Dabble Chef: Focaccia

Dabble Chef - Bread-2

INGREDIENTS:

  • 325ml water (slightly above room temperature)
  • 1½ tbsp dry active yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ¾ cup bread flour
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1⅓ cup potatoes, mashed and cooled

Herb Mixture:

  • 1 sprig rosemary, leaves picked and chopped
  • 6 cloves roasted garlic, chopped
  • 4 sprigs thyme, leaves picked and chopped
  • ⅓ cup olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a small bowl, add water, yeast and sugar and set aside. Let the mixture rise 1-2″.
    Tip: Keep mixture in a warm area of the kitchen to speed up the process.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients and potatoes. Add in the yeast mixture.
  3. Stir mixture with hands or using a mixer with a dough hook attachment until combined. Remove from bowl and place on a floured surface. Knead for 8-10 minutes with hands or in mixer on low for 2 minutes and then at medium for an additional 10 minutes.
  4. Place in a well-oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap until the dough doubles in size.
  5. Once the dough has risen, preheat oven to 350°F. In a small bowl, mix rosemary, thyme, garlic and oil and set aside.
  6. Remove dough from bowl and punch it until it is deflated. Portion the dough into balls that are approximately the size of a fist. Once portioned, roll into long strips. Using 3 strips, pinch one end of each log together and braid strips. Pinch the ends together and then combine the two ends of the dough to create a circle. Repeat with all strips.
  7. Spray or oil a medium sized muffin tin. Place each ball into the muffin tin. With a pastry brush, generously brush herb mixture onto balls. Cover and let rise for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove plastic and bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on each bun and a little more oil once they are removed from the oven.

Tip: To enhance flavour, cook herbs in olive oil. In a small sauté pan, heat up olive oil, rosemary and thyme on low-medium heat. Remove from heat as soon as you can smell the essence. Let cool and then brush on dough.

 

Dabble Chef: fish tacos

Dabble Chef - Tilapia

INGREDIENTS:

AVOCADO MIX:

  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 8 sprigs of cilantro, picked, washed and chopped finely
  • Salt and pepper

CABBAGE MIX:

  • Julienne:
  • 1 carrot, peeled
  • 2 cups green or purple cabbage
  • 1 red onion, peeled

TILAPIA:

  • 4 filets of tilapia
  • Olive oil
  • 12 x 6” corn tortillas
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine avocados, 1 juiced lime and ⅓ of the cilantro. Mash the avocado leaving some chunks. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place in fridge.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the carrots, cabbage, onion, the remaining cilantro and one juiced lime. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Place tilapia on a plate and season with salt and pepper on both sides. In a large skillet or non-stick pan heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Sear tilapia on both sides for about 4-5 minutes per side.
  4. Tortillas: Place corn tortillas on a plate and cover with a napkin. Heat in the microwave for 15-20 seconds to warm through. For soft, flavourful tacos, heat tortillas by warming them in a pan with hot olive oil.
  5. Select a tortilla and spread the avocado mixture down the centre. Add the slaw mixture and then crumble the tilapia over top. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy. Add salsa if you prefer.

Dabble Savvy: Tilapia is a delicate white fish so use a spatula instead of tongs to turn.

Dabble Chef: tilapia

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Tilapia Marinade

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 tilapia
  • 3 lemons
  • 3 limes
  • 1 bunch of fresh cilantro
  • 12-15 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 tbsp olive oil

PREPARATION:

  • Cut citrus in half widthwise and squeeze juice into a small bowl. Pour juice into a strainer to collect seeds.
  • Dabble Savvy: Roll lemons and limes with the palm of your hand against the countertop. It makes them easier to squeeze.
  • Chop the garlic finely. Wash the cilantro, clip the leaves and chop finely.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl combine the oil, garlic, paprika, cilantro and citrus juice. Whisk thoroughly. Place tilapia in a small bowl and pour marinade over the fish. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and rest in the fridge for 3-6 hours before cooking.
  2. Preheat grill to high or pre-heat oven to 375˚.
  3. Grilling Instructions: Place tilapia on the grill. Make sure the fish has no excess oil or it may create a flame that will give it a burnt flavour. Grill the tilapia for 6-7 minutes flipping half way through. Remove from grill, slice evenly and serve immediately.
  4. Oven instructions: Place fish on a baking sheet lined with parchment or silicon. Place in oven and cook for 10-15 minutes or until fully cooked.

