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Hallway Interviews: June 2011 Archives

The Message in the Music

Hallway Interview on Teen Fest

Montreal is hosting the first edition of Teen Fest this Saturday at the Palais des Congres. There will be music, dance and motivational speakers -- but at its core Teen Fest is a job fair for teenagers.
Montreal teen Kat Garcia will be performing at Teen Fest. Khlayil Rouse-Bakel aka M'City Solo is one of the organizers of Teen Fest. He is also a hip hop artist and one of the founders of Music with Meaning.

Teen Fest:

Hallway Interview with Pastry Chef Michelle Marek on Strawberries

It's strawberry season! Michelle Marek came by with ideas on how to make the best use of strawberries. She is the head pastry chef at Restaurant Laloux on Pine avenue.

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Here is Michelle Marek's strawberry Recipe:

Strawberries with sour cream panna cotta and herb granita (makes 4)

 Sour cream panna cotta:  

150 ml cream

40 g sugar (2 ½ Tbsp)

 ½ vanilla bean, seeds scraped and added to sugar

                  1 ½ sheets gelatin, soaked in cold water

                  250 g sour cream (small container)

        Heat cream, sugar and vanilla in a small saucepan. Turn off heat, wring out extra water from gelatin and add it to the cream. Stir to dissolve and pour over the sour cream. Whisk together to combine. Pour into glasses or small bowl and place in fridge to set at least 3 hours.

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 2 sprigs basil

 1 sprig mint

 1 sprig lemon balm

 1 sprig parsley

 lime juice to taste

 light syrup (one part sugar, two parts  water) to taste

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until quite green. Adjust sweetness by adding more syrup or water. Add more lime juice if needed. Strain into a container and freeze until hard. Scrape with a fork until fluffy and soft.


Vinaigrette:                                2 Tbsp olive oil

                                                1 Tbsp honey

                                                1 Tbsp lime juice

                                                black pepper

                                                Mix all ingredients together.

 To serve:    1 pint strawberries, hulled and quartered


Toss strawberries in the vinaigrette and divide between the panna cottas, arranging the berries on top. Add granita and serve immediately.

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