Thai Salad Roll

By Executive Chef Jeff King

Today I will share with you my recipe for Thai salad rolls. Surely a great meal your whole family will enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • Carrot
  • Red Onion
  • Vermicelli noodle
  • Green leaf lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Mint
  • Mango
  • Rice paper wrapper
  • Warm water

Place onion slices in a bowl and top with ice-cold water. Let stand for at least 30 minutes; drain well. Place the noodles in a bowl and top with boiling water. Let the noodles stand for 5 minutes and then drain well. Next, soak a rice paper wrap in hot tap water for 10 seconds and then carefully transfer to a slightly damp kitchen towel.

 Place your ingredients onto the centre of the wrap, i.e lettuce, noodles, carrot, cucumber and mango.

 Firmly fold the bottom half of the wrap over the filling, fold in the sides and roll up to completely enclose filling. Store tightly, covered with plastic wrap for up to 2 hours or until ready to serve.

Ingredients for peanut sauce:

1/3 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup coconut milk

2tsp lime juice

2 tsp soy sauce

1 tbsp sriracha

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Place all ingredients in a small pan on low heat. Whisk until it is well incorporated.

Happy cooking!

Thai Basil Chicken

By Executive Chef Jeff King

Today I will teach you how to make Thai basil chicken.

This is a budget friendly and healthy meal that is also very easy and quick to prepare.

Ingredients:

· 4 chicken breast (cut into 1inch cubes ) 

· 1 cup cornstarch 

· 5 cloves of garlic 

· 4 Thai chilies 

· 1 tablespoon oil for frying

· 1 teaspoon of oyster sauce

· ½ teaspoon light soy sauce 

· 1 splash of sweet soy sauce 

· ½ teaspoon sugar 

· 1 handful of Thai holy basil leaves

Dust cubed chicken breast in cornstarch. Place oil in a large pan or wok and heat at medium high heat. Fry chicken cubes till golden brown. Drain and set aside. Put pan back on stove with a little bit of oil. Place garlic and chili in pan and saute for 20 seconds. Add chicken, oyster sauce, soy sauce, sweet soy and sugar and saute for another 3-4 mins. Finish with thai basil leaves and serve with rice.

Happy cooking!

Fundamentals of Golf

By Director of Instruction, Graham Castanheiro:

In my last blog, I shared with you a basic workout you can do at home. To continue on with that, I will share with you some drills you can do after your workout to help improve your golf game.

Grip – look for the V of your hands pointing to your rear ear and shoulder

Posture – Stand tall spine long, bend from your waist and soften your knees, look at yourself face on and down the line. Ensure the body looks athletic and joints stacked.

Rotation drills – Hands across chest on shoulders look at your rotation into your backswing and into your finish. Ensure your head does not sway back or your trail knee and hip slide. In your finish post up into a firm lead leg and maintain some side bend.

Throw away hands drill – incorporate your arms in the rotation drill above and look for arm extension at address and through impact, we only see the trail arm fold on the backswing and lead arm on the follow through. Allow for the natural pronation and supination or rolling of the forearms to occur during the rotational movements.

These drills can be done with feet together and on one leg right and left to promote higher kinetic awareness of balance and tempo.

Stay safe and stay healthy!

Basic Full Body Exercise

By Director of Instruction, Graham Castanheiro

As we self-isolate at home let‘s maintain a healthy body and mine which will not only support us once we are safe to return to the golf course but will boost our immune system to combat any systems that attack us.

A basic body exercise routine incorporating joint mobility, strength and mental emotional awareness are great activities to engage in. Block out 40 mins of your day to go through a simple exercise program as follows doing 8-10 reps of each activity.

Standing feet shoulder width apart hands on hips:

1. Neck mobility, look up down & side to side

2. Shoulder rotations, arms out and circle backwards, small, medium, large

3. Trunk rotations, hands on hips.

4. Leg swings and windshield wipers, use a golf club for support stand on one leg and swing the other leg forward. Wipers are when you lift one leg bend the knee and swivel at the hip to send that foot side to side.

5. Knee and ankle rotations, hands on knees

6. Squats

7. Lunges

8. On the ground do planks lie forward on elbows and then on your side left and right 10- 20 – 30 sec hold

9. Dynamic burpees include with pushup and mountain climbers in each one

10. General body stretching, lie on ground with a rolled up towel under the small of your back with  arms extended above your head and breath for 5 minutes. Focus on your breathing and follow a rhythm of 6 seconds in and 6 seconds out. Be attentive to your body and what sensations you are experiencing. Sounds, feel, temperature, thoughts enter and leave, no judgement.

Stay safe and healthy!

Sate Lilit

By Executive Chef Jeff King

Today I will teach you the recipe for sate lilit, a traditional Indonesian dish. For this recipe you will need bumbu, an Indonesian spice. Learn the recipe for bumbu here

Lets get started on how to make sate lilit!

Ingredients:

1 pound ground chicken

2 tbsp. bumbu

Salt and pepper to taste

Lemongrass or bamboo skewers

Place ground chicken and bumbu in a mixing bowl and add salt and pepper. Mix together till well incorporated. Take about 2- 3 ounces of mixture and mold it into an egg shape, push lemongrass stick into it and mold down to even out the layer over the lemon grass.

