Chef Michael Smith – the Lentil Hunter

The other night my friend and fellow blogger Zannat invited me to a food blogging event featuring chef Michael Smith and his travels around the world looking for interesting lentil dishes.  You won’t believe the info I walked away with – aside from the fabulous food and presentation…

Did you know that Canada is the worlds largest producer of lentils?

Did you know that Canada is the worlds largest exporter of lentils?

We export to places like India, Morocco, France, Dubai and Italy!  It turns out we have a perfect microclimate for growing lentils and not just one or two kinds of lentils but apparently lots of varieties, most grown in Saskatchewan. Our Canadian lentils are the gold standard in the world.  Who knew?

The evening was made up of tasting stations from each country Chef Michael visited. The tour and recipes can be found on his Tumblr page – http://chefmichaelsmith.tumblr.com or go to his own webpage – http://chefmichaelsmith.com/lentil-hunter/  Make sure to watch the videos of his travels – they are really interesting and the recipes in most cases are not difficult. Check out his new cook book too – “Back to Basics”.

I am now on a lentil craze and will be trying many of these recipes.  Below is a sampling of pictures taken at the event.  Thanks Zannat for inviting me, thanks Crave PR for putting on such a great event!

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Pumpkin Curry Recipe from a Fellow Blogger

Check out this Pumpkin Curry recipe from a fellow blogger that I follow.  It looks delicious and is very apropos to the season!

The blogger is  and the link is below – She lives in India and I am blown away by some of her recipes.

http://vinicooksveg.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/sweet-and-spicy-pumpkin-curry/