Local Chef Gives Back to Youville Centre

January 19th, 2011

On Wednesday, January 12th, Youville students were the lucky recipients of a personal cooking class from Chef Katie Brown, Chef de Cuisine at Play Food and Wine (Steven Beckta).This visit was part of a weekly program here at Youville Centre called Collective Kitchen. Part of the Parenting curriculum, Collective Kitchen teaches young parents how to cook healthy, affordable meals for themselves and their children using nutritious, tasty ingredients.  

This week’s recipe featured tuna cakes with roasted root vegetables and sweet and sour onions. Chef Katie enjoyed spending time with the students and was open to asking many questions not only about the ingredients, but also about life as a young female chef.


Tuna cakes
Makes 4 Patties
2 cans drained chopped tuna
3 whole eggs, separated
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup chopped celery
Salt and pepper
Vegetable oil for frying

 Sweet and Sour Onions
2 whole onions, sliced thin
2 tbsp vegetable oil
3 tbsp malt ( or any preferred ) vinegar
2 tbsp water
Salt and pepper

 Roasted Potatoes and Root Vegetables
1 potato
1 sweet potato
2 carrots
2 parsnips (we used celery root instead)
Vegetable oil
Salt and pepper
Parsley (if available)

Combine tuna, egg yolks and 1 white, 3/4 cups of bread crumbs, vegetables and seasonings. Heat oil in frying pan and coat patties with egg whites, then remaining bread crumbs. Fry patty on each side for approx. 4 minutes until golden brown and warm in the middle.

Peel and slice vegetables to a similar size, then potatoes to similar shape, but smaller. Toss with oil and season to taste. Put into oven at 375′ for approximately 15 minutes, turning and tossing, after ten minutes. Toss with chopped parsley. Place serving of roasted veggies with one patty and top with sweet and sour onions.

The finished product resulted in a healthy snack for Youville’s young mothers and an informative lesson from an inspiring young woman who is succeeding in the world of work. Thanks again to Katie for her time and talent!