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    YOSHI TOGARASHI RISOTTO RECIPE   Recipe Type: Main Author: Nicole MacVicar Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 45 mins Total time: 1 hour Serves: 2 A creamy risotto infused with authentic japanese flavour. Yoshi Togarashi Risotto is aromatic with layers of flavour, creaminess and just a hint of spice. Ingredients 1 package togarashi risotto 8 cups vegetable or chicken broth 1 Tbsp. evoo 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, divided 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 Tbsp. ginger, minced 1 cup shallots, minced 1/3 bottle prosecco (or dry white wine) salt and pepper to taste 1 bunch green onion, diced to garnish Optional: add a lil’ extra yoshi togarashi spice powder (purchased separately) for an extra kick Instructions Bring ...Read More

  • Olives: The Spheres of Hospitality

    Olives have been part of man's progress for millennia. Alexander conquered most of the known world with olives close at hand and the Roman Empire certainly spread the olive tree deep into it's empire. Spain, Italy, and France planted olive trees in colonies around the world. California owes its olives to the Spanish. Even Australia saw olives coming from Sicily, France, and Brazil in the early 1800s. A few years ago I visited the San Juan region of Argentina where olive groves were slowly covering the desert. Olives are everywhere, mostly Spanish varieties like Picual and Arbequina, stretching towards the Andes further than the horizon. A bowl of olives is a basic part of the Argentinian culture, ...Read More

  • Black Garlic & Honey Ice Cream

    Black Garlic & Honey Ice Cream   Recipe Type: Dessert Author: Nicole MacVicar Prep time: 20 mins Total time: 2 hour Black garlic blends in with the base of this ice cream giving it hints of toffee and an almost chocolatey taste and appearance, finishing with a slight hint of espresso, delicious crunch and an exciting burst of heat from the espresso and habanero sugars. Ingredients 1.5 cups whole milk (3.5%) 1 cup heavy cream (35%) 1/4 cup acacia honey 7 large egg yolks 1/4 cup + 1.5 Tbsp. granulated sugar, divided 1 Tbsp. black garlic (mashed into a paste) (1 small bulb) 1 vanilla bean 3 g ice cream stabilizer Last minute add-ins (set aside to add in at end of churning): 1 black ...Read More

  • Yo-crisp Chicken Wings

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  • VERJUS: A Chef's Technique for You & Me

    Quality ingredients often come with a story, and VERJUS is no different. I have been on a bit of a focused "Verjus Kick" for the past year, tasting Verjus all over Europe and North America. Before the story, a simple question: "What the Heck is Verjus & how do I use it?" Verjus which translates roughly from old French (aka 'middle French') as "Green Juice". Verjus is simply the fresh juice from green, unripened grapes. You know ... the grapes when unripe that are so tart and acidic that it makes you wince when you taste them? The origin of Verjus is well documented in French cuisine but the cultural beauty of Verjus is the rich tradition of its use across the Middle East in Persian and Syrian ...Read More

  • Los Ancones Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

    Los Ancones Dark Chocolate Ice Cream   Recipe Type: Dessert Author: Nicole MacVicar Dark, bittersweet and fruity. this rich and fudgy chocolate ice cream is for the serious chocolate lover. Ingredients 1 L whole milk 2 oz 'Los Ancones' Grue Nibs, or other organic cocoa nibs 0.5 cup cane sugar 1 oz cocoa powder 6 egg yolks 8 oz 'Los Ancones' 67% Plantation dark chocolate minigrams or high quality dark chocolate 70% 5 g ice cream stabilizer P4T 1-1.5 tsp. kosher salt, to taste Instructions In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring milk to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Stir in cocoa nibs, cover, and let steep for 2 hours. In a clean heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk ...Read More

  • Bourbon Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

    Bourbon Vanilla Bean Ice Cream   Recipe Type: Dessert Author: Nicole MacVicar The ultimate vanilla ice cream. smooth and creamy made with real Bourbon vanilla beans for a true, rich vanilla flavour. Ingredients 1 Litre 35% whipping cream or equal parts milk and cream 200 g cane sugar 8 egg yolks 1 Bourbon vanilla bean, cut in half 1-2 tsp. Bourbon vanilla powder 5 g ice cream stabilizer I30 P4T Instructions Pour the cream, half of the sugar, vanilla powder and vanilla bean into a saucepan and bring the milk nearly to a boil over medium heat, watch carefully to make sure doesn't burn and stir often. When the very first bubbles begin to appear, remove from heat and let it cool. (you ...Read More

  • Salad Dressings DIY Quality: Part III Caesar Salad

    Well spring is finally here and everyone is making salad, hopefully DIY gaining flavour, saving money, and promoting your health. In my last Blog post Salad Dressings DIY Quality: Part II The Basics it was time to expose the myth that bottled salad dressings were cheap. The math is clear, bottled salad dressing is expensive and one look at the ingredients reveal that the quality is not there. So today we are going to talk about the popular Caesar Dressing. No, Caesar Salad was not invented in Roman times but it is fit for an Emperor. A more contemporary quotation using Caesar Salad and life ... by the singer Adele: It's never been an issue for me - I don't want to go on a diet, I don't want ...Read More

  • Six Grain Salad

    Six Grain Salad   Recipe Type: Salad Author: Chef Suman Roy Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hour 15 mins Serves: 8 Ingredients 1 tbsp butter 1 cup chopped onion 1 tsp chopped garlic ½ cup chopped carrots ½ cup chopped celery 2 cups 6 Grain Rice Medley 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning 5 cups chicken stock 3 cups Antipasto Rustico 2 cups chopped walnuts, roasted 1 cup crumbled goat cheese Instructions In a pot, over medium heat, melt the butter and add the onions, garlic, carrots and celery, saute till they are soft. Add the Six grain Medley Rice and the cajun seasoning and saute for 2 minutes. Add the stock and cook till the rice is fully cooked and the stock has been ...Read More

  • Warm Canadian Beluga Lentils & Sweet Potato Salad

    Warm Canadian Beluga Lentils & Sweet Potato Salad   Recipe Type: Salad Author: Chef Suman Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 45 mins Total time: 1 hour 5 mins Serves: 8 Ingredients 1 tbsp butter 1 cup onion, small diced 1 tsp garlic, chopped 2 cups sweet potato, peeled and small diced 1 cup Canadian beluga lentils 1 tbsp Herb de Provence 3 cups vegetable stock 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 1 cup pomegranate seeds 1 cup walnuts, chopped 1 tbsp lemon juice ¼ cup parsley, chopped salt & pepper to taste ¼ cup goat cheese, crumbled Instructions In a pot, over medium heat, heat the butter. Add the onion and garlic and saute till the onions are soft. Add the sweet potato, herb de ...Read More

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