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...

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...

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...

Red Lentil & Beef Sloppy Joes

Add a pinch of dried red pepper flakes during cooking for added spice. canola or olive oil, for cooking 1 onion, peeled and chopped 1 lb. (454 g) lean ground beef or bison 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 – 28 oz. (796 mL) can diced, whole or stewed tomatoes 1/4 cup (60 mL) dry red lentils 1/2 cup (125...

Lentil & Sweet Potato Stew

2 Tbsp (30 mL) canola oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped 1 bay leaf 1 garlic clove, minced 1½ tsp (7 mL) curry powder 2 cups (500 mL) dry green lentils, rinsed 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in 1” cubes 9 oz (225 g) frozen cut green...

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...