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Valentine’s Day Sweets Round Up

Valentine’s Day Treats Around Vancouver

There’s a few sweets about town that I can’t help but wish I could indulge in, but I’m going to save my calories for dinner, as we’ve got a chef coming in to cook for us and the men looks superb! These items are definitely calling me though.

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Grounds For Coffee – Heart Shaped Cinnamon Buns

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Beta 5 Chocolate – Cream Puffs

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Temper Chocolate – Chocolate Hearts

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Thomas Haas – Cookie and Chocolate Box

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Ganache Patisserie – Cakes

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TWG Tea – Mon Amore Tea and Macarons

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Notte’s Bon Ton Bakery – Chocolate Hearts

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AND here’s a healthy choice for those who are watching what they eat this Valentine’s Day Zazubean -Nudie – Extra Dark Chocolate with Coconut Sugar instead of cane sugar.

Celebrate Chinese New Year With The Year of The Rooster Chocolate Art Collections

 

Wild Sweets® By Dominique & Cindy Duby Releases Limited Edition ‘Year of the Rooster’ Chocolate Art Collections for 2017 Chinese New Year Celebration!

It’s superb to live in a city where we have so many reasons to celebrate, and many friends from diverse cultures to celebrate alongside of. I missed out on my usual Ukrainian Christmas Celebration this year, and am entirely short on perogies and cabbage rolls, but I will not miss out on Chinese New Year! I’ve already been fortunate enough to attend a dim sum celebration (more on that soon) and now I’m going to spoil a few friends with something sweeter, the chocolate collections from DC Duby.

Year of The Rooster Chocolate Art Collections

Quality chocolates, made with natural ingredients, are pretty much health food, don’t you think? It’s worth a little splurge on calories for these though as the 2017 Limited Edition Chocolate Art ‘Year of the Rooster’ Gift Collections are absolutely gorgeous and full of beautiful flavours. The first set, the ‘Year of the Rooster’ Chocolate Art Collection features a soft ganache made with different fruit-based liquid caramels. They are beautifully hand-painted with cocoa butter colours scheme in different artistic patterns. The Wild Sweets® ‘Year of the Rooster’ Collection is sold in gift boxes of 12-units and features the following assortment of flavours:

Year of The Rooster Chocolate Art Collections

  • Chestnut Vanilla Bean Caramel Ganache & Organic roasted chestnuts
  • Pomelo Fruit Caramel Ganache & Ginger Lemon Honey Nut Cream
  • Apricot Vanilla Bean Caramel Ganache & Cubed Sticky Rice Cake
  • Kumquat Orange Caramel Ganache & Citrus Honey Nut Cream

Year of The Rooster Chocolate Art Collections

The other collection is even more special (well I think so). The Wild Sweets® ‘Year of the Rooster’ Chocolate Art ‘Bouchée’ Series is reminiscent of a cake for its symbolism of ‘rising fortune’ and features 3 textural elements including; a ‘dough’ component in the form of a buttery French ‘Sablé Breton’ cookie, a baked caramel nut jam made with different nuts & seeds, and a soft ganache made with fruit-based liquid caramels. The Bouchées are enrobed in chocolate and decorated with a disc of almond paste ‘printed’ with a rooster head design and hand-painted with ‘sparkling’ cocoa butter colours. The Wild Sweets® ‘Year of the Rooster’ Bouchée Series is sold in gift box sleeves of 4-units and features the following assortment of flavours:

Year of The Rooster Chocolate Art Collections

  • Lychee Longan Caramel Ganache, Sablé cookie & Black Sesame Nut Jam
  • Mandarin Orange Caramel Ganache,  Sablé cookie & Coconut Nut Jam
  • Peach Persimmon Caramel Ganache, Sablé cookie & Almond Nut Jam
  • Mango Green Tea Caramel Ganache, Sablé cookie & Peanut Nut Jam

I am currently trying not to devour these before I meet up with my friends to share them. I advise you buy a set for yourself too.

The Wild Sweets® ‘Year of the Rooster’ is available on a Limited Release basis only from January 14 to February 04, 2017 or until supply last, which ever comes first. To guarantee supply, pre-orders can be made as of Monday January 02, 2017 for shipping throughout the contiguous USA / Canada and/or for pick up at our Chocolate Gallery Retail Store The Atelier. For more information and/or to place an order, please visit the links below.