For best results allow to sit in the fridge for an hour before cooking. The sate can be grilled or placed in the oven and baked.

Serve with kecap manis, peanut sauce or sambal bajak.

Happy cooking!

Khao Pad (Fried Rice)

By Executive Chef Jeff King

Today I will share my recipe for khao pad, a Thai style fried rice.

Ingredients 

1.5 cups of cooked Jasmine rice cooled

1/4 of a big white onion (or ½ of a very small white onion, like I used) 

1 bunch of Chinese broccoli (cut into smaller pieces) 

2 cloves garlic 

1 egg

1/2 tablespoon soy sauce

1/2 tablespoon oyster sauce 

Pinch of sugar (optional) 

1 tablespoon of oil for frying 

In a large pan or wok heat oil in medium heat and saute onion and garlic, next add the Chinese broccoli and saute for 2 minutes. Add your rice, soy sauce and oyster sauce. Sauté for 4-5 minutes. Add 1 egg and sauté for another minute. Add any spices you like and then serve!

You can add additional toppings like chicken or beef to your dish. Or you can always serve the dish on its own.

Happy cooking!

Approach Shots

By Golf Pro Graham Castanheiro

Here are some tips on how to handle approach shots

Ball Position: 2 inches off the heel of the front leg.

Clubface Position: Square to the target.

Stance: Feet inside the shoulders.

Weight Distribution: Evenly balanced on the inside of both legs.

Hand Position: Neutral in front of the body. Arms hanging loosely.

Swing: Little effort is required.  Make certain that you feel as if you are going to compress the ball at impact.  Maintain a long straight leading arm into impact supported with a cupped right wrist and a flat left wrist. Shallow divots are made on the front side of the ball.

By understanding these areas of the golf swing completely along with practice and coaching, you will enjoy your game and time on the course.  Your scores will go down and you will have more personal satisfaction.

Practice with a purpose, have fun, and as Mr. Hogan once said “the secrets in the dirt.”

Happy golfing!

Bunker Play

By Golf Pro Graham Castanheiro

We have all been there before…your ball lands in the bunker.

Today I will teach you the steps to properly shoot your ball from the bunker.

Ball Position: Off the heel of the front leg. 

Club face Position: Open the face of wedge to the target.

Stance: Open stance wide feet, dig into sand to establish a good base.

Weight Distribution: Weight slightly toward the front foot.

Hand Position: Neutral in front of the body. Arms hanging loosely  

Swing: A feeling of splashing the sand onto the green is required; tell yourself I need more energy than my mind thinks, the sand will slow down the club head.  Be careful not to ground your club in the hazard.  Make certain that you hit slightly behind the ball and follow through with constant speed. Think low & slow as you initiate the takeaway, get your hands to travel to shoulder height on the back swing and follow through to target with your chest.

Follow these tips and you will be a pro in no time!

Remember to always have fun and see you on the course!

Titleist Pro V1 vs. Pro V1X

By Head Pro Justin O’Leary

Over the years, one of the most common questions I get in the pro shop is “What is the difference between the Titleist Pro V1 and the Pro V1x golf ball”? The funny thing is that what once differentiated these two golf balls has completely flipped in recent years.

The Pro V1 has a softer feel, less iron spin, and a more penetrating ball flight. Comparatively, the Pro V1x should launch higher, feel a little less soft, and offer more iron spin.

Titleist launched the Pro V1x golf ball alongside its second-generation Pro V1 golf ball in 2003, and golfers quickly understood the relationship between the two golf balls; the four-piece Pro V1x spins less than the three-piece Pro V1. That was common knowledge, embedded into the psyche of not just Titleist golf ball users, but golfers in general.

Originally, when Pro V1x was introduced, it was introduced to be a lower-spinning but higher-flying golf ball than the Pro V1.

That relationship remained for the next 14 years.

With the release of its 2017 Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, however, Titleist switched the script. The relationship between the two golf balls changed. The 2017 Pro V1x was a higher-spinning, and still higher-flying, golf ball than the 2017 Pro V1. Some golfers didn’t realize the change, while others were simply perplexed.

So for those Titleist golf ball players out there, if you are thinking that your Pro V1 is not spinning as much as it once did, you may need to make the switch over to the Pro V1x.

For the Cedar Brae members that are interested, we have a complimentary Titleist ball fitting day scheduled for August on August 16. Please email me at Justin@cedarbraegolf.com to schedule your appointment.

Happy golfing and see you on the course!

Benefits of a Sous Vide Machine

By Executive Chef, Jeff King

Today I will be talking about a piece of equipment that everyone should have in their kitchen. A sous vide machine. This machine has a lot of benefits that will make your cooking experience top notch!

Lets start off with what a sous vide machine is;

Sous-vide is a method of cooking in which food is placed in a plastic pouch or a glass jar and cooked in a water bath for longer than usual cooking times at an accurately regulated temperature.

The temperature is much lower than usually used for cooking, typically around 55 to 60 °C for meat, higher for vegetables.

The intent is to cook the item evenly, ensuring that the inside is properly cooked without overcooking the outside, and to retain moisture.

This machine can cook a wide variety of proteins and cut cooking time which will give you more time to spend with your family or guest.

You can buy a sous vide machine on Amazon, Canadian Tire or Best Buy.

Happy Cooking!