My enthusiasm for cooking and quality ingredients comes in handy when opportunities for new culinary adventures present themselves. I was invited to experience the Blend Bar by Becel earlier this month be among the first to taste Becel margarine with simpler ingredients, and learn how fresh margarine can be made using plant and seed oils. We were treated to a fantastic demo by Master Blender Rose Reisman. She whipped up fresh margarine right before our eyes with a blend of Canadian canola oil and sunflower oil, then added carrot juice for colour, buttermilk, lemon juice and water. She whipped it all up with an immersion blender and like magic fresh margarine was made.

Rose Reisman Master BlenderWe learned that Becel Original, Buttery Taste, Olive Oil and Vegan products now have no artificial preservatives, flavours or colours, which means you can feel good about choosing Becel margarine as part of your heart healthy lifestyle. Better yet, is versatile and can replace butter 1:1 in any recipe for an alternative with 80% less saturated fat than butter and can be used for cooking, baking, frying, sautéing and spreading.

Celebrity Chef Graham Elliot developed and demonstrated two flavourful recipes for us to sample and explained why he prefers to use Becel. Check out this video clip to watch him make Garlic and Thyme Basted Strip Steak using Bece.

Get the recipe for  Garlic and Thyme Basted Strip Steak with Wild Mushrooms and Margarine-Laced Whipped Potatoes

He also served us Grilled Zucchini with White Wine Sauce and Shaved Fennel & Citrus Salad

steak and saladWatching a celebrity chef in action was a big thrill for me and I must admit I was a bit starstruck.  He did a fantastic job of explaining as he cooked and was so willing to share his knowledge with us that by the end of the demonstration it was like we were all friends…..he even shared a bite of delicious steak with me!

Chef Graham Elliot shares abite

You are invited! See fresh margarine made right before your eyes!

At the Blend Bar, the Master Blender showcases how plant and seed oils, like Becel’s Master Blend of sunflower and Canadian canola oil, are blended to create soft, non-hydrogenated margarine. Residents of Toronto and the GTA are invited to visit the Blend Bar by Becel at Loblaws at Maple Leaf Garden (60 Carlton Street, Toronto) to watch the Master Blender at work, and to taste fresh margarine blended on the spot from NOW until March 20th, 2016.

I want to thank the great folks at Becel for putting together a very informative event, I learned so much and have a better understanding of how Becel can fit into a heart healthy diet.

I am being compensated by Becel® for this post but these opinions are my own.