5 Minute Grilled Flatbread

This delicious flatbread is a perfect quick and easy entrée or appetizer. The soft naan bread is topped with warm and creamy goat cheese and succulent lamb shank. The star of the dish, McEwan’s Own Zucchini and Corn Relish, is what brings everything together adding that little bit of acidity to balance out the other intense flavours.

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1 cup of goat cheese
4 pieces Naan bread
3 braised lamb shanks, removed from bone and shredded
1 jar of McEwan’s Own Zucchini & Corn Relish
½ bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped

Preheat grill to medium heat. Spread a thick layer of goat cheese on the naan bread. Shred the lamb pieces from the bone and place on top of the goat cheese slathered naan bread.

Once barbecue is heated, grill each naan bread for approximately 2 minutes, or until bread and goat cheese are warm.

Remove from the grill and top each flatbread with McEwan’s Own Zucchini and Corn Relish and garnish generously with fresh cilantro.

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Master Chef Mark McEwan Joins Aga Khan Museum

Toronto, November 9, 2015 – The Aga Khan Museum is pleased to welcome The McEwan Group as its new manager of food and beverage services. Effective immediately, Chef Mark McEwan leads the stunning Diwan at Aga Khan Museum, the casual Courtyard Café, and all catering for private events.

Director and CEO Henry Kim notes, “Both as a chef and as an entrepreneur, Mark McEwan has earned international respect. We’re thrilled that his vision will shape food services at the Museum, enriching the experience of all who visit here — whether to see an exhibition or to attend a special event.”

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Photographed by Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

North 44 and Bymark have long established Mark McEwan’s reputation in Canada and abroad as a master chef and culinary innovator. With ONEFabbricaMcEwan at The Shops at Don Mills — and, most recently, McEwan at TD Centre — he broadened his scope, moving from upscale dining to providing gourmet-to-go options for busy urbanites. Yet for McEwan, the Aga Khan Museum is his most exciting challenge to date. He is eager to expand his already extensive repertoire, infusing the cuisine of India, North Africa, and Middle East with his inimitable style.

“I’m up for the challenge,” says Chef Mark McEwan. “I’m never content to rest on past achievements. I’m looking forward to developing a new vocabulary, a distinctive fusion of traditional and contemporary cuisine that really reflects what the Aga Khan Museum is all about.”

At Diwan, McEwan will focus his talents on providing lunch service from Tuesday to Sunday, 11:30 am–2:30 pm. Both walk-up service and reservations (via Open Table) are available for individuals and small groups. A $35 prix fixe lunch menu for larger groups may be booked at 416.646.4677, ext. 7730.

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Photographed by Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

New Diwan Lunch Menu Highlights (for a full menu, click here.):
• Tempting Starters ($6–16), such as tender Grilled Octopus served with Green Chickpea Salad, Moroccan Olives, Sweet Stewed Peppers, Sujuk, and Aleppo Pepper Aioli;
• Innovative takes on sandwiches and burgers ($16–18), including Chicken Tikka Masala on Naan, served with pickled carrot, mint-cucumber raita, and mango chutney;
• Generous Mains ($19–24), featuring Crisp Manakeesh (a Braised Beef Short Rib with Pickled Shallots, Akkawi Cheese, and Charred Eggplant Spread); and
• A range of specialty coffees and teas — including an aromatic Moroccan Spiced Coffee, Orange Blossom “White Coffee,” and rich Indian Masala Chai.

In the evening, Diwan is open for special themed dinners and private events. Visit Aga Khan Museum for details about pre-show dinners for this season’s Arab Jazz Series. For information about private event catering, please email private.events@agakhanmuseum.org.

For press inquiries please contact:
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416.628.5608

Tasleem Somji, Aga Khan Museum
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416.858.8735

Melanie Hoefs, The McEwan Group
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416.707.9136

What’s (NEW) on Fabbrica’s Menu?

As seasons change, so do menus, especially when you source fresh local produce like we do. For Fall 2015, we’ve added 8 fresh items to Fabbrica’s already-acclaimed menu. It’s not an easy process because when one’s added, often times another has to be ‘retired’.

