Smoked Bacon Lentil Ragout

When Dana was at The Waterfont Centre she had a marvellous herb garden.  After the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, the Waterfront was the second hotel in Canada to have its own bee hives. When Dana  Hauser worked there she was the first female executive chef in the entire Fairmont chain.  She served...

Slow Roasted Bourbon and Brown Sugar Glazed Berkshire Pork Belly on Du Puy Lentils

Serve this fabulous dish over double-smoked bacon and caramelized-onion Du Puy lentils  with a  Saskatoon berry gastrique. It’s a great combination. Rub for the Pork Belly: 5 lbs rind-on pork belly ¼ cup Kosher salt 2 tsp black pepper; restaurant grind 1 tbsp crushed caraway seeds 1 tbsp dry...

Beet, Bocconcini and Tomato Lentil Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

Making use of sweet, ripe tomatoes and fresh herbs, the secret ingredient in this beet and lentil salad is a good Dijon-style mustard. It’s great to take along on summer picnics and potlucks. Preparation Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time:30 minutes SALAD: 2 cups (500 mL) cooked green beluga...

Ranchero Beef Steak

Pay homage to the grill with your favourite Canadian beef steak. The sauce in this recipe goes well with any Grilling or Marinating steak — it’s somewhat smoky and spicy and loaded with garden vegetables. If you can’t take the heat, reduce the amount of chipotle pepper by half....

Spicy Black Bean Burgers

This year (2016)  the world is celebrating pulses…those amazing, protein-packed, easy to cook legumes that are so at home in Canada. Here’s a recipe that you can use at any time of the year. The ‘burger’ mixture can be prepared a day ahead of time and cooked either for full size burger buns but we...

Crispy Pickerel with Chorizo and Green Lentil Ragout

Both Harissa with its characteristic heat and the lemony-flavoured Sumac are available at Persian food markets.  Like many of the other recipes, the Lentil Ragout, this time well-endowed with Chorizo and kale, could easily stand on its own The Fish: ½ tsp garlic powder ½ tsp sumac 1 Tbsp Harissa...

Warm Balsamic Lentil Salad

The friend who shared this recipe writes that he uses it under his grilled salmon fillets. It’s great with the balsamic-style cider vinegar from Nova Scotia, maple vinegar from Quebec, an off-dry wine vinegar from Niagara or the fabulous, authentically-made, balsamic from Venturi-Schultz Vancouver...

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...

Banana Lentil Muffins

1 egg, slightly beaten ½ cup (125 mL) canola oil ½ cup (125 mL) sugar 1 cup (250 mL) bananas, mashed 1 cup (250 mL) green lentil purée 1 tsp (2 mL) vanilla 1 1/3 cup (310 mL) whole wheat flour 1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda 1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder ½ cup (125 mL) raisins Preheat oven to 200° C (400°...

Lentil Risotto

1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil 1 yellow onion, finely diced 1 medium carrot, finely diced 2 celery sticks, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 cup (250 mL) red lentils 1 cup (250 mL) black or green lentils 1 oz (25 g) rosemary, thyme and oregano finely chopped 3-4 cups (750 mL-1 L) chicken stock...