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Steak-Frites (Steak with Homemade Fries)

Steak Frites

Happy Spring, everyone! I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be continuing my partnership with President’s Choice this year to bring you some exciting new recipes that I’ve created for their new line up of products for the PC Black Label Collection.

This month’s box brings us an exquisite mix of ingredients from Europe, the Middle East and beyond! Let’s take a look at these wonderful products and scroll through to see which one I used in this Steak-Frites recipe!

PC Black Label Goose Fat has a subtle flavour but has a velvety, luxurious texture, which is great to use in a variety of dishes in the kitchen. Thanks to its high smoking point, in can be used in your favourite recipes that call for oil, my favourite so far has been in the classic roasted potatoes alongside a nice steak.
PC Black Label Black Garlic is an aged garlic that is cooked over a long period of time resulting in a black garlic that gives a sweet, caramelized flavour to pastas, pizzas, and various condiments and sauces. I tried this in my vegetable quiche and it was a nice, subtle garlic flavour.

PC Black Label Ras El Hanout Spice Blend is a Moroccan-inspired seasoning blend of 24 spices that include cinnamon, chilies, coriander, nigella seeds, cardamom and rose petals to name a few. It is warm and pungent and brings great depth of flavours to tagines, vegetables and grain dishes.

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I had the pleasure of trying them all and I was immediately drawn to the Ras El Hanout and was eager to try it out in this steak-frites recipe.

What do you think of when you hear “steak frites”? It immediately takes me back to my first visit to Le Relais de l’Entrecôtea popular Parisian restaurant that serves bistro style steak-frites. Perfectly sliced steaks, frites and a delicious sauce to go with it all.

I am a big fan of a good steak. I ate steak frites every week whilst living in Paris, (ahem, for the sake of research as they say…!) I found a place that I really enjoyed and never tired of it. I was such a regular there that they slowly gave me all of their secrets and tips. After several years of cooking and baking professionally, I have mastered the steak to my liking with little tweaks here and there and now I am going to share them with you.

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I’ve shared a simple preparation for beautiful steaks with the PC Black Label Ras El Hanout Spice Blend seasoning to change things up a bit and give it a little kick. The flavour profile does not disappoint! I hope you’ll enjoy the recipe and it becomes your favourite weeknight meal in rotation. I would love to see your recreations using the hashtag, #hautesucre. Happy cooking!

Whether you’re a home chef or an aspiring foodie, the PC Black Label Collection makes it easy to unleash your culinary curiosity and get creative. Discover the entire collection and be inspired to #PlayWithYourFood at pc.ca/blacklabel.

(This post is sponsored by President’s Choice. I used their to Ras El Hanout Spice Blend to make these delicious Steak Frites.)

 

Steak-Frites Recipe

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(Serves 2 – 3)

Ingredients:

Frites:

3-4 large baking potatoes, peeled, rinsed and dried sliced into 1/4″ thick matchsticks
2 Tblsp olive oil
Fresh sprigs of thyme
kosher salt
fresh ground pepper

Steaks:

2 Tenderloin Steaks, rinsed and patted dry
2 Tblsp PC Black Label Ras El Hanout Spice Blend seasoning mix
1 Tblsp olive oil
4 Tblsp salted butter
Fresh sprigs of thyme
3 cloves of fresh garlic, slightly crused
1 cup wine
2 tblsp heavy cream
salt
pepper

Directions:

Make the Frites:

  1. Preheat oven to 550F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with the oil, salt, pepper and fresh sprigs of thyme
  3. Transfer to the lined baking sheet and Bake at 550F for 30 minutes or until golden.
  4. Set aside and keep warm.

Ras el Hanout Dry Rub Steaks

Make the Steaks:

  1. Transfer the dry steaks to a large plate and coat both sides with 1 tsp neutral oil. Sprinkle 1-2 Tblsp of the Ras El Hanout Spice Blend seasoning mix on each side of the steak coating it well. Set aside.
  2. In a large heavy skillet over medium high heat, melt 2 tablespoon of butter and swirl it until it sizzles, add 1 clove of garlic and a few sprigs of fresh thyme.
  3. Gently add the steaks rub side down, increasing the heat to high to get a nice even crust. Leave them undisturbed for a few minutes to sear. Using a large spoon, collect the butter and herbs and pour them over the steaks, basting them to keep them moist.
  4. When a nice and golden sear has been achieved (you can check after 5 minutes, lifting a corner up with a fork) flip the steaks over and continue to cook for another 5-8 minutes, depending on the thickness of the steak. *I find this timing works for me, for a medium rare steak but it will all depend on the thickness of your steak, your cooking pan and the amount of heat.
  5. Alternatively, after searing the steaks you can transfer them to a 450F oven for 10 minutes for medium well and approx 15 minutes for well done.
  6. Transfer the steaks to a large plate to rest for a few minutes and prepare the jus.

