From Scratch: Eggs Florentine

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“Eggs Florentine are a breakfast classic,” says resident chef Corey Burgan.

 

INGREDIENTS:

10 eggs

1 tomato, diced

1/2 onion, diced

1 bunch basil

1 bunch chives

salt and pepper

1 baguette (1/4″ slices)

3 tbsp balsamic vinegar

3 tbsp white vinegar

1 lb spinach

2 tbsp butter

 

PREPARATION:

Butter slices of bread on both sides and place on a non-stick baking sheet.

 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to high broil.

Combine diced tomato, onion and balsamic vinegar in bowl; season with salt and pepper. Place in the fridge.

In large skillet, bring 1½” of water and the white vinegar to a boil. Break eggs one at a time into the boiling water. Use a slotted spoon and stir gently in a circular motion.

While eggs are cooking place the baguette slices under the broiler. Remove when toasted.

Cook eggs 2 to 4 minutes or until desired firmness. Remove with slotted spoon, allow water to drain, and place eggs in a bowl.

In a large frying pan sauté the spinach in butter until wilted. Remove from heat.

In a small glass, add tomato mix as the base, then add a layer of spinach. Top with poached egg and drizzle with Hollandaise sauce.

Garnish with basil leaf and chive sprout; serve with slice of toast.

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Hollandaise Sauce

 

INGREDIENTS:

10 egg yolks

2 cups butter

2-3 tbsp apple cider vinegrette

4-5 dashes Tabasco

4-5 dashes Lea and Perrins

salt and pepper

 

DIRECTIONS:

In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.

In a bowl, combine egg yolks, apple cider vinegrette, Tabasco and Lea and Perrins. Whisk approximately 2 minutes, until combined.

Slowly stir in the melted butter adding half a cup at a time. Whisk to preferred thickness, then set off to the side.

To serve, pour or spoon over eggs. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Crêpes with Greek Yogurt and Apricot-Champagne Sauce

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Step 1: Good Morning Crêpes


INGREDIENTS:

2 eggs

1 cup non-fat milk

1/2 cup flour

1 tbsp melted butter

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Whisk eggs in a small bowl. Add the milk and then the flour. Once it is completely mixed together, whisk in the butter.

Heat a medium size (approximately 8”) non-stick frying pan over medium high heat. Pour in batter and cook for approximately 45 seconds per side or until lightly browned.

 

Step 2: Greek Yogurt Filling

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tbsp brown sugar

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Mix the yogurt, vanilla extract, nutmeg and brown sugar in a large bowl. Place the mixture in a line down the centre of each crêpe and fold the edges over the centre.

 

Step 3: Apricot-Champagne Sauce

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 tbsp Champagne

1/2 cup apricot preserves

10 fresh raspberries

1 tsp lemon juice

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a small saucepan, cook the Champagne for 2 minutes at medium heat. Add the remaining ingredients to the pan and stir for 3 minutes.

Top crêpes with the sauce and garnish with fresh blueberries and mint leaves.

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.