Chinatown at Night: Lamian Noodles and Dancing

Late night in Chinatown has to be one of my favourite times… The markets wheel in their produce for the night, tucking it into fluorescent sunshine, leaving behind tattered cardboard and stickers, impressions of jackfruit and bok choy. The workday bustle slows to a hum as the restaurants fill up. On our cold happy walk along…

Food and Nature

  I have been so busy with school it’s been hard to keep up with blogging. There is lots of material to share from the past few weeks though! Today’s post is a photo essay about the connection between nature and food. For my food theory class, I have been reading Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s…

For the Love of Chocolate

 Recipe testing milk and dark chocolate truffles in the Treehouse Kitchen. I apologize for being slow to post. I have been on a little vacation since school finished. Thank you to all of my followers!

In Retrospect

Smoke and sunlight In honour of my 50th post and over a year since I started the blog, here are some photos that did not make the cut (even though they should have) over the course of the last year. Poaching Atlantic salmon with herbs (shiso and basil) and chili Crisp roasted local black radishes….

The Taste of the Sun

The warmer weather today is making me crave spring and summer. Here are some photos of last years bountiful produce:Koike Farm Swiss Chard, Spring Onions and Sugar Beets Heirloom Orange and Purple Cauliflower and RomanescoBasil, Yellow Summer Squash and Garlic ScapesGreens and herbs

Local Produce, Candy Cane Beets, Local Wagyu Flank Steak

Some recent highlights have been the wonderful produce courtesy of Yuki from Koike Farm. These candy cane beets are perfect raw due to their sweetness, but have just a slight note of that beet bitterness. I could not resist sneaking away during a busy day to slice these open and take a shot of their…

Roasted Corn, Strawberries, Fridge Full of Herbs

A couple of quick colourful snapshots from the past weeks. This is my favourite season for the above reason. The fridge is just brimming with herbs right now. Everything is reduced with a bunch of rosemary, thyme, a handful of bay leaves. When finishing it off you have choices; chunks of basil or finely diced…

Stuffed Red Peppers, Thyme, Baked Seafood Pasta

         Ken bought giant sheets of bean curd from the local Asian market. We couldn’t figure out the best way to use them. We tried using them as wraps which turned out well but people were having none of it! I guess bean curd isn’t so popular. We seasoned and baked off a few sheets,…

Leg of Lamb, Thai Basil Turkey Burgers

We seasoned and roasted these boneless New Zealand spring lamb legs on high heat. We put a serious crust on these; lots of coriander, rosemary, sea salt and black pepper. After they came out of the convection oven they were rubbed with lots of fresh garlic. Then they went into a low oven for a…