Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Sea Salt Tart, Onion Gastrique

70% Callebaut Dark Chocolate Tart with Peanut Butter and Sea Salt A crust of graham crumbs, dark chocolate ganache, peanut butter icing and coarse, mild sea salt. Onion cider vinegar gastrique, pre-simmer, with cloves and a bouquet of  rosemary and thyme. I apologize for the delay in posting. I started my cook apprentice courses and…

Montreal

Montreal – Baked crepes with asparagus, bechamel, pine nuts and cheese. To me, Montreal bursts at the seams with food. In the middle of the night Elvir and I wander in for bagels, to a room filled with laughter and hands skillfully rolling dough. Stepping around the man on the front stoop, vacuuming up sesame…

On Hospitality – Part I

Riding into Toronto, with the sun burning at the edges of the horizon, charring a silhouette impression of the skyline. Thinking of this: What is hospitality? To me it is feeling like you are part of something, even if only for a brief time. When you are being welcomed into a house or restaurant and…

Food Under Control

Last week I had the opportunity to run Nellie James for 3 days, which gave me a chance to cook whatever I wanted from available ingredients. Here are the highlights: I started with a Suprême sauce – a velouté reduced with whipping cream. To deepen the flavour of the velouté, I cooked the roux with…