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Banana-Pear Muffins

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Aug 17th, 2017

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Banana-Pear Muffins

Makes 12  

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dry ginger or cardamom
  • 2 large very ripe bananas
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk (well-shaken before measuring)
  • 1 ripe pear, unpeeled, diced
  • Turbinado sugar (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners, or grease tin wells well with baking spray.
  2. Whisk flour with baking powder, baking soda, salt and ginger in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mash bananas very well. Stir in sugar, oil, egg and vanilla. Stir in buttermilk.
  4. Add liquid mixture into flour mixture. Using a rubber spatula, stir until just combined.
  5. Before mixture is fully incorporated, add pear and stir just 3 or 4 more times or until barely combined. Immediately spoon or scoop into prepared tin. Sprinkle each muffin with a little turbinado sugar.
  6. Bake 5 min then reduce heat to 350F and bake another 20 to 25 min, or until tops are golden and a cake tester inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 min then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  7. Make ahead: Freeze cooled muffins in zip-lock bags for up to 4 weeks. Thaw at room temperature.

Recipes by Claire Tansey.

Clairetansey.com

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Cornbread Salad

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Nov 15th, 2016

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Ingredients:

  • 5 cups of cornbread cooked and cubed
  • 3 cups of diced fresh tomatoes
  • 1 cup Vidalia onion or sweet onion
  • 1 cup chopped green and yellow bell pepper
  • 12 slices of bacon cooked crisp and crumbled
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup sweet pickle relish with juice

Method:

  1. Layer the cornbread, tomato, onion, peppers, bacon, and cheese in a bowl.
  2. Mix the mayonnaise, milk and pickle relish together and pour over the top.
  3. Toss together just before serving. It can be served at room temperature or chilled.

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Cedar-planked salmon with pickled fennel salad and horseradish cream

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

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This tasty dish can be made in under one hour, making it a perfect summer barbecue meal for your hungry guests.

Prep: 30 minutes
Grilling time: 15 to 20 minutes

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:

Kosher salt

½ large fennel bulb, cored and cut into 1-inch strips

½ small head radicchio, cored and cut into 2-inch strips

2 tablespoons prepared horseradish

1½ teaspoons finely chopped fresh dill

½ cup crème fraîche or sour cream

Freshly ground black pepper

1 center-cut salmon fillet (with skin), about 2 pounds and 1 inch thick, pin bones removed

Extra-virgin olive oil

1 small bunch watercress, torn into small sprigs

Pickling Liquid

1 cup dry white wine or vermouth

¾ cup white wine vinegar

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 teaspoons fennel seed

8 juniper berries

2 small garlic cloves, crushed

Method: 

  1. Soak the cedar plank in water for at least 1 hour.
  2. In a small, nonreactive saucepan combine the pickling liquid ingredients, including 2½ tablespoons salt.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium heat on the stove, add the fennel strips, and simmer until tender but not mushy, 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fennel strips to paper towels to dry.
  5. Add the radicchio to the simmering pickling liquid and cook for 1½ minutes only, just until wilted. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the radicchio to paper towels to dry.
  6. Whisk the horseradish, dill, and crème fraîche, and season lightly with salt and generously with pepper.
  7. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).
  8. Cut the salmon fillet into four equal portions, cutting down to, but not all the way through the skin.
  9.  Brush the salmon with oil and season evenly with salt and pepper.
  10. Drain the cedar plank.
  11. Place it over direct medium heat and close the lid. When the plank begins to smoke and char, turn it over. Place the salmon, skin side down, on the plank. Grill over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, until cooked to your desired doneness, 15 to 20 minutes for medium rare.
  12. Carefully transfer the fillet on the plank to a heatproof surface. Slide a spatula between the skin and flesh and transfer individual portions of the salmon to serving plates.
  13. In a bowl combine the pickled vegetables, watercress, and 1½ tablespoons oil and toss gently until evenly coated. Serve the salmon warm with the salad and horseradish cream.

Courtesy Michael P. Clive, Webers

 

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Nicoise Salad

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Apr 4th, 2016

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Makes: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 60 grams seared tuna
  • 30 grams tuna confit
  • 1 oz. red wine vinaigrette
  • 60 grams salad greens
  • 4 pc. cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 10 pc. blanched green beans
  • 6 pc. nicoise olives
  • 2 whole potatoes cooked and sliced
  • 2 pc. boiled quail eggs cut in half
  • chopped chives for garnish
  • chopped parsley for garnish
  • shaved radish for garnish

Directions

  1. Season tuna bellies and sous vide with olive oil. Cook at 80C steam for minutes. Let cool.
  2. Prepare vegetables as described and arrange on plate. Slice tuna once cooled and rest on top of salad before serving.

Recipe courtesy of Chef Daniel Boulud, Cafe Boulud Toronto.

Season tuna bellies and sous vide with olive oil.  Cook at 80C steam for minutes.  Cool.

Prepare vegetables as described and arrange on plate. Slice tuna once cooled and rest on top of salad before serving. 