2017 ‘Year of the Rooster’ Chocolate Art Gift Set – C$38.88 / Shop here

2017 ‘Year of the Rooster’ Chocolate Art Collection – C$24.88 / Shop here

2017 ‘Year of the Rooster’ Chocolate Art ‘Bouchée Series – C$15.88 / Shop here

About Wild Sweets®:

Dominique and Cindy Duby are world-acclaimed chocolate-makers, designer chocolatiers, celebrated authors, foodArt architects-photographers and owners of Wild Sweets® By Dominique and Cindy Duby.

German Night – Passion For Pork – Kassler Pork and Cabbage

Kassler Pork with Cabbage, Onions and Apple

Whenever I drive out anywhere near Pitt Meadows, I stop at Hopcott Meats and grab a bag or two of groceries. They’ve got a section in the freezer of sale items, it’s a good way to save a little money and pick up some cuts or meats you may not normally be drawn to. My last visit I ended up with chicken breast (unusual for us as we’re thigh people), steaks and some Kassler Pork from the pork section as well. Hopcott works with local pork farmers to source their pork, always look for that Western Canadian pork (BC Pork and Alberta Pork) and support your local farmers! #porkambassador

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Kassler or Kasseler is salt cured and slightly smoked cut of pork and it’s traditionally served with sauerkraut and potatoes, so I figured I’d do a little bit of a similar things once I got home. For some reason I thought I should use my food processor to shred the cabbage, onions and apples, but after having several arguments with the functioning of this TOOL I used a knife. Last month the whole blade came off and now the adjusting width for the blade thingy is not working. I’ll be looking into this as maybe it’s just me and I’m doing something wrong, but meanwhile I am cursing this device.

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So…here’s the recipe for 2 people. I plated the above, but if you had some mad skills, it could look like the featured image. Either way it will be tasty.

Ingredients

1/2 green or red cabbage shreeded
1 small or 1/2 larger onion chopped
1 apple thinly sliced
2 tbsp oil (olive, flax, canola work fine)
2 Tbsp grainy mustard – we use Maille
2 Tbsp Edible Artisan Cranberry Apple Sage Jelly
1 cup Apple Cider – Taves is great
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 Kassler chops

Add 1 tbsp oil to large, deep saucepan (I used a wok) and add onion, cabbage and apple. Cook on medium heat for 10-15 mins until wilted stiring off and on. Add in mustard, jelly and cider and bring to boil and then turn heat to low for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile brown pork in 1 tbsp oil and then add it to the cabbage mixture part way through cooking.

I made a few baby potatoes to accompany and we’d been snacking on some carrots so I felt we’d had enough veg for the day, but a cucumber salad, pickles, frisee or greens would be nice additions.

Serve with a nice Dopplebock, Central City just happened to have one in our beer advent calendar, or a perhaps a Gruner Vetliner if you have one on hand (which I will for next time!).

Food Trends and Hopes For Vancouver in 2017

Let’s take Food Trends Further Towards Sustainability and We Can All Eat Better

What do I wish for in 2017? Sure, I’d like to see more wild game on menus, fewer macarons and perhaps more great casual dining with a focus on local, but food security for all would be my real number one. We can move closer to food for all this year with just a little more thought around the very subject of food, and it’s hell trendy too! Sustainabilty has to be a trend in our world, not only from a food perspective but in every way we live, or we won’t have the soil we need to grow food, or the environment to support it. Fortunately most food trends have been moving in right direction, so let’s all further embrace these particular trends and continue to make a difference in 2017.

Food Waste – We are reducing food waste and will be paying more attention as the price of food increases. From veggies to meat to that leftover pasta, let’s use those odds and ends. It’s about the carbon footprint people, not just dollars down the drain and into the land fills.

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Pickling/Fermenting – You know what helps reduce food waste? Pickling and fermenting. We’ve known this for centuries, but we’re doing it a lot more now. There’s a ton of fermentation courses out there, and heaps of books on it! It’s also pretty cool to reach into the fridge and grab a jar of pickles that you made yourself. Maybe you even know the farmer that grew said pickles; even better. Check out “The Art of Fermentation“, the bible on this subject.

