Nightingale’s Baked Sweet Potato with Jalapeno, Bacon, and Créme Fraîche

Baked sweet potato, jalapeño, saddler’s smoked bacon, crème fraîche, and scallions

Ingredients:

3 medium-sized sweet potatoes, scrubbed
9 tbsp charred scallion crème fraîche
1 jalepeno pepper, seeds removed, chopped finely
3 scallions, sliced thinly across the grain
8 slices of smoked bacon

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Poke sweet potatoes all over with a fork and rub the skin with salt and olive oil.
  3. Place sweet potatoes a parchment-lined tray and cook until tender.
  4. Bake for approximately 45 minutes to an hour.
  5. Place bacon slices in a single layer on a parchment-lined tray and place in the oven with sweet potatoes, and cook at the same time, bacon should only take about 13-15 minutes.
  6. Remove bacon and place on paper towels to absorb excess grease.
  7. Chop bacon and place on paper towels once again. Set aside until ready to use.
  8. Remove sweet potatoes from the oven, cool to room temperature, and slice in half lengthways.
  9. Preheat oven to 400F.
  10. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat, add canola oil, and a small knob of butter. Melt butter until it foams, add a few pinches of salt to the pan.
  11. Add sweet potatoes flat side down. Transfer to the oven and cook for approximately 8 minutes, or until the surface of the potatoes are golden brown.
  12. Transfer sweet potatoes to a serving dish, flat side up.
  13. Add crème fraîche to cover most of the surface of the sweet potato, followed by the scallion and jalapeno pepper.
  14. Finish with bacon and some flaky sea salt. Serve.

 

Charred Scallion Créme Fraîche

Ingredients:

300g sour cream
120g scallion
70g buttermilk
10g parsley, chopped
1  lemon, juiced
5g salt
2g black pepper, toasted and ground

 

Method:

  1. Preheat a barbeque or grill pan to high heat.
  2. Grill Scallions until char marks appear. Cool immediately and chop finely.
  3. Combine the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  4. Check seasoning, and reserve in the fridge until needed.

Optional

If you’re limited with ingredients at home, you can also try these alternative toppings.

  1. Brown butter, walnuts, parmesan
  2. Cilantro, jalapeno, avocado puree

 

 

Meet Hawksworth Restaurant Bartender Jenna Gillespie

 

 

To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, we are shining a spotlight on some of the incredibly talented and hardworking women who make up our Hawksworth Restaurant Group family. Comprising almost half of our team, women play an important role in our operations; we take this day to recognize and praise their achievements.

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Meet Bel Café Pastry Chef Tessa Faulkner

 

 

To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, we are shining a spotlight on some of the incredibly talented and hardworking women who make up our Hawksworth Restaurant Group family. Comprising almost half of our team, women play an important role in our operations; we take this day to recognize and praise their achievements.

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Meet Hawksworth Development Chef Stephanie Noel

Originally from rural Quebec, Chef Stephanie Noel travelled west to Vancouver in 2001 after attending Montreal’s Institut de Tourisme et d’Hôtellerie, and since has worked in kitchens around the world. Returning to Vancouver in 2017, Chef Noel joined the Hawksworth Restaurant Group family as Development Chef, working closely with Chef David Hawksworth on a multitude of projects including menu development for the ongoing partnership with Air Canada and special events such as Vancouver’s Dîner en Blanc. Chef Noel is a genuine team player bringing an infectious positive energy into everything she does, both inside and outside the kitchen. 

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Nightingale’s Apple Salad

Okanagan apple, celery, Avonlea aged cheddar, walnut, and lemon pepper dressing.

Ingredients:

1 apple, cold, chopped
3oz celery, sliced
1oz walnuts, roasted and chopped
10g of parsley leaves
10g of tarragon leaves
2oz Szechuan peppercorn vinaigrette
2oz Avonlea cheddar, grated

Method:

  1. Toss all the ingredients except the cheese in a mixing bowl.
  2. Arrange the salad in a single layer in a 10″ shallow bowl.
  3. Garnish with lots of cheese on top.

