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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.

Nightingale’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Serves: 2-3

Ingredients:

6oz brussel sprouts, halved
20g concord grapes, pickled
20g canola oil
10g parsley leaves, whole
30g pine nuts, roasted and roughly blitzed
30g sherry vinegar

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Heat a pan and place brussels face down, season with salt. Then add a thin layer of oil. This will prevent oil splatter from sprouts.
  3. Once you see light golden brown, place in oven.
  4. Cook until the stem is tender. You are trying to achieve a dark golden brown colour.
  5. Wilt parsley, strain excess oil and transfer to a stainless steel bowl.
  6. Add sherry vinegar and grapes to the bowl, toss to combine.
  7. Place on an oval plate and garnish with pine nuts.


Pickled Concord Grapes

Ingredients:

300g white wine vinegar
200g water
100g sugar
1g bay leaves
10g black peppercorns, toasted
5g coriander seeds
10g salt

Method:

  1. Place all ingredients into a pot and bring it up to a boil
  2. Transfer pickling liquid into a heat proof container and chill on ice immediately
  3. Once cool strain spices and aromatics.
  4. Cover concord grapes with cooled pickling liquid for minimum 12 hours before using.

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Fresh Spaghetti, Manila Clam, White Wine, Jalapeno

Nightingale Clam Spaghetti

Serves 4 people.

Ingredients:

5L cold water
30g kosher salt
360g fresh spaghetti
30g garlic, chopped finely by hand
15g jalapeno pepper, seeds removed, sliced thinly
100ml white wine
50g Sea asparagus, roughly chopped
1.5lbs manila clams, smaller size preferred
80g unsalted butter, cubed
30g flat leaf parsley, chopped finely
50g lemon juice, freshly squeezed
30g olive oil
30g extra virgin olive oil, to finish

 

Method:

  1. Place clams in a colander within a deep pot or container, run cold water over them for at least 45 minutes. This encourages them to purge any sand or grit that they hold inside their shells.
  2. Bring cold water and salt to a boil in a deep, heavy bottomed pot.
  3. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a wide, heavy bottomed sauté pan until warmed.
  4. Add garlic, jalapeno and a pinch of salt. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the garlic begins to slightly color – approximately 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the clams, then immediately add white wine – be careful as there will be some spatter and possibly a small flame from the alcohol burning off of the wine. Immediately put the lid onto the sauté pan, and allow the clams to steam over medium high heat, until just opened. Remove lid, and turn off the heat.
  6. Drop your pasta into the boiling water, it will only take approximately 3-4 minutes in boiling water to achieve a firm textured pasta with a beautiful chew – the pasta should be slightly underdone, as we’re going to finish it by cooking it together with the clams and their juices.
  7. Carefully reserve about 500ml of pasta water with a ladle, then drain pasta thoroughly.
  8. Once pasta is drained, add it to the sauté pan with the clam mixture, then add the butter and sea asparagus. Increase heat to medium-high. Toss or mix the ingredients with tongs to emulsify the butter and the clam juices. Add a little pasta water at a time (you won’t need it all) and continue to stir and toss the spaghetti until it reaches your desired degree of doneness. Turn off the heat, and add lemon, chopped parsley and salt to taste.
  9. Tip spaghetti into a large serving bowl, and garnish with a beautiful extra virgin olive oil.

Serve immediately.

Nightingale Clam Dish

 

recipe – english pea soup

serves 4

ingredients
400g english peas
100g spinach
50g cilantro
3 tsp olive oil
30g shallot – slivered
10g garlic – slivered
1L chicken stock
250-500ml water
To taste – salt
To taste – yuzu juice