Seared Steak

Make the Jus:

  1. Return the skillet back over medium high heat and add 2 tablespoons of butter until just melted, then add the salt, pepper, garlic, wine and fresh thyme. Cook over high heat until the wine has reduced, approx 5 minutes. Pour in the heavy cream and gently whisk. Set aside until you’re ready to plate.

Assembly:

  1. Transfer each steak to a dinner plate with a serving of the Frites and then pour 1-2 tablespoons of the jus over the steak and frites as desired. Serve with your favourite wine and enjoy!

Steak Frites

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Orange Acai Bowl

Acai bowls are a favourite here at our house.  It’s like eating ice cream for breakfast only healthier with the addition of wholesome fruits.  It’s one way to entice your kids to eat a healthy breakfast, chock full of vitamins and daily servings of fruit and vegetables.

Traditionally Acai bowls are prepared with blended acai fruit and bananas and topped with coconut, bananas and berries.  With the recent food trends all over the world, acai bowls have become highly popular and instagram worthy, and why not, these bowls are a healthy addiction to have.

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I have partnered with Tropicana Canada for this Orange Acai Bowl recipe using Tropicana Pure Premium® Orange Juice.  I love the hint of citrus in the smoothie bowl as it gives me that pick me up in the morning and it complements the berries so well.  They are a healthy breakfast option in our house as they’re easy to prepare and the kids love to add their own toppings.

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It is also an excellent addition to your brunch table if you’re having a lot of guests as it allows them to customize their bowls with the own toppings. I always like to set up a little buffet bar of the toppings and everyone can help themselves!  It’s a fun and entertaining way to serve breakfast!

Some of my favourite toppings include my homemade chocolate hazelnut granola , dried coconut, fresh berries, hemp hearts and sliced bananas.

I hope you’ll try them out and if you do, please share them with me using my hashtag #hautesucre, I would love to see them. Make these for your next brunch, they’re sure to become your new favourite, get the recipe below.

 

Orange Acai Bowl Recipe

(Makes 2 servings)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice
2 tblsp maple syrup
1 packet of frozen acai
1 banana
1/2 cup frozen cherries or blueberries

Toppings:

sliced strawberries
granola cereal
mixed nuts
dried coconut
cocoa nibs

Directions:

Add all of the ingredients in a high speed blender and blend on the highest speed of your mixer until smooth.

Pour into a bowl and top with your favourite toppings. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

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Whole Grain Orange Waffles

Waffles are a weekend treat at home and we love gathering around for big brunches with everyone. From sweet to savory, the options are endless. We love these whole grain waffles because they’re a healthy alternative as they’re made with whole wheat flour and our favourite Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice.

I feel better knowing I’m feeding my family a healthier option with the addition of Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice as it includes two servings of fruit per cup and we get the additional vitamin C and potassium in our waffles.

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But who are we kidding? I love orange juice and any way that I can incorporate it into my meal, I will. My two-year-old daughter will devour an entire waffle for breakfast and I don’t feel guilty serving them to my kids.

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Crowned with our favourite toppings, they’re the perfect cozy weekend brunch meal. To make it even more fun, I like to set up a mini fruit bar station for my kids that includes various berries, sliced oranges, nuts, whipped cream and maple syrup. And of course, we cannot forget the dusting of icing sugar that crowns the top!

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I hope you’ll try them out and if you do, please share them with me using my hashtag #hautesucre, I would love to see them. Make these for your next brunch, they’re sure to become your new favourite, get the recipe below.

