2019 Year of The Pig

2019 Year of The Pig

    In Chinese astrology, each zodiac year is not just associated with an animal sign, but also one of five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth. Both the zodiac sign and the element shape the astrology of the year. For example. Element-sign combinations recur every 60 years. Both zodiac sign and element are believed to affect one’s personality and destiny. I like to start my celebrations early! The reason is because there are so many places to choose. I have several favourites but am always on the quest for a new cooks twist on dim-sum. When you...
Pepperoni Sausage Pizza

Pepperoni Sausage Pizza

Pepperoni Sausage Pizza. Who doesn’t love a good slice of pizza pie. thekitchenman has recently been going from one sausage butcher to another trying to find the right pepperoni or salami topping that will make it the best. So far we have tried several imported from the Bronx little Italy and also from the sausage regions of Italy. Artisan air dried and hand made consisting of all pork or beef or mixtures of pork and beef. The pure beef salami from the Mennonite area of Waterloo County Ontario has giving us some mighty fine choices. Trying them in wood fired, forno...
Café Mozart’s Chocolate Cake

Café Mozart’s Chocolate Cake

Café Mozart’s Chocolate Cake Trying to learn everything you need to know to become a chef takes years of theory and practice. Baking is one area that I only studied when time allowed. While in college I was tutored by a Peter Basin an Olympic medal winning pastry chef. I learned how to prepare all the required items that a hotel chef would need to know. I soon learned it was very tedious work to pipe fillings into a thousand bite size sweets for a buffet or show piece. Making layered cakes, flavoured mousses, danishes, cream pies and french pastries took a lot of...
What’s Your Beef.

What’s Your Beef.

What’s Your Beef. Buying a nice portion of beef today can be an expensive experience. Good quality non medicated range fed protein can be found. Some of the finest meat cuts in BC. Full dry aged and custom cuts comes from Armando’s Finest Quality Meats at Grandville Island Market. I like the special attention taking in preparing each cut of beef. To some of us it’s more important to have a good fat marble content. Let your butcher give his experience when you wish to purchase a premium beef product. A good selection of beef done several ways using...
Krispy Calamari.

Krispy Calamari.

Krispy Calamari. Squid are one on my favourite seafoods to make so many tasty appetizers with. Stuffed and grilled, added to a rice paella, stir fried in a wok and breaded and deep fried. The simple breading for these yummy morsels after being cleaned and trapped and cut into nice one bite pieces. The buttermilk and egg white wash in a bowl with a seasoned salt and pepper flour coating is all that is needed. I like to use a high heat avocado oil. Makes the finished calamari super crispy. Ingredients make a large share plate; Choose your zip, pick favorite stores 2 cup...
Al Waxman’s Roquefort Cheese Stuffed Sirloin

Al Waxman’s Roquefort Cheese Stuffed Sir...

Al Waxman’s Roquefort Cheese Stuffed Sirloin. This a side view of one of the mobile kitchen rigs that I would drive as my personal commissary class unit which was more of a serving kitchen and my office. Hooked up to a Ford 9000 this trailer was a great piece of equipment. Here is me a…nd Al Waxman with my best co worker Ian Cox who never ever let me down. We became good foody friends and I was invited to their Toronto residence for some social time with Al and his wife Sara . Here is one his favourite recipes and a good story. I used to enjoy watching the...