Red Lentil Crusted Albacore Tuna with Beluga Lentil and Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette
Apr11

Red Lentil Crusted Albacore Tuna with Beluga Lentil and Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette

Araxi Chef Quang Dang created this albacore tuna dish a few years ago for a national lentil contest. It’s easy, gluten free and very creative!  1 small albacore tuna loin, trimmed 2 cups (500 mL) red lentils, ground in a spice grinder then sifted 2 Tbsp (30 mL)   salt 2 Tbsp (30 mL) black pepper, finely ground 1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil In a bowl, combine lentils, salt and pepper. Using a baking sheet, evenly spread out the...

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Smoked Bacon Lentil Ragout
Sep18

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 this fabulous dish at the hotel restaurant, then named Heron’s with pan-seared Qualicum  bay scallops. 4 slices double smoked bacon, cut...

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Crispy Pickerel with Chorizo and Green Lentil Ragout
May11

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 chili powder 1 tsp salt ½ cup red lentils, toasted and ground 1 cup all purpose flour 4 large pickerel fillets olive oil for frying Blend...

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Lobster Lentil Arugula Salad
Jan05

Lobster Lentil Arugula Salad

Few media stars are as recognizable as Chef Michael Smith. He’s created this fabulous salad using PEI lobster, especially for that day and writes: “This salad perfectly combines the flavours of the land and sea! The earthy heartiness of the lentils anchors the dish, the brininess of lobster adds lots of luxurious sweetness and the sharp, peppery arugula ties everything together.” Serves 4 to 6 For the Lentils 4 cups...

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Canadian Lentil Meatballs with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
May11

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).  Chopped fresh mint is de rigeur as is grated lemon rind.  After he adds the rind, he’ll squeeze in the juice, again to taste.  It’s finished, at...

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