Back in the 70’s, Guinness record size cheese and the House of Vera Ernst McNichol

Back in the 70’s, Guinness record ...

  Wayne Conrad Serbu Back in the 70’s I was making my way around Ontario searching out small independent cheese makers that would make artisan branded cheese for a large conglomerate food manufacturer. Millbank Cheese was one of the first I stopped at because of my familiarity being sold at the Galt market. I stopped in and saw that this Giant Cheese being made to be in the Guinness records. After doing my business with the owners I asked what are all the people doing over at that house? Don Tanner’s reply that it was the house of Vera McNichol. Millbank...
Winter Melon Soup (Duong Qua Tong)

Winter Melon Soup (Duong Qua Tong)

                                      Eight Precious Jewels Winter Melon Soup (Duong Qua Tong) I dine out at several of my local contemporary Asian restaurants and have had many versions of this great prized Cantonese winter melon soup. These large oval or round melon globes are found in the Chinatown markets and are usually recognizable by the dusty, “frosted” white coating found on the green exterior shell of the melon. Winter melon is seen as nourishing and...
Dim Sum

Dim Sum

Life without Dim Sum would be a boring weekend for me. I love to have other chefs feed me. Dim Sum Brunches have become very affordable and busy. A good selection with tea and dessert will set you back 25 bucks. Check out what I had New Years Day. Started with a bowl of chicken corn chowder and a bowl of hot and sour soup. The veggie spring rolls with in-house made plum sauce were deluxe. The pork and mushroom wonton, wok fried in a chili pea-nutty sauce topped with steamed spinach tops. The main event was the seafood chow mien, the crispy noodle foundation with plump...
India Inspired Six Pack!

India Inspired Six Pack!

          India Inspired Six Pack! My love for Indian Foods has giving me a much broader respect for the word curry. Curry is a generic description used throughout Western culture to describe a variety of dishes from Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, African, Thai and other Southeast Asian cuisines. The major spices found in most South Asian curry powders contain turmeric, coriander, and cumin; but a wide range of additional spices may be additions depending on the geographic regional location and the food items being included; meats,...
Chili Ginger Shrimp

Chili Ginger Shrimp

Chili Ginger Shrimp The Asian method of preparation likes to “crispen” the texture of shrimp so they are quickly soaked in a light brine solution before stir-frying. It brings back the fresh sea flavour and removes that chemical additive th…at some processors use to give the product longevity.  Back when I was cooking at the Kettle of Fish a sea food chef Bara Katsumi taught me this delicious way of quick frying shrimp. The Asians like to leave the shell on for a bigger flavour hit. I like to peel them when serving as a meal but unpeeled as an appetizer....