Zesty Orange Asparagus

Zesty Orange Asparagus

Zesty Orange Asparagus. Blanche the asparagus in a cup of some fresh squeezed orange juice. Chill down in an ice water bath. Squeeze of some fresh lemon juice, 2 oz of water and a tbs of washed orange peel zest and simmer till aldente, [slightly crisp to the tooth]. Chill down in an ice water bath. Segment an orange and lay out on a plate in a crescent shape for best presentation. Toss the chilled asparagus in some white balsamic vinegar, light extra virgin olive oil, dash of sesame oil, and fresh ground white pepper, a little sugar and a sprinkle of toasted rice salt....
Expresso Bourbon Chocolate Cake:

Expresso Bourbon Chocolate Cake:

Expresso Bourbon Chocolate Cake; Apprenticing to become a cook/chef takes years of theory and practice. Baking is one area that I only studied when time allowed back in college. I was tutored by Conestoga’s Peter Basin an Olympic medal winning pastry chef. He taught me on how to prepare all the required items that being a resort/hotel chef would need to know. I soon learned it was very demanding and tedious work to pipe fillings into thousands of bite size sweets for a buffet or decoration extraordinaire show pieces. Making layered cakes, flavoured mousses,...
Creole Surf and Turf Gumbo w/ Hush Puppies.

Creole Surf and Turf Gumbo w/ Hush Puppi...

Creole Surf and Turf Gumbo w/ Hush Puppies; I have wowed a lot of people with these abilities to create some great Cajun recipes. I would fry up big batches of fresh caught seafood for shore lunches and back yard parties. Gathering the fresh ingredients for a good Seafood Gumbo is using what fits your personal tastes. I like using all kinds of available seafood and adding in some good artisan smoked sausages. I use a Wok or a steamer Pot to get all the flavours to be added and times for the proper cooking. Once the Gumbo is on it’s time to make the star of the...
Wild Leek Pesto Penne

Wild Leek Pesto Penne

Ramp up your Pasta or Salads. Foraging Season is coming on this spring and finding some new places to search is my goal. This culinary wild leek is making good dishes taste so much better. It’s what most culinary foodies and the top chefs are twittering about. I will check out some sources as I travel to the Ontario river watershed. I just talked to a friend grower who is going through the stages of a long wet winter. Start up is ongoing and have been hit with frost here is turning up a limited supply. I will check out some more known sources as I travel to the...
Feliz Cinco de Mayo

Feliz Cinco de Mayo

Feliz Cinco de Mayo El Grande Hombre; thekitchenman. Buttered Corn Crusted Rock Fish W/ Mango Salsa, spanish rice, refried pinto beans. Mucho Yum! When fresh caught rock fish is at the market, it is so tasty and economical. The filet with no bones can be seasoned and breaded with corn meal, panko crumbs or crushed peanuts or almonds. I chose a smokey Mexican paprika and herb seasoning rubbed into the filet. Season with sea salt. Pat on the corn meal firmly. Heat sauté pan to medium high and place one tablespoon of butter and 4 tablespoons of oil. Place the filets and fry...
Roquefort Cheese Stuffed Sirloin

Roquefort Cheese Stuffed Sirloin

Al Waxman’s Roquefort Cheese Stuffed Sirloin.  Here is me and Al Waxman with my best co worker Ian Cox who never ever let me down. We became good foody friends and I was invited to their Toronto residence for some social time with Al and his wife Sara. This a side view of one of the mobile kitchen rigs that I would drive as my personal mobile commissary kitchen which was more of a serving kitchen and my office. Hooked up to a Ford 9000 this trailer was a great piece of equipment. Here is one his favourite recipes and a good story. I used to enjoy watching the Canadian...