 

Szechuan Peppercorn Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

150g lemon juice
100g olive oil
100g canola oil
40g honey
10g salt
3g Szechaun peppercorns

Method:

  1. Toast peppercorns in a dry skillet over medium heat until aromatic.
  2. Pulverize in a blender or spice grinder until coarse but not fully broken down.
  3. Mix all remaining ingredients with a whisk in a large stainless steel bowl.
  4. Add peppercorns and mix further.

 

 

Nightingale’s Heirloom Tomato Salad Recipe

Heirloom tomato, tahini, baba ghanouj, mint, and grilled focaccia

Ingredients:

2 large, ripe heirloom tomatoes
30 heirloom cherry tomatoes (Sungold varietal preferred)
100g tahini & cilantro dressing (recipe below)
140g baba ghanouj (recipe below)
15 mint leaves
15 basil leaves
3 slices of grilled bread (focaccia preferred)
Olive oil (to taste)
Maldon salt (to taste)

Method:

  1. In a medium-sized pot, bring salted water to a boil and prepare an ice bath and place on the counter next to your stovetop.
  2. Cut a very shallow “X” pattern on the bottom of our heirloom tomatoes and place gently into the boiling water and leave for 30 seconds.
  3. Transfer tomatoes with a slotted spoon to your ice bath and leave for 2 minutes to stop cooking process.
  4. Remove tomatoes from the ice bath and peel the skin.
  5. Cut the tomato in half and remove the core by cutting a V shape around the core (note: the core will extend deep into the tomato, so any visibly tough and pale parts of the stem should be removed).
  6. Cut tomatoes into 2.5cm wedges and reserve.
  7. Halve all cherry tomatoes and reserve.
  8. On a large platter, smear the tahini and cilantro dressing in a large shallow circle, leaving about an inch of clearance around the perimeter of the platter.
  9. Scatter both the tomato wedges and cherry tomatoes on top of the dressing and season with olive oil and a generous amount of Maldon salt.
  10. Tear basil and mint leaves into bite sizes and sprinkles around.
  11. Serve with grilled bread on the side, or cut the bread after it is grilled into crouton sized pieces.


Tahini & Cilantro Dressing

Ingredients:

100g tahini
65g white wine vinegar
60g water
10g sesame oil
55g canola oil
10g kosher salt
1 cilantro bunch
1g cayenne pepper

Method:

  1. In a high-speed blender, combine all ingredients.
  2. Puree slowly at first, and then increase speed as ingredients start spinning.
  3. Turn up to medium-high speed and blend until mixture is emulsified, but do not blend too long as the heat from the friction can brown the dressing.
  4. Transfer mixture to an airtight container – this will last approx. 5 days in the fridge.


Baba Ghanouj

Ingredients:

250g charred eggplant (Italian purple preferred)
20g roasted garlic
3g cumin, toasted and ground
10g rice vinegar
4g kosher salt
20g tahini
15g lemon juice

Method:

  1. Char eggplants whole on a grill until burnt on the outside and soft on the inside. Reserve in a colander in the sink for 30 minutes to allow excess liquid to drain.
  2. Remove the stem off the eggplants and discard.
  3. Combine eggplants (skin and all) with all other ingredients in a food processor.
  4. Blend until mixture is smooth (approximately 2 minutes).

Nightingale’s Watercress and Endive Salad

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Watercress & Endive Salad, Roasted Carrots, Crispy Farro, Tahini Dressing

Ingredients:

2 bunches of watercress (washed and thick stems removed)
2 Belgian endives, split top to bottom, cut into 0.5cm ribbons
½ bunch orange carrots, scrubbed and split lengthways
3 tbsp carrot escabeche (recipe below)
5 tbsp tahini dressing (recipe below)
4 tbsp crispy farro (recipe below)

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients, except for farro, in a large stainless steel mixing bowl.
  2. Toss gently to combine, using your hands to ensure the ingredients are well distributed throughout the mixture. Taste a small amount and adjust seasoning with salt if necessary.
  3. Transfer mixture to a serving dish or platter and garnish with crispy farro.


