Duck Duck!

Duck Duck!

Duck Duck! Cooking duck takes several rehearsals to make it perfect. Once you become involved in the ways to both sauté and and bake confit style, your final duck dinner will be perfecto. The breast portion is the one that I flavour with a good cherry brandy and with simple salt and pepper scored skin pan fry sauté to medium rare with crispy skin. The leg portion was baked in it’s own fats. Made a fava bean and mashed potato smear, with some wilted spinach and butter fried wild mushroom. A duck confit that’s sure to please even the pickiest eaters! Ingredients...
Lasagne Bolognese

Lasagne Bolognese

Lasagna Bolognese. Fresh made pasta is available at Granville Island Market from the source Zara’s Italian Deli. Or you can make your own homemade lasagna pasta (sometimes called “lasagna noodles”) with a dough made of flour and eggs, with or without spinach—or using just semolina (durum wheat flour) and water. But today, the dried packaged ready-to-use lasagna noodles available in the grocery store are really excellent. When using regular store-bought lasagna noodles boil them in batches. To avoid the noodles sticking together, place them vertically on the sides of...
Spinach and Cheese Cannelloni with Roasted Tomato Sauce.

Spinach and Cheese Cannelloni with Roast...

Spinach and Cheese Cannelloni with Roasted Tomato Sauce. I like to cook Italian and making good spinach cannelloni is one of my favourites. When making a good pasta recipe it can be very simple or very complex especially if you make your own noodles. I like making the pasta sauce and filling from scratch. I find it very convenient when using a good packaged lasagna noodle like DeCecco because when they are par blanched they are easy to work with and have an acceptable taste like home made after being baked in a tomato sauce. Your time then can be spent on making a tasty...
Razor Clams in Wok Fried Green Pepper Black Bean Sauce.

Razor Clams in Wok Fried Green Pepper Bl...

Razor Clams in Wok Fried Green Pepper Black Bean Sauce. The Pacific North West Coast has a lot of clam gathering shore line. Blaine Washington is right next door to White Rock BC. We share the same Semiahmoo Bay sandy beaches that yield several varieties during the DOF regulated seasons. Portland  Oregon has a yearly clam festival and over the years attracts thousands of clam diggers. The beaches up and down the coast become an active hunting ground for these Bi-Valves. Next to fried frog legs, razor clams are my next fav! After cleaning the clams, a plastic freezer bag...
Fresh Oregano Lamb Kebabs

Fresh Oregano Lamb Kebabs

Fresh Oregano Lamb Kebabs are simple to prepare. Use a good cut of lamb with a little marble [fat] intact. Cut the meat into small bite size cubes and place in a bowl.  Adding 2 tbs of olive oil, a healthy squeezed fresh lemon juice, 2 tbs of dijon mustard, dash of kosher salt some fresh ground pepper, fresh ground cumin seed to taste and fresh ripped oregano leaves.  Toss till well coated and store chilled for 3 hours to marinate. Remember to give it a mix at least once an hour. Skewer the lamb nuggets using some peppers and onion for added flavour. Preheat your char...
Red Hot & Blue Vegetarian Boogie

Red Hot & Blue Vegetarian Boogie

Red Hot & Blue Vegetarian Boogie!     Red Hot & Blue was the first restaurant as an executive chef that I got to be part of the design team during the inception both in front and back of the house. I created the initial theme menus along with the kitchen design and conception. This flag ship restaurant was a tribute to musicians and their music. The owners with strong roots in the music industry built the restaurant in a Toronto Yonge Street office tower which was home to twenty five hundred workers. The restaurant sat 350 people and had an express pasta...