John Bil’s Oyster Mignonette

John Bil was Canada’s oyster shucking champion in 2006. “The first 20,000 are the hardest.” he quips. But Bil is also very serious. “Oysters are the essence of the ocean…and they are environmentally very sensitive. So if there are any chemicals around, they die.” He shucks Malepeque, the branded...

Crispy Chickpeas and Pumpkin Seeds with Lime

Fuel your next exercise bout or begin your post-exercise recovery with this tasty, healthy snack that is rich in fiber and a good source of protein. Canola oil’s neutral taste lets the lively flavors of smoked paprika and lime step to the fore. This crunchy snack is great tossed into green salads...

Lentil Lemon Soup

2 tsp (10 mL) canola oil 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped pinch hot red pepper flakes 1 tsp (5 mL) cumin 1½ cups (375 mL) dry split red lentils, cleaned and rinsed 6 cups (1.5L) chicken stock 2 Tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice 2 Tbsp (30 mL) fresh parsley, finely chopped salt and pepper to...

Barley and Lentil Soup

This soup combines the two Prairie culinary powerhouses…barley and lentils.    2 onions, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil ½ tsp.(2 mL) ginger ½ tsp(2 mL) paprika ½ tsp (2 mL) turmeric 4 ½ cups (1.125 L)  beef stock 1 can (796 ml|28 ounce) tomatoes, chopped or diced ¾...

Piradzini – Latvian Bacon & Onion-stuffed Rolls

A celebration in the scattered Latvian communities of Canada often include these bacon-filled buns. They are fabulous with a salad for a quick lunch or, if you make them smaller, are great cocktail appetizers. Dough • 1 medium potato, peeled and diced • 1 cup (250 mL) water • 1 tsp (5 mL) salt • 1...

Greek Fish Soup with B.C. Hazelnut- Garlic Mayonnaise

This fish soup recipe originally came from George Koyionis, a Greek Cypriot seafood vendor at Toronto’s St Lawrence Market.  In the late 80’s his reputation for providing customers some of the finest product in the city was firmly entrenched. The Mayonnaise ½ cup (125 mL) roasted, skinned...

Mini Lentil Sliders

1¾ cups (425 mL) dry red lentils 2 cups (500 mL) vegetable stock 1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil 1/6 cup (37 mL) onion, fine dice ½ Tbsp (7 mL) garlic, minced ¼ red pepper, diced 1 carrot, shredded 3 mushrooms, grated ¼ tsp (1 mL) salt ¼ tsp (1 mL) black pepper, ground ¼ tsp (1 mL)red chili flakes ¼ tsp...

Lentil- Stuffed Mushrooms

12-16 medium mushrooms ¼ cup (60 mL) butter or margarine ¼ cup (60 mL) onions, finely chopped ¼ tsp (1 mL) salt 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) black pepper, freshly ground ½ cup (125 mL) green lentils, cooked ½ cup (125 mL) parmesan cheese, grated (or cheddar cheese) ½ cup (125 mL) dry plain bread crumbs...

Chef Jefferson Alvarez, Cacao, Vancouver

Pickled Pacific Mackerel and Lentil Salad Pickling fish is a very traditional way of preserving it but one not as widely used in Canada as it should be.   If you cannot find really fresh mackerel,  any firm white fish will work. This Lentil Salad could easily stand on its own as a filling for pita...

Hummus- 5 Minute Lentil Hummus

1-19 oz can (540 mL) lentils, rinsed and drained ½ cup (125 mL) fat-free ranch dressing ½ tsp (2 mL) curry powder 2 garlic cloves Place all ingredients into food processor or blender. Blend to desired consistency. Makes 12-16 servings. Recipe Courtesy of Canadian...