We are happy to announce that Chef Victoria Leszczynski of Ela Made Me Do It will be joining our Long Table Dinner this year! To get to know her personal tastes and creations a bit more she has kindly answered some questions for us.
What is your favourite thing to cook right now?
Japanese turnips are my new favorite vegetables. I love them raw or roasted; roasting makes them even sweeter and juicier!
What is the first dish you cooked?
Hard to say as I used to cook with my grandmother since long before my earliest memories! My first solo dinner was likely dad’s meat sauce and spaghetti recipe, his secret ingredient is a small pinch of cinnamon to compliment the beef!
What is your favourite vegetable from the market this week?
Cabbage! As a Polish immigrant I got pretty excited when they cabbages started to pop up at the market a few weeks ago.
Best tip for home cooks?
Colour= flavour! Don’t be afraid to get a really dark sear on your steak or try roasting your favorite vegetables at a higher temperature than usual (with careful monitoring/turning) for a sweeter, richer flavour!
Tell us something about your long table dinner dish.
I will be serving braised beef short ribs! An intense sear for flavour followed by a low and slow braise will result in a melt in your mouth entree.