Flawless Lemon-Aid.

Flawless Lemon-Aid.

Flawless Lemon-Aid 1 cup sugar 1 cup filtered water. 1 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice. 5 or 6 lemons. In a sauce pan over medium heat add the sugar and cup of water and simmer, stirring till the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the stove and add the cup of lemon juice and stir in. In a glass pitcher add to four cups of ice cold filtered water. Mix well and let it rest in the fridge for about an hour so as to let the flavor’s blend. Before I squeeze the washed off lemons I like to rasp-grate the peel and place it into some water to obtain the extreme lemon oil...
Steam Train Shovel Breakfasts

Steam Train Shovel Breakfasts

Steam Train Shovel Breakfasts My dad Connie was only five foot five inches but he was solid built like a bull dog. He did some boxing as hobby but later realized that yelling and acting real angry got the message across better and without battle scars. My dad did not drive and if you were the person who stopped to help my dad always carrying grocery items, he would promise them some of his prepared food at the end of the day which also meant he would bag a ride to the station or better yet home. I remember there were a lot of single men who would do this just to get some...
Authentic Perogy’s

Authentic Perogy’s

Pillows of Joy! A large solid wood table sat in the kitchen with my grandmother’s hand crafted homestead chair and well hued benches which could easily sit a dozen people. This vast table was used as the main preparation table that all my aunts and us kids sat at while hand prepping the many perogy’s, cabbage rolls, and other cultural delicacies from early homestead recipes. The different yearly holidays meant lots of company to feed. My Ukrainian mother and Romanian father had 21 siblings between them and about half of my aunts and uncles families would descend on our...
Banff Hotel Watermelon-Ginger Fresca Elixir

Banff Hotel Watermelon-Ginger Fresca Eli...

Banff Springs. The summer of 1966 was just a round the corner. The Beatles tunes were filling the air waves, high school was behind me and I got my driver’s license. At 16 I had already worked 10 years cooking alongside dad and at other part time positions. I was mostly a weekend banquet, breakfast and lunch cook. The Iroquois Hotel, Loft Pancake House, Knotty Pine, Moffat’s, The Kitchener Market were just a few of the places that I cooked as a junior. I was learning short order cooking and became well organized and efficient at cooking breakfast and lunch fare. I was...
Smoked Salmon and Prawn Party Shooters.

Smoked Salmon and Prawn Party Shooters.

Here is a tasty appetizer Smoked Salmon or Spot Prawn Shooters. In a stainless or glass bowl make a salsa. 1/2 cup each of diced 1/4”cubes of nectarine or peach, avocado mango and papaya. ½ a cup of fine chopped cilantro.   ½ cup chopped green onion 1 tbs. of chopped garlic, ginger and shallot. 1/4 cup of fine chopped pistachios or cashews.   Add one deseeded and fine chopped red jalapeno pepper. Use a red sweet bell pepper in place of if required. Add 2oz. of some Vodka.   Add fresh squeezed juice with pulp from 1 orange, 1 lemon and 1 lime. Add 1 tbs. of extra virgin...