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Community based food events – A number of very dedicated and special people come to mind when I think about events over the past few years that build community around food. These events are gaining momentum through 2017 as we all want experiences, no matter what generation we are. Examples include:

  • Across Vancouver, networks of committed people are focusing on food justice and resilience at the neighbourhood level with the Neighbourhood Food Networks (NFNs). Each Network provides community-based food initiatives and programs. You’ll find bulk food buying clubs, gardening workshops and community kitchens. Here’s where you’ll also find that fermentation workshop!
  • At UBC Farm each year Meeru Dhalwala and Mary Mackay produce the Joy of Feeding, an event featuring home cooks from different ethnic backgrounds who share their dishes, traditions and stories. From Russia with love!
  • Greasy Spoon Super Series – Fundraiser For A Better Life Foundation –  This monthly series sees Vancouver’s top chefs create their own unique spin on diner fare. The dinners raise awareness and support food security in the DTES, all while bringing people together to eat over a reasonably priced well though- out meal.

Gut Health – From bone broth to kombucha to kefir and just good old regular yogurt, people want to feel good and will turn to food to help them more. Fermented food strike again here too as there’s massive benefits to the digestive system from consuming anything prepared in this manner, plus food waste is vastly reduced. Check out my friends and client, Home on The Range Organics and their Bone Broth Bar at 235 East Broadway for more.

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Sustainable Seafood – Let’s make sure what we are eating comes from fishermen that respect the sea and ask questions, and talk to fishermen, chefs and seafood shops where we buy from. Follow Chef Ned Bell on his sustainable seafood journey and shop with seafood purveyors that get it.

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Vegetables, Veganism and Sea Veggies– Vegetarians and vegans are all around us and it’s great! We are getting better vegetable dishes and chefs and home cooks are more creative. Add some sea veggies to your plate and you’ve also added not only a cool factor, but a ton of nutrition as well. Check out vegan chesse as well, in Vancouver, Blue Heron produces amazing non-dairy cheee!.

Grains and Pulses – It was The Year of The Pulse in 2016, and kudos to all that helped get the message out and put those lentils and more back on our plate. I look in my cupboard and see many more pulse-based goods. These items deliver a reasonably priced nutrition-packed protein and are also great for those who need to be gluten free. Another bonus is that they are Canadian-grown; check out the Alberta Pulse Growers for more information and recipes.

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Herbs and Spices – Just as I was typing the word turmeric at few days ago, I looked up and saw my pal, and fellow food writer, Dan Clapson, talking turmeric on Global TV. This is a colourful and health-filled spice and I know we’ll see more of it, along with other herbs and spices that add more than just flavour. Stock up on Ras Al Hanout, Zatar, ginger, cinnamon and more. Make sure you also clear out any spices that have come of age in your cabinet as these are no longer effective from a health or flavour perspective.

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Meat – We are still eating meat, but better meat and it’s key to continue to support your local farmers who are producing meat sustainably and treating their animals right. I’m continuing my work on educating consumers on pork with the Passion For Pork project, promoting Western Canadian Pork, and urge you to ask your butcher and grocer where all your meat comes from.

Trends come and go, but the trends that last are the ones that actually make sense over the long term  and are SUSTAINABLE – there’s that magic word we really need to focus on. What needs to trend right now is understanding our food system is part of a much bigger system, influencing our entire environment and all people around us. Make some good choices in 2017, share more food with those you know and those you don’t, create a community event, cook up some new veggies, use pulses and spices and sustainalbe meat and seafood, and most importantly ask questions and more questions. Let’s push the trend towards feeding not only ourselves well, but others too, both physically and spiritually.

#ContestClosed Brockmann’s Chocolate Celebrates 30 Years Chocolate Giveaway

Brockmann’s Chocolate – Making Chocolate in Canada for 30 Years

Contest now closed! CONGRATS TO LIESA!

I’ve been working with Brockmann’s Chocolate to spread the chocolate love and to let you all know that they’re a local, family-run company that’s been making chocolate in Canada for the past 30 years. We have a giveaway for a chocolate basket as an extra bonus and it’s been hard not to eat all the chocolate so I had to wrap it up! (Enter at the bottom of this post.)

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The truffle chocolates are available in bulk at Save On Foods and I’ve been stuffing them into little gift bags, adding to bigger gift baskets and giving away a chocolate here and there to those who’ve been nice! Perfect for the holidays.

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My friend Karen keeps some wrapped up by the door in case she needs a quick gift for someone that stops in.

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The Brockmann family has been creating delicious chocolate recipes for over 80 years, and is now celebrating 30 of those years of chocolate making in Canada with the recent release of two brand new truffle flavours, salted caramel and dark sea salt truffles, just in time for the holidays.

