TV cooks Martin Yan and Joanne Weir put deal with meals and movie at Sonoma Worldwide Movie Pageant

Chef and TV host Martin Yan, seen here at the 2022 James Beard Awards, will be honored with the Culinary Excellence Award at the 2023 Sonoma International Film Festival. (Sonoma International Film Festival)

Celebrated TV cooks Martin Yan and Joanne Weir shall be in Sonoma this week for the Sonoma Worldwide Movie Pageant, including their star energy to the competition’s lineup of movies that includes meals and wine.

Yan, who has hosted greater than 3,500 cooking exhibits seen by billions of individuals, together with the award-winning “Yan Can Prepare dinner” which debuted on PBS greater than 40 years in the past, shall be honored with the SIFF Culinary Excellence award on the competition.

He’ll be on the Hanna Heart to just accept the award on Thursday night on the sold-out Cooks and Shorts dinner that includes six dishes ready by cooks and paired with native wines and brief movies.

Though Yan is the visitor of honor, he’s additionally one of many featured cooks on the occasion and can reveal cooking with a wok. He’ll put together shaking beef that attendees will get pleasure from whereas watching the 2022 movie “Wok Hei,” a few lady who restores a rusty household wok to reconnect together with her roots.

“The film impressed me to do the shaking beef,” mentioned Yan of the favored Vietnamese stir fry that will get its identify from the best way the wok is shaken whereas the meat cooks.

“In chemistry, each 5 to 10 levels you increase the temperature, the chemical response, the caramelization, the aromas, the important oils shall be launched a lot quicker. That’s what wok cooking is all about — excessive temperature and brief time cooking,” he mentioned.

On Saturday, Weir will host a four-course spring lunch that additionally will spotlight her upcoming PBS cooking present, “Joanne Weir’s Wine Nation Cooking.” The lunch, which nonetheless has tickets out there, will function a carrot and anise soup, inexperienced onion and goat cheese galette and a hen salad with inexperienced goddess dressing and contemporary radishes.

That is Weir’s second time to host a lunch on the competition, and he or she plans to spend loads extra time in Sonoma County this summer season filming 13 episodes for her new TV present.

“We’ve began doing a little scouting, and I simply received so excited,” mentioned the San Francisco-based chef who makes common visits to Wine Nation. “I’ve at all times cherished Sonoma. I really like that it’s actual and there’s a lot agriculture, the cheese makers, and the folks making great breads. After three years of being held down from COVID, I actually wished to speak about neighborhood and folks getting again collectively, and it’ll all be based mostly across the desk.”

This soup, which shall be served at Chef Joanne Weir’s Sonoma Worldwide Movie Pageant lunch, is a style of spring appropriate for cool days.

Carrot Soup with Anise

Makes 6 servings

2 teaspoons anise seeds

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 giant yellow onion, chopped

2 kilos carrots, peeled and lower into 1-inch items

6 cups vegetable or hen inventory or water

Salt and freshly floor black pepper

1 cup heavy cream

4 tablespoons anise-flavor liquor reminiscent of sambuca, ouzo or Pernod

To garnish

¼ cup crème fraîche

1 tablespoon anise-flavor liquor

2 tablespoons chopped contemporary chives

Heat a small frying pan over medium warmth. Add the anise seeds and toss till mild golden and aromatic. Take away from the pan, place in a spice grinder and coarsely grind.

Soften the butter in a soup pot over medium warmth. Add the onions and floor anise seeds and cook dinner, stirring often, till the onions are smooth, 7 to 10 minutes. Add the carrots and cook dinner, stirring often, for 10 minutes. Add the inventory and simmer till the carrots are tender, quarter-hour. Let cool.

In batches, puree the soup in a blender on excessive pace till very clean, about 2 to three minutes per batch. Season with salt and pepper. Pressure the soup by way of a fine-mesh strainer and right into a clear soup pot. Add the heavy cream and stir. Add as a lot of the anise-flavor liquor as you want, to style, and stir collectively. If the soup is simply too thick, add extra water or inventory. The soup needs to be the consistency of thick heavy cream.

For the garnish, in a small bowl, stir collectively the crème fraîche and remaining 1 tablespoon of anise-flavor liquor. Season with salt.

Ladle the new soup into bowls. Drizzle a spoonful of the anise-flavor crème fraîche excessive. Garnish with chives and serve.

Chef Martin Yan will make this dish on the standard Cooks and Shorts dinner on the Sonoma Worldwide Movie Pageant. The identify of this stir-fry comes from the movement of “shaking” the meat over intense excessive warmth, releasing the perfume of the wok-seared beef.

Shaking Beef with Three Onions

Makes 4 servings

For the marinade

2 tablespoons mild soy sauce

½ teaspoon darkish soy sauce

2 teaspoons cooking oil

1 tablespoon cornstarch

⅛ teaspoon floor black pepper

¾ pound Wagyu beef (boneless brief rib most well-liked), lower into ¾-inch cubes

For the sauce

1½ tablespoons oyster-flavor sauce

1 tablespoon hoisin sauce

3 tablespoons rice wine

2 teaspoons fish sauce

2 tablespoons lime juice

2 teaspoons sugar

2½ tablespoons cooking oil

2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped

1 small pink onion, diced

1 small yellow onion, diced

5 inexperienced onions, lower into 1-inch lengths

½ pink bell pepper, diced

½ teaspoon onion salt

8 small Brussels sprouts, halved and calmly grilled

1 teaspoon cornstarch combined with 2 teaspoons water

Mix marinade substances in a bowl. Add beef and stir to coat. Put aside.

Mix sauce substances in a bowl. Put aside.

Warmth a wok over excessive warmth till scorching. Add oil, swirling to coat the perimeters. Add beef and wok sear (shaking the wok!) to medium-rare, 2 to three minutes. Take away beef and put aside.

Add garlic, pink and yellow onions, inexperienced onions, bell pepper and onion salt to wok and cook dinner till aromatic. Proceed to cook dinner for two minutes then add Brussels sprouts.

Add sauce to the greens and return beef to the wok. Add cornstarch resolution to thicken, then toss to evenly coat all substances with the sauce. Serve scorching.

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