Chocolate Espresso Cake

Chocolate Espresso Cake

  This layer chocolate coffee flavoured cake is the ultimate treat for a chocoholic who loves coffee also. Just bring home a double espresso shot and save some. It cuts the sweetness and when stacking three rich chocolate sponges and lathering on some luxurious chocolate coffee buttercream and top with a sprinkling of grated chocolate and a finely smashed coffee bean shards. Ingredients Needed; For the cake: 150g cocoa powder 600ml boiling water 360g butter, softened 600g caster sugar 2tsp espresso coffee   6 eggs, room temperature 360g self raising flour 2tsp...
Matisse The Best of French dining with none of the pretentiousness.

Matisse The Best of French dining with n...

I was very fortunate to be offered a extended stay in Saanich BC for several months. I was waiting to get some hang time and dinning and tour the many Victoria eateries. Time allowed me to take longer journeys up and down the coastline and visit the many small towns  and cities on Vancouver Island. Close to where I was staying on Ardmore Dr. there  was a very well known classic restaurant, The Deep Cove Chalet. I had dined there on several occasions with friends and was drawn into the charm and the well honed experiences the staff would show as they went through...
Beef Brisket Smoked Low and Slow

Beef Brisket Smoked Low and Slow

Momma! Gotta luv the low and slow beef brisket.   No matter if you slice it or pull it or even sauce it up big time. The all time BBQ favourite is a nice marbled hunk of beef brisket. My friend Kerry chopped down a few century cherry trees in his back yard that were damaged in a wind storm and stored the wood for the last 3 years to dry. We used few of the larger chunks and turned them into charcoal to use for higher heat cooking requirements. Made a great fire heat source with even temperatures in the BBQ. The smaller branches matured perfectly and during...
Beef Beef Gravy

Beef Beef Gravy

All good roast beef roast deserve a great gravy. This beautiful marbled hunk of prime rib will be sitting pretty on the plate smothered in a tasty au jus! I started with roasting some of the beef fat trim added to two meaty beef bones for …one hour at 400 degrees. I removed the rendered down beef fat and held it for my Yorkshire pudding’s and some to add to the roast later. Then after about another hour I added some celery, carrots, onions, garlic with some bay leafs and pepper corns. Make sure that you season and toss the mixture to coat...
Florentine Filet of Sole Parmesan

Florentine Filet of Sole Parmesan

  Florentine Filet of Sole Parmesan Recently at a party the conversation came around to good food which in my circle of friends is a topic we all are passionate about. We were talking about how fast White Rock has changed over the last decade and the movement of small businesses that we all once shopped at for our household feeding needs. Grocery stores now have large deli convenience food sections serving hot meals from roast chicken to meat loaf with all the trimmings. Some stores flaunt sushi plates, perogy’s and sausage, pizza, pot pies, panni sandwiches,...