1/2 cup (125 mL) low-fat plain yogourt
1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh mint leaves, chopped 1 tsp (5 mL) white wine vinegar 1 clove garlic, minced Pinch salt and pepper 3/4 cup (180 mL) walnuts, chopped and toasted 1/3 cup (80 mL) bread crumbs 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 tsp (10 mL) cumin powder 2 tsp (10 mL) coriander powder Pinch red pepper flakes 3/4 cup (180 mL) lentils, cooked, drained, and cooled 1 Tbsp (15 mL) extra-virgin olive oil 1 large egg 4 small whole grain pitas
In a bowl stir together yogourt, mint, vinegar, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
In a food processor or blender combine walnuts, bread crumbs, garlic, cumin, coriander, pepper flakes, salt, and pepper; process until finely ground. Add lentils and 1 Tbsp (15 mL) oil; pulse until coarsely chopped but not overly blended.
In a large bowl whisk egg. Add lentil mixture to egg; mix well and form into patties. Grill lentil burgers over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side.
Cut tops off pita pockets and stuff with lentil burgers; drizzle with yogourt sauce and any other desired toppings. Makes 4 patties.
Nutrition facts per burger, pita, and sauce: 319 calories; 13 g protein 16 g total fat (2 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 34 g carbohydrates; 7 g fibre; 255 mg sodium
source: "Burger Time", alive #321, July 2009
Tourtière is, for me, the dish that best represents Québec. It can be traced back to the 1600s, and there’s no master recipe; every family has their own twist. Originally, it was made with game birds or game meat, like rabbit, pheasant, or moose; that’s one of the reasons why I prefer it with venison instead of beef or pork. Variation: If you prefer to make single servings, follow our lead at the restaurant, where we make individual tourtières in the form of a dome (pithivier) and fill them with 5 ounces (160 g) of the ground venison mixture. Variation: You can also use a food processor to make the dough. Place the flour, salt, and butter in the food processor and pulse about ten times, until the butter is incorporated—don’t overmix. It should look like wet sand, and a few little pieces of butter here and there is okay. With the motor running, through the feed tube, slowly add ice water until the dough forms a ball—again don’t overmix. Wrap, chill, and roll out as directed above.
My love of artichokes continues with this classic recipe, one of the best ways to eat this interesting, underrated, and strange vegetable. Frozen artichoke hearts are a time-saving substitute, though the flavour and texture of fresh artichokes are, by far, much superior and definitely preferred.
Cervelle de canut is basically the Boursin of France, an herbed fresh farmer’s cheese spread that’s a speciality of Lyon. The name is kind of weird, as it literally means “silk worker’s brain,” named after nineteenth-century Lyonnaise silk workers, who were called canuts. Sadly, the name reflects the low opinion of the people towards these workers. Happily for us, though, it’s delicious—creamy, fragrant, and fresh at the same time. Cervelle de canut is one of my family’s favourite dishes. It’s a great make-ahead appetizer that you can pop out of the fridge once your guests arrive. Use a full-fat cream cheese for the dish, or it will be too runny and less delicious.