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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Sweet Potato and Curried Red Lentil Pizza
Mar18

Sweet Potato and Curried Red Lentil Pizza

A high protein, utterly delicious new way of making a pizza. ¾ cup (180 mL) dry red lentils 1½ (375 mL) cups water 1 Tbsp (15 mL)  olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 small onion, chopped ½ small eggplant, diced 1 lb (500 g) sweet potato, cubed 1 can (28 oz – 796 mL) Italian Style diced tomatoes, un-drained 1 tsp (5 mL) ground ginger 1½ (7 mL) tsp curry powder 1½ tbsp (22 mL) ground cumin Salt and pepper to taste 1 (12 inch)...

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The Great Canadian Beluga Lentil Burger – A Whale of a Burger
Jan09

The Great Canadian Beluga Lentil Burger – A Whale of a Burger

As one of Quebec’s top chefs, when Charles Part of the legendary Les Fougères dubbed this a “Whale of a Burger”, I listened.  Then I read…and headed to my local lentil purveyor immediately.  You could substitute dried cranberries (Canadian-only please) for the apricots or serve it in a flatbread as a wrap.  Brilliant! Charles and his wife/partner Jennifer Warren Part have an attachment to their environment is strongly reflected in 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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Slow Roasted Bourbon and Brown Sugar Glazed Berkshire Pork Belly on Du Puy Lentils
Sep11

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 mustard powder – Keen’s ½ cup soy sauce 1 cup brown sugar ¾ cup bourbon ¼ cup coarsely chopped toasted almond slices Pre-heat oven to 275°....

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