Roasted Cauliflower Soup

During a busy week in a restaurant kitchen, I was checking the walk-in cooler doing the order for the following week. I came across three big cauliflowers that for some reason hadn’t been used. As the weather was rainy and cool, I decided to roast all the cauliflower and make soup. It sold out the…

Guinness Braised Beef with Shallots & Mushrooms

When I get an idea for a recipe in my head, it tumbles around until the pieces get sorted.  It takes several tries to get it right, and sometimes it needs to be left alone for a long while, until something pops into my head to make it right. Last year when we were in…

Butternut Cottage Pie

The feeling of sitting down to a meal of “comfort food” is exactly that, comfort.  The senses drag up old, comfy memories, of different times and places, but all of them bring us comfort.  In our childhood home, if we ever had a roast beef or pot roast for dinner, the next day one of…

Salmon Florentine

For several years, my partner and I used to open up a marina during the winter for special dinners, brunches and lunches.  They became so popular that we would be sold out within a day or two of advertising the event.   We didn’t have a liquor license, but folks would bring their own if they…

Cream Sauce with Shallots & Capers

When I was devising a recipe that wrapped fresh Sockeye salmon & spinach in a Phyllo crust, this is the sauce I came up with to work as a binding agent and flavour boost.  Since then, I’ve used it with chicken and salmon, and as a pasta sauce.