Chef Daniel Boulud

Chef De Cuisine Sylvain Assié, Café Boulud Toronto

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Good morning breakfast salad

Chatelaine | posted Friday, Apr 1st, 2016

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Prep: 25 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 oranges
  • 1 red or pink grapefruit
  • 4 small roasted potatoes
  • 142 g baby spinach, baby kale or beet greens
  • 1 pint multicoloured cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 12 slices smoked salmon
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 cup toasted, sliced almonds
  • 100 g feta, sliced 

    VINAIGRETTE

  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white-wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions

  1. SLICE peel from top and bottom of oranges and grapefruit. Cut off and discard remaining peel, including white pith, so flesh is showing. Cut citrus into thin rounds. Slice potatoes. Layer citrus slices and potatoes with greens and tomatoes. Top with salmon, avocado, almonds and feta.
  2. WHISK orange juice with oil, vinegar, Dijon, honey, poppy seeds and salt in a small bowl. Season with fresh pepper. Drizzle over salad.

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Mexican jicama and avocado salad

Chatelaine | posted Tuesday, Mar 15th, 2016

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Preparation time: 35 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 orange
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tsp lime zest
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 500 g jicama, peeled, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/3 cup toasted pepitas
  • 1/4 cup diced onions
  • 2 tbsp mint

Directions

  1. SLICE small pieces off top and bottom of orange. Slice off and discard remaining peel, including all white pith, so flesh is showing. Carefully slice segments out, leaving behind the thin membrane that separates them. Place segments in a small bowl. Squeeze any juice from leftover orange pulp into a large bowl. (It should measure about 2 tsp.)
  2. WHISK orange juice with oil, lime zest and juice, Dijon, honey, chili powder and salt. Add jicama, radishes and orange segments to dressing. Toss until coated. Arrange on a platter. Top with avocado, feta, pepitas, red onion and mint.
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Kaleidoscope Quinoa Salad

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Jan 25th, 2016

Ingredients – Salad

  • 4 cups Fresh Mixed Greens (radicchio, arugula, escarole, romaine, chicory) rinsed and sliced into bite size pieces
  • 8 pc Baby Heirloom Carrots – scrubbed and rinsed
  • 8 pc Baby Heirloom Beets – scrubbed and rinsed
  • 1 pc Broccoli – rinsed, trimmed into small florets and blanched
  • 2 cups Rainbow Quinoa – rinsed, blanched and drained
  • handful Pea Shoots – rinsed
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil as needed
  • Flaked Sea Salt to taste
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Position rack in the center of oven, preheat to 350°F (220°C)
  2. Place the beets and carrots on separate sheets of foil, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper
  3. Fold edges of foil sheets to make sealed pockets, roast for 60 minutes or until tender
  4. Cool roasted vegetables slightly, using paper towel, gently rub off the beet and carrot skin
  5. Combine ingredients in a large bowl, season with dressing, salt and pepper, serve

 

Ingredients – Pickled Radish

  • 24 pc Radishes – (red, watermelon, lime) trimmed, scrubbed, fine slices and quarters
  • 8 pc Shallots – peeled and fine slices
  • 3 pc Fresh Tarragon – rinsed
  • 2 cups Cider Vinegar
  • 1 cup still water
  • 3 tbsp White Granular Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Fine Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Whole Black Peppercorns

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat, bring to boil, remove from heat and cover, allow to cool

 

Ingredients – Vinaigrette

  • 50 ml Cider Vinegar
  • 150 ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Whole Grain Mustard
  • 1 tbsp Clover Honey
  • Flaked Sea Salt to taste
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste

Directions

  1.  Combine vinegar, mustard, honey, salt and pepper, mix until combined, add olive oil in steady stream while whisking

 

Recipe courtesy of Chef Jonathan Collins

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Pistachio and almond couscous

Chatelaine | posted Monday, Jan 18th, 2016

COUSCOUS

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. COOK couscous in a large pot of boiling water, following package directions but omitting salt, until couscous has absorbed all the water, about 10 min.
  2. WHISK tahini with 1/4 cup water, lemon juice and 1/8 tsp salt in a large bowl until smooth. Set aside.
  3. TOAST nuts in a large non-stick frying pan set over medium-high, stirring often, about 5 min. Set aside to cool. Reduce heat to medium. Add oil, then eggplant. Cook, stirring often, until softened, about 7 min. Stir in garlic and remaining salt during last 3 min of cooking. Stir into tahini dressing.
  4. STIR couscous and parsley into eggplant mixture. Sprinkle with nuts and pomegranate seeds.

Superfood benefits

Pistachios: A handful is a smart snack, with just as much protein as an egg and nearly a quarter of our daily dose of iron.

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Vegetarian Taco Salad

Chatelaine | posted Monday, Jan 4th, 2016

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Preparation time: 20 minutes; Total time: 25 minutes; Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:

Tofu Ranch Dressing

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 350-g pkg soft tofu
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp chopped dill
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Salad

  • 4 cups finely shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1/2 540-mL can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup corn kernels
  • 1 avocado, finely chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Spray both sides of tortillas with oil. Cut each into 8 wedges. Arrange on an unlined baking sheet. Bake in centre of oven until golden, about 5 min.
  2. Whirl buttermilk with tofu, chives, mayo, dill, garlic, lemon juice and salt in a food processor until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Combine lettuce, black beans, corn kernels, avocado, bell pepper and cherry tomatoes in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss until well coated. Divide between 4 plates. Sprinkle with cheddar. Serve with tortilla wedges (or in tortilla bowls, below).

To make tortilla bowls

  1. Spray the outside of 4 large oven-safe bowls and set bottom-side up on a baking sheet.
  2. Press 1 large flour tortilla firmly over each, pressing into the sides of bowls. Spray tortillas wth oil. Bake at 300F for 15 min.
  3. Using tongs, remove tortillas from bowls and set bowls aside. Set tortillas bottom-side down on same baking sheet. Continue baking until crisp, about 15 min.
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