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Whole Grain Orange Waffles Recipe

Makes 6 Waffles

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Organic Whole Wheat Flour

2 tblsp buttermilk powder

½ tsp kosher salt

¼ tsp ground vanilla bean

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

1 ¼ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp baking soda

3 tblsp raw sugar

¾ cup Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice

1 large free range egg

3 tblsp unsalted butter, softened or melted

Toppings:

Fresh berries

Whipped cream

Icing sugar

Maple Syrup

Directions:

  1. In a high-speed blender mix all the ingredients in the order listed and mix on medium-high for 1 minute or until the ingredients are combined. Set aside.
  2. Preheat your waffle iron
  3. Add enough batter to the hot waffle iron (approximately ¾ cup) and cook until nice and golden.
  4. Transfer to a cooling rack and continue making the rest of the waffles
  5. Transfer one waffle to a plate and top with your desired toppings such as mixed berries, maple syrup and finish with whipped cream and a dusting of icing sugar.

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This post is sponsored by Tropicana Canada. I have partnered up with Tropicana Canada to bring you delicious new recipes that will highlight the goodness of cooking and baking with Tropicana Pure Premium® Orange Juice and how I enjoy it in my daily life.

Orange Tea Cakes

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(This post is sponsored by Tropicana Canada. I have partnered up with Tropicana Canada to bring you delicious new recipes that will highlight the goodness of cooking and baking with Tropicana Pure Premium® Orange Juice and how I enjoy it in my daily life.)

I am a big advocate of orange juice, always have been. Not only do I love the refreshing taste but I enjoy the immense benefits it brings such as a daily dose of vitamin C. A lot of love into a 250ml glass of 100% Tropicana Pure Premium® Orange Juice. Each glass contains:

  • Two servings of fruit
  • Full day’s supply of Vitamin C
  • As much potassium as a medium banana

I have been buying Tropicana Pure Premium® Orange Juice for myself and my family for as long as I can remember as it is apart of our healthy diet. I never realized all the added benefits I was getting as we primarily drink it because it tastes good – the additional benefits are a bonus!

I love incorporating ingredients that I trust into my cooking and baked goods and this new recipe for Orange Tea Cakes is no exception. It’s delicious, straightforward and requires little fuss or expertise. As these are petit fours, you can be creative with your choice of molds. I have used mini madeleine molds, but you can also use mini savarin ring molds as well as mini muffin tins.

I hope you’ll try them out and if you do, please share them with me using my hashtag #hautesucre, I would love to see them. Make these for your next cookie exchange or holiday brunch, they’re sure to become your new holiday favourite, get the recipe below.

Orange Tea Cakes Recipe

Makes approximately 25 mini cakes

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 tsp ground vanilla bean or extract
zest of 1 small orange
1/3 cup Tropicana Premium Orange Juice
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt
Confectioner’s sugar for dusting

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350F Line a mini madeleine pan or mini muffin tray with butter. If using silicone bakeware, do not coat with butter, but place silicone moulds over a baking sheet for the oven. Best eaten on the day they’re baked.

  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking power, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add the butter and sugar and beat on medium high for 3 minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time and continue to beat for 5 minutes. You want the batter to be light and fluffy.
  4. Lower the speed on the stand mixer and pour in the vanilla, orange zest and orange juice, mix until combined.
  5. Keeping the mixer on the lowest speed, add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined – do not over mix.
  6. With a small teaspoon or cookie scoop, transfer the batter to your mini cake pan and bake at 350F for 15 min or until slightly golden.
  7. Remove and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  8. Dust with confectioner’s sugar and serve.

Winter Spiced Shakshouka (Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce)

Winter Spiced Shakshouka

(This post is sponsored by the FeedFeed and Vitamix).

My favourite weekend brunch includes this Middle Eastern egg dish called Shakshouka. This dish is a feast for the palate with a myriad of spices simmered in a slow cooked tomato sauce with an abundance of chili’s, and topped with farm fresh eggs poached directly in the pan over this magical sauce. It’s adorned with an assortment of fresh herbs and sheep’s feta cheese.

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The inspiration for this dish came from a recent dinner I have with the FeedFeed and the Vitamix team here in Toronto a few weeks ago. It was a lovely dinner with the entire meal prepared with Vitamix’s Winter Spice Seasoning. Delicious notes of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, peppercorns and dried oranges complemented and highlighted each course. It is such a lovely spice mix that I have incorporated it into my Shakshouka recipe and can’t wait to try it next in Indian spiced chai.