Crème fraiche – source from your local market or cheese monger
Fresh wasabi root

For crab:
1-2lb Dungeness crab
4L boiling salted water

method for crab

1) place live crab in rapid boiling water
2) cook for 12 minutes
3) remove crab into ice bath and reserve
4) remove crab meat from shell
5) reserve meat into spoon sized pieces and place in fridge

method

1) bring a large pot of water to a boil, generously seasoned with salt
2) gather an ice bath
3) place peas, spinach and cilantro in boiling salted water, blanch for 60 seconds and strain
4) submerge strainer into ice bath and shock peas, spinach and mint to help maintain green colour and stop cooking process
5) in separate pot, sweat shallots and garlic on medium heat, until translucent
6) add stock to pot and simmer for 10 minutes
7) remove from heat and chill stock completely
8) remove peas, spinach and mint from ice water and squeeze residual water out
9) once cold, blend stock with peas, spinach and mint
10) use water to adjust to desired consistency
11) season with salt to desired taste

assembly

1) artfully arrange crab in soup bowl with fresh herbs and dollops of crème fraiche, rasp fresh wasabi into the bowl using micro plane
2) heat up soup in pot until it comes to the boil, adjust seasoning last second with fresh yuzu juice to taste
3) serve immediately

recipe – salad of foxglove farm green and white asparagus, serrano ham, peperonata, manchego, garlic

serves 4

ingredients

A)
240g white asparagus (blanched and cut in 1.5″ long pieces)
120g green asparagus (blanched and cut in 1.5″ long pieces)
72g red pepper (very small dice)
72g yellow pepper (very small dice)
20g italian parsley (minced)
48g sherry vinegar
48g extra virgin olive oil
8g salt
6g chili flakes
3g black pepper

B)
160g serrano ham or prosciutto (thinly sliced on slicer)

C)
60g manchego cheese

D)
30g roasted garlic aioli **
20g spring petit greens

**roasted garlic aioli

ingredients

A)
100gr confit garlic
60gr hot mustard
3 yolks

B)
500ml oil
50-75ml water
TT Salt – Season well

**methodology

1) combine A in food processor and blend to unify

2) drizzle oil from B in slowly to form an emulsified mayonnaise

3) use the water to adjust if consistency is too thick

4) adjust seasoning with salt to your liking

5) reserve in a squeeze bottle in fridge

methodology

1) combine in a mixing bowl and mix gently together, allow to sit in fridge for 10 minutes to ‘marinade’ in dressing

2) artistically arrange A on plates, dividing evenly four ways

3) scatter ham over top of asparagus mix, folding the pieces accordion like so that they aren’t laying flat.

4) grate manchego cheese over dish evenly

5) place dime sized dots of roasted garlic puree out of a squeeze bottle around dish

6) garnish with petit spring greens

7) serve immediately

Recipe – tai snapper crudo

serving size – four (as an appetizer)

ingredients

8 oz boneless, skinless fillet of tai snapper (freshest available – ask your fishmonger to fillet, bone, and skin your fish for you)

2 tbsp calabrian chili condiment

1 cup assorted spring herbs and shoots (organic, if possible)

1/4 orange zest

1/4  lemon zest
3 tbsp orange vinegar*

pinch of maldon salt

pinch of fennel pollen

1 orange, segmented

 

calabrian chili condiment
2 tbsp very finely chopped red chili

1/2 cup high quality olive oil

 

*orange vinegar

3.5 oz white wine vinegar

8.5 oz orange juice

 

methodology

orange vinegar

1) reduce orange juice by half in a small sauce pot over medium heat.

2) cool to room temperature.

3) add white wine vinegar.

4) refrigerate overnight.

5) use next day. (can be reserved in fridge for up to 4 days.)

 

calabrian chili condiment

1) remove seeds from chilies, chop finely, season with salt and allow to soften for 30 minutes.

2) mix with olive oil, and reserve in a small airtight container.

 

to assemble crudo

1) with a very sharp knife, slice fish across the grain approximately 1/8” thick.

2) arrange fish in a single layer on a large chilled plate.

3) season fish generously with flaked maldon salt and a couple of small pinches of fennel pollen.

4) with a small spoon, thoroughly stir the red chili vinaigrette, and spoon liberally over the fish.

5) if not serving right away, wait to apply orange vinegar until just before serving.