“Fall is here. I wanted a menu that would reflect the flavours of season with a simplistic approach” says Chef de Cuisine Missy Hui. “It all comes down to having the finest possible ingredients”

Here’s a glimpse of Fabbrica’s new menu selections from Duck Confit Crostini to Whiskey Panna Cotta and everything in between.

 

Italian Spiced Peach Trifle

Layers of Italian lady-finger biscuits, preserves, fresh peaches and white chocolate yogurt makes for an enticing culinary indulgence that is perfect for sharing. By adding velvety, sweet yogurt, soaked into delicate biscuits, you will turn an ordinary trifle into a luscious dessert with the right amount of intensity!

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1 Jar of McEwan’s Own Italian Peach Preserves
1 Package of Saviorie Italian Lady Finger biscuits
1 Peach
1 Container of Liberte Greek Yougurt White Chocolate
1 Container of McEwan’s Own shelled pistachios
1 Can of whipped cream

Open jar of McEwan’s Own Italian Peach Preserves, drain liquid and spices from peaches. Remove peach flesh from the pits and set aside.

Using a food processor, pulse the peaches until spreadable or desired texture is achieved.

Cut Saviorie biscuits to the size of the dish you are using (if necessary) and place on the bottom of dish.

Peel and dice ½ of the peach into tiny bit size pieces, set aside. Keep the other half for garnish.

In this order spoon layers on top of the biscuits: Peach liquid*, yogurt, fresh peach pieces.

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Add a second layer of biscuits and repeat the layering process until the top of the dish is reached.

Cover dishes and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Crush pistachios, enough to garnish the dish.

When ready to serve, top dish with whipped cream, crushed pistachio and a peach slice.

Serve immediately.

Tip ~ The leftover peach preserve liquid makes for a delicious ice cream topping!

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Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Chili Salsa

Bring the five star flavour experience to your dinner table in minutes. This Shrimp Pineapple Chili Salsa Tacos recipe is a 15-minute meal that packs a punch of flavour with fresh vibrant colours that give a deluxe seafood feel. Using McEwan’s Own Pineapple Chili Salsa you can add a sweet, tangy and sour finish to the tacos!

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1 cup of rainbow coleslaw (or any shredded slaw)
1 jar of McEwan’s Own Pineapple Chili Salsa
½ bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped
2 lbs of fresh shrimps, peeled and deveined—any count you prefer (I used 21-26 count here)
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 bag of mini corn tortillas, toasted
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup of fresh pineapple chunks (optional)
2 jalapeños, sliced (optional)
Lime quarters (optional)

Set the oven to broil and allow it to heat up for 15 minutes.

In the meantime, toss the coleslaw with 2 tablespoons of the McEwan’s Own Pineapple Chili Salsa and add 1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro to the slaw mix. Set aside.

Toss the shrimps with salt, pepper, olive oil and spread on a single layer in a baking sheet. Place the shrimps on the top most rack of the oven to broil for 3-5 minutes (depending on the size).

Once the shrimps are ready, add 1/3 cup of the pineapple chili salsa to the shrimps and toss them very well to infuse the flavours.

Take a mini tortilla and top it with a couple tablespoons of coleslaw (more or less to taste), the pineapple chilli shrimps, scallions, fresh pineapple chunks, jalapeños, cilantro and a squeeze of lime (more or less of each topping according to your taste). Take a toothpick and secure the tortillas from side to side to hold in the filling.

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A Crowd Pleasing Cheesy Brunch with McEwan’s Premium Selection of Cheese

While most foods like candy vs caviar are favoured quite differently from childhood to adulthood, cheese has the amazing power to transcend the ages. We fall in love early on in life and never let go.

Thankfully, McEwan’s offers a wide range of local and imported cheeses to impress the pickiest kid and the most sophisticated adult palates. With the help of their staff, it’s easy to build a perfect cheese platter with selections like St. Agur Blue from France, 18 month aged Manchego from Spain, Grey Owl Goat from Quebec, and one of my personal favourites ~ the Upper Canada Cheese’s Niagara Gold from Ontario. McEwan’s staff can also help you select the right cheese for your recipe.

CHEESY SWISS CHARD PHYLLO MINI QUICHES 

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Serve with a colourful fruit salad, Greek yogurt and a homemade granola, and you’ve got a light yet impressive mid-morning meal.

