment of self-sac­ri­fice to­day. You have gen­uine con­cern for some­one who has less or some­one who needs your help. (This is very noble.)

Sun­day: Show some re­straint in com­mu­ni­cat­ing with oth­ers to­day be­cause you might sud­denly bark at some­one or go over­board giv­ing them your opin­ion. Avoid has­sles with oth­ers, es­pe­cially neigh­bours and sib­lings. And be care­ful be­cause this is an ac­ci­dent­prone day.

This week: Your in­creased pop­u­lar­ity con­tin­ues: Ev­ery­one wants to see your face. En­joy! You’ll be par­tic­u­larly pow­er­ful and ef­fec­tive talk­ing to oth­ers, es­pe­cially in group sit­u­a­tions. How­ever, re­la­tions with chil­dren, as well as your re­la­tion­ship with a lover or ro­man­tic part­ner, could be­come con­flicted mid-week as ten­sion builds up be­fore Fri­day’s Full Moon.

Sagit­tar­ius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) To­day: It’s easy to be self­less with re­spect to oth­ers who are needy or suf­fer­ing to­day. This could ap­ply min­utes. Add egg­plant, drained chick­peas, masala tan­doori, garam masala and curry pow­der. Stir mix­ture un­til spices have evenly coated veg­eta­bles. Stir­ring oc­ca­sion­ally, let cook for eight to 10 min­utes un­til egg­plant pieces start to soften.

Add to­ma­toes, broth, vine­gar, le­mon juice and re­served chick­pea liq­uid. Once mix­ture comes to a boil, re­duce to low heat and let sim­mer for at least 30 min­utes.

Sea­son gen­er­ously with salt and pep­per. Puree, if de­sired. Serve with warm bread such as naan and a dol­lop of sour cream, if de­sired.

Makes five to six serv­ings. to an­i­mals that need your help or peo­ple. Just do what you can.

Sun­day: Keep an eye on your money and your pos­ses­sions to­day. Guard your pos­ses­sions against loss or theft. Sim­i­larly, some­thing to do with your earn­ings or your job could be in­ter­rupted.

This week: With the Sun high in your chart, peo­ple notice you more than usual. But this week, the Sun is chal­lenged by the Full Moon on Fri­day. This means you might feel pulled be­tween what oth­ers want re­gard­ing your ca­reer and your pub­lic rep­u­ta­tion ver­sus what peo­ple at home want from you in terms of at­ten­tion.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) To­day: You might work for a char­i­ta­ble cause or be part of an or­ga­ni­za­tion that is go­ing to make the world bet­ter in some way. You’re al­ways very ef­fi­cient, or­ga­ni­za­tion­ally speak­ing.

Sun­day: You feel highly rest­less to­day! Be care­ful be­cause these feel­ings could be a dis­trac­tion and lead to an ac­ci­dent. Be mind­ful and aware of ev­ery­thing you do and say. Slow things down a lit­tle.

This week: When it comes to pol­i­tics, re­li­gion or is­sues re­gard­ing pub­lish­ing, the me­dia and higher ed­u­ca­tion, this week you’re deadly. En­joy this power of speech and ex­pres­sion be­cause oth­ers will re­ally lis­ten to you. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)

To­day: All Aquar­i­ans want to make the world a bet­ter place and to­day you just have the op­por­tu­nity to do so. In other words, you will use your clout!

Sun­day: Some sit­u­a­tions are like a tin­der­box ready to ex­plode. To­day you can sense this. Try to avoid these ex­plo­sions be­cause ac­ci­dents could oc­cur or peo­ple’s feel­ings might get hurt. Re­mem­ber: Pa­tience is the an­ti­dote to anger.

This week: As the week wears on, dis­putes might in­ten­sify. The Full Moon on Fri­day will mag­nify your feel­ings about these is­sues. How­ever, af­ter the Full Moon peaks, this could mark a turn­ing point where these is­sues come to a head and are then set­tled. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20)

To­day: You might be on a spir­i­tual search to­day or you might be seek­ing ways to help those who are in need. You are nat­u­rally sym­pa­thetic and sen­si­tive, and to­day, you will hope­fully see a way to be of prac­ti­cal use.

Sun­day: A friend might sur­prise you to­day. Or per­haps you will en­counter some­one who is bizarre or un­usual in some way. Keep a low pro­file. Duck if the fur starts to fly!

This week: The only Full Moon in your sign all year is tak­ing place this Fri­day. And be­cause it’s the sec­ond Full Moon in Au­gust, it’s a rare Blue Moon. Nat­u­rally, you will feel a buildup of ten­sion within you start­ing mid-week, around Wed­nes­day. This could man­i­fest as squab­bles with part­ners and close friends. You’ve been very pow­er­ful deal­ing with groups lately, and oth­ers might think you are throw­ing your weight around a bit too much. (Or not.) You yearn to travel. Things are good at work. Your home life is con­stantly im­prov­ing. So don’t worry about any of this too much. It hap­pens once a year, that’s all.

Ac­tor Sean Con­nery (1930) shares your birthday. You have flair, style and amaz­ing sex­ual en­ergy! Your mind is ac­tive even though you ap­proach life phys­i­cally. You can be very charm­ing when you choose. In fact, your year ahead will fo­cus strongly on a part­ner­ship or close friend­ship.

Par­a­lympian/ac­tivist Rick Hansen (1957) shares your birthday. Your great­est strength is that you can ac­cept your lim­i­ta­tions and func­tion to the best of your abil­ity within them. In the year ahead a ma­jor de­ci­sion will arise. Choose wisely.

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