Moose in honey garlic sauce

Moose in Honey Garlic Sauce

1kg moose
2floz soy sauce
1floz vegetable oil
1-3 garlic cloves as desired

as needed corn starch
as needed vegetable oil

as needed honey garlic sauce

  1. Cut moose into bite-sized pieces. Make as much effort as possible to cut across the grain to have a more tender morsel of meat.
  2. Mince garlic and mix with moose, soy sauce, and vegetable oil.
  3. Set aside for 20 minutes.
  4. Pre-heat a skillet with oil in the bottom so that it is about a 1/4” or 0.5cm deep.
  5. Remove moose from the marinade and coat in cornstarch.
  6. Fry moose pieces making sure not to crowd the pan. Pieces should be golden brown and a little crispy. Place on paper towel to drain.
  7. Once all moose has been cooked combine with honey garlic sauce and allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Honey Garlic Sauce

2fl.oz. Brown Sugar
2fl.oz Water
1fl.oz. Soy Sauce
1fl.oz. Honey
¼tsp Garlic, paste

2tsp Water
2tsp Corn Starch

  1. Use knife to mince garlic and crush until it is a smooth paste.
  2. Combine brown sugar, first amount of water, soy sauce, honey, and garlic and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce to a simmer and let simmer for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Combine second amount of water and cornstarch. Add to sauce and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce to a simmer until proper thickness.

Buffalo Chicken wings at home

This video will demonstrate how to make a Buffalo style chicken wings in the oven. These wings will be just as golden and crispy as they would be if they were deep-fried, except we will cook them in the oven.

3lb. chicken wings
½tsp. baking soda
4tsp. salt
½tsp. cayenne (optional)
½cup hot sauce
3Tbsp. butter

1. Mix baking soda with salt, and if you enjoy a little extra heat, the cayenne pepper. If you have a spice grinder, you can grind into a fine powder.
2. Pat chicken wings dry with paper towels and add with salt mixture in a bowl Toss with your hands until evenly coated.
3. Place in the fridge for 3-4 hours to allow the salt to fully penetrate the wings.
4. Place a rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 250°F.
5. Line a baking sheet with a double layer of foil, then set a wire rack over foil.
6. Arrange wings on prepared rack, spacing evenly apart.
7. Bake wings 30 minutes.
8. Increase the temperature to 450°F and continue to bake for about another 25–30 minutes. The wings should be golden brown and look like they have been deep fried.
9. Melt the butter and add the hot sauce. Transfer wings to a large bowl, pour sauce over, and toss until evenly coated.
10. Serve and enjoy.

Creating a sourdough starter

This video will demonstrate how easy it is to create a sourdough starter at home for making a variety of baked goods including bread.

Here are the steps I follow to create the sourdough starter.

1. Combine equal parts by weight flour and water. I use 150g of an organic rye flour with 150g(150ml) of water. Mix well and place in a clean glass jar.
2. Place the flour mixture on your counter and allow to sit for 2-3 days until it has started to form bubbles and has doubled in size. It should be somewhere somewhat warm.
3. Once it has doubled in size, remove half and discard. Replace with 75g of all purpose flour and 75g(75ml) of water and mix well.
4. Repeat step 3 daily for 6-7 days, discarding half and replacing with fresh flour and water. You should now have an active sourdough culture.

Check back for additional videos showing you how to produce a sourdough loaf.

Fishcakes – a Newfoundland tradition

Fish Cakes

           1 lb.                             Salted cod fish, cooked and flaked                                       

           1lb                               Potatoes, well scrubbed

           1 small                        Onions, minced

           2 tbsp                         Salt pork fat, chopped fine                                        

           1                                  Egg, beaten

           TT                                Salt and pepper

           As needed                  Clarified butter, for frying

           As needed                  Flour, for dusting


  1. Soak salt cod in cold water overnight.
  2. Drain off water, cover with fresh water and add scrubbed potatoes.  Bring to a simmer.
  3. When potatoes are fully cooked, drain and set fish aside.
  4. Flake the cooked fish. Put aside.
  5. Peel and mash potatoes.
  6. Render salt pork fat.
  7. Over low heat cook onions until tender, about 5 minutes.
  8. In a large bowl, add the onion, salt and pepper to taste, and fish to potatoes; mix together and allow to cool.
  9. Add egg and mix until combined.
  10. Shape into cakes and dust with flour.
  11. Preheat the butter in a sauté pan. Pan-fry the fish cakes in the hot butter until golden brown on one side, then turn and brown the other side. Each side will take just a few minutes. You are only trying to get the ingredients hot. Everything is already cooked.
  12.  Serve 2 cakes per portion with tartar sauce and a wedge of lemon for garnish.

