Mom’s Famous Burgers

I was blessed with being born in the middle of summer which is a far cry from our cold months. In Quebec, the winter lasts long and hits hard, we all pass the time by eating wonderfully rich foods, enjoying outdoor winter sports and consuming our weight in hot drinks spiked with alcohol.   When…

Dukkah Sweet Potato Oven Fries with Spicy Ketchup

For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of tasting Dukkah, you are seriously missing out. I was first introduced to this spice mixture out of Egypt by my parents who heard of it from Turkish friends. Dukkah is derived from the Arabic “to pound” since the mixture of of nuts and spices are…

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…

Baby It’s Cold Outside Lentil Soup

It’s one of those days. It’s minus fifteen, the sun is shining in the impossibly blue sky, it’s blinding light bouncing off the pristine snow sparkling through every window in my kitchen. Two pairs of socks and the softest cashmere sweater that my wardrobe has to offer, makes this day warm, fuzzy and smiley. This…

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…

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…

Lobster Macaroni and Cheese

I think that Mac & Cheese has to be the universal definition for comfort food. There are so many different variations to this dish, but there is something truly naughty about adding lobster to it. In 1802, Thomas Jefferson served mac & cheese to his guests at the white house, which jump started the dishes…