I recently met up with two business colleagues at the Library Bar in the Fairmont Royal York . Conducting business over afternoon tea made it feel like a luxurious treat. One colleague, visiting from Trinidad explored the finer details of afternoon tea for the first time and was totally puzzled by the crumpet.
I contacted Chef Tom Phuong-Luu a few days ahead to see if a gluten free “Royal tea” was possible. “I’ll make it happen” was the response which was very refreshing as often food intolerance and allergies are treated as an enormous inconvenience.
What was missing at my afternoon tea at the Royal York ? nothing obvious and the gluten free did not equate with taste free. Because everything tasted so scrumptious, I asked for some of the recipes, so I can re-create them. They use a very popular company in Edmonton, Alberta called Kinnickinnick for gluten free bagels, breads, biscuits, and muffins. When Chef Tom lived out west he ran into their location by accident and has been promoting them to friends and guests since. The products should be available in most health food stores. They have scads of requests on the lobster salad recipe so it is listed below for you to try.
The hotel menu is in the process of being changed and the new one will have a lot more seasonal ingredients including Niagara apples and pears to name a few and the rest is still a work in progress.
PEI Lobster Salad
Atlantic Lobster Meat-claw and knuckle 300g
Red, Green, Yellow Bell peppers small diced=50g
Red onion Small diced=10g
Mango small diced=50g
Celery small diced=1 stalk
Mayo 1 cup
Lemon Juice To taste
Salt and Pepper To taste
Small dice the peppers, onions, celery and mango together in large mixing bowl
- If using already cooked lobster meat, remove lobster meat from package and chop into small dice size pieces as you squeeze any access liquid from it and add to the mixing bow along with the mayo
- Continue to fold and mix the salad thoroughly and season with lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste
- Ensure mixture is not too runny and salad has a nice body and texture.
Recipe courtesy of the Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario http://www.fairmont.com