Cinnamon Buns

Metric Imperial Ingredient
500ml 2 cups milk, warm
40g 4tbsp Yeast, instant dry
80g 6tbsp Vegetable Oil
120g ½cup Sugar, granulated
20g 1tbsp Salt
2 Eggs
900g 6cups Flour, all purpose

175g 3/4cup Sugar, Brown
30g 4tbsp Cinnamon
60g ¼cup Butter, softened

Cream Cheese Icing
50g ¼ cup Cream Cheese
100g ½ cup Butter
200g 1⅔ cup Icing Sugar
5ml 1tsp Vanilla


  1. Sift together all dry ingredients.
  2. Add milk, oil, and eggs. Mix until a soft, somewhat sticky dough has formed.
  3. Knead for about 5-6 minutes.
  4. Place in lightly greased bowl and let rise in a warm, draft free area until double in size.
  5. Once dough has risen, roll out until about 1/2inch in thickness. Attempt to have a rectangular shape that is about 12 inches wide. Length matters less.
  6. Spread softened butter over entire area of the dough.
  7. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together well. Sprinkle over entire area of dough except for the last 1inch.
  8. Roll dough so that the area with no sugar/cinnamon is on the outside. This will allow you to ensure that your loaf is properly sealed.
  9. Cut rolled dough into 12 pieces. Place on small baking sheet and place in proofer until they have doubled in size.
  10. Bake in pre-heated 350F (standard) OR 325F (convection) oven for about 10-12 minutes.
  11. To prepare icing, begin by creaming the cream cheese in a bowl. Add the butter and continue to cream together. Once properly creamed, add icing sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth icing is finished.
  12. Spread icing evenly over top of the cinnamon buns after they have been out of the oven for about 5 minutes and have slightly cooled.

Note: If you are using active dry yeast instead of instant yeast make the following changes:

  1. Use 60g/6tbsp of active dry yeast.
  2. Do not sift yeast into the dry ingredients. Heat the milk and add the yeast. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes or until yeast is frothy.

Monte Cristo – such an awesome sandwich

I remember eating my first Monte Cristo sandwich. I was a cook at the now defunct Don Cherry’s Grapevine Sportsbar and Restaurant in St. John’s in 1995. It was one of the best things I had ever tried, and I have loved the sandwich ever since. This is a super easy sandwich to make.

To make a Monte Cristo you will need:
2 slices white bread
3 slices turkey or chicken breast
3 slices ham
2 slices Swiss cheese
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp milk
As needed vegetable oil or clarified butter
As needed cranberry sauce

1. Beat the egg and milk together.
2. Dip the two pieces of bread in the egg mixture, coating both sides.
3. Fry the two pieces of bread in an oiled skillet or on a griddle until golden brown on one side, (similar to the preparation of French toast).
4. Turn the two pieces over, and place cheese slices on both pieces of bread. Place meat in pan to heat.
5. When second side of each slice is golden brown, place meat on top of one slice and top with the other slice, so that the cheese is on the inside.
6. Remove from heat, slice into 4 pieces and serve with cranberry sauce.

Lusknikn Strawberry Shortcake with Salted Brown Sugar Whipped Cream

In honour of National Indigenous People’s Day I decided to do a new twist on an old classic dessert. Lusknikn is essential a indigenous version of a shortcake, and is the perfect way to use up any berries you might have tucked away in the freezer.

This is a great dessert for the summer, and is great for making ahead of time so you can pull it together at the last minute. Here’s what you will need:

2 cups flour
2 tbsp baking powder
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp oil
1 cup water (or half water/half milk, which is what I used)
1//2tsp sugar

1. Preheat oven to 400F
2. Shift dry ingredients together.
3. Add liquid and mix to form a dough.
4. Divide dough into 6 equal pieces and shape into puck shaped pieces. Place in a greased sheet pan
5. Flatten until dough is just under 1″ or 2cm thick.
6. Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

Strawberry filling
1/2cup strawberries for each potion (frozen strawberries are great)
1tbsp white sugar

1. Mash strawberries in a bowl.
2. Sprinkle with sugar and stir. Taste to check to see if its sweet enough for you. Set aside.

Salted Brown Sugar Whipped Cream
250ml whipping cream
2tbsp brown sugar
1/2tsp salt

1. Add whipping cream to a chilled glass or stainless steel bowl. Whip with a hand blender until soft peaks have formed.
2. Add brown sugar and salt and continue to whip until firm.

