Strawberries Are Ready

Strawberries Are Ready

The first crop of Baker Breeze Farms strawberries are being picked while I add this post. Rhubarb is close and should be ready by Sunday. I just got some rolled oats and almond flour. A one pot strawberry rhubarb with raw honey cooked down and spread on a crust of buttered almond flour and buttered and toasted rolled oats. Love these simple to make squares. Simple is good!
Wild Mushroom Bonanza

Wild Mushroom Bonanza

Wild mushroom Bonanza Living here on the west coast provides us with so many interesting places to walk and hike as well as find hidden natural sources of native herbs, berries and mushrooms. I’ve found sources of wild mushrooms sea asparagus, fiddleheads, watercress, wild berries, wild thyme, lovage and chives. My wife and I have covered a lot of ground here in BC walking, birding and checking out the flora and fauna in several different locations of this beautiful province. A neighbour who spent his whole life here in this area would tell me stories of the amount of...
Almond and Cherry Dutch Baby

Almond and Cherry Dutch Baby

Almond and Cherry Dutch Baby While looking through my dad’s old recipes that he made for Octoberfest, I found this old German Dutch Baby recipe. I remember how it tasted so good and my dad made it in minutes. It reminded me of an overloaded fruit pancake, but  as  a kid I was told that you were only to have a slice and not the whole Cherry Dutch Baby. After reading about it’s origins which was most likely based on the German pancake Apfelpfannkuchen, the Dutch (a mispronunciation of Deutsch, meaning German) baby is said to have been dreamed up in the early...
The Caviar Bar King Fish.

The Caviar Bar King Fish.

The Caviar Bar; Chowder, Mussels, Oysters and Caviar.. When I was cooking at the Kettle of Fish on Pacific Ave; My cooking station was known as the Caviar bar. It was what the owner Glen Anderson and designer David Vance used for the overflow and small private dinning room. The bar was made from solid marble and beside a libations center it had a chowder steam pot and a wood/charcoal fired bbq. Caviar was sold by the ounce with frozen vodka. The chowder made to order which the customer picked the kind and the ingredients. I also bbq grilled just about anything from the...
Chicken A La King.

Chicken A La King.

Chicken a la King canned meals my mother would sometimes buy for me to eat after school when she worked shifts. I would open and pop it into the oven and simply pour the creamy chicken and vegetables over some buttered toast and it tasted beyond wonderful. I have a chicken a la King major craving to taste that creamy chicken over toast again. I created this one pot dish from stove to oven and it was way better than any of those canned or frozen entrees from back in the day. It was simply scrumptious and it came together so easily. I poached my own chicken and made some...
Ruby Red Grapefruit Cake

Ruby Red Grapefruit Cake

My dad being a chef had lots of his pre 1950’s retro recipes that were handed over to me as I mastered them to his specs. He was more concerned about the flavour quality obtained and was not as finicky in the way it’s final presentation. I like to describe my way of being taught baking by my dad as colonial style. Now don’t get me wrong, my father was a very tolerant baker and over his 40 years as a Hotel Chef taught lots of lady bakers to be personal when it comes to making a cake. The fancier you like if you have artistic abilities or the time allotted standard approach...