The Butlers Smashed… & Other Gin Based Cocktails

The Butlers Smashed serves one   Ingredients   2 fresh strawberries 2 oz Butlers or Hendricks gin Juice of half a lime 1/2 ounce sugar syrup   Crushed ice   Freshly ground black pepper   Method   In a shaker, muddle the strawberries with with sugar syrup. Add gin and lime juice. Prepare a cocktail…

Cheesy Stuffed Breakfast Biscuits

The perfect breakfast to serve in bed… wink wink…   back to impress   serves 8   Ingredients   1 can refrigerated biscuit dough 8 large eggs 1 cup white button mushrooms, sliced 1 cup sweet red bell pepper, diced 1 cup sweet yellow pepper, diced 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced 2 cups breakfast sausage,…

Cerulli’s Fish N’ Chips

“Winston Churchill called them “the good companions”. John Lennon smothered his in tomato ketchup. Michael Jackson liked them with mushy peas. They sustained morale through two world wars and helped fuel Britain’s industrial prime. A century and a half on, this great British staple still goes down a treat.” -James Alexander, BBC News   This is…

Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta with Fresh Ricotta and Herbs

*shown paired with roasted red pepper bruschetta   back to A Fun Night In serves 4 – 6  6  1/2 inch thick slices of Baguette (on the bias) 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil  cracked black pepper (to taste) kosher salt (to taste)   2 pints red cherry tomatoes, halved 1 french shallot, finely chopped…

The Ultimate Grilled Cheese

back to impress   I find myself having trouble writing something about this grilled cheese, only because it is indescribably good, it is ridiculously good, it is crazy good!  I grew up, like everyone, with the kleenex bread and plastic yellow cheese sandwich, which will always be a classic, but after one bite of this…

The Breakup Brownie

Ok… Fine. I’ll just date myself then.   Give your tear ducts a break and get up. It only takes a few ingredients and a few minutes to throw this stupidly rich brownie together, so there is no excuse for you to keep wallowing. The dark chocolate will stimulate your happy thoughts and before you…

Une Soixante Quinze, S’ il Vous Plait..

The French 75 You know it’s going to rock your socks off when it’s named after a French 75 – mm field gun, which was used in World War 1, purely because of the kick it delivers. Created in 1915 by bartender Harry MacElhone in Paris, this cocktail gained notoriety when it made it’s way…

The Boulevardier

Ladies & gents, I present to you the cousin to the beloved Negroni…The Boulevardier. It even sounds posh, doesn’t it? back to wet your whistle       1 1/2 oz. bourbon 1 oz. Campari 1 oz. sweet vermouth   Garnish: orange slice, lemon twist or cherry Stir ingredients well with ice in a mixing…

Oooooh Lala! French Onion Soup

There is nothing quite like the smell of onions caramelizing in butter filling your house. In Montreal, it can get really cold in the winter, and I sometimes find myself craving something rich and savoury on a bitterly cold day, so I make this dish and I instantly feel warm. My favourite part of making…