Bouquet of Apple Roses

It’s here! You know it, just after the Superbowl, we have Valentine’s Day. That dreaded time of year when grown men run around like chickens with their heads cut off (no, even more than normal) in search of that perfect experience for those we love. Now having lots of excess cash around can make this easier, but if you – like me, enjoy giving your wife or significant other a tasty meal instead, then stick around and read this. More importantly, make this. I’m going to show you how to make a lovely bouquet of Apple Roses. I’ve said it […]

Mediterranean Style Cracked Olives

If you have been attending any of my classes at Loblaw PC Cooking Schools you will have heard me speak of this delightful antipasto which was gifted to me last year by my friend Chef Maria. I was amazed with the taste of the olives she had pickled. How? I asked. Maria promised to show me and yes told me, that I would be making my own with her guidance in olive season. This meant I’d have to wait almost 1 year before I could make this recipe, they are only available here in September. We talked about it constantly […]

Macanese style Meatloaf

Sometimes you come across a recipe which makes perfect sense and makes you think “why didn’t I do that?” This is one of those recipes. Imagine meatloaf – not the kind from a cafeteria, but the kind you make at home. Real comfort food, really delicious, moist, and flavorful – you get the idea. Now multiply that by 10 and you get this recipe. It’s been adapted a couple of times but this is my version of it. The original is from ‘The Adventures of Fat Rice: Recipes from the Chicago Restaurant Inspired by Macau’. I haven’t seen the original […]

Apple, Concord Grape and Yogurt Cake with Cinnamon-Sugar and Coconut Caramel Sauce

Oh this is good! Such a friendly recipe, so delicious! What got me were the words apple and cinnamon. They whisked back to my days as a young boy watching my mum bake wonderful treats – jam tarts, pies and the like. This is a recipe that truly is what baking is all about. Readily available pantry items and so flexible with the fruit/flavorings you want to add. I had initially wanted to bake something with grapes. Concord grapes are in season and if you have not tried these, they are outstanding grapes. They have a lovely sweet taste and […]

Crispy Pork Belly! No, really crispy!

Hi, my name is Chris and I’m in love with crispy pork belly! Seriously, I could eat this every day – different healthy sides with it, but every day. Yes there is something about the crackle of that skin that just makes this dish one of my favorites. I’ve tried numerous recipes for getting this just right. I’ve even cheated and broiled the skin at the risk of drying out the pork just to hear that crackle in my mouth from each bite. Never quite happy with the result – always tasted great, but not always the right mouth feel. […]

By |July 14th, 2016|Appetizers, Food Blogs, Hors d'Oeuvres, Mains, Miscellaneous, Recipes, Tips and Trips|Comments Off on Crispy Pork Belly! No, really crispy!

Tahini, Goat Cheese and Eggplant Hors d ‘Oeuvre

Your new favorite summer hors d ‘oeuvres is here. Yes, as the outdoor entertaining season approaches, we want to get as much done in the kitchen as we can before our guests arrive. That way we can have more fun with them outside! I know this combination sounds odd, but believe me – you have to try it. A couple of weeks ago I introduced you to Salted Tahini Chocolate Chip cookies . So here’s another use for Tahini beyond the hummus and cookie idea. Chinese eggplants work best but really any eggplant will do. I like this recipe as […]

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 […]

Superbowl Snack!

We are doing a Vendor Sponsored class this week at the PC Cooking Schools. Little Bear is the sponsor and we made a couple of dishes using Kale and Collard Greens. I know, we didn’t really need another way to serve Kale but none the less, it was good. I wanted to make the soup at home and picked up some Kale and Collard Greens and made the soup – delicious (of course I put a twist on it – recipe will follow). But then I had about 5 large Collard Green leaves left over – what to do, what […]

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 […]

By |December 27th, 2015|Events, Miscellaneous, Professional Chef Services, Testimonials, The Blog|Comments Off on Couple of Hits!