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In The Kitchen with Canadian Lentils

Canadian Lentils with Sausage, Spinach and Veggies

The United Nations has declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP). Canada is one of the world’s largest pulse producing nations, growing lentils, beans, peas, and chickpeas. In celebration of IYP, Chef Michael Smith and Canadian Lentils invited Canadian bloggers and foodies to submit a pitch video featuring our own signature lentil recipe, and I threw my recipe and video in the ring.

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If I win I will be invited for an all-expenses paid trip to Prince Edward Island (where I’ve been dying to go!). AND in Chef Michael Smith’s test kitchen I’ll get to go behind the scenes and learn trade secrets from Chef Smith himself! Fingers crossed for me people!

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I filmed and edited by myself as I had limited time and no one else was around, so hey, what else could I do. Using my new Canon T6i and Windows Movie Maker I cooked up a Lentil, Sausage, Spinach and veggie stew in my favourite All-Clad pans!

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The Kitchen – Cassandra Anderton

Canadian Lentil, Spinach and Sausage Stew

3 carrots
3 pieces celery
1 onion
4 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 pieces bacon
1 cup Canadian green lentils
4 cups chicken stock
6 thyme sprigs plus more to top
1 package spinach
3-4 cooked sausages sliced
Splash of balsamic vinegar and olive oil to top
Salt and Pepper to taste

Roughly chop carrots, celery and onion so they fit into a food processor and chuck in and pulse on and off until finely chopped.
Chop bacon and add to olive oil in a pan and cook on medium high for 5 minutes.
Add veggie mix and cook on medium for another 5 minutes
Boil stock and add lentils, thyme, salt and pepper and cooked veggie mix. Lower to medium and cook for 20 minutes.
Add in spinach and sausage and heat until spinach is wilted and sausages warm. Serve up in bowls with a splash of oil and vinegar and a sprig of thyme.

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FunDeLentil Tour

For the month of June, 24 Food Day Canada restaurants in 7 cities across the nation are challenging one another in The FunDeLentil Tour. From Vancouver to Halifax they are serving signature dishes using the world’s best lentils on their menus.

Canadians are encouraged to dine then vote online at fundelentil.ca for their favourite lentil dish/chef for a chance to win a trip for two to one of seven Canadian cities with gift cards to dine at all of the participating restaurants in the city of choice.

Cafe Medina Chef and Me

Food Day Canada’s Anita Stewart and Cafe Medina Chef Jonathan Chovancek

In Vancouver we toured Fable, Cafe Medina, Campagnolo, and Forage with Food Day Canada founder and Canadian Lentils campaign ambassador, Anita Stewart. It was a super fun and super delicious luncheon, with each chef creating a widely different, and ever so delicious dish with the mighty Canadian Lentil.

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Incredibly satisfying Chorizo and Lentil Ragout by Chef Trevor Bird of fablekitchen.ca

1944 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver BC, V6J 1M5
Tel: (604) 732-1322    @fablekitchen

FundeLentil Forage

Veggie packed Lentil and Spring Vegetable “Biryana,” Sprouted Lentils, Wild Greens, Raitha and Pickled Mustard Seed by Chef Christ Whittaker www.foragevancouver.com
1300 Robson Street, Vancouver BC, V6E 1C5
Tel: (604) 661-1400    @foragevancouver

FundeLentil Campagnolo

Decandent Lentil and Foie Gras Croquette by Chef Nathan Lowey www.campagnolorestaurant.ca
1020 Main Street, Vancouver BC, V6A 2W1
Tel: (604) 484-6018    @campagnoloMain

Cafe Medina Dish

“Mercimekli” – Turkish Lentil Cassoulet with Roasted Free-range Chicken Thigh and Soft Poached Egg by Chef Jonathan Chovancek www.medinacafe.com
780 Richards Street, Vancouver BC, V6B 3A4
Tel: (604) 879-3114    @CafeMedina

Sadly I did not get to try the Cafe Medina dish as I had to leave the tour early, but I’ll be heading soon to Medina to get it a whirl. The competition is tough with each Chef bringing an entirely different take on the lentil to the table. You’ll have to decide for yourself. As for me? I think I better try them all at least one more time.

Get out and taste and vote, vote, vote!

The FunDeLentil Tour Contest Details

During the month of June, visit participating restaurants to taste their signature lentil dish. Visit fundelentil.ca to view short videos about each restaurant and to vote for your favourite for a chance to win airfare for two and three nights accommodations in the choice of city (from cities with participating restaurants) with gift cards to each of the participating restaurants in that city.

About Canadian Lentils

Canadian Lentils is an Official Mark of Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, a farmer funded organization that works to advance the pulse industry in Saskatchewan, the heart of the lentil-growing region in Canada. For more information about Canadian Lentils and to see more great ways to cook with lentils, visit www.lentils.ca.