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 steak nights were popular on a regular bases. For those having a special dinner out the Classic Chateau Briand for two was beautiful aged beef tenderloin done to perfection. If you were a capable cook the sous 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 at least 40 or 50 times....
Prime Rib The Iroquois Hotel Galt Ontario

Prime Rib The Iroquois Hotel Galt Ontari...

                                          The Iroquois Hotel kitchen is where my dad worked from the 1930s and on. Heck by age six in the early 50’s I was peeling bushels of apples and was dishing up food for banquets, polishing the flatware and folding hundreds of napkins. I did shifts as a bell hop or ran the coat check when the hotel banquet and dining rooms were operating at full blast! I spent most of my childhood in the kitchen beside my dad and this is where it...
Christmas Dinners I Like!

Christmas Dinners I Like!

Christmas New Years 2022. What plans have been made to celebrate have been altered to fit the New Mandate Covid rules. So, it’s going to be New Years at Home with my Sweetie. Nothing brings in the new year better than a Surf and Turf. When I was a cook at the Toronto Keg Mansion, knowing how to grill a good filet and broil a lobster tail was a job that over the years I’ve had lot’s of practise at. Next few days I will be picking out this years surf & turf recipe items. My first New Years back in Ontario after 25 years should be a special one Nothing...
Turkey Dinner .

Turkey Dinner .

Turkey Dinner With the holiday season fast approaching, it is a good thing to start looking for your free range turkey and putting in your order. I like to make a trip to the usual last weekend of the area farm markets and pick up all my pantry items from the farm vendors. One of the first meals I ever cooked for guests was a roast turkey dinner. Some chefs stuff the bird with a bread stuffing and cook covered at low temperature for several hours to keep the meat from becoming too dry. Other chefs roast breast side down to keep the breast meat moist. A few chefs have deep...
Roast Leg of Lamb Christmas Downton Abbey Style

Roast Leg of Lamb Christmas Downton Abbe...

Roast Leg of Lamb Christmas Downton Abbey Style I loved watching the TV series and especially liked head house cook Mrs. Patmore slaving away at a dish in that antiquated kitchen. My favourite passion about cooking today is recreating some of those relic recipes that were once served to aristocratic patrons at fine Inns or estate homes. While touring the Delaware River a few years back. I loved to find these historic Inns and this one was built in 1857 and still is home to the longest continuously operating restaurant/hotel along the Delaware Canal. The tavern and former...