Lemon Zucchini Loaf

Yes my friends, it’s that time of the year again! Neighbors are gathering – in large baskets, zucchini of all sizes, shapes and colors. People you don’t even know are stopping by and knocking on your door to unload – I mean share, the bounty of this most glorious of fall vegetables. So here is my take on the humble zucchini loaf. This time I’m using yellow zucchini but that’s not really the twist. Although I must admit using yellow zucchini does give it a lighter color and a more cake like appearance. So of course I want to change […]

Savory Pumpkin Seed and Black Pepper Scones

We had some good friends drop by for tea the other day. I know they don’t like sweet things so I wanted a recipe for something savory to serve mid-afternoon. I say tea, but really this would have been great with coffee or wine! So this is another recipe that speaks to pumpkins and all that you can do with them. I made these pumpkin scones savory by adding freshly cracked (large grind) black pepper and salted pumpkin seeds as a topping. The use of the traditional complimentary pumpkin spices – cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, brought about warm feelings for […]

Date and Bacon Scones

Renovations are done! I know some of you attending my classes at the Loblaw’s PC Cooking Schools have heard me speak of the process and the progress as the weeks went on. It is amazing how many things you need to pick out when you are completely renovating a bathroom (or in our case, two bathrooms). All I can say is thank heavens my wife was on top of it all. They look great – thanks hon! Now on to today’s recipe – Date and Bacon Scones! I know, I had you at bacon! Me too! One of my favorite […]

By |April 24th, 2016|Breads, Desserts, Food Blogs, Miscellaneous, Recipes, The Blog|Comments Off on Date and Bacon Scones

St. Patrick’s Day – Savory Irish Soda Bread

Yes, I could have done something green, but really – why?! There will be enough green things over the next few days that this doesn’t need to be. And maybe the Irish aren’t into the savory, but then you never know. This is a lovely soda bread recipe. I like it because it used a combination of flours – all-purpose, bread flour and whole wheat flour. I also got to embellish with raisins and pumpkin seeds, and wait, the most important part, I painted the top of the loaf with a combination of butter and chili oil before baking and […]

Chia and Coconut Breakfast Cookies

Do you like chewy or crunchy? I’m a chewy kind of guy! Oh there are times when I will do crunchy – like when you want to dunk something in coffee – biscotti is a good example (really any biscuit – I’m also a dunker). But if I’m going to be having something on it’s own, give me chewy please. So here’s a recipe for delicious chewy breakfast cookies. They contain Chia seeds – yes remember the 70’s, the sheep that grew – who knew?! In any event, these are delicious. Chia seeds are a good source for fiber and […]

By |November 12th, 2015|Breads, Cookies, Food Blogs, Recipes, The Blog|Comments Off on Chia and Coconut Breakfast Cookies

Zucchini Bread

My friend Maria – a wonderful Italian Chef, came over the other day. We are doing a joint class through the PC Cooking Schools called “Italy meets India” or “Ciao Namaste!” – a fusion class of Italian and Indian food, the menu – Bruschetta topping on Naan, Butter Chicken Ravioli – home made butter chicken, hand made pasta – did I even have to say that!?! – Maria’s specialty, and Mango Kulfi with Almond Brittle. We experimented with the menu as our first class is in Georgetown on August 13th. The formula works, the timing works – and yes, my […]

By |August 8th, 2015|Breads, Food Blogs, Recipes, The Blog|Comments Off on Zucchini Bread

All Purpose Biscuits

From the NY Times Cooking collection, I bring you Sam Sifton’s All Purpose Biscuits.  I had to try this recipe. I consider myself a pretty good biscuit maker but this recipe called for European style butter – I use this butter. Actually I use a lot of this butter – Churn 84, For baking of course, but also for sauteeing delicate fish or finishing vegetables or finishing a sauce (it’s just gravy without butter:) ). Yes it’s higher fat content, but everything in moderation. So when I saw this recipe, I had to try it. The biscuit was lighter and […]

Cheesy Cauliflower Bread

As if the noble cauliflower weren’t already engrained into our diet. In addition to boiling, broiling and roasting, here’s another great way to enjoy this cruciferous vegetable. I’ve adapted this recipe from the Loblaw site. It tastes great as presented in the recipe but of course I made two batches and adapted one to my taste. Try both, try one, make your own additions, just eat more cauliflower. That’s what recipes are for. This recipe calls for the cauliflower to be processed to a grainy – rice sized grains, texture. Then combined with egg, grated potato and cheese – yes […]

By |April 23rd, 2015|Breads, Food Blogs, Hors d'Oeuvres, Recipes, Soups and Sides, Weeknight Meals|Comments Off on Cheesy Cauliflower Bread

It’s all about the taste… Banana Bread!

When my wife and I were in Paris last year, I did a baking course. Nothing terribly complex, but just enough to refresh my memory on the fine art of baguette making. Of course I paid attention, I asked questions, I made lots of notes on technique and timing, and then, at the end of the day, my wife and I got to eat what I made. A bottle of wine, some cheese, a tin of sardines and the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop. Need I say more!? I don’t know whether it was the atmosphere of where we were, […]

Sausage, Kale and Kidney Bean Soup with Cheddar, Prosciutto Biscuits

Baby it’s cold outside!  No really cold outside!  No I don’t want to break out into a duet, it’s just cold outside. And if one more person tells me “it’s Canada”, I really will explode. I know it’s Canada, I’ve spent nearly all my life here. It doesn’t help. Now hot soup, that will help! So warm things up with this hearty soup and biscuit meal. Simple soup really and don’t forget as with any soup recipe I give you, substitutions are welcome – really, and please share your ideas with me. The biscuits complemented the soup nicely, they made […]

By |February 19th, 2015|Breads, Food Blogs, Recipes, Soups and Sides, Weeknight Meals|Comments Off on Sausage, Kale and Kidney Bean Soup with Cheddar, Prosciutto Biscuits