Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
While all steps are thoroughly explained and photographed in the book, Chris managed to give us a few more tips on our rocky road to successful bread baking. Such as, using inexpensive Chinese baskets as an alternative to Robertson’s pricey linen-lined baskets for resting the dough. The baskets give the dough a lovely lattice pattern.
Chris did some of the legwork in advance, bringing some tasty prepared goods for our guest to savour; a Basic Country Loaf, a Kugelhopf, the Tartine Baguette and a delicious Panade with black kale and fontina cheese – the best possible use for left over bread we’ve ever tasted. Guests went home clutching a bag of starter in one hand and a baguette in the other, grinning with anticipation of the wonderful breads they too will bake.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
We are pleased to present her award-winning concepts and recipes every month in our A Year In My Kitchen series featuring her book.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
1. Tin Fish Gourmet by Barbara-jo McIntosh (Raincoast, November 1998)
2. Cooking for Me and Sometimes You by Barbara-jo McIntosh (french apple press, June 2010) 3. Vancouver Cooks 2 edited by Chef's Table Society (D&M, September 2009)
4. Radically Simple by Rozanne Gold (Rodale, October 2010)
5. Au Pied de Cochon by Martin Picard (D&M, September 2008)
6. Twain's Feast by Andrew Beahrs (Penguin, June 2010)
7. The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook by Rachel Saunders (September 2010)
8. What the Great Ate by Matthew Jacob (Crown, July 2010)
9. Vij's at Home by Meeru Dhalwala and Vikram Vij (D&M, September 2010)
10. Loose Birds and Game by Andrew Pern (FACE, October 2010)
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
The pipes sang, the haggis steamed and the whisky flowed on January 25th as we celebrated the life and poetry of poet Robert Burns. Ever the traditionalists, we followed the customary format for a Burns supper beginning with the piping in of the haggis. Local musician and storyteller extraordinaire Jim Byrnes was our host for the evening and treated us with some lively stories and heart-felt readings of some of our favourite Robbie Burns poems. Throughout the evening, there were many toasts to Burns and the lassies in the room.
Between readings Bruce Mackenzie, our spirits educator, offered up a generous tasting of 12 of the finest Scotch Whisky he could get his hands on. All were exceptional and Bruce gave us some wonderful insight into the history and signature styles of each maker. Among those that got the most ‘ayes’ for seconds, a 15 Year old Glenfiddich Single Malt, Benromach Peat Smoke Speyside, Edradour 12 Years Straight from the Cask, and the Balvenie Madeira (that’s right!) Cask. A big thanks to Tony Peneff for refreshing our tasting glasses throughout the evening, no easy task.
Of course, a Robbie Burns supper is not just about drinking whisky and reading poetry; we must be fed. And Lawren Moneta and Mark Holmes indeed fed us well. We wet our appetites with a kipper spread and assorted canapés, followed by smoked salmon chowder with savoury peppercorn shortbread and Mark’s Scotch eggs. Lawren dressed up the haggis in fine form, serving it in individual tartlets topped with perfectly caramelized onions. Not a single leftover in the house. For dessert, Lawren prepared a bread pudding of her own recipe that was such a fine finish no doubt it inspired its own poem or two that evening.