The Classic Chateau Briand

The Classic Chateau Briand

The Classic Chateau Briand. Working at Hotel Vancouver during my apprenticeship The Timber Room and the Panorama Dinning Rooms had steak nights on a regular bases. The Classic Chateau Briand for two was a beautiful aged beef tenderloin. If you were capable cook the chef would give you the privilege to work one of the cooking stations during these orchestrated periods of chaos. When the lunch or dinner hour was in full swing you had to be ready to produce your part of the menu 40 or 50 times an hour. You had to be fast, organised and have a good sense of timing. Most of...
Tasty Mexican Tortilla Bean Soup

Tasty Mexican Tortilla Bean Soup

Tasty Bean Soup The word is out. The body requires legumes to stay active. The word Pulse will soon be the foodie word of the day for Chic Peas, Chia, Quinoa, Fava, Kidney Peas and Lentils. I confess that my eating habits sometimes get way out of control, so I’ve strapped myself back onto the wagon of health and good eating. My last time in the Hospital for a simple procedure went way out of my control wrong. I was given antibiotics that gave me severe reactions. So they gave me more to combat the first dose. What it did is kill all the good micro bacteria living in...
Crispy Monterey Calamari

Crispy Monterey Calamari

Crispy Monterey Calamari. The California Coast around Monterey Pier have a great selection of long time operating seafood kiosks. Chowder in a bowl, Fish and Chips, prawns, oysters clams and mussels just about everywhere. My favourite deep fry treat is a nice plate of crispy calamari. Squid are one on my favourite seafood list 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...
Rogan Josh Lamb Curry

Rogan Josh Lamb Curry

Rogan Josh Lamb Curry The kitchen now has the aroma of a Kashmir Rosai [kitchen]. The slow cooking in all those aromatic spices and vegetables made this lamb taste like exotic comfort food. I added some chickpeas with sauce for fibre and a simple butter basmati rice. The first tastes were most delectable today but after it sits tonight, the flavours should be perfect for a delish dinner. Ingredients 1 3 inch piece fresh ginger , peeled and grate 8 large cloves garlic , mince 1 tsp. turmeric 4 tbs natural yoghurt 1 tsp crushed black peppercorns 1 kg quality lamb shoulder ,...
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...