1. Slice the lusknikn in half and place bottom piece into a bowl or on a side plate.
2. Place some of the mashed strawberries on the lusknikn and top with some of the brown sugar whipped cream.
3. Place the top of the lusknikn on the dessert.
4. Top with the salted brown sugar whipped cream and top with more of the mashed strawberries.


Spruce Tip Chicken thighs

Spruce tips are one of my favourite wild seasonal flavouring ingredients. There is a brightness of flavour that can’t be found anywhere else. The flavour is reminiscent of rosemary, but a little more astringent and brighter. To make this dish you will need for each person:
1-2 chicken thighs
1/2 onion
1 potato
1-2 garlic cloves
1 carrot
12 spruce tips

1. Pre-heat the over to 375F.
2. Begin by placing the chicken thighs skin side down in an oven-safe skillet. My preference is a cast iron skillet, but as long as its something you can place in the oven (so no plastic or rubber on the pan), you are good to go.
3. Turn the heat on medium, and allow to slowly render. The goal here is not to cook the chicken but to develop a little colour and to slowly melt some of the fat.
4. While your chicken is rendering, you can peel and chop your veggies. The shape doesn’t matter; what’s important is that you go for a consistent size so that everything takes about the same time to cook. And don’t go too large, or your chicken will end up over-cooked before your veggies are fully cooked.
5. Once you have a nice golden brown colour on the skin, flip the chicken thighs over, and brown the other side.
6. Remove the chicken thighs from the pan, and set to the side. There should be some oil left in the bottom of the pan.
7. Add your onion and allow to cook for a few minutes until starting to soften and turn translucent.
8. Add your potatoes and allow to brown for a few moments.
9. Add the garlic, keeping everything moving so that the garlic does not burn.
10. Add the carrots to the pan and season all the veggies with salt and pepper.
11. Sprinkle spruce tips on top of the veggies. I like to rub them between my fingers so that the needles separate and give more coverage.
12. Place the chicken thighs on top of the veggies, and again season with salt, pepper, and spruce tips. Make sure to reserve one or two spruce tips for the plating.
13. Place in pre-heated oven for 20-30 minutes, or until veggies are cooked, and chicken thighs have reached an internal temperature of at least 175F.
14. Plate up and top with another sprinkling of the spruce tip needles.

I hope you enjoy!!

Corn and Bacon Chowder

This is a very simple recipe to make at home. Its the perfect combination of sweet and salty with the combination of the corn and bacon held together with the richness of the cream.

To make this you will need:
100g bacon; 4-5 strips of your favourite bacon will work. Feel free to use more or less
1 white onion, medium sized and cut into a medium dice
2 corn cobs, with corn removed (or 2 cups of frozen corn, or 1 can corn niblets)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1tbsp butter
2tbsp flour
2 potatoes, diced medium
1L chicken stock
500ml whipping cream

1. Dice your bacon and render over medium heat.
2. Add diced onion and cook until the onion is translucent. Feel free to add a little vegetable oil if you think your pot is too dry to properly cook the onions.
3. Add the corn and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
4. Add the minced garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
5. Add butter and once melted, add the flour. Stir well so that flour is fully incorporated into the veggies. 6. Stir in the chicken stock making sure to fully dissolve the flour.
7. Add the diced potatoes and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until the potatoes and corn are cooked.
8. Heat the whipping cream in a small pot. Do not allow to come to a boil.
9. Add cream to the chowder.
10. Season and enjoy.

Apple Flips aka apple turnovers

This is a relatively simple recipe and technique to making this apple turnovers, or as we call them in Newfoundland, apple flips.

3-2-1 Pastry
300g flour, all purpose
200g butter, unsalted and frozen
6g salt (about 1 tsp)
100g ice water, or maybe more if needed

1. Begin by mixing the salt well through the flour.
2. Using a box grater, grate the butter into the flour. This will gives you the perfect size pieces of butter to produce a flaky crust and means that it will require a little less work to blend together.
3. Add the water and mix just enough to produce a dough. Set aside to allow the gluten to rest.

2 Granny Smith apples, large
1/2c brown sugar
1tsp cinnamon

1. Peel and core your apples. Slice thinly.
2. Mix apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl.
3. Set aside.

Make-up procedure
1. Roll out pastry so that you can cut 6 squares that are 6″x6″ or 15cmx15cm. I have a cutting board that is 12″x18″ so that makes it very easy for me.
2. Divide apple amongst the squares, placing the filling in the centre.
3. Brush the edge of each square with a little water. Bring each corner to the centre and press the sides together, pinching them to seal. You should end up with a 3″x3″/7.5cmx7.5cm square with a X going from corner to corner.
4. Bake at 350F until golden brown approximately 25-30 minutes.