Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Review, An Amazing Dinner, and a Giveaway!

Ever go to the mailbox, look inside to see a package staring back at you that you've been dying to receive so you leave all other pieces behind, rip open the wrapping and giggle in delight?!
That was me this morning.
Today in the mail I received a bottle of Camelina Oil from Three Farmers, a group of farmers from Saskatchewan, Canada who take pride in producing a natural product.

When I was approached to receive a complimentary bottle to test out and possibly write a short post on the oil (which I had never heard of until the Delicious Food Show in Toronto), I was intrigued and elated.
What got me was the fact that every bottle can be traced to the actual farmer that produced it to guarantee accountability, quality and to give that personal connection between producer and consumer.  How amazing is that?  Its nearly as if you were stepping foot on the farm yourself!
You also can't beat the fact that it is also a source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 polyunsaturates as well as having loads of Vitamin E.
So what is Camelina Oil?  It derives from an ancient grain that originated from Northern Europe and parts of Central Asia and now in Saskatchewan.  It is cold pressed which allows the natural oil from the seed to be extracted.  It really does have a wonderful aroma, it has a nutty tone to it and I think I am in love.
For more information please visit the web site's FAQ section.

Of course I tested it out this evening in 2 ways.  I wanted to check the 475F smoke point as well as the flavor itself.  Both I am happy to report, are an A+!
Dinner was delicious.

To keep this post size to a reasonable limit I am simply going to do a quick write up of the ingredients and method of the Pork Tenderloin Salad with a Citrus Vinaigrette which we had tonight.
Why when I usually post step by steps?
Because dear friends I have even better news for you!
My new friends over at Three Farmers have offered to pass along a bottle to one lucky follower!!! WOOT WOOT!
I have no doubt the winner will absolutely enjoy this oil as much as I have.

So to make sure you read our dinner I'm posting the giveaway details AFTER dinner (kinda like dessert for you).

Pork Medallion Salad with a Citrus Vinaigrette
1 pork tenderloin
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. fresh cracked pepper
1/3 c. brown sugar
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1/2 tsp. sirachi (or hot sauce)

1 tbsp. juice of a clementine
1 1/2 tbsp. juice of a fresh lime
1 tsp. Dijon
1/4 c. Three Farmers Camelina Oil
salt and pepper to taste

Mix together your spices and rub onto a trimmed tenderloin (silver removed).  In a cast iron pan add 1 tbsp Camelina Oil and heat (medium).  Place your tenderloin in and brown on all sides about 4 min each.
Get together your glaze and spoon onto the pork while in the pan to coat.  Place in a preheated 350F oven for about 20 minutes (or until inner temp is 145F)  Remove from oven and let rest about 10 minutes, meanwhile prepare your vinaigrette.
In a bowl add the juices and mustard with a touch of salt and pepper.  Slowly drizzle in the oil as you whisk to emulsify.
Drizzle over your plated salad and sliced tenderloin!

Ok dessert time!  Or giveaway rather ;)
A few details:
  • You must be a follower of my blog (and I'd love it if you would follow me on my facebook page as well.
  • This giveaway will close December 15th at 5pm EST.
  • Winner will be selected at random by
For one entry:
Leave me a comment, include your email address so I can connect with you, letting me know what you would like to make with this wonderful product.

For additional entries:
Share on Facebook tagging my page and leave a separate comment letting me know each time you've shared (once per day only please)
Share on twitter using "@ppkongacooks is having a giveaway!" and leave a separate comment saying you've done so (once per day only please)

One winner will be selected at random and contacted by email, they will have 48 hours to respond.
Three Farmers will send out the product directly - THANK YOU THREE FARMERS!
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  1. For me, I love salads, so what i would love to do with this amazing oil is made a wonderful honey mustard vinaigrette with it for my salads:) This oil has so many of the wonderful "good for me" vitamins and minerals that would benefit my Lupus so well and would provide a delicious, nutritious way to get them in :) I can also see sauteeing mushrooms and onions in this to go over another favorite of mine, baked potatoes, or even making my good ole' southern fried potatoes in it...the possibilities are endless! Mayhap, some liver and onions too? Great vitamins there too ;)

  2. You know I already follow you on FB and your blog. I love what you've done with it. That salad looks killer good.

  3. Awesome !! Love this stuff at the show, even did a small post myself about it ... how come I didn't get a sample as well :)) hahahaha

  4. I <3 you on Facebook and I'm here as a test pilot to see how the site is working for you.

    I wasn't planning to enter as I don't ship to Canada (so fair is fair) but I'll share you and your excitement any time



  5. It looks wonderful...and I cant wait to win me a bottle! :)

    I would love to make some herb dipping oil with it to pair with my Artisan Bread!