6) rasp citrus zest over entire plate, ensuring each slice has at a little of each zest.

7) scatter orange segments over entire plate.

8) taste a small piece of fish, and adjust seasoning accordingly.

9) garnish liberally with herbs and shoots, serve very cold.

Recipe – roasted brussels sprouts, cranberries, pancetta

serving size – four

 

ingredients

20 brussels sprouts – cut in half
2 oz pancetta – cut up or diced small 1 garlic clove – crushed and minced 1 oz dried cranberries
1 to 2 cups of chicken stock
1 pinch dried chili
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
to taste kosher salt and pepper

methodology

1) In a large cast iron pan add the olive oil and bring to a medium heat.

2) Place the brussel sprouts on the cut side down, add the pancetta, cook the sprouts to golden brown then turn over.

3) Add the cranberries, garlic, chili and cook for 1 min.

4) Add the chicken stock, bring to a simmer, reduce the stock down to a glaze at which point the sprouts should be cooked

5) Add red wine vinegar and season to taste

6) Serve immediately

Here they come – the holidays

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Maureen Wilson

The owner of Vancouver’s successful Sweat Co. Workout Studios she is one of Canada’s most sought-after and dynamic fitness professionals. Earning the respect of her peers and gaining a dedicated following with her expertise and innovative approach to fitness; Maureen is an international presenter; ACE-certified personal trainer, instructor and CEC provider; BCRPA Trainer of Leaders and Spinning instructor.

Today she is sharing her tips to stay at the peak of health during the holiday season.

 

How To Have Your Cake (or plum pudding) And Eat It Too.

I’m as perplexed as you are, the year is getting shorter! The holiday season has stretched out from mini chocolate bars in October (c’mon, you bought a bag before Halloween and polished them off!)  to staff/holiday parties beginning in November and running through January. This is definitely the toughest time of the year to stick to your healthy diet and exercise regime. How do you enjoy the pleasures of good food, wine and desserts without sabotaging your sweat equity? We all know there is nothing as unjolly as weird cleanses, tortuous diets and mysterious food replacements. Now is the time to build a strategy that will take you all the way through to the singing of Auld Land Syne!

Plan ahead for luxury meals and events

Look at your calendar and highlight the days you’ll be eating out or attending a special event where you won’t have control of the menu. You can plan ahead by making good food choices in the days leading up to the event. Bump up the fruits and vegetables, choose lower fat meals and drink plenty of water. This is also a good time to pre-book your fitness sessions on the calendar so you won’t be tempted to push them aside when things get hectic. Remember the old saying; “A goal without a plan is just a dream!”

Never arrive hungry

Especially if you are attending a cocktail party. It takes quite a few of those tiny, delicious calorie-laden morsels to fill you up! Have a healthy snack ahead of time and you’ll be less likely to gorge on hundreds of unwanted calories before dinner.

Stay hydrated

Wine, cocktails and epicurean delights will be flowing. Be sure to hydrate ahead of time to balance the extra salt, fat and alcohol intake. Plus you’ll be less likely to have a hangover if you can discipline yourself to have one drink followed by one glass of water; a great way to cut back on calories and still enjoy yourself (and the next day)!

Practise conscious consumption

Cheese, crackers, dips and other foods of abandon! It would be torture to say those holiday comfort foods are off-limits but you must choose wisely. Take your time (this is when that pre-party healthy snack pays off), scan the food table, and only pick foods/treats you love the most. Now savour every bite and resist the urge for seconds (and thirds).

Sleep

The holidays are wonderful – and exhausting! Squeezing in that seven or eight hour dream-fest can be challenging.   Many studies suggest getting enough sleep will help to regulate fat loss. One explanation might be that sleep duration affects the hormones (ghrelin and leptin) that regulate hunger and stimulate the appetite. Another theory is that lack of sleep leads to fatigue and results in less physical activity. There’s no doubt food, fun and alcohol can trip up your sleep patterns. Take the time to recharge your batteries. Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to your health, well-being and most importantly to your enjoyment of life.