At Sous Chef Joseph's inspiration, a couple of years ago, we started having
theme dinners. These are an amazing way to involve kids in meal planning. Of
course, one of our fallback positions is always pizza night, but it must be with
freshly made pizza dough and sauce. Never, ever, anything canned, frozen, or
ordered in. We'll be sharing some of the menus and experiences here.
A cool idea I came up with, ok, borrowed, from reality TV is the
challenge. This made the menus even more fun and
involved the kids for most of the day. Talk about bonding! Of course, when
you're a kid, small or large, winning can be everything. The challenge of the
challenge is to avoid bloodshed in the kitchen, which can be a dangerous place.
My guys are pretty competitive, and have already hinted at cook-offs. What have
- January 27th 2007
- We had an awesome time today at the St. Lawrence market. I learned to shuck oysters behind the counter at one of the fishmongers today.
What a time. I just wish we had remembered to bring a camera. We drew a crowd
of onlookers wanting to know what the commotion was all about. Dinner tonight
is going to be wild: Malpeque Bay Oysters on ice; Giant King Crab legs
(recipe); hit with a
hammer; huge lobster tails, with shells sliced.
Andrew: We had two bad oysters out of twelve. Yuck.
To do justice to the oysters, I had to come up with a seafood cocktail
sauce from scratch - no capsicum, of course, but definitely fresh horseradish,
and, of course wasabi (how can I not?). It worked out pretty well, if a little
thick. When I get it to the right consistency, I'll post the recipe.
- January 23rd 2007
- So, Joseph's suggestion for the last pre-renovation dinner theme is...
What the heck is breakable food? Maybe he has a new career as the
host of Iron Chef Canada. It quickly evolved into, food you can hit with a
hammer. So, we're doing cracked lobster, cracked king crab legs, and I'm going
to give oysters a shot, depending on how ambitious I feel on Saturday, and
whether I can find an oyster glove. If people can cut their hands cutting
bagels, I'm not sticking a knife into a really upset
mollusk without protection. I have a feeling there may be a gingerbread
house (or kitchen) involved too that will be ceremonially busted and eaten.
- January 14th 2007
- We're keeping things pretty light this week. The Tapas menu was a whopping
success and completely exhausting. Joseph and I are thinking about doing on
last major production in two weeks, just before the kitchen renovation starts.
Ideas are welcome.
- December 31st 2006
- Well, we ended up
with the family holiday celebration meal of standing rib roast, and grilled
asparagus. For a really nice addition, I took a first cut at a Texan/Brazilian
version of Gougères, a puff pastry with parmesan
cheese - would someone please tell my why that's Texan/Brazilian? The Tapas menu
is scheduled for later in the week. Happy New Year everyone from all of us at
of the most interesting dinners we made was Night of the Living Fondue.
It consisted of a Japanese Hot Pot, Cheese Fondue, and Chocolate Fondue. We were
so stuff after that, we couldn't move for days. Here's a picture, just prior to