    Yes, I follow your blog!

    Yup, I stalk you on FB too!

  6. It looks great!

    I would use it for food but I think it would be a nice face exfolorator too LOL

    I might try that recipe you posted too if I won :)

    Thank you!
    Gina Taylor

  7. I love it on salads and when I bake bread!
    Gwen Nowlan

  8. Gee I would love to have it to dip my homemade bread in. And I too follow your blog and stalk you on fb too


  9. Well I would use it to made a vinaigrette first so I could really taste it!!
    Thank you for sharing your contest with me on FB :)

  10. I'm following you and that salad look amazing.

  11. YOU are an amazing kitchen scientist! I love your review, and the pork tenderloin...stunning! I'm esp diggin' the rub!!! xoxo

  12. Sounds wonderful. I already follow your fb page (love it) and now I will have a chance to follow your blog..yipee! Simply Gourmet Photography

  13. Your citrus vinaigrette sounds like a good place to start

  14. I follow your blog on Google Friend Connect

  15. I am a follower of your blog on Google Reader! Plus I like you fb page (Kerstin Wolff)

  16. Posted on Twitter:!/jenron1/status/144774623802834944

  17. Ahem and my email is
    I'd love to just dip bread in it, but I think I'd also really enjoy poaching fish :)

  18. I also tweeted about this giveaway (kirikiri1)

  19. I would love to make a cake, or muffins with this beautiful oil:-) What kind of cake, I am not sure yet, I figure it out right before I bake;-) Your pork tenderloin looks amazing:-)
    Take Care, Terra
    Healthyyou72 (at) gmail (dot) com

  20. I follow you on Facebook as Terra, and also my blog page CafeTerraBlog:-)

  21. I love making salads as a side dish... Some people think its a sin to have a "cold" salad with "hot" dinner... but I love it and I can imagine already trowing there few baby potatoes and having this amazing dinner. Yum, yum.

  22. I am a gfc follower and like you on FB as well

  23. What a wonderful product, i would love to try it, i can think of some woderful things thst i would use it for cheeses and eggs, salads, mmm so many possibilities! Ally sent me over and I am so happy to see your blog!

  24. Followed you from day 1, love your recipes, particularly when you feed me leftovers ;-)

  25. Hi Katrin! I follow your blog,and FB! Interesting oil, at first I read camomile and thought I didn't know tea leaves can make oil! LOL I would love to make a dressing with it, and drizzle it on many of my dishes. Donika

  26. Ooohhh girl!! I love trying new things and this just perks my interest. Your salad looks and sounds awesome too! So sign me up :)

    I would follow your FB and blog more than once if I could ;)

  27. Hmmm I think I would make a vinaigrette and then maybe pop some popcorn in it to see how that goes too -:)


  28. I am following you on FB already and loving you!

  29. Shared on FB today! :)

  30. katrin! I would create an awesome marinade for beef tenderloin. We always have beef tenderloin for New Year's Eve and this would be perfect! Liz

  31. I follow your Facebook page (Fresh Plate)


  32. I am already a follower on GFC!

  33. Gorgeous! Your pork turned out perfectly :) Proly, thanks to this super yummy oil! I want to try it! Perhaps in place of all the coconut oil I use...BUZZED!

  34. Your Recipe looks Scrumptious. I am on the Weight Watchers Plan, and I would use it everyday, as my daily GOOD Oil requirement, which is 2 T. Also I could use it on my salads as well, making my own dressings. I would Love to try it.

  35. Your salad looks great! Since I bake cakes .. I would bake a cake with this very cool product! I love that it is Canadian and tnat you can trace it back to the farmer! Love your Blog and I follow you on FB. You always have yummy stuff to post!

  36. Just shared you on Facebook.. thx for the recipe! Definitely wanna try it out.

  37. I also follow you here!