Chinese Pot Sticker Dumplings

Chinese Pot Sticker Dumplings

Chinese Pot Sticker Dumplings Throughout the world, there are dumplings everywhere but nowhere is the dumpling more popular than in China. And of all the assorted dumplings available, the simple pot sticker is the most common. Originating in Shanghai, the two Chinese characters that illustrate them, “wor tip,” translate as pot stick. In other areas of China such as Beijing and Guangzhou they are translated as “little dumpling. “A bit of folklore suggests that these dumplings were created by accident when an Imperial chef, making dumplings, forgot them on...
Almond and Pumpkin Custards

Almond and Pumpkin Custards

Pumpkin and Almond Custards This a great dessert to serve anytime. The mixture of all the ingredients complement each other and the use of other sweetners add a more modern approach other than egg and cream versions. Good if you’re a vegan!… These ingredients are available at most good grocery or organic co-op stores in the bulk section. Life is to short to eat mediocre dessert! You will need; 2-14 oz can full rich coconut milk 2 1/2 tsp real almond extract 2 tsp. agar [Agar is a gel derived from red algae. Though agar is widely used as a food additive] At...
Camp Fire Chicken and Hot Biscuits.

Camp Fire Chicken and Hot Biscuits.

Camp Fire Chicken and Hot Biscuits. I spent lots of time at resorts and lodges throughout my career doing fireside cooking for the guests. I worked the many different positions as I was learning how to cook. My favourite form of preparing food is using a natural wood and charcoal fed fire. I found I did some of my best recipes when I had simple cooking utensils and an outdoor heat source. I started as a young cub scout which procured my interests to anything done with fire. There is something about fire that brings out the best in all foods. I found that the manifesto for...
Fire Roasted T-Bone Steak

Fire Roasted T-Bone Steak

              I love to cook over open flame and when I am on a staycation here in British Columbia, the great outdoors has many roadside parks and grills. Most small coastal inlets have a favourite lookout point and close by somewhere to have a picnic or an outdoor bbq. Sometimes a lot of rain or a dry spell which prohibits any outdoor fires can make your plans need a change up. I like to rent a simple cabin with a fire place and when we are forced to stay inside, a nice hot wood fire makes for a great place to make a quick and easy...
VL’S Curry Bowl

VL’S Curry Bowl

            VL’S Curry Bowl. Taking time to have lunch on the run while shopping means stopping at the mall food courts. Some of them have been operating for several years like the ones at my local T&T Market Mall in Surrey BC.  The Kiosks in T&T carry a fine selection of fresh Asian foods, meats and whole fish which brings me here a couple times a month. One of the best meals I can suggest is stopping and saying Hi to Michael at VL’S Curry Bowl. This kitchen has been pumping out good quality takeout with lots of flavour....