Dabble Chef: seared tuna

Photography by Simon Burn

Photography by Simon Burn

Spicy Mayo

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tbsp Sambal sauce (chili sauce)
  • ½ cup mayonnaise

DIRECTIONS:
Mix ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. Set in fridge until serving.

Sesame Crusted Tuna

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 pieces sushi grade tuna
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup onions, julienne
  • 1 cup red peppers, julienne
  • 1 cup green peppers, julienne
  • 1 cup celery, julienne
  • 1 cup carrots, julienne
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 orange, zest and juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp sesame seed oil
  • 1 baby bok choy, washed and julienne
  • 1 cup of black or white sesame seeds
  • ½ cup cilantro, washed and chopped

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Season tuna with salt and pepper.
  2. Pour the sesame seeds on a plate and roll the tuna edges in the seeds, making sure to cover all sides. If seeds are not sticking, cover the tuna with a tablespoon of olive oil before rolling.
  3. Ina large sauté pan, heat the olive oil until it reaches its smoking point and then add tuna.
  4. Sear the tuna for approximately 2 minutes on each side and remove from pan. Set the tuna on a plate with a paper towel.
  5. Return the pan to the heat. Add onions, peppers, celery and carrots, then sauté for 5 minutes.
  6. Add garlic, orange zest and juice, ginger and sesame oil, continually stirring. Remove the pan from the heat and add bok choy.
  7. Slice tuna on a bias (4-5 pieces per serving). Plate the vegetables and fan tuna pieces on top. Pour the remaining liquid from the vegetables over the tuna and add a generous dollop of spicy mayo. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

Tip: Wash the bok choy thoroughly to remove any grit.

Mexican Churros

Dabble Chef - Churros

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 tsp ground cinnamon

6 tbsp sugar

1 cup water

1/4 cup butter

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup flour

2 large eggs

Vegetable oil for frying

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a small bowl, combine ground cinnamon with 4 tablespoons sugar. Place cinnamon mixture aside.

Combine water, butter, salt and 2 tablespoons of sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the flour until the mixture forms a ball.

Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat in eggs, until dough is smooth.

Spoon dough into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe 3”x 1″ strips onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Alternatively, use a knife or scissors to cut the dough.

Fill a deep saucepot with vegetable oil, approximately 3/4 full. Heat oil to a temperature of 300-350F. Using a spoon, place the dough into the oil. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until deep golden brown on each side. Remove churros from the oil using a slotted spoon and let the excess oil drip.

Toss churros in cinnamon mixture immediately after frying. Coat evenly. Repeat until all dough is used. Serve warm.

Makes approximately 3 dozen churros.

Seared Lamb Shanks

Dabble Chef - Lamb

 

INGREDIENTS:

2 tbsp olive oil

2-3 lamb shanks

1 carrot, peeled and diced

2 onions, diced

2 strips of celery, diced

2 tbsp of tomato paste

2 cups red wine

3 sprigs of thyme, washed

2 sprigs rosemary, washed

2 oregano, washed

2 bay leaves

6-7 black peppercorns

3 tbsp salt

1 litre of water

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a large saucepan, heat oil on medium to high heat. When the oil reaches its smoking point, add the lamb shanks and sear each side for approximately 5-6 minutes. Remove the lamb from the pan and set aside. Add carrots, onions and celery to the saucepan and sauté for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 5 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the red wine until it is reduced by half. Add the remaining ingredients and the lamb and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low, cover the pot and let simmer for 3 hours.