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This spice blend was made in my new beautiful A3500 Ascent series Vitamix machine and took less than five minutes to make! This machine is a workhorse and has been an absolute delight to use.

The features for this machine are outstanding, I’ve never had a smoothie so rich and smooth and ready in under 1 minute. My kids love it and with the pre-set program settings it’s so easy for them to use!

I hope you enjoy the recipe and when you make it, please tag me on my social channels with my hashtag, #hautesucre as I would love to see your recreations.

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Winter Spiced Shakshouka Recipe

The Shakshouka sauce can be made ahead of time especially if you’re making it for a large crowd and want to prep in advance. It can be warmed up to a gentle boil, ensuring the sauce is bubbling so that the eggs set. You want the whites to be just set while the yolks are still soft and runny. There’s no other way to serve this other than with a nice chunk of bread to scoop up the sauce.

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 chiles or 1jalapeños, finely chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 tbsp sugar
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 1/2 tsp Winter Spice Seasoning
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp red chili powder (spicy kind)
1 tbsp. paprika
2 cups crushed tomatoes (passata)
2 cups cooked chickpeas, drained
1/4 cup water
4-6 large eggs
2 tbsp cilantro, dill, parsley, chopped

2 Tblsp Sheep’s Feta Cheese
Fresh crusty bread or pita

Directions:

  • In a deep skillet, heat the olive oil, add onions and sugar and cook about 6 minutes until translucent (do not brown)
  • Add crushed garlic, chopped chillies, and cumin seeds ~ fry 2 minutes.
  • Add the Winter Spice mix and the rest of the ground spices and cook 3 minutes, stirring to incorporate everything.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, chickpeas and 1/4 cup water (if using passata, do not add additional water). Cover and cook for about 10-15 min.
  • Smooth mixture into base of skillet and gently crack 4-6 eggs on top. Spoon some of the tomato sauce over and around the eggs. Immediately cover and cook approx 4-5 min or until eggs are cooked through to your desired preference (runny or semi solid yolk).
  • With a large spatula, gently remove sauce and eggs onto plates and top with chopped herbs and serve with crusty bread or pita. Enjoy!

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Buckwheat & Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies (Gluten-free)

Buckwheat cookies are an amazing alternative for those with gluten intolerance. Made with healthy and hearty wholesome ingredients such as medjool dates, coconut, and my favourite – hazelnuts!

Hazelnuts can be substituted in this recipe, but these go nicely with the buckwheat and chocolate. These are so tasty you won’t miss a thing, my 7 year old loves them and we’ve made them many times.

I hope you’ll try them out and if you do, please share them with me using my hashtag #hautesucre, I would love to see them. Make these for your next cookie exchange or holiday brunch, they’re sure to become your new holiday favourite, get the recipe below.

Buckwheat Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies (gluten free) Recipe

Ingredients:

8 Medjool Dates

2/3 cups hazelnuts

2/3 cups maple sugar (or raw turbinado sugar)

Pinch of sea salt

Pinch of ground cinnamon

1 large free range organic egg

2 tblsp almond milk (or other dairy/non dairy liquid)

1 cup Buckwheat flour

1/3 cup coconut manna (dried coconut)

1/4 cup cacao nibs

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp ground Vanilla bean

1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips

Topping:

1 cup dairy free chocolate Cacao nibs

Fleur de sel

Instructions:

1. In a high speed blender or food processor, pulse the hazelnuts and dates until broken down. You should still see chopped pieces of nuts – you don’t want hazelnut flour.

2. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until the mixture comes together. Do not over process.

3. Transfer the batter to a small bowl and work it with your hands for a few minutes, ensuring it’s evenly distributed.

4. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours.

5. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

7. Remove the mixture from the refrigerator and scoop out the mixture into mid size balls.

8. Gently roll and flatten them slightly so that they bake evenly.

9. Bake for 12 minutes. Let them rest for 2 min and transfer to a rack to completely cool.

10. Melt 1 cup of chocolate into a small heatproof bowl and set aside.

11. When the cookies have cooled, dip each half cookie into the bowl of melted chocolate, shaking off the excess and laying it flat onto the parchment sheet to dry. Repeat with remaining chocolate.

12. Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with raw cacao nibs and fleur de sel. Let the chocolate harden until set.

Enjoy!

Apple Walnut Cake

Apple Walnut Cake
(This post is sponsored by President’s Choice. I used their PC Black Label “00” Farina Fine Wheat Flour to make this Apple Walnut Cake.)

When I received this month’s box I was delighted to see 2 ingredients that I really love, flour and pizza sauce!

PC Black Label Pizza Sauce is made in Italy with a traditional blend of Italian tomatoes, spices, extra virgin olive oil and onions. It’s perfect for those weeknight meals when you want to make a quick dinner. I used the sauce to make flatbread pizza and it made a delicious base with a burst of amazing flavours.

PC Black Label “00” Farina Fine Wheat Flour is a finely milled wheat flour that is ideal for use in pizzas, pastries and pasta. This wheat flour is soft and silky and easy to work with. Also, I love using this product to make my favourite Focaccia recipe.

I was really tempted to make Pizza for this month’s recipe but decided against it as I was really curious to see how the flour would turn out in pastries. Generally I use all purpose flour for baked goods but after doing some research and testing, I decided to create a recipe with this season’s generous bounty of apples and paired them with this delicate flour into a wonderful cake.

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This cake has a soft crumb with crunchy bites of walnut and sweet apples that just melt in your mouth. The flour is easy to work with and mixes well with the other ingredients. I’m glad I tried it! It looks like I have a new favourite flour to work with in the kitchen. Stay tuned for more recipes.

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As we roll into the fifth month of the #PlayWithYourFood PC Black Label campaign with President’s Choice, I want to share some exciting news! President’s Choice has offered to giveaway 1 PC BLACK LABEL BLACK BOX for you to win on my Instagram account! You can win 2 delicious PC Black Label products in addition to a $50 gift card! How exciting is that? In order to enter the contest, you will need to go to my Instagram page.

The contest will run until November 22nd – 9pm EST at which time a winner will be selected randomly. Good luck! *This contest is open to Canadian residents only.

Whether you’re a home chef or an aspiring foodie, the PC Black Label Collection makes it easy to unleash your culinary curiosity and get creative. Discover the entire collection and be inspired to #PlayWithYourFood at pc.ca/blacklabel.

Apple Walnut Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 tsp ground vanilla bean powder
1 large egg
1 1/4 cups PC Black Label “00” Farina Fine Wheat Flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 cup cashew milk* or regular milk
2 apples, thinly sliced and tossed in 1 tblsp lemon juice
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
1 tblsp sugar, for sprinkling on top

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Instructions:

Preheat oven to @350°F
1. In a large mixing bowl, add the sugar and softened butter and whisk until smooth and fluffy.
2. Add the egg and vanilla and continue to whisk until smooth.
3. In a small bowl whisk the flour, salt, cinnamon powder and baking powder.
4. Alternating with the cashew milk, add half the flour into the large mixing bowl and gently fold to combine. Add the second half of the milk and flour and fold gently with a spatula. Do not overmix.
5. Pour the batter into a parchment lined loaf tin.
6. Arrange the Apple slices from one of the pan to the other end keeping it in a tight row, pushing them down halfway into the batter.
7. Sprinkle with walnuts and 1 Tblsp sugar.
8. Bake at 350°F for approximately 45 minutes.
9. Let the cake completely cool on a wire rack before removing from the pan before placing on a serving dish.
10. Dust with icing sugar, if desired. Serve.

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Spicy Shrimp Scampi with Hot Cherry Peppers

Shrimp Pasta

(This post is sponsored by President’s Choice.  I used their PC Black Label Hot Cherry Peppers to make this Spicy Shrimp Scampi.)

After a nice long summer break, I’m back in the kitchen experimenting with my new October PC Black Label black box where I received two jars of condiments that can be eaten tapas style or included in a recipe.

PC Black Label Hot Cherry Peppers marinated in oil are the perfect accompaniment for pizzas, pastas, grilled meats and seafood.  I was particularly fond of this as I love using a wide variety of peppers in various dishes and this one is the perfect addition to this Spicy Shrimp Scampi recipe that I’m sharing with you.

PC Black Label Borettane Onions  are tasty and can be used with many dishes or served as apart of an antipasto platter.  I have tried them on their own and in a quiche and they have a unique balsamic vinegar flavour that isn’t too overpowering, but very pleasant and mild.

