Fresh Beet Salad

Adapted from The Low Carb Comfort Food Cookbook, Eades and Solomon (Wiley, 2005) Serves 4 For the salad 1 pound (16 oz/454 g) fresh beets, trimmed, well scrubbed, and cut in half 4 cups (10.5 oz/300 grams) freshly torn salad greens For the vinaigrette 2 tablespoons (1 fl oz/30 ml) sherry vinegar 1/2 teaspoon (.1 oz/3 g) salt 1 tablespoon (.3 oz/8.4 g) fresh chives, minced 1 tablespoon (.5 fl oz/15 ml) extra virgin olive oil Fill and preheat the water oven to 182–185ºF (83–85ºC). Vacuum seal the beets in a large (1 gallon/3.78 liter) food-grade pouch. Cook for at … Read More

Frisee Salad with Winter Spiced Poached Pears

Recipe and photo courtesy of Liz Harris (Floating Kitchen) Serves 4 (or 8 as a starter) INGREDIENTS For the pears 2 firm pears, peeled, halved and cored (Bosc or similar) 3 cardamom pods, lightly crushed 1/4 cup (60 ml) maple syrup (Grade B, if you can find it) 1 tablespoon (15 ml) brandy 1/2 fresh vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped For the dressing and salad 3 tablespoons (45 ml) champagne or white wine vinegar 2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon (15 ml) reserved poaching liquid 1/8 teaspoon (1.25 ml) salt 1/8 teaspoon (1.25 ml) pepper 2 … Read More

Masala Chai Crème Brûlée

Courtesy of Chef Sam Hussain ( Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 3 cardamom pods, lightly split 2 sticks (2 inches/5 cm each) cinnamon 3 bay leaves Butter for greasing ramekins 2 cups (480 ml) heavy cream 2 Darjeeling tea teabags (or loose tea, in an infuser) 4 egg yolks 4 tablespoons (48 g) sugar 1 teaspoon (5 ml) pure vanilla extract 4 teaspoons (20 ml) granulated or brown sugar (for finishing) DIRECTIONS Fill and preheat the water oven to 183F/84C. Put the cardamom pods, bay leaves, and cinnamon sticks into a small muslin spice bag, if possible, or tie in cheesecloth. Generously … Read More

Gajar Ka Halwa (Indian Carrot Pudding)

Courtesy of Chef Sam Hussain ( Serving 4 Ingredients 2 1/3 cups (450 g) sugar (adjust to your taste) 2 tablespoons (21 g) almonds 1 teaspoon (5 ml) cardamom seeds or powder 2 pounds (1 kilo) carrots 36 ounces (1 liter) milk 2 tablespoons (21 g) pistachios 2 tablespoons (19 g) raisins 2 tablespoons (29 g) ghee (clarified butter) Additional raisins and nuts for garnishing Directions Fill and preheat the water oven to 183F/84C. Wash and grate the carrots. Soak the nuts and raisins in water for 30 minutes. In a large pouch put the shredded carrots, raisins, pistachios, almond, … Read More

Lanttulaatikko (Swedish Rutabaga Christmas Dish)

Courtesy of SousVide Supreme Culinary Professional, Sophie Serves 2 -4 INGREDIENTS 3 cups (350 g) diced rutabagas/Swedes or turnips 1 tablespoon (30 ml) molasses or treacle ½ teaspoon (2.5ml) ground ginger ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) ground nutmeg 1 egg, beaten Salt and pepper, to taste ¼ cup (60ml) cream ¼ cup (15g) breadcrumbs 1 tablespoons (15ml) butter DIRECTIONS Fill and preheat the SousVide Supreme to 185 F/85 C. Put the diced rutabagas, treacle, ginger and nutmeg into a large food-grade cooking pouch and vacuum seal the pouch. Submerge the pouch in the water bath to cook for 1 hour.  (You … Read More

Jansson’s Frestelse (Swedish Potato Casserole)

Serves 4 to 6 While it’s not exactly certain who Jansson was (some say an opera singer from the 19th C and others a film character) the English translation of the name of this Swedish is “Jansson’s temptation.” Whoever he was, this creamy potato dish, particularly popular at Christmas, could surely tempt anyone at the holidays or any time. INGREDIENTS 2 pounds (0.9 kg) potatoes, peeled and cut into thin matchsticks or shredded 2 onions, peeled and thinly sliced salt and white pepper to taste 4 tablespoons (56 g) unsalted butter, plus some for buttering the casserole 3 ½ ounces … Read More

