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The Metro Homegrown Tour

Next stop: London!

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Missed the London Homegrown Tour?

See the highlights here.

 

Our Juno-nominated artist

The concert portion of the night featured London’s very own Texas King, as well as surprise JUNO award winning guest Scott Helman. The singer-songwriter, who has toured the U.S. and Europe, performed a few of his chart-topping hits with, of course, his famous guitar in hand.

 

 


Leaps and bounds in London

Industrialization changed the world dramatically, and Canada is certainly no exception. But when Arva Flour Mills was established in 1819, there was no Canada. There was no Arva, either; the area was called St. John and was home to a few settlers in the British colony of Upper Canada. Over the years, the mill changed hands several times and machinery was upgraded, but one thing remained constant: the whirring of the water-powered turbines, which you’ll still hear today.

Today, London’s economy has exploded in sectors like medical research and information technology, but without the legacy of agriculture and food manufacturing, London may have never thrived into the flourishing city it is today.

The London beat

Culture thrives in London, and the city is home to several museums, countless festivals and world-class performers, artists and authors. For the London edition of the Metro Homegrown Tour, we’ve collaborated with Coalition’s Incubator Project to select up-and-coming talent to entertain guests as they arrive on-site.

The main stage will feature Texas King, providing a stellar soundtrack of Canadian classics for the evening. The cherry on top? A VIP Juno-nominated artist will join them on-stage for a truly unforgettable experience.

Fresh Ontario flavour

Metro prides itself on supporting local growers while delivering the highest quality produce directly to consumers. Throughout Ontario, this is possible thanks to a thriving farming community.

In fact, many of the products you’ll find on the shelves at your local Metro are sourced from local producers from across Ontario, including delicious, fresh produce and dairy products.

It doesn’t get much fresher than that!

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Celebrity Chef Mike Ward

Metro is thrilled to present Mike Ward as culinary curator of the Homegrown Tour. Not only has he been cooking professionally since he was 17 years old but he is also an award-winning television director, producer, and media personality.

You may recognize him from prestigious culinary events including the Visa Dining series and Taste of Toronto and now, he’s lending his talent to create Canadian-inspired menus for every stop on the Homegrown Tour. Don’t miss your chance to taste his one of a kind creations!

We’re rolling into London for the next stop of the Metro Homegrown Food & Music Tour – and we’re in town to break some bread. Think an array of delicious artisanal breads, reimagined in clever and exciting ways. We’ve got a great night planned for you with delicious appetizers and electrifying music – and can’t wait to host it for you

~ Chef Mike Ward

Celebrity Chef Mike Ward

Create your own Homegrown party

Take a look at these exclusive London-inspired recipes by Homegrown Chef Mike Ward for an extra dose of inspiration. On the menu: some cozy rustic Canadian comfort food and home-cooked flavours (think freshly baked bread). Let’s get cooking!

prosciutto

Ingredients

In addition to below you will need one 4 to 6 ounce beef tenderloin and 1 egg per person.

  • 4-6 onces
    (110-170 g)
    Beef tenderloin

  • 1
    Egg

EDAMAME BAKED BEANS
Takes 30/40 mins – Serves 4

  • 3 cups
    (750 ml)
    Edamame (frozen is great)

  • ¼ cup
    (60 ml)
    soy sauce

  • ½ cup
    (125 ml)
    ketchup

  • 1 ½ cup
    (375 ml)
    cups water
  • 1/3 cup
    (80 ml)
    cup brown sugar
  • 1
    garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 tsp
    (5 ml)
    chili flakes (to taste)
  • 1 tsp
    (5 ml)
    finely chopped thyme
  •  
    cracked pepper

YORKSHIRE PUDDING
Takes 1 hour/hands on time 10 mins – Serves 6 to 8

  • 4
    large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups
    (375 ml)
    full fat milk
  • 1 tsp
    (5 ml)
    coarse salt (kosher is great)
  • 1 ¼ cups
    (310 ml)
    all-purpose flou
  • 4 Tbsp.
    (60 ml)
    vegetable or canola oil

Preparation

EDAMAME BAKED BEANS
Takes 30/40 mins – Serves 4

In a pot place in all ingredients.

