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Garlic bread herb butter and prosciutto on top served on a wooden cutting board.

We have to say the eating at Jamie’s Italian at Square One Mall was an experience that we will never forget! Jamie Oliver’s restaurant makes you feel like you are in a eatery located in the heart of Italy. He has a unique way of transporting your tastebuds to the Italian coast.

Take for instance the Garlic Bread that we ordered off of the ‘Nibbles’ section of the menu. We loved the oozy, garlicky flavour and not to mention the herb butter that was delicately spread on top. And you know that garlic bread is not garlic bread unless you have thinly sliced Prosciutto cascading on each slice. There was no way that we could have passed up that kind of starter!

Prawn linguine with arugula and fennel on top

Famous Prawn Linguine 

Are we allowed to say that these prawns were to DIE for!?! They were the perfect size because with every bite there was a prawn to be had. We could taste the freshness of the tomato sauce and the classic Italian theme of garlic could be tasted with this prawns dish. Now we know that Arugula is typically used in salad but this was an unexpected, delicious additive. Some of the most crisp, refreshing seafood we have feasted on.

Italian style steak with fresh baby tomatoes on top. Seasoned fries are on the side.

Italian Steak & Fries

We’ll have our Steak medium please! This flat iron steak was a perfect, thin lean cut that had those signature grill marks that you look for. We agreed that the Salsa Rosso Crudo created that burst of acidity that did not overpower the dish. Having Italian-spiced skinny fries with our steak was absolutely the icing on the cake. Every bite of this dish was excellently seasoned and well executed!

 

Jamie’s Italian has two locations in Canada: Square One Shopping Centre and Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Check out Jamie’s Italian at www.jamieoliver.com/italian/canada  

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Weighing In with Chef Sam will feature short tips on different skills, techniques and tools that can be used when in the kitchen while either working on sweet or savory creations.

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One of the things I like making the most is my own granola. Even though it may look super complicated because of the number of ingredients it can include, it is actually extremely easy to make. What I like the most about making my own granola, is that I can customize it to suit whatever flavour profile I am craving at the moment.

Granola generally involves the combination of some sort of grain (most often oats), an oil, sweetener (usually liquid), and any other additive you want to include like, dried fruits, nuts, seeds, chocolate chips, etc.

I had some hemp ingredients that I wanted to try out so I decided to make my granola with oats, coconut, almond slices and hemp seeds, honey and hemp oil.

Granola Ingredients

Here’s a tip, I find quick cooking oats work the best as the granola doesn’t take much time to bake. This way you will get a tender oat texture once your granola is finished.

Once you decide what you want to include in your granola, mix it, place it on a sheet tray and bake it in the oven. It’s done as soon as you get the slightest whiff of it and it turns a golden brown.

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And that’s it! Your own homemade granola.

For those of you who want to take it a bit further, try incorporating your newly created granola into another recipe. I decided to create my own cookie, and it turned out great. Give it a try and let us know how things turn out.

Oatmeal Granola Cookies

For more information, please visit www.samssweetdesserts.com

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