Sushi

Sushi is as much intimidating to eat for some as it is to make for others. Fortunately, for those who love to eat this beautiful Japanese dish, making it isn’t all that difficult. First off, clarifying the term sushi can be helpful. When most Westerners refer to sushi, they’re actually grouping three main types together: … Continue reading Sushi

Chicken Tikka Masala and Firestone Naan

Chicken Tikka Masala and Firestone Naan Every so often I get a real hankering for a dish that is warm, spicy and creamy. In such a time I usually turn my attention to Indian food. When it comes to Indian food, tikka masala is on top of my list. For such a craving, it ticks … Continue reading Chicken Tikka Masala and Firestone Naan

Blue Burger with a Parmesan Oregano Bun

If anybody remembers my grilled blue cheese pizza, then this burger may sound familiar. I've had such rave reviews of the pizza that I thought I would adapt those pizza toppings to a burger. And I gotta say, I think the burger is better. Quite simply, I took a 100% all-beef patty, seasoned with veal … Continue reading Blue Burger with a Parmesan Oregano Bun

Hungary for Something Warm?

Goulash & Saffron Spätzle This isn't exactly a "rev up for summer" sorta dish, but when you live in Northern Europe you just gotta have a warm comforting recipe in your back pocket for those (un)expected cold rainy days. And this week is no exception. Goulash is just the type of dish that wards off … Continue reading Hungary for Something Warm?

Heating Up the Grill

BBQ Pizza Though the concept is not new to me, the practice of grilling pizza is relatively new. I suppose since I have only had a BBQ for just under a year, I was bound to get around to it eventually. In my last pizza post I focused more on the restaurant styles of typical … Continue reading Heating Up the Grill

Time to Make the Donuts

Boston Cream Donuts & Apple Fritters At the age of eighteen, I took a year off of studying to work. That post-high school moratorium of "I don't know what to do with my life!" So I decided to work in a bakery for Canada's number one coffee and doughnut chain. For one full year I … Continue reading Time to Make the Donuts

Using Your Noodle

Cold Ramen Salad & Grilled Teriyaki Salmon Anybody who has ever had a great bowl of ramen knows how addictive it can be. In most of the western world ramen is nothing more than cheap dry noodles and a packet of sodium rich flavoring. Nowhere in the vicinity of true Japanese ramen. So for anyone … Continue reading Using Your Noodle

Killing Me Softly

Brownies with Toasted Coconut Caramel Frosting Let's talk about brownies for a moment. This part cake, part cookie, part fudge and fully and completely sinful dessert originated in the U.S. by the end of the 19th century. Though it's claimed that brownies were the result of a carefully crafted and intentional dessert, I don't buy … Continue reading Killing Me Softly

Big In Japan

Ramen Noodles & Teriyaki What started as a culinary curiosity, grew into an unstoppable obsession. Nearly a year ago I set out to make my own ramen noodles from scratch, but little did I know, after producing an upwards of a hundred bowls of mush, making Asian noodles took a fair amount of practice and … Continue reading Big In Japan