1 TSP OLIVE OIL
1 CLOVE GARLIC, MINCED
10 CUPS OF SWISS CHARD LEAVES, RIBS REMOVED, FINELY CHOPPED
¾ CUP LOW FAT COTTAGE CHEESE
½ CUP FINELY SHREDDED ITALIAN PARMIGIANO REGGIANO CHEESE, PLUS MORE FOR GARNISH
3 TBSP SUNDRIED TOMATOES, REHYDRATED AND FINELY MINCED
1 TSP LEMON ZEST
¼ TSP SALT
¼ TSP PEPPER
2 LARGE EGGS, BEATEN
1 tbsp olive oil
3 sheets of frozen phyllo pastry, thawed
Parsley, for serving
Hot Sauce, for serving

Preheat oven to 400°F, lightly grease a muffin tin, and place in the oven while the oven warms up.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add in the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add in the Swiss Chard leaves and ¼ cup of water. Cook over medium heat until well wilted and significantly reduced in volume, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat to a medium bowl.

Meanwhile, in a small food processer, puree the cottage cheese with the Parimigiano Reggiano cheese until the cottage cheese loses its curd-like texture.

Add the cheese, rehydrated sundried tomatoes, lemon zest, and salt and pepper, to taste to the chard. Then add in the beaten eggs and mix until well combined.

Cut the three sheets of phyllo in half down the middle. Lightly brush a little olive oil onto each square, then fold it in half, brush a bit more on, then fold again to yield a slightly rectangular square. Press into the muffin tin and trim the excess. Repeat with all 6 pieces.

Fill the phyllo with the cheese and Swiss Chard mixture and top with a light sprinkling of extra Parmigiano Reggiano. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the filling feels set, the phyllo edges are brown and the bottom of the phyllo is light brown.

Serve with finely chopped parsley and hot sauce, if desired. Serves 3-4.

DELICIOUSLY YOURS,

ABBEY SHARP, RD

OWNER, ABBEY’S KITCHEN

Grilled Cheese with Pickled Onions & Arugula

Take your grilled cheese to the next level with a sharp, aged cheddar beautifully balanced by tangy pickled onions and spicy arugula.  It’s quick, simple and completely delicious.

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2 tbsps of butter, softened

2 slices of bread, your choice

1/2 cup of grated Ilchester Cheddar with Malt Whisky

1/4 cup of McEwan’s Own Pickled Onions

A handful of fresh arugula

Butter one side of each slice of bread and lay one slice butter side down.

Top the bread with half of the grated cheddar, McEwan’s Own Pickled Onions and arugula.

Sprinkle on the rest of the cheese and top with the second slice of bread, butter side up.

Heat a pan over medium heat and place your sandwich gently into the pan.

Grill the sandwich until the bottom is just starting to turn golden and the cheese has begun to melt, about a minute or two depending on how hot your stove is.

Carefully flip the sandwich and give it a good press with a spatula. Ensure maximum contact with the pan.

Grill until golden brown on that side (another minute or two) and then flip again. Press the sandwich down with your spatula and grill again for 30 seconds to a minute until the other side is crispy.

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McEwan’s Gourmet Salts Enhance & Add Exciting New Flavour

With the continual rise of heart disease and mounting blood pressure concerns, people are becoming more conscious of the amount of salt they consume, and are opting for bolder flavoured quality salts in place of sodium-laden processed fare.

Five years ago your choices were limited to kosher, iodized, or maybe sea salt. Today there is a wide range of ways to not only add seasoning, but to also add an easy hit of flavour to your meal. McEwan stocks an impressive selection of gourmet salts ~ Tentazioni’s Truffle Salt, Terre Exotique’s Cyprus Salt with Saffron, Flor de Sal’s Black Olive Sea Salt, and Wild Hibiscus Flower’s Pyramid Salt Flakes.

This recipe combines sweet shrimp and peaches, sour lime, salty feta and an extra kick from the chili pepper salt. It makes for a perfect weeknight supper served along a light salad, or can be served as a passed hors d’oeuvre for a dinner party.

