Spring into Action

When the warm weather first started hanging around a couple of weeks ago, I went for a hike with my best friend Jenna to see what wild edibles were coming up in the forest. 10 minutes into our hike we stumbled across the first patch of wild leeks (also known as ramps or ramsons). I had a…

Rose Petals and Chicken Gizzards

Splitting green cardamom pods for their seeds. Cracking the arms of star anise to pull out the shiny brown seed contained within. Gathering dried lavender flowers, purple. Rose petals, pink and sweet, fragrant. Sesame seeds, cumin seeds, allspice, coriander, turmeric, clove, fennel seed, nutmeg, ginger. It seems as if thoughts of food follow me everywhere right now. At…

Inspiration – Tasting

Chocolate making in the lobby of George Brown College Megalomaniac Winery   Garlic Scapes, Lemon Thyme and Coarse Sea Salt Balsamic and Thyme Marinated Wagyu Flank Steak with Roasted Garlic Sometimes I wonder if I’m working or just playing in the sandbox all day. These are a few of the things keeping me inspired the…

Madeira Caramelized Onions, Thyme, Smoked Chicken, and Truffle

Here is a quick guideline for a pasta I made last week with Madeira caramelized onions, smoked chicken, thyme and truffle: Ingredients: Sweet onions (sliced or diced) Butter Madeira wine (Port or Sherry also work beautifully) Rosemary Flour Chicken stock or smoked chicken stock (optional but enhances flavour) Roasted garlic cloves or oil (optional but…

Red Wine & Spice Roast Pears with Compote and Pine Nuts

Here’s one of my favourite recipes for red wine syrup and spice poached pears with sundried cranberry compote, candied watermelon rind and pine nuts. This recipe uses the red wine syrup from last week. Pears Red Wine Syrup Water Finely Ground Clove Cinnamon Fresh Nutmeg Pears (I used Bartletts) When choosing a pear to bake,…

Gamay Noir, Star Anise & Cinnamon Syrup (Red Wine Syrup)

3:1 ratio of red wine to sugar, 1 star anise, 1 piece of cinnamon (or any aromatic you like! Vanilla beans and ginger are also wonderful.) You can use most red wines: I used Tawse Winery‘s lovely 2012 Gamay Noir that was given to me as a gift. Taste throughout the reduction and remove the…

Shopping for Possibility

A few weeks ago I took the opportunity to make a meal for someone special to me. The only budget and menu constraints I placed on myself were the limits of what I found inspiring. Bunches of peppery radishes sitting on ice, their stems coated in sand begging to be washed. Handfuls of oddly shaped…

Local Vegetables

The season for local produce is finally coming to an end. I’ve been enjoying creating our vegetable medley using the changing ingredients Yuki drops off to us so I’m sad to see it end. Last week our vegetable medley included brussel sprouts, which were roasted whole with garlic butter and then cut off the stalk….