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The tradition began in the 1930’s in Munich, Germany with Willy Brockmann, a master confectioner, and his son Norbert followed in his footsteps and brought Brockmann’s Chocolates to Canada in 1986.  The family run business now includes a third generation of chocolatiers is still guided by Willy’s faithful commitment to quality, using only the freshest, tastiest ingredients in everything they produce.

Brockmann’s Chocolates produces both their Truffini truffles and their Crunchetti snacking chocolate in Delta, BC, making their chocolate a brand in line with many’s commitment to buying local. Learn more at: www.brockmannchocolate.com

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Truffini

Premium dark, milk and white truffles available in gift boxes and foil wrapped bulk chocolates in 11 flavours that appeal to the choosiest chocolate fans. Pick your favourites from the bulk section of your local fine foods retailer.

Traditional Flavours: Cappuccino, Canadian Maple, Hazelnut Praline, Classic Milk, Lime Coconut, English Mint, Double Dark, Orange and Raspberry. Newest flavours this year: Salted Caramel and Dark Sea Salt truffles

Find Truffini at Save on Foods, Urban Fare, Fresh St Market, London Drugs, Safeway, IGA, Price Smart, Fairway Market, Thrifty Foods, and Nesters.

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Crunchetti

The Brockmann’s latest creation, ‘Crunchetti’ is a line of premium snacking chocolate. These crunchy, bite-size clusters are made in small batches with toasted almonds and blended with fine-quality chocolate.

Crunchetti flavours are available in Dark, Milk and White Chocolate with Cranberries – each one designed to be the perfect snacking chocolate for your daily indulgence Find them at Save on Foods, Urban Fare, Fresh St Market, Choices, IGA, Price Smart, Fairway Market, and Nesters.

THIS CHOCOLATE IS:

  • Made in BC
  • Natural ingredients
  • Preservative free
  • No artificial colours or flavours
  • Gluten free
  • Certified Kosher

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Hostess Gifts and A Little Etiquette

 

It’s that time of year when you’ve been asked to a party or two and now you’ve got to not only figure out what to wear, but also what to bring. We give you some suggestions and a few thoughts about gift giving etiquette too.

Number one rule is if you ask to bring something and you are told no, still bring something. Everyone always appreciates a small gift. When you present it be discreet as not everyone may bring a gift and  of course wrap it nicely.

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If you are going to bring something edible, then it makes it something easy to add to the table such as a nice cheese or meats, or some of your holiday baking. Bring it prepared to serve and leave the plate, board, or cookie tin as a gift. Don’t bring an entire course of food unless you are asked; a geneous portion of your famous ribs may interupt the feast and take away from the holiday ham that is being served.

Don’t bring anything that requires fussing. Your amazing sausage rolls that have to be reheated could turn into a hassle if the ovens are full. Flowers can even be a no as the host is usually super busy and then has to find a vase and may not even have one, plus they will have already decorated and probably won’t need anything more.

For more formal sit down dinners the host will have paired the drinks in advance, so if you do bring wine, be prepared for it not to be served.

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For BYOB parties, BYOB and then bring something nicely wrapped for the host too, and if you know you are the type of person that is likely to drink 2 bottles of wine don’t bring just one and then expect to drink others wine. That’s what BYOB means after all.

Some items that will be welcomed.

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cheese and meatServing Board – (Cookculture) with Meats and Cheese from (Home on the Range Organics) ($80)

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Tea Pigs – Tea and Mugs – https://teapigs.ca/ ($20)

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Salts – Vancouver Island Sea Salt (Cookculture) with Salt Bowl (Chapters) ($10/$28)

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Cuisinart Waffle Iron – Best Buy ($99)

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Dames Wine – Marquis Wine Cellar ($25)

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XFOUR Vodka – Legacy Liquor Store ($75)

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Swell Water Bottle (Chapters) ($50)

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Taves Apple Cider – Save on Foods ($8)

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Brockmann’s Chocolate – Save on Foods ($10)

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The Butcher the Baker the Wine and Cheesemaker Cookbook – Jennifer Schell ($30)

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Christmas Ornaments – Potters Nursery ($5-$20)

Lidia Bastianich An Inspiration and A Gala Guest

Lidia Bastianich Visits Vancouver – Honoured at Les Dames d’Escoffier Gala

If memory serves me right, Lidia Bastianich, the Italian-born American restaurateur, cookbook author and television host, last visited Vancouver in 2013 with her newest book at the time, Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking. This is in fact, exactly how Bastianich presents herself, as a person with a lot of common sense, one who worked so very hard to get to where she is today, because, well, that’s just what one does.

