Zesty White Bean and Tuna Lettuce Wraps


Zesty White Bean and Tuna Lettuce Wraps
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Servings Prep Time
2-3 people 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 people 20 minutes
Zesty White Bean and Tuna Lettuce Wraps
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Servings Prep Time
2-3 people 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 people 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In a medium size bowl stir together mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, green onions, capers, celery, dill, parsley, salt and pepper. Gently stir in tuna and white beans.
  2. Spread out 2-3 butter leaf lettuce leaves overlapping each leaf to create a solid surface for the salad. Mound an approximate 1/3 cup of tuna and bean salad onto the center of the lettuce bed. Wrap lettuce around salad, tucking in the ends as you roll, much like a cabbage roll. Cut in half and serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Use any white bean that you like here as well as your favourite sprouts or pea shoots for crunch.

Recipe yields a generous 2 cups of tuna and bean salad.

Chicken and Celery Peanut Noodles


Chicken and Celery Peanut Noodles
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Chicken and Celery Peanut Noodles
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Cutting against the grain, slice chicken breast into thin strips. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together peanut butter, soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice wine vinegar and chill paste.
  3. Cook noodles as per package directions and allow to drain in colander while proceeding.
  4. Heat approximately 1 tbsp of oil over high heat in a wok or large skillet with sides. Once hot add half the chicken and cook, stirring once or twice for 3-5 minutes until chicken is no longer pink and starts to brown. Remove to a plate and repeat with remaining chicken.
  5. Add a little more oil to the pan and sauté garlic for 1 minute, stirring often. Add chicken broth and celery. Allow to cook for 2-3 minutes until most of the broth has evaporated, stirring occasionally. Stir in red peppers and sauté for 1 minute. Reduce heat and stir in peanut sauce, chicken, noodles, half of the peanuts and half of the green onion. Toss to combine, adding a little more chicken broth if needed. Divide among serving dishes and top with peanuts and green onion. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

I used thick noodles for this recipe, but feel free to use your favourite size.  Fresh Chinese noodles can be found in the produce section of most supermarkets.

Braised Celery and White Beans


Braised Celery and White Beans
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
75 minutes 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
75 minutes 45 minutes
Braised Celery and White Beans
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
75 minutes 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
75 minutes 45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉. In a large sauté pan, cook bacon until just starting to crisp and most of the fat has rendered. Remove bacon to a paper towel lined plate using a slotted spatula. Reserve approximately 2 tbsp of bacon fat in pan.
  2. Over medium heat, add sliced shallots and garlic to bacon fat and sauté for 1-2 minutes until the shallots are starting to soften. Add celery and sauté for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in broth and allow to simmer over medium low heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Whisk cornstarch into canned tomato juice until dissolved. Add to pan along with canned tomatoes. Heat until mixture comes to a simmer and thickens. Stir in cannelloni beans, smoked paprika, fresh herbs, salt and pepper.
  4. Divide equally between 4 individual coquette dishes or ramekins. Place on a large baking sheet and cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Top each with 1/4 cup of grated cheese and broil until cheese has melted and is golden. Serve with crusty bread if desired.

Caraway Crusted Pork Pot Pie

Caraway Crusted Pork Pot Pie is braised pork shoulder and vegetables nestled beneath a flaky caraway pastry crust.
Caraway Crusted Pork Pot Pie
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Beer braised pork shoulder and vegetables nestled beneath a flaky caraway pastry crust.
Servings
6 people
Servings
6 people
Caraway Crusted Pork Pot Pie is braised pork shoulder and vegetables nestled beneath a flaky caraway pastry crust.
Caraway Crusted Pork Pot Pie
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Beer braised pork shoulder and vegetables nestled beneath a flaky caraway pastry crust.
Servings
6 people
Servings
6 people
Ingredients
Caraway Pastry
Pork Pot Pie
Servings: people
Instructions
Caraway Pastry
  1. In a food processor bowl add flour, salt, baking powder, caraway seeds and butter. Pulse until the butter in broken down and crumbly. Add sour cream and pulse until just starting to pull away from sides. With processor running, add water and mix until just combined. Dump out dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap and form into a flat disc and wrap with plastic wrap. Mixture may still appear crumbly when dumping out onto plastic wrap, however once you start to form the dough it will start to come together. Chill for at least an hour, but can be done a day in advance. Let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes prior to rolling.
Pork Pot Pie
  1. Heat a large heavy bottom dutch oven over medium high heat, add pancetta and cook until rendered and starting to crisp. With a slotted spoon remove pancetta to a paper towel lined plate, reserving fat in the dutch oven. Over high heat add half the pork, searing meat on all sides. Scoop out pork leaving the fat behind and set aside. Repeat with remaining pork.
  2. Preheat oven to 350℉. Add enough butter to the existing fat to equal approximately 6 tbsp, add garlic and sauté for one minute over medium low heat. Add flour and stir to combine, cooking over medium heat until bubbling and starting to turn a light caramel colour. Stir in beer and whisk until smooth and bubbling. Whisk in chicken stock and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
  3. Add pork, pancetta, mushrooms, bay leaf, sugar and pepper. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Add pearl onions and continue to bake for an additional 30 minutes until pork is tender. Add potatoes, celery, carrots and dill. Bake for 20 minutes or until vegetable are just tender. Remove from oven and discard bay leaf. Stir in sour cream and peas and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Ladle a scant 1 1/2 cups into 6 ramekins or cocotte dishes.
  4. Increase oven to 400℉. Roll out pastry to at least 1/8" thickness. Cut rounds slightly bigger than couchette dish and lay each round on top of stew. Cut 4 slits in each pastry. Whisk egg with 1 tbsp of water and brush each pastry round with egg wash. Place cocotte dishes on a large baking sheet to catch any drips. Bake for approximately 25 minutes until golden. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

When adding the vegetables to the braise, remember to take pastry out of the fridge and allow to rest at room temperature for 20 minutes.

This pot pie can also be made in a 9"x13" pan if desired.

Any leftover pastry can be re-rolled very thin and cut into rounds or squares and baked on a parchment line baking sheet at 350℉ for 12-15 minutes for caraway crackers.

Tomato Bisque

Tomato Bisque
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A flavourful creamy soup that is simple to prepare.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Tomato Bisque
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A flavourful creamy soup that is simple to prepare.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a large heavy pot, add onions, celery and garlic and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes until the vegetables become translucent.
  2. Add the tomatoes, stock, paprika, sugar and rice and cook until the rice is very soft, about 30 minutes.
  3. Blend mixture with a hand held immersion blender until smooth. Stir in heavy cream and season with salt and pepper.
Recipe Notes

I used homemade chicken stock and used 1 1/2 tsp of salt. The amount will depend on the stock used so season to taste.  You can use any type of canned tomatoes, such as crushed, diced or whole (that have been roughly chopped), just be sure to use good quality canned tomatoes.