I decided to shake up my favourite shrimp scampi recipe and added the PC Black Label Hot Cherry Peppers into the mix, it takes the dish to a whole new level!  It is simple, quick and packed with flavour,  its perfect for an easy weeknight meal or for a romantic date-night dinner served with your favourite wine.

I used the PC Gigantico Raw Zipperback Black Tiger Shrimp as I prefer the larger variety of shrimp in this recipe as it carries well as a main dish.

Spicy Shrimp

Whether you’re a home chef or an aspiring foodie, the PC Black Label Collection makes it easy to unleash your culinary curiosity and get creative. Discover the entire collection and be inspired to #PlayWithYourFood at pc.ca/blacklabel.

Spicy Shrimp Scampi with Hot Cherry Peppers Recipe

Serves 3-4

Spicy Shrimp:

Ingredients:

  • 2 tblsp olive oil
  • 2 tblsp butter
  • 25 large sized shrimp, deveined and dried, tails left on (PC Gigantico Raw Zipperback Black Tiger Shrimp)
  • 3 fresh garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tblsp tomato paste, double concentrate
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Ingredients

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter with the olive oil over high heat.
  2. Add the tomato paste and cook for 5 minutes
  3. Add the garlic cloves and mix thoroughly.
  4. Now add the shrimp and stir the mixture a few times to ensure the shrimps are coated with sauce, about 3 minutes.
  5. Flip the shrimp over and cook a few more minutes until they’re done.
  6. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Spicy Shrimp

Scampi Sauce:

Ingredients:

  • 3 tblsp olive oil
  • 3 tblsp butter
  • 2 tsp raw sugar
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 6 fresh garlic cloves, minced
  • PC Black Label Hot Cherry Peppers chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Tblsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup white wine
  • Handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 500g of spaghetti cooked in salted water

Butter and garlic

Directions:

  1. In the same large skillet, add the olive oil, butter and tomato paste. Stir to combine.
  2. Add the cherry tomatoes and raw sugar and cook 5 minutes until they burst open.
  3. Add the garlic and chopped cherry peppers and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the salt, pepper, and white wine. Cook on medium heat and reduce the wine to cook out the alcohol, about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Set aside and boil your pasta. Do not wash the skillet.
  6. Boil 500g of spaghetti in salted water
  7. Once the pasta is cooked, transfer it to the skillet along with the chopped parsley. Toss to coat the pasta completely with the sauce. Cover and let it rest for 5 minutes to absorb the flavours.
  8. Transfer the pasta to a platter or to individual plates and top with the shrimp.
  9. Drizzle over the leftover sauce from the shrimp and serve.  Enjoy!

Scampi

Chocolate Hazelnut Granola

Granola is one of my favourite things to eat in the morning with fresh homemade yogurt or thick Greek style yogurt. I didn’t always like yogurt or granola, it all started 7 years ago when I was pregnant with my son…talk about cravings!

I was visiting my friend Penny in Chicago and quickly got addicted to a local made chocolate granola. Needless to say, I packed up a suitcase worth to take home and to eat for the duration of my pregnancy haha and she was nice enough to mail me a quick fix when I ran out.

Eventually I started making my own with a newborn in tow, in between naps and feedings. I have so many recipes 7 years later but this one is a definite favourite. I love hazelnuts and I love chocolate, so what could be better! Even my son loves it!😉

Chocolate Hazelnut Granola Recipe

Preheat oven to 350°F

Line a baking sheet lined with parchment

Ingredients

3 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup dark cocoa powder

1 tsp ground vanilla bean

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1/4 tsp kosher Salt

2 tblsp almond oil

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/8 cup water

1/2 cup hazelnuts, chopped

1/2 cup dark chocolate, chopped

Instructions:

In a large bowl combine the oats, cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Mix well.

Add the almond oil, maple syrup and water. Mix until all the oats are saturated.

Place on a lined baking sheet and bake for 10 min.

Remove and add the chopped hazelnuts.

Return to the oven and bake another 10 minutes.

Turn the oven off and leave in for 5-10 minutes more.

Remove and let it cool completely.

Add the chopped chocolate and transfer the granola to a large mason or weck jar.

