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...
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...
Tequila Lemon Spotted Prawn Appie!

Tequila Lemon Spotted Prawn Appie!

Tequila Lemon Spotted Prawn Appie! Nothing makes a party go El Grande more than these mouth watering Tequila Lemon/Lime Jalapeno Spotted Prawns! 16/20 shrimp or prawns peeled and deveined soaked in ice water with sea salt for 10 minutes to crispen up then rinsed thoroughly. Couple tablespoons of chopped green onion and chopped minced garlic. Crumbled up a 1/2 cup sheep feta cheese. Fresh squeezing of lemon/lime juice. Tbs. each 3 tbs. unsalted butter dash of olive oil, tabasco, all placed in a skillet and on high heat. Now quickly stir fry the onion and garlic without...