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Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Home country: Canada
Current location: Toronto, Ontario
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Simple Shrimp Fritters Recipe

This is an unbelievably simple recipe for fritters. It's a very quick batter and they cook quickly to a delicious crispy outside and a fluffy inside. The sparkling water really helps with that fluffiness. You want to make sure that whatever you're adding to the batter doesn't have too much moisture, so if you're using shrimp make sure you give them a firm squeeze to get any excess moisture out. Shrimp + cheese may seem like a counterintuitive mix, but if you use a nice mild cheese like havarti or gouda, it just adds a bit of richness and the parts of the cheeses that hit the hot oil get golden and crispy. It works extremely well, and the slightly sharp bulbiness from the green onions really compliment it.

You can put whatever you want inside the fritters. Corn works, so would something like sauteed mushrooms or even some nicely browned bacon lardons. It's a versatile batter and is so easy.

Simple Beer Battered Fish Recipe

We got some beautiful halibut from a local outfit that usually delivers to restaurants, but has begun to deliver direct to consumers because the restaurant biz is so depressed right now. We decided to make fish'n'chips! This is a really simple beer batter for fried fish, and if you don't want to use beer, you can also just use sparkling water. The carbonation helps for the batter to be light and fluffy on the inside while it's crispy and golden on the outside.

The real trick here is to make sure everything stays cold as long as possible. The beer, the fish, and the egg should be as cold as possible as long as possible, and hopefully the batter is still cold when it hits the hot oil. That really helps with keeping it fluffy. This came out absolutely perfectly, the fish was cooked all the way through and incredibly moist, and the batter was crispy outside and very fluffy inside, cooked all the way through. No doughiness or anything.

Sunchoke (or Jerusalem Artichoke) Mash Recipe

Bored of potatoes? See if you can find sunchokes! They're a root vegetable related to sunflowers, and they are really delicious. This is just a simple preparation of them, very similar to mashed potatoes, though we leave them a little chunkier because the texture is delightful. We also leave the skins on (after a good scrubbing if necessary) because they have a lot of flavour.

You can mash other things in there, if you like. You could easily make roasted garlic mashed sunchokes and that would be delicious. They also readily pick up the flavour from aromatics in the boiling water, so if you wanted to add things like black peppercorns or dried chilis, they would certainly pick up those flavours.

Restaurant-Style Huevos Rancheros Recipe

We've been delving into some Mexican and Tex Mex recently, so this week we decided to use the carnitas we made last week and add it to some delicious Huevos Rancheros! The real trick to a good huevos rancheros is the ranchera sauce, which is basically a sofrito (as we made for the Mexican rice and similar to what we did for the pepian). It's a simple and delicious flavour profile, and if you wanted to garnish this with a little bit of pico, that would also be excellent.

Crispy corn tortillas is really awesome part of this recipe, and we made our own. We made our homemade corn tortillas, then fried them in oil until they got all puffed-up and crispy, and they worked extremely well. If you don't want to go through the trouble, you can either fry store-bought corn tortillas, or you can buy already crispy tortillas for this.

Mexican-style Confit Pork - Carnitas Recipe

Here's another one of those recipes that has a million variations depending on who's making it or where it comes from. At its base, it is a dish of pork that has been braised (or really confit) in pork fat. You can use lard that you get in a black from the grocery store, and that will work fine, but if you can get your hands on the rendered pork fat called "manteca" it is a little nicer to work with. The version we did here is very basic, and we only flavoured it with onion, garlic, bay leaf, orange peel, and orange juice. There are some wild variations out there that include things like evaporated milk and cola, as well!

This is a sort of low-and-slow cooking, but it's not your typical five-hour slow cooking situation. This recipe takes about an hour from the time the pork hits the hot oil to when it's fully cooked. We're lucky to have an induction burner where we can adjust the cooking temperature on a dime, so if you're using an electric range, make sure you give some time for the temperature to change when you turn it down at the beginning.

Canada Tries ANOTHER Universal Basic Income Experiment

There was a much wider UBI pilot program started a few years ago in Ontario that was intended to run for three years, but was shut down by Ontario premier Doug Ford after only one year (when he took office) despite saying he would keep it in place during his campaign. Only one year in to the three year pilot program, and it was getting good results and positive outcomes, then Doug Ford just slammed the door on it.

