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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.

Strawberry3.jpgHerb and lime granite:       

 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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