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Life did not begin simply for Bastianich, as a child her family escaped post-war Yugoslavia to Italy and eventually were granted passage to America under the displaced persons act when she was twelve.  She met her husband in 1966 and they opened their first restaurant in Queens in 1971, and a second there before selling both and moving on to Manhattan. From there the Bastianich empire grew and Lidia eventually took over after her husband and she divorced, and he passed his shares on to the two children they’d had. These children eventually became a key part of the Bastianich empire.

Television fame came to Lidia through the beloved Julia Child,  in 1993, when Child  invited her to tape and episode for Julia Child: Cooking With Master Chefs, which featured acclaimed chefs from around the U.S., preparing dishes in their own home kitchens. From their Bastianich went on to have her own show.

Bastianich’s has much success in the restaurant world, and she has managed to do it all; a mother, wife, restaurateur, TV Host and more, all in a world when men were usually, and are still, at the helm. The Vancouver chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, will honour her on September 23, 2016 at a Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel and we can’t wait to spend the evening among her and some of the other chefs and characters that are joining us to present this special evening.

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Bastianich was asked during her last visit, “How did you get your children into the business?” and her answer shows that despite the fact she’d blazed a trail, she still didn’t want this difficult and challenging life for them.

“The children would come to the restaurant and eat. There was always unity. I always told them this is not what you want to do with your life. My son, Joe Bastianich, completed a Master of Business and daughter, Tanya Bastianich Manuali, a PhD in Art History and Joe went on to spend several years on Wall Street.
Every summer the kids came to Italy and they must have just naturally absorbed it, despite my warnings. One day Joe sat at the bar at Felidia (theie flagship restaurant) and told me he was quitting his job to spend time with with me at the restaurant. After a discussion, I gave in and we went to Italy for a year and worked in a variety of kitchens, absorbing the knowledge, and learning much along the way. Back in America, we opened our first restaurant together, and then we meet Mario Batali and I credit a lot of our success to his sense of business.”

Her daughter was a Professor at Syracuse in Italy and, after finishing her degree, moved back to the states to start a family and moved just two blocks away. After Tanya’s first child was born, Lidia asked her to do some of the research and now Tanya assists in production and has alleviated the workload. Tanya’s husband, a lawyer, is also involved.

Lidia’s advice? Know when you need to be Mother and Grandmother and know when you need to be a business women. Something that can’t be easy to draw the line at always, I am sure.

Lidia Bastianich will be in Vancouver for a variety of television appearances, a book signing at Gourmet Warehouse on September 22 and the Les Dames d”Escoffier Gala on September 23.

Les Dames D’Escoffier Present Una Bella Notte Con Lidia Bastianich
Gala Dinner with Chef/Owner/TV Personality Fundraises
For Les Dames d’Escoffier Scholarships

An unforgettable evening of Italian food, wine and song is in store for fans of Lidia Bastianich as the BC Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier honours the Emmy award-winning TV personality, cookbook author and restaurateur. Sit down for a Gala dinner with Lidia on September 23, 2016 at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and support Les Dames d’Escoffier’s outreach and scholarship programs. Now, that’s amore!

Una Bella Notte con Lidia begins with a Champagne Taittinger Brut Reserve reception and is followed by a multi-course dinner prepared by Vancouver’s leading chefs with exquisite wine pairings. The evening closes with an after lounge party. The witty and genial Fanny Kiefer raises a glass or two amidst the dinner party chatter as special guests share their favourite Lidia stories.

In conjunction with the participating luminary chefs, Les Dames member and Executive Chef Margaret Chisholm of Culinary Capers Catering has created the following menu for the magical evening of food and wine.