Simple Seared Duck Breast Recipe

Very quick and simple one today. We've recently found a grocery store nearby where we can reliably get some excellent local duck. They sell whole, quarter legs, and breasts individually packaged, and also some smoked breast that are pre-cooked. For the video, we used the pre-cooked smoked duck breast, but the same technique will work for raw breast as well, though you may want to increase the cooking time. For the raw breast, you want it to hit about 140F for medium, and anything past that will make it a bit tougher.

If you have the raw duck breast, you can add flavours when you're seasoning, or marinate if you like, but we like the flavour of duck on its own, so for us, a little salt and pepper on the skin side before it hits the pan is perfect. It will render a LOT of fat, so do not worry about oiling the pan before you put the duck breast in. Skin side down to start, then turn it over once it has a good sear and finish it in the oven.

Homemade Sushi Rice and Simple Sushi Recipe

We had a bit of a seafood bonanza lately. I think I mentioned last week that we found a local company delivering restaurant-quality seafood direct to consumers because the restaurant industry is still quite depressed from COVID, and one of the things we got was some beautiful sushi-grade tuna. So, we decided to make a variety of sushi. It's not too hard to make a decent roll at home, the key is really in the rice. If you have a rice maker, it's super easy, just remember to rinse your rice before you cook it, it will help it come out much nicer. Also, a rolling mat is absolutely indispensable to help you get a good tight and consistent roll.

Now, what you put in your rolls is entirely up to you. We did a simple kappa maki with some lovely little cucumbers, and a really delicious smoked salmon and cream cheese roll to go with our amazing rich tuna. Also, yes, we did not trim up the tuna quite right! It was still delicious, but it could have been more even. Guess I need to watch more Kimagure Cook on YouTube to teach me how to butcher fish properly!

White Wine Steamed Mussels Recipe

Simple and basic this week. Steamed mussels are delicious and ridiculously simple to make. The hardest part of the whole operation is giving your mussels a good scrub before you drop them in the pot! No matter how clean they are, some grit usually sticks to those shells, so make sure they get a good cleaning before you put them in the pot if you're hoping to eat some of the broth after the mussels are done (which I recommend!).

We used white wine for this, but of course if you would prefer not to use any kind of booze you could use chicken stock (or even something like shrimp stock, I suppose). Other things that would go well in this recipe are things like a good Belgian Trappist ale, or a nice EBS or Brown Ale. The combination of leeks and tomato with some garlic and shallot is pretty classic, but this is a versatile dish changing the flavour profile is easy.

Totally Non-traditional Sous-vide Brisket recipe

Very early on in our channel, we made a video for a traditional braised brisket recipe. This is an update on that recipe with a completely different cooking method! If you haven't dipped your toe into trying sous-vide yet, I highly encourage it. It's a really excellent cooking method if you do it right, and the results can be stunningly delicious. Sous-vide does take some advance planning, however, because the cooking times are extremely long. For this recipe, we cook the brisket at 135F for 48 hours.

Now, I know what some of you might be thinking: Isn't that in the temperature danger zone? You're right, it is! (For those who don't know, the temperature danger zone is between 40F and 140F where bacteria loves to flourish and proliferate in food. Keeping food out of the danger zone is important for restaurants.) But! The neat thing about the length of the cooking time is that the slightly lower temperature will actually pasteurize the meat, rendering it safe. If you follow the time and temperature guidelines there is no risk of food-borne illness from this technique.

As far as flavour profile goes, the sky's the limit. One thing you should avoid when you're cooking sous-vide is adding oil to the bag, because the low cooking temperature and long cooking time will extract flavour from the item you're cooking into the oil, so keep it to things like herbs, spices, and aromatics. The onion/garlic cure with some light spices came out extremely delicious, as well as fork-tender. I wish I could show you how delicious the brisket was after it got that beautiful sear on it. It would also work extremely well with grits and brisket, or put it on a bun with some grainy muster, dill pickle slices, and a nice chunk of mature cheddar!

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