To barbecue or not?

Here comes a favourite – chicken, sweet and special, on the grill! It’s that time of year again! When all you wanna be chefs don your aprons, clean up the barbecue, make ready the food and cook away.  My favorite food, I just have to tell you, is barbecue. From Legs of lamb, to stuffed…

Pulled pork gets a slow cook

“Deep in the heart of Texas”. A song, yes, but also the home to a regional flavour. There are many variances of pulled pork, from smoked to barbecued to slow cooked, all typically using the harder pieces of the pig to cook. You could cook anywhere from a whole pig down to a shoulder. This…

Duck an old favourite to be enjoyed

The other day that I was chatting with a friend while shopping and noticed that duck was on offer. It had been a long time since I enjoyed fresh duck. Sure, I have had crispy duck, Peking duck and other such treats but not the joy of a good home-cooked roast duck. To me simple…

Fricassee is not just about left-overs

Sometimes, only sometimes, I feel a little like a rabbit on the go, like the ever-ready bunny, always doing one thing or another. Something, you see, is always happening in the kitchen any time of year, from pastries to pies, cookies to puddings: it’s a non-stop shop. All the preparations of the festive season leave…

Toad-in-the-hole? No, this isn’t the Winnipeg pub!

Some say ‘toad-in-the-hole’ refers to the sausages that peak out from the Yorkshire pudding in this tasty dish. Wikipedia maintains that’s a matter of dispute. With the festive season and its copious amounts of food nearly upon us, how about something a little different – a staple in many homes across the pond that’s not…

Chicken: a recipe from Grandma’s home and heart

Do you remember in the days of yesteryear, eating out at your grandma’s home, the smell of her wonderful cooking? Nobody cooks like Grandma, right? Well, for me, one experience to always remember was Grandma’s roast chicken. I have so many fond memories, each one bringing a smile to my face: her apple pie, her…