1 cup (250 mL) navy beans
2 cups (500 mL) chicken stock
2 shallots, chopped
2 slices of bacon (optional)
1 sprig thyme
1/2 cup (125 mL) tomato sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
2 medium red peppers, diced small
1 tsp (5 mL) tomato paste
2 Tbsp (30 mL) red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp (2 mL) sugar
Grainy Mustard Sauce
3 shallots, chopped
1/2 tsp (2 mL) mustard seeds
1 Tbsp (15 mL) grainy mustard
3 Tbsp (45 mL) red wine
4 cups (1 L) chicken stock
3 cups (750 mL) mushrooms (mixture of button, oyster, or any type)
1 Tbsp (15 mL) extra-virgin
4 5-oz (150-g) snapper fillets
2 Tbsp (30 mL) grapeseed oil
For cassoulet, drain soaked beans and place in medium saucepan over medium heat. Cover with chicken stock and cook until nearly done, about 35 minutes. Meanwhile fry bacon on medium heat for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add shallots, thyme, and tomato sauce. Cook 5 minutes. Add beans, cover, and cook until beans are soft, about 10 to 15 minutes. Add water as desired to prevent sticking. Discard bacon and thyme sprig and season to taste. Make a day ahead, refrigerate, and reheat, if desired.
For pepper relish, cook peppers in saucepan on medium-high heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and red wine vinegar. Add sugar, season to taste, and simmer until all liquid is evaporated. This won’t take long, so watch carefully. Set aside to cool.
For grainy mustard sauce, sauté shallots on medium high heat 1 minute, add mustard seeds and grainy mustard. Cook 2 minutes more, add red wine, and stir to deglaze bottom of pan. Continue to cook until liquid is reduced, about 5 minutes. Add chicken stock and continue cooking until only 2 cups (500 mL) of sauce remains in pan. Strain and set aside.
For mushroom ragout, chop mushrooms into quarters. Heat olive oil in fry pan and sauté mushrooms 8 to 10 minutes. Season to taste.
Now pan-sear the snapper. Heat grapeseed oil in large fry pan on medium-high heat. Season snapper fillets to taste and sear 4 minutes on each side.
To serve, place a scoop of cassoulet in each dish. Top with snapper, mushroom ragout, grainy mustard sauce, and red pepper relish.
source: "Spa Lite Cuisine", alive #286, August 2006
Ice cream cakes and/or cookies are everyone’s favourite. And here’s a great option for a delicious “Dad’s” cookie cake that’s gluten free! A simple-to-make cookie cake that’s made even easier when the dough is tossed together in a food processor. End a delicious Dad’s Day meal with this deliciously cool and creamy sweet dessert. Best beer? Extra yum when served with small glasses of chocolate-flavoured stout or porter. When Dad loves his cookies We made this delicious dessert into a cake, but it can easily be made into individual ice cream cookies. Roll out dough into 1/4 in (6 mm) thickness and cut into 2 in (5 cm) rounds. Bake, cool, and chill. Once chilled, spoon ice cream in between chilled cookies. Freeze until firm. Drizzle with melted chocolate or dip into melted chocolate.
Coffee-flavoured BBQ sauce? Why not? It’s a strikingly flavourful combo—sweet, tangy, bold, and rich. It can be used not only on pork but on a variety of other meats. We marinated tenderloin in it and doubled up on the smoky flavour by grilling it on a cedar plank. Serve with a side order of grilled broccolini for extra yum. Best beer? You can’t go wrong with an IPA or a honey lager to complement this flavourful dish. Looking for an easy way to grill broccolini? Toss with a little oil and season with salt, pepper, and chili flakes. Near the end of grilling, place broccolini beside plank with tenderloin on hot grill for about 6 or 7 minutes. Using tongs, turn a few times until tender and lightly charred. Place on platter with sliced pork and drizzle with lemon juice and some shaved Parmesan.
If there’s a vegan or vegetarian in the crowd, then this dish will be sure to please. Chock full of complementary textures and flavours, it not only qualifies as eye candy, but is also a substantial stand-alone meal—a stunning meal in a dish! Best beer? Serve this salad with an IPA or pale ale. For a more adventurous sip, it’s equally delicious with a Belgian pale or dark ale. Endlessly customizable When it comes to this powerhouse salad, the sky’s the limit. Swap out apples with orange wedges, or mix up your greens by substituting spinach for endive. Bump up the protein with some canned chickpeas or black beans, if you wish. Or cut up some corn tortillas into bite-sized strips, fry in pan until crisp, then toss over salad for added crunch.
Early summer potatoes, cooked and grilled, are just the ticket for this fabulous salad. Coupled with lentils, they’re a delicious add-on to any meal plan. This recipe offers an added bonus: it can be made in stages, so you’re not cooking all afternoon. Best beer? You can’t go wrong serving this dreamy salad with a simple and uncomplicated pale ale. Variety is the spice of potato-salad life Potato salad lends itself to any number of variations, and this recipe doesn’t disappoint. Try swapping out microgreens for baby spinach leaves. Another interesting slant: crisp up (optional) prosciutto on the grill before breaking into bite-sized pieces and scattering over the salad.