Once the lamb shanks are cooked, take them out of the liquid and set aside. With a ladle or a spoon, skim the f at off the top of the liquid. Strain the stock into a small saucepan, making sure all of the vegetables and herbs are strained out. On medium to high heat boil the liquid for 5-10 minutes or until it thickens. Add lamb shanks to the sauce until warm.

Serve the lamb shanks with the sauce, mashed potatoes and sautéed julienne vegetables.
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Chef Corey’s Tips

  • Use the entire onion: onion skin has immense flavour, so use it for the stock.
  • Cook lamb shanks in the oven. Preheat the oven to 375° and wrap the pot with tin foil. Cooking time remains the same.
  • When skimming the fat, use a paper towel to catch the bits of fat. Lightly place the paper towel on top of the stock and pull to one side.
  • To thicken the sauce stir together 3 tablespoons of cornstarch and 1/2 cup cold water. Pour into the boiling stock.

Roasted Beet Salad

Dabble Chef - Beet Salad

Plum Drizzle

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups water

2 star anise

6 plums

1 cup yogurt

1 cup sugar

5 tbsp balsamic vinegar

4 sprigs lavender (remove leaves, wash and chop finely)

2 tbsp honey

2 tbsp dijon mustard

2 cups olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste
INSTRUCTIONS:

In large pot bring water, sugar, star anise and plums to a boil for 10 minutes. Remove pot from heat and let cool.

Remove the plums from the pot. Peel and pit them. Strain remaining sugar water into a food processor. Add the plums and remaining ingredients (except for the oil, salt and pepper) into the food processor. Blitz the mixture on a low speed until smooth, while slowly adding in the oil.

Season the Plum Drizzle with salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 4 cups

Tip: Make the dressing the day before to enhance the flavours.

Substitute 1 cup of red wine for 1 cup of water to give the dressing a richer colour and zippy taste.

 

Roasted Beet Salad

INGREDIENTS:

2 medium sized golden beets, washed

2 medium sized regular beets, washed

2 candy cane beets, washed

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp honey

2 tbsp brown sugar (optional)

1 chili pepper, chopped finely

Lemon juice

Salt and pepper
INSTRUCTIONS:

In a large saucepot boil the beets for 30 minutes or until tender. Drain the water and let the beets cool down. Hold a beet in one hand with a paper towel and, using another paper towel, softly wipe the skin away. Do this for each beet and then cut them into thin slices.

Preheat oven to 400F.

In a large frying pan melt butter. Add the beets to the pan and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add honey, brown sugar, chili and lemon juice. Remove beets to a cookie sheet and place in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Once roasted, display them on a serving dish and drizzle with plum dressing. Garnish with chopped greens.

Tip: Add crunch with chopped candied walnuts. Mix a drizzle of honey and a pinch of salt with 1 cup walnuts. Pour mixture onto parchment paper on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes at 400F.

Samosa Patties

Dabble Chef - Samosa

Potato Patties


INGREDIENTS:

1 medium onion, diced

1 tsp salt (kosher)

1 tbsp oil

5 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1-2 chili peppers (to taste)

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/4 cup lemon juice (or lime juice)

1 tbsp turmeric

3 tbsp Garam masala

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 tbsp paprika

3 cups day old mashed potatoes

1 1/2 cups cilantro, finely chopped

2 tbsp honey

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

On medium to high heat, sauté onions in oil until they become transparent. Add salt to onions to bring out natural sugars. Add garlic, chili and chickpeas. Sauté for 5 minutes.

Lower the temperature, then add lemon juice and all of the spices. Stir in mashed potatoes, cilantro and honey and cook for 5 minutes, making sure everything has been combined. Spread evenly on a baking sheet and place in the fridge to cool.

Remove from fridge. Take 3 large spoonfuls of the mixture and form a ball in your hands. Form the ball into a patty by pressing down on it evenly with your palm. Place patties on a baking sheet and return to fridge.

