The Alaskan King Crab is here!

The Alaskan King Crab is here!

The Alaskan King Crab is here! Still living from the boat aqua tank and sold by the kilo.. I had to push my way threw the huge Asian contingency to get at least one crab. One restaurant owner was yelling, he will take all that’s left. The sale is over. I got some of the broken off big fat legs for a pittance. Poached it in some lemon water and butter. Boiled some fresh pasta, 35% cream with parmesan garlic and butter, some fresh basil and lemon. Yum! Life is...
Cocktail Salad Shooters

Cocktail Salad Shooters

Years back when I was being groomed by a well known hospitality firm, I was offered several positions to make some extra coinage and meet and cook with other well know chefs. The Canadian Open and the Skins Games were held back in Ontario and was a place that I got to cook in the famous Champions Tent for the pro golfers and their guests. It was a great position to prepare lavish buffets and get to show off your culinary prowess. Back then the major banks, automobile, liquor and tobacco companies would host several big name players and invite their customers to attend...
Back in the 70’s, Guinness record size cheese and the House of Vera Ernst McNichol

Back in the 70’s, Guinness record ...

  Wayne Conrad Serbu Back in the 70’s I was making my way around Ontario searching out small independent cheese makers that would make artisan branded cheese for a large conglomerate food manufacturer. Millbank Cheese was one of the first I stopped at because of my familiarity being sold at the Galt market. I stopped in and saw that this Giant Cheese being made to be in the Guinness records. After doing my business with the owners I asked what are all the people doing over at that house? Don Tanner’s reply that it was the house of Vera McNichol. Millbank...
India Inspired Six Pack!

India Inspired Six Pack!

          India Inspired Six Pack! My love for Indian Foods has giving me a much broader respect for the word curry. Curry is a generic description used throughout Western culture to describe a variety of dishes from Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, African, Thai and other Southeast Asian cuisines. The major spices found in most South Asian curry powders contain turmeric, coriander, and cumin; but a wide range of additional spices may be additions depending on the geographic regional location and the food items being included; meats,...
Winter Melon Soup (Duong Qua Tong)

Winter Melon Soup (Duong Qua Tong)

                                      Eight Precious Jewels Winter Melon Soup (Duong Qua Tong) I dine out at several of my local contemporary Asian restaurants and have had many versions of this great prized Cantonese winter melon soup. These large oval or round melon globes are found in the Chinatown markets and are usually recognizable by the dusty, “frosted” white coating found on the green exterior shell of the melon. Winter melon is seen as nourishing and...
Trio of Cocktail Salads

Trio of Cocktail Salads

      Trio of Cocktail Salads The Canadian Open which was played back in Ontario was a place that I got to cook in the infamous Champions Tent for the pro golfers and their guests. It was a great position to prepare lavish buffets and get to sh…ow off your culinary prowess. Back then the liquor and tobacco companies would host several big name players and invite their customers to attend a privileged one on one meeting with a pro golfer while noshing and table hopping trying to catch a tip from the pro. The many food adorned grazing stations were to...