There are only 6 left in the competition. Things heat up this week as Claudio Aprile lets the home cooks take over the kitchen at his restaurant, Origin North. While watching this episode, my boyfriend commented that it was brave of Aprile to let amateurs take over his restaurant. However, … Continue reading
MasterChef Canada Recap – Original Doughnuts
There are only 6 left in the competition. Things heat up this week as Claudio Aprile lets the home cooks take over the kitchen at his restaurant, Origin North
Stuffed Pasta Shells with Sausage, Cheese and Basil
Pasta shells stuffed with ricotta, sausage, asiago, basil and leeks
Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Baileys Icing
These kind of cupcakes are generally seen as a St. Paddy's Day treat, as they do have a touch of the Irish to them. But really, is there ever a bad time for Baileys and chocolate? Nope. So make them any time of year. These cupcakes turn out very moist and rich, but not too sweet.
Food Trends that Need to Go
Food trends come and go, but some of them are allowed to stick around for far too long. Here are some of the things I see in food that I think need to be sent packing.
Glory Hole Doughnuts (Toronto)
Glory Hole Doughnuts, located in Parkdale, specializes in freshly-made, generously garnished, yeast-risen doughnuts.
5 Ways Dinner with Nick Liu of GwaiLo (Toronto)
This week, Toronto's Group of 7 Chefs hosted a 5 ways Dinner. Five chefs would each be preparing a different menu, and which one each diner got was a surprise.
It’s down to the final nine. Eric, Kaila, Mike, Julie, Tamarra, Pino, and Marida are left. This week we have a mystery box challenge. The chefs lift the mystery boxes on their stations to reveal… nothing! They will have use of the whole pantry for this challenge. The big mystery … Continue reading
I’ve been really into baked pastas lately. Besides my standby mac & cheese recipe, I’ve been experimenting with tossing pasta in the oven with all kinds of different meats, veggies and sauces, and the results are always tasty. Yesterday I was wondering aloud what to make for dinner and a … Continue reading
The competition is getting close to the end, with only 8 chefs left. We’re back to team challenges, and this week the cooks head to Toronto’s city hall to man food trucks in the courtyard. As the winners of the last challenge, Tamarra and Eric are the team leaders. Tamarra … Continue reading
After last week’s not overly exciting episode, I’m ready for a Mystery Box challenge. This week each of the three judges chooses ingredients that they use in their own restaurants to put in the mystery box. Some are exotic, some not so much. Leung chooses Taro, kimchi, sea urchin and … Continue reading
These kind of cupcakes are generally seen as a St. Paddy’s Day treat, as they do have a touch of the Irish to them. But really, is there ever a bad time for Baileys and chocolate? Nope. So make them any time of year. These cupcakes turn out very moist … Continue reading
The competition is down to the top 10, so things are getting even tougher. It becomes clear that tensions are mounting and the competitor’s patience with each other is fraying. What better time for a team challenge? This week’s team challenge takes the cooks to Canadian Forces Base Trenton, where … Continue reading
The competition is heating up as we’re down to only 11 home cooks. This week, we’re back to individual challenges (yay!). That’s the good news. The bad news is that it’s an emotional challenge. Here come the waterworks. The Mystery Box challenge starts, and each cook has a box on … Continue reading
Toula is located on the top floor of the Westin Harbour Castle on the waterfront and give diners a great view of the city. If restaurants were all about location, I’d give this one better marks. My mom bought a couple of Living Social vouchers for this place. It was … Continue reading
We’re back to team challenges this week, and the home cooks all step up their game. The challenge is to create canapes for an art gallery show – one hot, one cold and one sweet. Since they will be feeding art lovers, presentation is more important than ever. Dora and … Continue reading