Simmer with lid on for around 30 minutes.

Once beans have begun to soften remove lid and continue to simmer until sauce reduces and thickens.

Add a splash of water if sauce over thickens – you’re looking for tinned baked beans like consistency.

YORKSHIRE PUDDING
Takes 1 hour/hands on time 10 mins – Serves 6 to 8

Preheat oven to 425°F.

In a mixing bowl combine the eggs, milk, flour and salt until mixture is smooth.

Refrigerator for a minimum of 30 mins, 24 hours is ideal. Add 1 teaspoon of oil into each section of a 12-hole muffin tray and slide it into the oven on the top shelf until VERY hot. You want the oil to be just beginning to smoke.

Carefully remove the tray from the oven and the pour the batter into each section to around three quarters full.

Slide the tray back into the oven. DO NOT open the oven door.

If your door does not have a window or light don’t open until at least 10 minutes.

Remove after around 15 to 20 minutes or until fluffy and lightly golden. Serve immediately.

The key to perfect Yorkshire puddings is; very cold batter, very hot oil, and do not open the oven door.

Serve up your beans and Yorkshire pudding with a fillet steak grilled to your liking topped with a sunny side up well seasoned egg.

Legal Notice

Metro Richelieu inc. , its affiliated companies and affiliates are not responsible for any circumstance that should come up when using the suggested recipes. Each person using this site must check that each of the ingredients is allowed in his/her diet and is not part of his/her restricted foods.

Pois cassés et bouillon de bacon et paprika fumé

Ingredients

  • 10
    croissants, torn into 1 ½ inch pieces (you can used day old’s or fresh)
  • 4 cups
    (1 L)
    sliced rhubarb, ¼ inch thick diagonal slices

  • 2/3 cup
    (165 ml)
    brown sugar

  • 1 tsp
    (5 ml)
    corn starch

  • 1 cup
    ( 250 ml)
    milk
  • 1½ cups
    375 ml
    15% cream
  • 2 cups
    (500 ml)
    granulated sugar
  • 3
    eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp
    10 ml
    vanilla
  • ¼ tsp
    (1 ml)
    nutmeg
  • 6 heaped Tbsp.
    (90 ml)
    orange marmalade

Preparation

SERVES 6 TO 8

Preheat oven to 375oF.

In a large mixing bowl combine the rhubarb, brown sugar, corn starch and melted butter.

Toss the torn croissants on top.

In another bowl whisk milk, cream, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla and nutmeg; pour over rhubarb/croissant mixture, very gently push and submerge the croissants under the liquid. Be careful not to disintegrate the croissants.

Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes.

Gently lay out the mixture evenly into a 12-inch cast iron pan, or equivalent sized cake-roasting tray.

Randomly spoon over thumb sized knobs of marmalade.

Bake for approx. 1 hour or until the pudding is puffy and golden.

Let it cool for 5 to 10 mins before serving.

Sprinkle with a little icing sugar.

Serve with store bought custard or your favourite vanilla ice cream.

Legal Notice

Metro Richelieu inc. , its affiliated companies and affiliates are not responsible for any circumstance that should come up when using the suggested recipes. Each person using this site must check that each of the ingredients is allowed in his/her diet and is not part of his/her restricted foods.

Bring the atmosphere home

Couldn’t make it to the party? Create your own London-inspired get-together at home with these décor tips.

Three zero-fuss ideas to make your table picture-perfect.

Go with grass 

Go with grass

And wheat, and barley, too. Try these instead of florals to create rustic centrepieces that pay tribute to Canada’s agricultural legacy. Bonus: They’re affordable, long-lasting and make perfect mementos for your guests to take home.

Shift into neutral 

Shift into neutral

Let nature inspire a cozy palette featuring shades of straw, clay and bark. To keep things from veering into “blah” territory, play with texture to create visual interest: Think burlap runner, wicker lampshades and hammered metal vessels, for starters.

Reclaimed beauties 

Reclaimed beauties

Can’t host your party in an actual barn? Bring the barn to your backyard or dining room! Look for pieces crafted from old wood (think table, serving trays, display boxes and more) to give your gathering a helping of Old World charm.