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Pasta Cookbook Stirring Up Appetites for Winnipeg Harvest

April 6, 2016 11:19 AM | News

Eraj Jayawickreme

Chef Eraj Jayawickreme’s herbed shrimp truffle capellini pasta (HANDOUT)

Eraj Jayawickreme,

Eraj Jayawickreme, executive chef at The Fairmont Winnipeg

A new cookbook is raising funds and stirring appetites in support of Winnipeg Harvest.

“Pasta to the Rescue: Hot Summer Dishes for Busy Families” features 15 top Canadian chefs sharing their culinary delights with readers across Canada.

Fairmont Winnipeg executive chef Eraj Jayawickreme is one of those chefs who have put together mouth-watering recipes for the digital cookbook. Catelli Foods will donate servings of pasta to Canada’s food banks, including Winnipeg Harvest, for every download.

Chef Jayawickreme’s recipe — a herbed shrimp truffle capellini pasta — incorporates kale and rapini, bitter tastes he said punctuate a dish.

“Be it in the use of bitter greens in salads and savoury dishes, or dark chocolate in desserts, experimenting with bitter flavours is an emerging trend,” he said.

“Bitterness is a taste that is often alienated, but is an essential flavouring component that adds balance and sophistication to dishes — just as bitters are the seasoning that makes cocktails satisfying.”

David Northcott, executive director of Winnipeg Harvest, says pasta continues to be one of their top 10 most needed items. He says the Catelli Foods campaign will help feed the nearly 64,000 Manitobans the food bank feeds each month.

The cookbook is a free download at Catelli.ca.