HONEY CHILI GRILLED SHRIMP & PEACH SKEWERS 

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1½ tbsp Mcewan’s own olive oil
1½ tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp honey
1 lb large shrimp, shelled and deveined
2 peaches, cut into 8 pieces each
1½ tsp lime zest
Generous pinch of Terre Exotique’s Diamond Salt with Esplette Chilli Pepper
2 tbsp finely crumbled reduced fat feta cheese
Lime wedges, for serving
Cilantro, for serving

Soak skewers in cold water for at least 30 minutes to prevent burning. Prepare outdoor grill for direct grilling on high.

In a medium bowl, combine the oil, lime juice and honey. Add the shrimp and peaches, and toss to coat fully.

Thread shrimp and peach pieces onto 8 skewers.

Grill for 3-4 minutes, turning once, or until browned and the shrimp become opaque throughout.

Pile onto a serving platter and sprinkle with the lime zest, the Esplette Chili Pepper Salt and the crumbled feta cheese. Serve with lime wedges and cilantro. Serves 4.

DELICIOUSLY YOURS,

ABBEY SHARP, RD

OWNER, ABBEY’S KITCHEN

Entertaining Made Easy with McEwan’s Premium Olives

When company shows up on the fly and you need a really quick snack to keep everyone’s mouths happy, a lovely bowl of olives is always a quick fix. McEwan carries a wide range of imported quality olives with a variety of unique fillings and flavours. There’s Tabasco’s Hot & Spicy Whole Spanish Olives for the adventurous, Sable & Rosenfeld’s Tipsy Blue Cheese Olives for those who like a little bite, Acropolis’ Mediterranean Mix for Organics lovers, and Morgantino’s Green Olives for the traditionalist.

If you want to take your olives to the next level, try serving them in a warm bath of fragrant olive oil, herbs and citrus. In this recipe I used a combination of McEwan’s Own vacuum-sealed Green Olives with Peppers and Kalamata Olives. Serve these in a bowl on a platter with bread and cheese, and you might have a hard time tearing your guests away for the main meal.

WARM ORANGE AND ROSEMARY OLIVES 

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1/3 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 large garlic cloves, minced
3 large strips of zest + 1 tbsp finely grated zest from a Blood Orange
1 whole sprig of rosemary + 1 tbsp rosemary, finely minced
2 cups of McEwan’s Own Green Olives with Peppers
2 cups of McEwan’s Own Kalamata Olives

 

In a small saucepan, heat the Sarafino extra virgin olive oil with the garlic, strips of zest, and whole rosemary sprig over medium heat until the garlic and rosemary become very fragrant and begin to caramelize, about 5 minutes.

Fold the olives into the oil, along with the fine zest and minced rosemary. Toss to coat and transfer straight to a serving dish. Makes 4 Cups. Enjoy warm with cheese, bread and preserves.

DELICIOUSLY YOURS,

ABBEY SHARP, RD

OWNER, ABBEY’S KITCHEN

#Summerlicious 2015 is finally here!

Food lovers and restaurant goers rejoice, Summerlicious is finally here! Time to get out and explore Toronto’s diverse cuisine. 

The food festival began in 2003 with 35 participating restaurants and has grown to now more than 200! All of The McEwan Group restaurants look forward to coming up with new and interesting three-course prix fixe menus for Summerlicious that showcase some of their favourite dishes of the season.

To book your reservation, click on BymarkFabbricaNorth 44, or ONE Restaurant!

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We asked Missy Hui, Chef de Cuisine at Fabbrica “If you were to come into the restaurant and select the perfect meal from your Summerlicious menu, what would you choose?”

Lunch ~ $23

 Pork Terrine with Mustard and daily Pickle

 Ricotta Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce, Basil & Burrata

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Prosecco Peaches

“The Gnocchi is a Fabbrica staple. Deliciously soft and perfect with Tomato and Burrata, while our Panna Cotta is incredibly light and refreshing. It has the perfect balance of richness.”

Dinner ~ $35

Watermelon and Tomato Salad with Mint, Basil, Ricotta Salata & 12 yr. old Balsamic

Bacon Chop with Rhubarb Agrodolce & Vincotto

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“We like to keep things simple and fresh for summer at Fabbrica, The smoke and the salt of the Bacon Chop with Rhubarb Agrodolce & Vincotto is beautiful. Every time we plate one I’m tempted to eat it.”

Here’s a sneak peak of Fabbrica‘s exquisite Summerlicious dishes!