Asiago, Artichoke and Lentil Salad

19 oz can lentils, rinsed and drained 2 green onions, sliced 1 red pepper, chopped 1 stalk celery, diced 1 jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained ½ cup (125 mL) shredded asiago cheese ¼ cup (60 mL) sunflower or olive oil ¼ cup (60 mL) red wine or cider vinegar 1 tsp (5 mL) Dijon mustard ½ tsp (2...

Prairie Spice Cake

1/2 cup (125 mL) rolled oats   1 1/2 cups (375 mL) whole wheat flour or multigrain flour  1/4 cup (60 mL) barley flour  1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt  1 tsp (5 mL) ground cinnamon  1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda   1/4 cup (60 mL) flax   2 tsp (10 mL) baking powder  1/4 cup (60 mL) ground flax  1/2 cup (125...

Smoked Bacon Lentil Ragout

The Waterfont Centre has a marvellous herb garden and was the second hotel in Canada to have it’s own bee hives. When Dana serves this at Heron’s, it’s a menu component in her Pan-seared Qualicum Bay Scallops, Smoked Bacon~ Lentil Ragout, Sherry Jus & Petite Pea Greens. 4 slices double smoked...

Canadian Lentil Meatballs with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

This is a wonderful home-style Persian dish, the kind that Hamid grew up enjoying.  The Cucumber Sauce is more of a method than an actual recipe.  Like all great chefs, he tastes as he goes. He’ll combine a cup or so of rich yogurt and grate in a clove of garlic (or more if you like garlic)....

Locals Island Bison Tournedos with Braised Lentil Ragout

This dish is a serious course in the elements of classic French cooking.  The Braised French Lentil Ragout is outstanding.   And yes, bison are being farmed (ranched?) on Vancouver Island, near Black Creek in the lush Comox River Valley.  For six servings 6 X 4 oz  Island Bison Tenderloin 3 Tbsp...

Warm Lemon Lentils with Cumin, Coriander, Spinach and Fairwinds Farm Yogurt served with Spiced Lentil Crackers

Using Red Fife flour, the heritage grain popularized by the Fife family in the mid-1800s  and one of foundations of Prairie agriculture, these  crackers that would go well with cheeses or a hummus made, we hope, with lentils.  2 yellow onions, julienned 2 tbsp minced garlic 2 tbsp minced ginger ½...

Lentil Scones with Country Ham and Cheese Curds

This is a recipe I know I will make over and over.  The clincher for me is the kale…I love the stuff and with the cheese curds and lentils, they are full of all the good things I love to eat!   They’d be great with Paul Rogalski’s Curried Lentil Soup.  ½ cup whole green lentils dry 3 cups all...

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

Chef Jeremy Langemann serves this fabulous dish over double-moked bacon and caramelized-onion Du Puy lentils  with a Manitoba Saskatoon berry gastrique. It’s a great combination..Manitoba-gown pork, Manitoba-harvested lentils, Manitoba-picked berries…a locally inspired recipe could hardly...

Pressure Cooked Curried Duck and Lentil Soup

While Chef Rogalski uses a pressure cooker to prepare this flavour-rich soup, it can be prepared as well in a large, heavy saucepot.  While he suggested buying the Duck Confit, Chef Craig Flinn of Chives Restaurant in Halifax provides a good basic recipe. Makes 8 – 10 servings.  4 Tbsp canola oil...

Lentil Burger

From the heart of lentil-land, this burger can take on any comers.   I like them made into ‘slider-size’…mini burgers that I can use as appetizers to top with sour cream or a favourite relish.   2 cups (500 mL) du Puy lentils  3 large onions, finely chopped  3 ½ Tbsp (50 mL) olive oil  4 cloves...