Blushing White Peach Sangria

This is my version of the Spanish/ Portuguese drink. The beverage can only be called sangria if the wine used is Spanish or Portuguese, by European law.  Sangria comes from he Spanish and Portuguese word for blood- letting because of its deep crimson colour. Another version is  sangria’s cousin, sangria blanca, because white wine replaces…

The Two Parrot Nachos (my version)

While attending culinary school in Vancouver, one of the local haunts that us students would unwind at, was a bar called the Two Parrots Perch & Grill. Through the foggy memories of gin soaked nights out with friends, it is the nachos that I remember best. Hands down the best nachos I had ever had. I…

Pistachio, Herb & Mustard Crusted Pork Tenderloin For My Daddy

Whether it’s a birthday or father’s day, the request is always the same, pork or lamb for dinner. This is my favourite recipe for my daddy’s favourite dinner. The nuttiness from the pistachio, the fragrant sweetness from the orange and the sharp mustard, combine masterfully to create the perfect crust for the tenderloin while still…

The Trick To A Perfect Platter

Over the many years I have spent cooking professionally, I have noticed a pattern arise when cooking with family and friends. My mother has always commented on how much better a dish looks when I have plated it compared to when she has and credits my culinary training with that ability. Throw that notion out…

The Gift Of Blood Orange & Fennel Scented Cod

These little parcels are super easy, healthy and pack a ton of flavour. Cod is used but can be substituted with any other firm fleshed white fish. Serve these flavour bombs in their parchment paper packets alongside my recipe for “dolled up green beans” an watch your guest’s eyes roll back as they tear open…

Dolled Up Green Beans

This makes an excellent side dish for a light summer meal. The parmesan cheese can be omitted for a lighter version but, let’s be honest, why would you ever want to do that? I suggest serving these beans with my recipe for “the gift of blood orange & fennel scented cod” for a perfectly simple…

The Wannabe Baker’s Super Simple Fruit Tart

This recipe is a great, simple and versatile way to finish any meal. In the cold months, stud the lemony pastry cream with winter fruits like cranberry, pear, persimmons, kiwi, mandarin and clementine oranges. In the warm months, layer this tart with beautiful fresh berries, apricots, lychee and plums. There are so many incredible fruits…

“Amaretti di Saronno” Romantic Mac & Cheese

See it here on Foodporn Daily!   Contrary to popular belief, the amaretti cookie and amaretto liqueur are unrelated. Both apricot kernel based delicacies hail from the Saronno region in Lombardy, Italy.  Amaretti cookies are enjoyed as a delightful treat with coffee, at tea time or with a digestif at the end of a meal…

Prime Rib

When I was catering some time ago, prime rib was offered on the menu. It quickly became a popular seller and for good reason. Served alongside homemade Yorkshire puddings (which I suggest you buy instead of smoking out your home), caramelized onions and mushrooms lacquered in rich, meaty pan gravy, this is the godfather of…