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Les Dames D’Escoffier Gala Honours Lidia Bastianich

Reception

Lidia’s Octopus Salad on Potato
Frico, Moscato Poached Pear, Black Pepper Mascarpone
Gnocchi with Rosemary Brined Walnut, Roast Squash and Brown Butter
Margaret Chisholm, Culinary Capers Catering
Champagne Taittinger Brut Reserve

Dinner

Albacore Tuna Tonnato
JC Poirier, Ask for Luigi, Pizzeria Farina and Pourhouse
Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Grilled Sea Scallops, Cauliflower Salad and Green Herbs Coulis
Weimar Gomez, YEW seafood + bar, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
Tightrope Winery Riesling 2015

Cannelloni of Chocolate with Duck Confit
Pino Posteraro, Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca
Tenuta Olim Bauda Rocchette Barbera D’Asti 2012

Mixed Mushroom Carnaroli Risotto
with Truffle, Parmesan, Cherry Reduction, Arugula Pesto
Les Dames alumni and Season 2 Chopped Canada champion, Alana Peckham,
Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver/Alligga
Marimar Estate Mas Cavalls Pinot Noir 2008

Lo Stock Farms Squab, Painted Mountain Corn Polenta, Lacinto Kale, Anise
Robert Belcham, Campagnolo and Campagnolo Roma
Tommasi Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2014

Primo Bistecca Tagliata
Jean-Claude Douguet, Gotham Steakhouse & Bar
Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2013

Chocolate Almond Torte, Poached Pears, Pecan Wafers, Blackberry Ice Cream
Rhonda Viani, West
Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny Port

After Lounge

Artisanal Limoncello Cheesecake Gelato
James Coleridge, Bella Gelateria
Terra Serena Prosecco – D.O.C. Treviso and Gillespie’s Fine Spirits Lemoncello

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Each guest receives a signed copy of Lidia’s cookbook, Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine as a memento of the evening. All funds raised benefit the outreach and scholarship programs of the BC Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, including Project Chef and Growing Chefs. Seating is limited for this one special evening and once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet an iconic personality and fellow New York based Les Dames d’Escoffier member, Lidia Bastianich. Tickets are selling fast for this Italian inspired evening.

Les Dames d’Escoffier Gala
September 23, 2016
Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC  V6C 2V4
Reception: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Dinner: 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm
After Lounge: 11:00 pm onwards

Cranberry, Pecan, Chia Seeds and Chocolate Chip Muffins

Morning Muffins with those healthy, trendy, Chia Seeds

1 cup white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup chia seeds – Prana has some great ones with probiotics too
150g dried cranberries
3/4 cup pecans – halves or pieces
1 cup chocolate chips
2 very ripe bananas
2 eggs, lightly beaten
125g butter, melted
3/4 cup milk

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Line a 12-hole medium muffin pan with paper cases. Get pretty.
  3. Combine flours, sugar, cranberries, pecans, chocolate chips and chia seeds in a bowl. Stir in the dates.
  4. In another bowl, mash the bananas and stir in eggs, butter and milk.
  5. Fold into the flour mixture until just combined.
  6. Divide mixture among muffin pans
  7. Bake for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Great for breaky and afternoon snacks.

Moosemeat & Marmalade Season 2

A Bush Cook and Classically Trained Chef Team Up for Moosemeat & Marmalade

What do you get when you combine a First Nations Bush Cook and a classically trained UK Chef? Moosemeat and Marmalade of course, a show that explores global adventure in the kitchen and out in the wild.  Co-hosts Art Napoleon (acclaimed Bush Cook & Cree Musician) and Dan Hayes (renowned Victoria-based Chef and Owner of the London Chef) tour around the world and dish up humour along with interesting dishes. Now in Season 2 the team takes farm-to-table to the next level, offering a deep exploration of food production and sustainability while providing a unique window into First Nations culture. The Season Premiere of Moosemeat & Marmalade Season 2 will air September 7th on the Aboriginal People’s Television Network (APTN)

Here’s some highlights of the show:

  • Each week, audiences will get an insider look at some of the world’s most noted experts sharing their expertise around distilling, trapping, foraging, ice fishing and more.
  • Recipes from each episode will be posted online for viewers to print and make at home.
  • Online audiences can participate in a parallel interactive experience, giving them access to the personal lives and history of the co-hosts, and the ability to interact with Art & Dan like never before.
  • Moosemeat & MarmaladeSeason 2 premieres September 7- check your local listings.
  • A free interactive e-book (iPad only) offers exclusive additional content and technical step-by-step tutorials for some of the chefs’ favourite dishes from the show: http://moosemeatandmarmalade.com/moosemeatmarmaladebook
  • On social media, viewers can participate in numerous contest giveaways including:
  • A chance to win an exclusive getaway to Canada’s only 4.5 star First Nation’s resort, Spirit Ridge in the beautiful Okanagan.
  • A chance to win a rustic cabin getaway to Mile High Resort, nestled lakeside on Face Lake just outside of Kamloops, British Columbia.