Makes 12 patties

 

Almond Cream Sauce


INGREDIENTS:

1 medium carrot, shredded

1 tbsp oil

1/4 tsp salt

4 tbsp sugar

500ml of 35% cream

1 cup sliced almonds

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a small saucepan, sauté the carrots in oil at medium heat. Add salt to bring out the natural sugars in the carrots. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Cook for approximately 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat.

 

Samosa Patties with Almond Cream Sauce


INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 325F.

On medium to high temperature, heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large sauté pan. When oil gets to its smoking point, slowly add in samosa patties. Cook for approximately 2 minutes on each side, then place each patty on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the oven for 5 minutes.

Take the patties out of the oven and place them directly onto a plate. Drizzle some savoury Almond Cream sauce on top and garnish plate with cilantro.

Tip: Serve as an appetizer or side dish for a meal. Patties can be sealed in a zip lock bag and frozen for a later date.

Homemade Pasta

From Scratch - Homemade Pasta

 

INGREDIENTS:

4 egg yolks

1 cup flour

2 oz of water

2 tbsp olive oil

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Combine all of the ingredients in a mixer with a dough hook. Mix well until it creates a ball, then turn the mixer off. Take the dough out of the bowl and knead for 5 minutes on a floured surface.

Form dough into a ball. Wrap the dough ball with an oiled paper towel (pour oil on the paper towel and scrunch it—the paper towel will prevent the dough from drying out), then Saran Wrap the towel and place dough in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Cut the dough into four equal quarters. Keep the oiled towel on dough you aren’t working with so it doesn’t dry out. With one part of the dough on the table, roughly flatten it with the palm of your hand.

Set your pasta machine on the highest number and feed the dough through. Drop 1 number and feed it through again. Then drop 1 more number and feed it through a third time. Fold the dough in half and start over again with the highest number but this time work all the way down to the lowest number.

Once the dough is rolled out, create your favourite pasta. Cut it into fettuccini noodles or create pillows of ravioli by adding a favourite filling to the centre.

Serves 3-4

 

Tips:

Folding the dough makes the pasta stronger and more malleable; this is particularly important if you are making ravioli.

This recipe lasts up to 1 week in the fridge. If you’re having a dinner party you can pre-make the pasta and freeze it ahead of time.

If you are freezing the pasta, space the pieces out evenly on parchment paper so that they do not touch.

All About the Glass

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Dabble’s in-house Chef, Corey Burgan, participates in a Riedel Wine Seminar at the Miele Gallery in Vaughan, ON.

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‘The glass is the taste maker, says 10th generation wine glassware maker Georg J. Riedel. Each wine has its own range of unique features from its aroma to its taste and that’s where the glass comes into play. With a wide selection of designs, shapes, and sizes, Riedel glassware creates the perfect vessel to exact the aroma and taste of the wine. Having the proper tools and investing in the right glassware enables you to enjoy your wine to its fullest potential.

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ABOVE: Georg J. Riedel and Dabble’s Resident Chef, Corey Burgan, at the Riedel Wine Seminar.

For more information about Riedel glassware, visit Riedel

Charity-Wok

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To celebrate the Canadian launch of their new Asian inspired stir-fry mixes, cooking sauces and pastes, Blue Dragon, UK’s favourite and most authentic Asian products, had a master-chef style competition giving 20 food media the chance to apply their inventive culinary skills and wok for a cause of their choice.

Dabble Chef, Corey Burgan was up for the challenge of preparing a flavourful Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese or Japanese inspired dish using Blue Dragon products. The panel of judges, Florence Kwowk (Oriental cuisine specialist), Jean-Francois Dery (General Manager America’s AB World Foods), and Theresa Quick (the PR Department) determined the winning recipe based on taste, appearance and the creative use of ingredients and awarded Amy Rosen and her Vegetarian Vietnamese Pancake dish as the winner. Amy donated $2,000 to the Mickey Network.