Skewered Lime-Spiced Chicken

Lime spiced skewers of chicken – perfect for your next barbecue! Marinade 3 medium limes 1/3 cup (75 mL) canola oil 2 medium garlic cloves, minced 2 tsp (10 mL) ground ginger 3/4 tsp (4 mL) ground allspice 3/4 tsp (4 mL) dried thyme leaves 1/4 tsp (1 mL) cayenne pepper 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt...

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...

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 Lasagna

2 boxes of ready-to-bake lasagna noodles 1 lb. each 1 cupful (250 mL) or so of shredded mozzarella cheese A big splash of olive oil 2 onions, chopped 1 whole head of garlic cloves, minced 1 28 oz can (796 mL) of crushed or puréed tomatoes, juice reserved 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of dried oregano 1 or...

Lentil Chili

1 lb (500 g) ground beef 1 medium onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 19 oz (475 g) can tomato sauce 1 cup (250 mL) green lentils, cooked or canned 10 oz (250 g) can whole mushrooms, drained ½ cup (125 mL) water 1 Tbsp (15 mL) chili powder ½ tsp (2 mL) black pepper 1 Tbsp (15 mL) white vinegar...

Beef and Lentil Samosas

These samosas could also be baked: set on a rimmed, parchment-lined sheet, brush with oil and bake at 425˚F for 20-30 minutes until golden. 1 pkg. samosa or spring roll wrappers, thawed if frozen Filling: 1 small onion, finely chopped 1/2 lb. (250 g) lean ground beef 1 cup (250 mL) cooked green or...

Braised Chicken Thighs with Lentils

2-3 Tbsp (30-45 mL) canola oil 1 celery stick, cut in half lengthwise and then sliced thinly 1 carrot, cut in half lengthwise and then sliced thinly 1 large onion, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, crushed and minced 1 1/2 Tbsp (22 mL) all purpose flour 1/2 tsp (2 mL) dried thyme, or a few sprigs...

Spicy Lentil Beef Burger

• 500 g (1/2 lb) lean ground beef • 2 garlic cloves • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) honey • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) ginger • 1 cup (250 mL) cooked lentils • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) soy sauce, reduced sodium • 1 egg • 10 sprigs parsley or cilantro, chopped • 2 green onions, chopped • 1/2 cup (125 mL) bread crumbs Put all...

Tangy Beef Stew

• 1/4 cup (60 mL) all-purpose flour • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper • 2 lb (1 kg) stewing beef, cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil • 1 cup (250 mL) water • 1/2 cup (125 mL) ketchup • 1/4 cup (60 mL) brown sugar • 1/4 cup (60 mL) vinegar • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)...