We checked in with the team and grabbed a few recipes for you:

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Dan’s Scallops Dish Grilled Scallops With Seaweed, Chili & Fennel Butter

Chili & Fennel Butter
½ Tsp fennel seeds, slightly crushed
Pinch dry chili
¼ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp crushed or finally cut edible dry seaweed
Few rasps lemon zest
1 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped
¼ Lb Room temperature butter
Mix all ingredients together.

 Scallops
18 Live scallops in the shell
Non-edible clean bright seaweed from clean water
 
Shuck scallops, removing the skirt and rinse to remove any grit.  Do not take the meat or coral off the bottom shell. Place a tsp of butter on top of each scallop and put under a very hot pre-heated grill (broiler) until butter is bubbling, slightly browning and the shells seem brittle. This should take 2-3 minutes.  Remove and put straight onto platter of well washed seaweed. Serve immediately.

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Art’s Rainbow Trout Dish as on the Show

Pan Fried Rainbow Trout w/Birch Butter & Roasted Roots
8 trout fillets (around 4 med sized rainbow trout)
2 T moose lard
1 T butter
1 handful fresh thyme
1 handful of chives
salt & pepper to taste
¼ cup birch syrup
½ cup Irish ale
sea salt to flavour

Brown Butter
¼ cup butter
¼ Irish ale
1 T birch syrup
1tsp maple sugar

Serve with roasted beets
6-7 med beets red & yellow
fingerling potatoes
1 med purple onion cut into rustic chunks
¼ cup olive oil

Mulled Forest Tea
2T concentrated hoshum (soapberry) juice
1 litre unsweetened blueberry berry juice
handful muskeg (labrador) tea leaves
2 cinnamon sticks & 4 whole cloves
2T maple sugar
1T birch syrup
¼ cup Irish ale

Steps
1. cut up washed root veggies & onion into rustics chunks, coat with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt & place into oven preheated at 375. If your produce is chemical free, there is no need to peel.
2. To make tea, heat up all ingredients (except sugar) along with muskeg tea leaves and bring to a gentle boil in a medium sized pot to extract full flavour of the tea leaves and spices. Stir in sugar until dissolved and allow the mulled tea to simmer over low heat until meal is served.
3. Melt lard & butter in skillet over med/high heat then add a handful of fresh thyme
4. Once butter begins to turn golden, add scaled trout fillets skin side down & sprinkle with sea salt
5. In a separate skillet, heat up ½ cup butter and heat until it begins to bubble
6. Immediately add birch syrup, ale & maple sugar while stirring then remove from heat.
7. In the fish skillet, once fillets begin to brown and crisp on the bottom, add minced wild chives, birch syrup & ale and allow the fish to braise until fish is no longer translucent.
8. Pour the birch butter over the rainbow fillets allowing the hot mixture to cook the top sides.

Serve trout with the roasted veggies & mulled tea. As an option, add previously cooked rice to the fish pan and quickly fry up, allowing the rice to absorb the flavours of the remaining sauce.

Gojoy Goji Berry Muffins

BC Fresh Goji Berries are in season! Whip up some Gojoy Goji Berry Muffins

Did you know that BC grows Goji Berries? They even have u-pick right now out in Aldergrove! Details on Gojoy Berries here.  Do eat these muffins the day they are baked and the berries tend to collapse quickly due to their thin skin.

Gojoy Berries

INGREDIENTS

1 2/3 cup Olympic Dairy Yogurt – any flavour
2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 large Eggs
1 cup oil or 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup apple sauce
2 cups natural bran
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour + 1/8 cup
3 tsp baking powder
2 cups Fresh Gojoy goij berries

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven 350°.

Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners or spray with Canola Oil or Veg Oil

Measure yogurt into medium bowl and mix in baking soda, it will foam and it is supposed too; set aside.

In a large bowl beat together sugar, eggs and oil.

Add bran and vanilla.

In a separate bowl mix togetgojoy Berriesher flour and baking powder.

 

Gradually add the flour and yogurt mixtures alternately to the sugar mixture.
Gojoy Berries

Toss Gojoy Berries in 1/8 cup flour

gojoy Berries

Fold in goji berries and Bake 20-35 minutes in paper lined muffin papers sprayed with canola or veggie oil.

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