Wild Cooking

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Just as any great carpenter requires the right tools to get the job done, so does a chef require the right tools - in this case pots and pans. Proper cookware is quintessential to creating drool-worthy dishes in the kitchen. It will reduce cooking times, use less energy and cook food more evenly therefore don't be shy to splurge a little, it's worth it! 

If you’ve been following my journey on Instagram, you will notice that I love food. When I took the leap of faith and moved to Toronto for Culinary school back in 2012, I gained a whole new appreciation for the art of cooking. Knowing how to cook allowed me to turn fresh ingredients into delicious meals. Having grown up watching television programs like the “Original Iron Chef” in addition to my family having a strong influence on my interest in the art of cuisine, I was brought up with the impression that food must not only taste amazing but it should equally look the part because when hunger strikes, often you eat with your eyes first.

I recently turned 23 and this year on my birthday I promised myself that I would take more risks, be more adventurous, indulge but not over-indulge, spend more time with loved ones and lastly spend more time with myself. When All-Clad reached out to take me on an adventure to cook in the wild using their phenomenal pots and pans, I instantly knew this would be an experience of a lifetime. I’ve never been camping before (shocking since I'm from Alberta!) so this posed as the perfect opportunity to not only put my culinary skills to the test but step out of my comfort zone and create something extra-ordinary alongside two of my favourite people both online and offline: Alexa (@ajfernando) and Anna (@food.diva). 

One of my all-time favourite chefs secondary to Julia Child is Jamie Oliver and it was no doubt that I was going pull out some of my favourite recipes from his cookbook "Jamie's Food Revolution" to re-create over the weekend. (shoutout to @hungrykimmy for gifting me this cookbook) Prior to the trip, Alexa, Anna and I collaboratively came up with a menu for the weekend for the three meals that we would be cooking together: breakfast, lunch and dinner. We assigned a team lead for each meal giving everyone the opportunity to play the role of "Executive Chef" while the other two took the roles of a Sous Chef. I chose to tackle dinner. 

When you're in the wild, you're limited to the resources you have on site. In our case, we had access to an open fire, a portable Coleman burner, an on-site BBQ and of course All-Clad kitchen equipment. Keeping that in mind, I designed a menu that included a bunch of smaller portions to be consumed "family style" similar to the type of experience one would have at home. I love the concept of sharing food and it has and always be my medium to connect with others. If you think about a special occasion in your life from birthday's to weddings, food is most likely the centre of each one. We use food to mark a special occasion and cooking in the wild with All-Clad was surely just that. 


Inspired by the location: Rice Lake

                        On the Menu with All-Clad

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Brainstorm Session 

Call me old-school but before i plan out an elaborate meal, I like to jot down my thoughts on a piece of paper first. A week prior to the trip, Anna and I got together at a coffee shop and began brain-storming ideas on the back of a brown paper bag while Alexa was on the phone. This was only the beginnings of the feast to come. 

 
  • Pan-seared Rainbow Trout stuffed with fresh Lemons and Sage finished a Brown Butter sauce. 

  • Jumbo Prawns tossed with Garlic and Herbs, finished with freshly squeezed Lemon Juice. 

  • Linguini with Razor Clams tossed in Olive Oil and Garlic finished with grated Parmesan. 

  • De-constructed Caprese Salad 

  • Sauteed Asparagus

  • Slow-cooked, caramelized Pearl Onions 

 

Cooking in Action 

 Gathering our Ingredients together 

Gathering our Ingredients together 

 Alexa doing her thing! #TheLadyBehindTheCamera

Alexa doing her thing! #TheLadyBehindTheCamera

 Rainbow Trout ready to hit the pan (Photo captured by  @ajfernando ) 

Rainbow Trout ready to hit the pan (Photo captured by @ajfernando

 Finishing off the pearl onions and Mis en Place in All Clad 6 inch Gratin Pans  (Photo captured by  @ajfernando ) 

Finishing off the pearl onions and Mis en Place in All Clad 6 inch Gratin Pans  (Photo captured by @ajfernando

 Cleaning the Rainbow Trout (Photo captured by  @ajfernando ) 

Cleaning the Rainbow Trout (Photo captured by @ajfernando

 Cutting open the Trout to stuff with Lemon, Sage and Butter (Photo captured by  @ajfernando ) 

Cutting open the Trout to stuff with Lemon, Sage and Butter (Photo captured by @ajfernando

 Anna and I getting the Pearl Onions ready (Photo captured by  @ajfernando ) 

Anna and I getting the Pearl Onions ready (Photo captured by @ajfernando

 Caught in Action (Photo captured by  @ajfernando ) 

Caught in Action (Photo captured by @ajfernando

 Anna tossing the Linguini into the pot of boiling water (Photo captured by  @ajfernando ) 

Anna tossing the Linguini into the pot of boiling water (Photo captured by @ajfernando

 Sautéing Asparagus in All-Clad 10 inch Frying Pan  (Photo captured by  @ajfernando ) 

Sautéing Asparagus in All-Clad 10 inch Frying Pan  (Photo captured by @ajfernando

 Alexa and Anna getting the Mis En Place ready for Dinner using All-Clad 6 inch Gratin Pans  

Alexa and Anna getting the Mis En Place ready for Dinner using All-Clad 6 inch Gratin Pans  

 Anna boiling water for pasta in our All-Clad Perforated Multi-pot with Steamer Basket (Photo captured by  @ajfernando ) 

Anna boiling water for pasta in our All-Clad Perforated Multi-pot with Steamer Basket (Photo captured by @ajfernando

 Sautéed Asparagus (Photo captured by  @ajfernando )  

Sautéed Asparagus (Photo captured by @ajfernando)  

 Quick pan-fry on the Jumbo Prawns with herbs, garlic and butter in All Clad 10 inch Frying Pan (Photo captured by  @ajfernando ) 

Quick pan-fry on the Jumbo Prawns with herbs, garlic and butter in All Clad 10 inch Frying Pan (Photo captured by @ajfernando

The Payoff aka. The Ultimate Feast! 

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Overall, the experience was one I'll cherish for time to come. The pots and pans that All-Clad provided us for the trip worked seamlessly. It's no surprise that All-Clad cookware is the undisputed choice in most higher end kitchens and putting it to the test in the wild was a fun experience alongside two good friends. The cookware with-stood everything we threw in it and the payoff was nothing short of delicious. What may look like a lot of food was surprisingly all demolished my four hungry bellies. The best part of this entire experience was sitting by the docks, popping open a bottle of wine and indulging in this feast together... family-style! 


All-Clad Equipment Used

 Perforated Multipot with Steamer Basket, 12-Qt.

Perforated Multipot with Steamer Basket, 12-Qt.

 D5 10 inch Stainless-Steel Nonstick Covered Fry Pan

D5 10 inch Stainless-Steel Nonstick Covered Fry Pan

 D3 12 inch Armor Stainless Steel Fish Pan

D3 12 inch Armor Stainless Steel Fish Pan

 6 inch Gratin Pans

6 inch Gratin Pans


Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with All Clad Canada. However all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.