West Coast Shell Fish Bowl

West Coast Shell Fish Bowl

Nothing taste better than a bowl of fresh caught BC shellfish. Simply clean the shrimp and scrub the shells and set in bowl with some ice. Fine chop a few garlic cloves, rib of celery, small cooking onion, white end of a leek, Dice 4 strips of bacon, one potato, one carrot. In a solid bottom pot add 2 tbs of olive oil and sauté the veg and bacon. Add a few pinches of thyme, oregano, tarragon and  bay leaf. Sea salt and fresh ground pepper. About 10 minutes. Add the shell fish and sauté coating by lightly mixing from the bottom with a wooden spoon. Add one tbs of butter...
Supreme Green Bean Salad!

Supreme Green Bean Salad!

Supreme Green Bean Salad! Lightly steam blanche the beans and chill in a ice bath. Towel dry and toss together with some fresh ground pepper, kosher salt to taste, virgin olive oil, redwine vinegar, just a spash! Some fine slices of bermuda onion, rippped fresh basil. Arrange on a plate and let there be beans! Enjoy!    
Serious Rhubarb Jam

Serious Rhubarb Jam

          Serious Rhubarb Jam Rhubarb was a plant my grandmother tended with gusto. She would cover the early spring plants with a wooden ash bushel basket. By doing this the leaves would be smaller and the energy and sugars would collect in the stalks. I found that the stalks are more reddish and do taste better She made this no nonsense rhubarb jam that she used for pancakes and for braising a pork roast. She also insisted that it was used as a natural laxative which I also concur as being correct. I made some and use it for braised duck breasts...
Russian-Style Hearty Cabbage Soup

Russian-Style Hearty Cabbage Soup

          Russian-Style Hearty Cabbage Soup When I was living in Invermere BC I did lots of sightseeing into the mountainous back country adjacent the Purcell, Selkirk and the Rockies mountain ranges. I remember being shown the many off the beat and track valley rivers and trails that were once transportation routes for the many mines that were situated all through this area. Some of the mines had natural hot springs and gardens that flourished to bath and feed the hungry miners. This one particular backwoods mine still had a dwelling founding...
Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

        My aunt Marie was quite a baker and she would tell me that her style of baking was mostly the old fashioned no recipe scratch method. As I grew older watching my aunts bake I would make rehearse making some of their baked goods from some of these handed down recipes. They were always well received by friends and this fresh fruit cobbler was my favourite. I still make this simple dessert and find it hands on friendly to prepare. This cobbler recipe is particularly good with strawberries and rhubarb, but you can use any fruit combinations....