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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...