Cooking Class: Cancún Mexico

During a winter vacation in Mexico, I decided to take an all-day cooking class. A shuttle driver picked me up in the morning from my hotel and took me (and the other class attendees) to a private home in a nice residential area in Cancun. We were escorted to a covered backyard dining area. This…

cooking: what to do with a mountain of left over thanksgiving turkey?

When you have twelve pound turkey (statistically, a smaller bird), and 7 dinner guests… the result is a mountain of left over turkey.  The good news is, there’s quite a few options to re-purpose the meat of the gigantic holiday bird. I had some frozen home-made chicken stock, and a little heavy cream left over from making…

Cooking: home made dumplings/gyoza

It’s been quite a long time since I did a cooking related blog entry, so here goes. I hosted a dinner party that coincided with the last night of the annual Celebration of Lights fireworks.  Since the final fireworks contestant was Team Japan, I decided that the dinner party would be Japanese cuisine. My contribution to…

Cooking: Sourdough bread

I love sourdough bread.  It’s my favorite kind of bread, hot and fresh out of the oven, with that slight tang, with a generous swipe of creamery butter.  Mmmmmm…. I know how to make a reasonably decent bread, I do so quite frequently. I’ve tried to make sourdough on at least two separate occasions before as well,…

Cooking: HK cafe style Pork Chops with Onion Sauce

So there’s kinduva a story behind this one. There’s a Hong Kong style cafe in Chinatown called “The Boss”. For the uninitiated, HK cafes are the Hong Kong equivalent of a diner, serving simple dishes of both Cantonese and North American origin. Generally speaking, even the dishes of North American origin have a distinctly Cantonese character…

Cooking Class at the Cork & Fin in Gastown

As the second part of our “food kinda day”, we took a seafood preparation class at the Cork & Fin Restaurant in Gastown. The preamble goes like this, my sister, after a lamentable experience trying to clean a fish brought home from the fish monger, saw a “Groupon” deal for a seafood cooking/preparation class, and…