Matt Basile might tell you that he is the chef/ owner of Lisa Marie restaurant and the popular food truck, Priscilla, here in Toronto but the Petits Chefs will tell you otherwise. In their eyes, Matt is a rock star. A rock star with cooking gadgets – the best kind! We’ve cooked with Matt in the kitchens of Lisa Marie twice before and I was wondering what on earth Matt could make with the boys this week that would top deep fried mini meatball pizzas or Buffalo chicken patty melts but leave it to Matt to come up with something crazy smart…
Matt’s a bit of a mad professor in the kitchen and the combos he comes up with (like his famous Pad Thai fries) might sound a little whacky but the dishes he serves in the restaurant as well as those featured in his cookbook are simply familiar foods with a twist. Which is why they are so popular. You know, dishes like bacon and egg nachos… Say what? Yes, this is what we made on Monday when we visited Lisa Marie for the third time.
The boys all had food on their mind as this week we are watching “Fed Up” with the Grades 3-6 classes as a wrap up to their Health and Nutrition unit and as an intro to Food Revolution Day in a couple of weeks so I was really interested to see their reactions to this dish… Because I mean “nachos” sounds “really unhealthy” according to more than one of the boys but as we went through preparing each component, they saw that actually, this fabulous tasting food was ok in terms of “healthy”. Ok so we deep fried some tortillas to make chips (and really, homemade tortillas are definitely much better for you than packaged, processed ones), but everything was fresh, freshly prepared and hey, even the bacon was home-made! Love showing the boys that they can make their favourite dishes more healthy with not too much effort. And, of course, “Everything in moderation”, right?
Ok so onto our dish. Matt showed the boys how to make their own tortilla chips from fresh tortillas. They were fascinated!
3.30pm is a hungry time for little boys…
As we ate, we talked again through each component and realised that a couple of slices of bacon, a sliver of an egg, some cheese, onions, nacho chips and fresh salsa actually isn’t “bad for you” (“But it’s so delicious is must be unhealthy” said one boy!). Kids do tend to see things in black and white so it’s good to actually talk them through dishes so they understand what they are eating. And we all agreed that even though its pretty healthy, it’s the sort of thing you eat every once in a while, not every day. Moderation, right? This food education, it’s a complicated business…
We’re all SO grateful to Matt for opening up the doors of Lisa Marie (on the restaurant’s day off!) to us. The boys are already asking when they can go back!
Win a private family cooking class with Matt Basile at Lisa Marie!
That’s right – in support of #FoodRevolutionDay Matt wants to get families back in the kitchen and is offering the chance to win a private family cooking class with him at Lisa Marie restaurant. How cool is that?
1. Take a photo of your family cooking together.
2. Share it on Instagram or Twitter mentioning @FoodRevToronto @fidelgastros and #FRDLisaMarie
3. Email a copy of your photo to mardi at eatlivetravelwrite dot com
Contest runs April 22nd – May 13th 2015 at 6pm EST. Matt Basile and Kyla Zanardi will chose their favourite entry and the winner will be notified by email on May 15th 2015, Food Revolution Day! Prize will be a family cooking class at Lisa Marie restaurant with Matt Basile on a date to be determined between both parties.
So what are you waiting for – let’s get cooking!
Let’s inspire governments to do the right thing: Sign It. Share It. Fighting for food education for every child #FoodRevolutionDay change.org/jamieoliver
Food Revolution Day is Friday May 15th – find out how you can get involved right here!
Canadians – win a Second Cup Coffee Co prize pack valued at over $100! Closes May 7th, 6pm EST. Details here.