Sesame Crusted Scallops with Black Beluga Caviar Lentils, Microgreens and Paneer Croutons

Sweet scallops, nutty lentils and peppery microgreens combined create a simple yet complex dish. By adding a tangy Caesar dressing and a sweet, slightly spicy mango relish makes it swoon worthy. This dish makes and elegant first course or a light lunch.

1 cup Black Beluga Lentils

4 cups chicken stock

4 garlic cloves, peeled

¼ teaspoon pepper

4 Tablespoons McEwan’s Own Ice Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil

4 large scallops

1 egg white, lightly beaten

½ cup McEwan’s Own Sesame Seeds

3oz paneer, cut into ½ inch cubes

1 tablespoon butter

2 cups microgreens (arugula, pea sprouts, cilantro)

10 Brussel sprouts, shaved

4 radishes, shaved

3 tablespoons McEwan’s Own Caesar Dressing

2 tablespoons McEwan’s Own Sweet Mango Relish

salt and pepper, to taste

Beauty Shot

Place lentils, stock, garlic and pepper in a medium sauce pan on high and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 30 min or until lentils are tender. Drain excess stock.

Puree garlic cloves with 2 tablespoons of McEwan’s Own Ice Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil and stir into lentils. Keep warm.

Pat scallops dry, dip into egg whites and the McEwan’s Own Sesame Seeds. Sear in a hot stainless sauté pan with butter for 2 min per side.

Place paneer and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a sauté pan at medium high and cook until each side is golden. Approximately 30 seconds per side.

Toss microgreens, Brussel sprouts and radish with McEwan’s Own Caesar Dressing. Set aside.

To plate: Make a small pool of lentils and place to 2 scallops in the center of them and top with ½ teaspoon of McEwan’s Own Sweet Mango Relish. Place microgreens to the side along with paneer. Very lightly drizzle a touch more olive oil over scallops and lentils. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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From Crop To Cup with Sloane Tea

In the past couple of years, drinking tea has become a sort of art form. With so many brands and flavours, it can start to get confusing! To keep up with this ever changing aspect of our industry The McEwan Group wanted to find the perfect tea list for Bymark, One and Fabbrica.

Enter Sloane Tea! Much like the McEwan Group of restaurants, they have a high regard for quality and beautiful presentation. Everything from their pyramid satchels that meet the need of consistency and the table-side Tea Sommelier chest create an elevated level of customer experience.

China Tea Ceremony

When speaking with Hoda Paripoush, Sloane Tea’s Director, I asked the one question that is probably the hardest to answer “what should people be looking for in a tea, what’s the best type of tea to drink?” and she answered brilliantly…”drink the tea that you love the most, because you will drink more of it and reap more of the benefits that the tea has to offer”.

Sloane Teas are affectionately referred to in the industry as “crop to cup”, meaning that the teas are based on a direct trade, having the shortest amount of time possible from the tea estate, where it is grown to the end user.

As an official Tea Sommelier (the first in North American to be accredited by both the American and Canadian institutions), Hoda helped each restaurant pick the right line up of teas based on the clientele’s preferences. But when looking at their entire line I asked Hoda what she would recommend for…

Relaxation?- The Rouge Provence is a completely caffeine-free and red rooibos-based, blended with French lavender and rose petals

Energy?- Sloane’s Heavenly Cream contains caffeine, it is a black tea with a smooth and robust flavour which is perfect in the morning of the early afternoon

Her Personal Preference?- The Earl Grey Classic and Heavenly Cream!

Heavenly Cream Signature Blend Black Tea

There are many factors that set Sloane Tea apart from other brands, the “crop to cup” philosophy, ensuring that there are no distributors or brokers means that the tea arrives and is ready for use within 3 months! It is also due to people like Hoda who spends a large amount of time at each of the tea gardens and the fact that she also trained in perfumery in France. This means that the teas are created based on the principles of perfumery which takes into consideration the top, heart and base notes of the ingredients.

The next time you pop in to Bymark, One or Fabbrica, make sure to grab a warm cup of Sloane Tea and taste the difference that their precision makes.

Romance Your Valentine with an Italian Feast at Fabbrica for Two

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and while jewelry and roses are optional, a romantic delicious meal that she doesn’t have to prepare is pretty much a non-negotiable. And no, delivery pizza doesn’t count.

When I think of an intimate Valentines Day meal, I immediately think of Italian fare, like the rustic authentic menu at McEwan’s Fabbrica at the Shops at Don Mills.

Shareable pizzas, sensual pastas, decadent desserts, an extensive wine list, and a warm luxurious dining atmosphere all help makes Fabbrica the ideal spot for a romantic dinner for two. Resolving to eat lighter and healthier in 2015? No problem! They make a huge effort to help you dine well despite having dietary restrictions, so even gluten-free couples won’t miss out on the romance of an Italian spread. Check out some of these signature plates from Fabbrica’s top chefs that are guaranteed to win you some serious brownie points with your love!

 

This Valentine’s Day, skip the crusty box of chocolates, token Teady bear and the tasteless lingerie, spoil your sweetheart (and yourself) with a reservation at Fabbrica and let their talented chefs take care of the rest. Located at 49 Karl Fraser Drive in the Shops at Don Mills right across from the McEwan’s Shops. Don’t delay in planning your Valentines Day meal, book your special dinner online right here or give them a call at 416-391-0307 today.

DELICIOUSLY YOURS,

ABBEY SHARP, RD

OWNER, ABBEY’S KITCHEN