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 baking...
Cheesy Vegetable Medley

Cheesy Vegetable Medley

As I explore the available food sources I am always looking for tasty cheese. Ever since the large corporate food giants took over most all the family run independent cheese makers I find that a lot of the cheeses taste very mainstream using sodium baths to cure and help along the process too promote fast aging. Good favourable cheese takes a hand’s on technique and knowledge that only a respectable cheese master would understand. A machine can not duplicate the small batch personal senses and the human touch. In my store I would sell lots of artisan cheeses and even some...
Dungeness Crab Cakes

Dungeness Crab Cakes

I like to go to the market when looking for some good fresh seafood and the Asian markets here on the coast sure do have a lot of good bargains when the Dungeness supply is plentiful. The Dungeness Crabs are coming in at $10.50 a pound and are fresh caught and shucked of their meat if you wait around. It sure saves doing it at home sure makes a nice treat. Cracked cold crab claws are most delish but I like tasty crab cakes more. Once you have your supply make sure the rest of the ingredients are fresh. Let’s start with; 1 lb fresh shucked crab meat picked over for any...
BC Wild Caught Sea Food.

BC Wild Caught Sea Food.

Genuine BC wild caught seafood. How does one know for sure? If the seafood is true wild caught than it will have a barcode that will give you all the pertinent details. Where it was caught, how with pole, line or net, the date and time of the catch. Once you find a fish monger that can give you honest answers, the fish is worthy of the price asked. I usually shop at several different locations for a particular type of shell fish or ocean fish. Rock cod, sole, skate, scallops, dungeness, king crab, oysters, mussels, clams and all the seasonal stuff like spotted prawns,...
Korean Style Marinated KFC

Korean Style Marinated KFC

  Korean marinated KFC. It’s a little bit of prep work, but well worth the effort.       This style of doing chicken alfresco on a char grill first requires a 24 hour soak in a favourable lemongrass fivespice, cilantro and coconut milk brine. Just add the ingredients, stir together and add some chili’s if you like it piquant! Some prefer using butter milk and kiwi fruit, some like yogurt and  mango. I like the tasty finish that fresh coconut milk and lemongrass bring to the flavour table!   After the chicken parts marinate over night,...