Dad’s Special Relish

Dad’s Special Relish

      There was lots of area wear where the LF&C New Britain arm strong cast iron grinder that was attached to the edge of the kitchen table. My brother and I would supply the endless hand cranking power to grind out the family recipe ingredients until our arms were taut from over use. To make it less of a chore I would pretend it was a machine gun and would make the bang- bang machine gun shooting sounds as I cranked the make believe Gatling gun just like they did in the movies on Daniel Boone. Dad collected several bushel baskets of produce, stacked...
Finding Seafood Nirvana

Finding Seafood Nirvana

Some of the best recipes start with a good selection of fresh caught and prepared Pacific Shellfish. Easy to make salads and hot pots of clear or creamy chowders. I shop at several docks here in Vancouver. Granville Island Market, Steveston, Sidney, Sooke, Ucluelet Tofino Prawns, crab, squid, rock fish, halibut ling cod. Salt Spring mussels and Effingham oysters tossed with tasty vinaigrette or stewed in a hot pot. It’s all healthy and good.
Rubs and Marinades

Rubs and Marinades

    My first attempt to use rubs on meat back in the sixties came from eating some filets of rock cod that were seasoned and blackened in a hot cast iron skillet. The filets were flash fried and had a real hit of flavors. I found the origins of this eastern Spicy Rub had a great Canadian History brought there by the Acadians from Nova Scotia. Because of the early arrivals of the Spanish, Portuguese followed by the British, different ethnic cultures that remained as east coast residents began the use and trading of herbs and spices that were both native and...
Welcome To Mary’s Garden

Welcome To Mary’s Garden

For over 20 years being thekitchenman I would get most all his seasonal fruit and vegetables from Mary’s Garden. No spray produce and fruit fresh from the farm field and orchards. Just picked produce arrives hourly from the pickers. The berries are in full swing and had this seasons first nugget peas, lettuce, potatoes, cukes, carrots and cherry tomatoes. One very well run garden market store. Happy 53th Year  
Chocolate Chip Fondue

Chocolate Chip Fondue

            I can remember my first potato chip experience and have enjoyed eating them tasty fried tatter crisps since infancy. Where I grew up we were surrounded by the snack manufacturers and I remember all the smells as you got close to the factory. Hostess/Frito-Lay Potato Chips. Jacks Snacks Cheese Twists and Cracker Jacks. Dare Foods for Jube-Jubes, Scotch Mints and Girl Guide Cookies Raymond’s Nuts, who made the Oktoberfest Beer Nuts and Hickory Almonds and Cracker Jack’s. Smiles and Chuckles, made the Turtles, Turkish Delight...