Carrot Escabeche

Ingredients:

160g olive oil
30g salt
325g shallot, sliced with the grain
1400g carrots, sliced thinly on mandoline
3 jalepeno peppers, cut into 6 pieces
300ml white wine
700ml white wine vinegar
1 rosemary sprig
1 small bunch fresh thyme
4 fresh bay leaves

Method:

  1. In a large rondeau, heat olive oil over medium heat until hot but not smoking.
  2. Add herbs, carrots, shallots, and salt.
  3. Stir thoroughly.
  4. Add white wine, and white wine vinegar, bring mixture to a boil, and remove from heat and cool immediately in a shallow hotel pan.


Tahini Dressing

Ingredients:

100g tahini
65g white wine vinegar
60g water
10g sesame oil
55g canola oil
10g salt

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a container.
  2. Blend with immersion blender until homogenous.
  3. Taste and reserve.
  4. Agitate well before use.


Crispy Farro

Ingredients:

200g farro
10g salt
3L water

Method:

  1. Bring water and salt to a simmer.
  2. Add farro and simmer on low for approximately 12 minutes, or until partially cooked.
  3. Drain farro well, and spread onto a parchment paper lined tray in a single layer.
  4. Dehydrate at room temperature overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 400F, transfer tray of farro to middle rack of oven, and cook until crispy and golden brown. Check often!
  6. Transfer to a mixing bowl when cooled, season with olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.

 

Bel Café’s Roasted Cauliflower Sandwich

Roasted Cauliflower

Ingredients:

1 head of cauliflower (300g)
15g curry spice
7g salt

Method:

  1. Cut the cauliflower in half and remove any green leaves and a bit of the stem keeping in intact.
  2. Heat a large pot of water to a boil and add salt.
  3. Carefully lower in both pieces of the cauliflower and boil for 4 mins.
  4. Strain and allow to cool on a paper towel.
  5. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  6. Once the cauliflower is cooled enough to handle cover with the curry spice and place on a sheet tray and cook for 10 mins until golden brown.
  7. Once cooled, slice into cauliflower steaks, and set aside for the sandwich.

 

Harissa Mayonnaise 

Ingredients:

5 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp harissa paste
1 lemon juiced and zested

Method:

In a mixing bowl add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix. Set aside.

 

Pickled Raisins

Ingredients:

100g raisins
250ml vinegar
250ml water
150g sugar

Method:

  1. In a medium sauce pot bring the vinegar water and sugar to a boil.
  2. Put raisins into pot and cook for 2 mins.
  3. Turn off heat and allow to cool.
  4. Once cooled store in a jar in the fridge. Can be stored for up to 2 weeks.

 

Tomato Chutney

Ingredients:

10g ginger peeled and minced
5g garlic minced
1 shallot minced
2tbsp canola oil
1tbsp curry powder
60ml red wine vinegar
45g sugar
4g salt
2 baskets of cherry tomatoes whole
1 tbsp tomato paste
2tbsp ketchup

Method:

  1. Sautée shallots, garlic, onion in a medium size sauce pot for about 5-10 minutes on medium-low heat or until translucent. Note: keep a close eye on it as this will burn easily
  2. Add tomato paste to your sautée and cook for 2 minutes
  3. Add cherry tomatoes and spice and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and allow to simmer for 25 minutes until reduced and a jam consistency has been reached.
  5. Cool and set aside.

 

Other Ingredients:

15g grated Halloumi cheese. Feta will also work if you can not find Halloumi.
5g alfalfa sprouts
2g picked mint
2 slices of rye bread.
butter (optional)

 

Build

  1. On one side of the toast, add tomato chutney on the bread and sprinkle grated cheese on top of the chutney
  2. On the other side of the toast, add a small amount of harissa mayonnaise
  3. Put cauliflower steak on one side of the toast
  4. Add a few pickled raisins.
  5. Add alfalfa sprouts and mint leaves
  6. Close the sandwich, cut it in half, and enjoy.

Hawksworth’s Hotel Georgia Cocktail

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Serves: 1

Ingredients:
1 ½ oz Beefeater Gin
1 oz lemon juice
½ oz Orgeat
8 drops of orange blossom water
1 egg white

Method:
Add all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously with ice for 8-10 seconds. Remove ice and return to cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously without ice for a second time, this will whip the egg white into a dense foam. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.