Recipes are food stories that are passed along from generation to generation. The celebration goes far beyond food but rather focuses on concepts such as culture, traditions, history and heritage. With Canada being such a diverse, rich multicultural country, it seems only right to celebrate its history, productivity and legacy through a contest to recognize these contributions.
Each year, Taste Canada travels from coast to coast in search of the nation’s best culinary writers. Their mission is to be the authoritative culinary writing award in Canada by showcasing and recognizing the best. Their vision is to promote Canadian-authored culinary writing so it is recognized as world class. Submissions are collected in the beginning of the year, where they are subjected to extreme scrutiny by a Three-person jury panels drawn from Canadian academic, publishing, creative, and institutional field. The submissions are reviewed, tried and tested in the five categories(General Cookbooks, Single-Subject Cookbooks, Regional/Cultural Cookbooks, Culinary Narrative Cookbooks, Health and Special Diet Cookbooks), both English and French and the Awards are presented in Toronto each year at the Gala Fundraiser and Reception.
This year, Taste Canada provided three opportunities to the general public to meet some of Canada’s top cookbook authors in an evening of food, fun and a sample of their best recipes. The events was held at the Toronto Hudson Bay store throughout the month of May and they were a blast! From cooking demos to product tasting to cookbook author meet and greets, these nights were sure to tempt all your senses! I had the opportunity to attend the Homegrown Cookbook showcase with Mairlyn Smith! This is one funny lady! From the moment, I saw her I knew I wanted her to cook for me! A Professional home economist, Canadian food writer and alumnus of the Second City Comedy Troupe, she is as funny as she is talented in the kitchen!
One of the recipes she shared with us was her Wheatberry and Lentil salad, sadly with my Celiac Disease, anything with the word ‘WHEAT’ in it isn’t something I can consume. After chatting with her about a family member who suffers a similar condition, she inspired me to recreate this recipe at home as a Gluten free recipe!!
Here is my adaptation of Mairlyn Smith’s HomeGrown Wheatberry and Lentil Salad (#GF)
3 Tbsp of Canola oil
3 Tbsp of White Vinegar
3 tsp maple Syrup
1/4 tsp of salt
1 pinch of pepper
3/4 cups of brown rice
1 can of lentils, thoroughly washed
1 MacIntosh apple, chopped up
Optional: 3 thinly sliced green onions, 1 cup of toasted walnuts
- Cook Brown rice as directed on box (bring 3/4 cups of water to a boil, add 3/4 cup of rice, return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer with lid on for 10 mins.)
- Mix canola oil, maple syrup, vinegar, salt and pepper in a bowl.
- Combine cooled rice, lentils, and apples in a bowl. Pour on dressing and mix well.
Follow along as Taste Canada sifts through amazing recipes like this one and narrows it down to the 2016 Winners of the Taste Canada Awards (to be award in September).