Enjoy with milk, yogurt or with your favourite dessert as a topping.

Blueberry and Hazelnut Crostata 

Crostata evokes many memories of a summer semester I spent in Bologna, Italy when I was backpacking in Europe as a university student. I spent most of my hard-earned money on eating and sightseeing and I fondly remember all the bakeries serving many variations of this infamous Italian Tart. Plums, berries, apples, grapes all made their way into these traditional crostatas bursting with homemade jams, flaky and buttery crusts liberally dusted with icing sugar.

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I used to walk through the streets sightseeing and eating my crostata with icing sugar dusting my face, a happy memory! I had a sweet tooth and couldn’t resist trying all the delicacies in the dozens of pastry shops that lined the streets.

When E.D.SMITH contacted me to collaborate on their fall campaign to celebrate their 135th birthday, I was delighted as it brought back memories of baking as a child with my mum. We used to love using their pie fillings and their jams were a staple in our house.

E.D.SMITH is an iconic Canadian food brand with roots dating back to 1882 and is currently the #1 pie filling in Canada and the largest Canadian manufacturer of jams and fruit spreads.

For their fall campaign, E.D.SMITH is inspiring the newest generation of Canadian home cooks to look past traditional jam on toast and plain pies to get creative with E.D.SMITH’s products.

My mission is to inspire you to explore the versatility of their products and show you how E.D.SMITH’s pie fillings and Triple Fruits spreads can fit within your lifestyle and today’s food trends.

I love a good challenge and what better way than to recreate one of my favourite desserts, a fruit filled crostata! A traditional crostata is an open-faced fruit tart, often with a decorative lattice top and made with a homemade jam.

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I particularly enjoy E.D.SMITH’s Blueberry Pie Filling and thought it would be a great swap out for a traditional blueberry jam. As we head into the fall season, I made this crostata with the addition of ground hazelnuts as it gives the crust a gently nutty bite and it complements the Blueberry Pie Filling nicely. If hazelnuts are not to your liking, they can easily be replaced with ground almonds.

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The addition of nuts in the pastry dough, coupled with the yolks creates a well rounded, rich crust that pairs nicely with the pie filling making you want to savour each bite.

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This Blueberry and Hazelnut Crostata is sure to become your favourite too. It’s a delicious twist on a traditional, familiar dessert with a delicate lattice topping. I hope you enjoy making it as much as I do.

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Blueberry and Hazelnut Crostata Recipe

Pastry Crust Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup ground hazelnuts (or almonds)

3 Tbsp. sugar

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp citrus zest (lemon, orange or grapefruit)

1/4 tsp ground vanilla bean (or extract)

Pinch of ground cinnamon

3/4 cup cold unsalted butter, chopped

1 large egg + 1 yolk

3/4 can of E.D.SMITH Blueberry Pie Filling

Egg wash (1 egg + 2 tsp water)

9″ Fluted round tart pan with a removal bottom

Directions:

  1. In a stand up mixer bowl with the paddle attachment, add the flour, ground hazelnuts, sugar, salt, zest, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix on low until combined.
  2. Add the chopped butter and egg yolk, and mix until combined. Do not overmix as you still want to see bits of butter throughout.
  3. On a clean surface roll out 2 sheets of cling wrap and place the dough in the centre and gently form a disk. Flatten, cover in cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350F
  5. Roll out the pastry dough on a floured surface to approximately 14-16″ in diameter and l/2” thickness. Gently transfer it to the tart pan and press into the pan, bringing the dough up to the sides.
  6. With a sharp knife, cut off the excess dough and reserve to make a lattice top.
  7. Add the E.D.SMITH Blueberry Pie Filling into the base.
  8. Roll out the excess dough and using a fluted pastry wheel cut strips to place over top the filled pastry.
  9. In a crisscross pattern overlap the strips and crimp the edges.
  10. *Alternate method; on a flour dusted parchment sheet you can create your lattice top pattern and chill it for 15 minutes. Gently flip it over-top the tart, sealing the edges and discarding any excess dough.
  11. Brush with the egg wash and bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes or until golden.
  12. Remove and place on a baking rack to completely cool.
  13. Remove the tart ring and dust generously with icing sugar and cut into slices. Enjoy!

*The Crostata will keep for 4-5 days in an airtight container, refrigerated.