Okra with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

Courtesy of MasterChef Winner, Whitney Miller Serves 4 INGREDIENTS For the okra 12 ounces (340 g) fresh okra, tops trimmed ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) fine sea salt 1 teaspoon (5 ml) extra virgin olive oil 1/8 teaspoon (0.6 ml) cracked black pepper Pinch cayenne pepper For the sauce 2/3 cup (160 ml) Greek yogurt 4 teaspoons (20 ml) mayonnaise 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) lemon zest 2 teaspoons (10 ml) lemon juice 1 teaspoon (5 ml) chopped fresh chives Fill and preheat the SousVide Supreme to 180F/82C. Put the okra into a large cooking pouch, … Read More

Mango Chutney

Makes about 1 cup (240 ml) INGREDIENTS 1/2 pound (228 g) diced fresh mangos (thawed frozen is acceptable, too) 2 1/2 teaspoons (22.5 ml) light olive oil 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) red chile flakes 1 tablespoon (15 ml) unsweetened pineapple juice 1 tablespoon (15 ml) cider vinegar 1/4 cup (50 g) brown suga 1 teaspoon (5 ml) curry powder, mild or hot 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) Kosher salt 1/8 teaspoon (0.6 ml) ground white pepper 1/4 (about 75 g) medium red onion, peeled and diced small 1 tablespoon (14 g) minced fresh ginger 1/4  cup (45 g) red bell pepper, … Read More

Veggie Burger Sous Vide

Courtesy of SousVide Supreme Culinary Specialist, Madeline Fiore Makes 4 gluten-free, veggie burgers INGREDIENTS 1 cup (200 g) dried black beans, soaked overnight, rinsed and drained 28 ounces (800 ml) vegetable stock or water, divided use 2 ½ teaspoons (12.5 ml) sea salt, divided use 1 ½ cup (240 g) medium grain brown rice 1 tablespoon (15 ml) oat bran 1/4 cup (60 ml) favorite barbecue sauce 2 tablespoons (28 g) diced sous-vide cooked beets* 2 tablespoons (30 ml) green onions, minced 1 tablespoon (15 ml) celery, minced 2 tablespoons (30 ml) bell pepper, finely chopped 1 tablespoon (15 ml) … Read More

Hot Chili Chutney

Makes about 1-1/2 cups (360 ml) INGREDIENTS 5 medium-sized hot chili peppers, such as jalapeños or fresnos 2 medium red bell peppers 1 medium red onion, peeled and chopped 1/2 tablespoon (7.5 ml) finely chopped fresh rosemary 1 bay leaf 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) Kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) freshly ground black pepper 1/2 cup (100 g) brown sugar 1 tablespoons (15 ml) balsamic vinegar DIRECTIONS Fill and preheat the SousVide Supreme water oven to 182F/83C. Meanwhile, roast the peppers over the flame of a gas stove, on a grill, or under the … Read More

Pickled Sous Vide Vegetables

Courtesy of SousVide Supreme Culinary Specialist, Madeline Fiore We use radishes or asparagus here, but any fresh spring vegetables will work as will those that come on later in the year. Pickle root vegetables, such as carrots or beets, as you would the radishes and tender vegetables, such as mushrooms, cucumbers, cauliflower or green beans, as you would the asparagus. Vegetables should be cut no more than 1/2″ (1.25 cm) thick in wedges or batons. INGREDIENTS 12 ounces (340g) radishes (trimmed, unpeeled, quartered) OR asparagus (woody ends trimmed) 2/3 cup (160ml) white wine vinegar 2/3 cup (160ml) water 3 tablespoons … Read More

Almond Custard Sticky Pudding

Serves 6 to 8 INGREDIENTS For the pudding 8 ounces/1 cup (226 g) almond paste 2 sticks (8 ounces/226 g) butter 8 ounces (226 g) sugar 4 eggs 4 ounces (113 g) sifted cake flour 1 tablespoon (15 ml) vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) almond extract 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) salt For the whipped cream 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 1/8 teaspoon almond extract 1/4 cup superfine (castor) sugar sliced almonds or raisins for garnish honey, for garnish Fill the SousVide Supreme water oven to the fill line and preheat to 193F/90C. In the bowl of an electric mixer … Read More