Chocolate and Strawberries!

It’s almost here, that day when men go mad over flowers, chocolate and other things, not for themselves but to demonstrate their love for the ones they love.  Ridiculous prices loom and we (at least I) don’t usually think about prices when it comes to gifts for my wife. I’m very lucky though that my wife doesn’t believe in Valentine’s Day!  To her, it’s another day.  The best gift I can give her is something homemade and decadent.  So here it is, Ruth Reichl’s “Big Chocolate Cake”. Yes, I was skeptical when I read the recipe, seemed like a lot […]

Twining’s London Strand Earl Grey Tea Cookies

I had the pleasure of being the Chef for a Twining Tea inspired menu at the PC Cooking School (in Bayview Village). I met Stephen Twining, a 10th generation of the Twining family. He knows his tea! No, he really knows his tea – you might say “it’s in his blood!” The Twining family has been in the tea trade since the 1700’s. Of note, they have been the official purveyor of teas since Queen Anne appointed them in 1711 –and still are the official purveyors to today’s royals. Wow! Stephen gave a fascinating presentation – I caught pieces of […]

By |March 1st, 2016|Cookies, Desserts, Events, Food Blogs, Miscellaneous, Recipes, The Blog|Comments Off on Twining’s London Strand Earl Grey Tea Cookies

Olive Oil Cake with Habanero-Pineapple Jam

Family Day, you have to love this holiday! Had the family over this weekend! What a treat when your grown kids come back home with their friends and you can relive those days when weekend breakfasts were a large part of your morning! I do miss them when they are away, but happy that they are making their own lives. After all, it’s what we’ve always wanted for our kids, right! The conversations now are so different – entertainment, politics, strong opinions (which coincidentally tend to be wrong when they don’t agree with mine 🙂) etc. are so much more […]

By |February 15th, 2016|Desserts, Events, Food Blogs, Recipes, Special Meals|Comments Off on Olive Oil Cake with Habanero-Pineapple Jam

Gong Hay Fat Choy! Cashew Chicken!

Happy Chinese New Year to my Chinese friends – and well really anyone celebrating the incoming Year of the Monkey! May it bring joy and may you find – keep – spread happiness and good health! Getting ready for the big day is a lot of work. You don’t have time to fuss over things so if you are looking for a great tasting dish to add to your repertoire, here’s a recipe for Cashew Chicken. It works because the flavors come together well. Just a few ingredients really and you end up with a flavorful dish that can be […]

Couple of Hits!

Okay, I’ve really been busy.  In addition to all the extra extra time put into the PC Insiders Boutique in November and December, I did manage to do a radio interview on a local station.  It’s so hard to say local when the station is available on the web – in really any country that has internet access.  Yes there is an audience here, but I thought it would be good to share a bit of my Goan heritage with you. Radio Mango, FM 101.3, is a multi-cultural station that dedicates a couple of hours a week to those of Goan […]

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Italy meets India! A gourmet fusion class!

For those of you that haven’t heard, I’m doing this fusion style class with my good friend Chef Maria Marotta. We’ve taken some tasty treats from both countries and combined them – flavors and textures, to tantalize and delight your taste buds. Our menu consists of Naan Bruschetta – no not just any tomato topping on this handmade beauty. While I make the flatbreads, Maria dices up some seasonal veggies – zucchini, eggplant and much more, and finishes it off with a wonderful surprise to bring it all together. The hot naan are topped with the filling and – oh yes, please […]

By |September 11th, 2015|Events, Food Blogs, The Blog|Comments Off on Italy meets India! A gourmet fusion class!

Pride Week!

Yes it’s that time of year again, so I’m presenting you with this colorful treat. A twist on the traditional rice krispy squares. The recipe comes from a site called ““. I’m doing a class at the PC Cooking School at Maple Leaf Gardens this coming week – that’s in the heart of Pride festivities and wanted something just as colorful as some of the costumes you might see (or not see as the case may be), so thought I would share this easy to make recipe with you. The original called for Trix Cereal. Remember that!? I remember mum walking by […]

By |June 20th, 2015|Desserts, Events, Food Blogs, Recipes, The Blog|Comments Off on Pride Week!

Pan American Food Festival

I had the pleasure of participating as a Chef in the Pan American Food Festival this weekend.  This is an annual event but my first time with them.  I had the pleasure of assisting some Master Chef’s – Norman van Aken from the US, Roger Arakaki from Peru, and Rich Francis from our home and native land.  To see these masters remain cool and calm given time constraints and stage performance, it was inspiring.  I worked as part of Chef Norman’s (mainly because I didn’t speak any Spanish) team and we made a Conch Salad (ceviche style) and Black Eyed Pea Fritters – really delicious dishes.  The […]

A few days (not enough) in Montreal!

Yes, we went to Montreal for a few days.  Fortunate enough to have our daughter and son join us – a real treat.  So much to tell you about this beautiful city – most importantly, the culture and food.  It almost felt like we were back in Paris.  Old Montreal is absolutely beautiful.  The choice of places to eat and things to do is endless.  We hadn’t been there in over 20 years so it was a long overdue trip back. Some of the highlights, the Marche Jean Talon.  Truly a must see if in the city.  I found these beautiful purple […]

Markets and Baguette 101

The final posting about France. I know, a bit like having to watch other people’s vacation pictures! But this is a good one. I love the European lifestyle. They shop daily – no grocery stores like we have here (except for maybe the Mono Prix style department stores). Small store fronts that seem to go on forever towards the back, and that carry items in every available space. But the real joy is the farmers markets that appear and disappear within the same amount of time. Fresh produce seems abundant. Heirloom tomatoes, White asparagus, Baby asparagus (which looks like a stalk […]