Chopped Canada is Back and Recipe Idea From Their Mystery Basket

Chopped Canada’s fourth season started on Food Network Canada on September 3.  Mystery ingredients for various courses premiere included haggis, mountain yam root, gai lan (Chinese mustard greens) and fruit ring cereal (i.e. Froot Loops – YUCK!!!).  For my meal… Continue Reading

Food Network Star: Is Joy Being Exploited for her Cuisine Ignorance?

My husband and I have been watching Food Network Star this season and I think I have an idea who the finalists will be.  I won’t say whom just yet, though.  However, I want to talk about one contestant –… Continue Reading

Chopped Canada, Season 3, Episode 19: Sweet and Spicy Breaded Halibut Sandwich with Turnip and Sweet Potato Fries

The main course ingredients on this episode were candy powder dipping sticks, halibut, sweet peas and baby turnips, and thus, the first thing that came to my head was, well, fish and chips (okay, so the baby turnip “chips” will… Continue Reading

Chopped Canada, Season 3, Episode 18: Asparagus Stuffed Guinea Fowl

Ingredients for the main course were as follows:  guinea fowl (gamey poultry), purple mustard seeds, barbecue flavoured rice crackers and green asparagus – pretty simple compared to other weeks.  As soon as I heard about the ingredients, I thought of… Continue Reading

Chopped Canada Season 3, Episode 17: Fresh Horseradish? Elk Ribeye?

Hmmmm….what can you do with those?  And nacho cheese flavoured chips?  And seaweed sheets?  I mean, I could go all pubby, slow cook the elk and  then make nachos with it.  However, that wouldn’t really be a main course.  I… Continue Reading

Chopped Canada Season 3, Episode 16: Macaron Crusted Pork Tenderloin Skewers

The appetizer round ingredients for episode 16 consisted of cassis flavoured macaron (one faux pas I heard during the episode – at least ONE contestant (a professional) pronounced it MACAROON.  If you’re in the culinary industry, shouldn’t you KNOW it’s… Continue Reading

Chopped Canada, Season 3, Episode 14: Using Sticky Rice to Make Dumplings

Jong – eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival is a tradition in Chinese culture.  Called zongzi (or simply jong in Cantonese), it is often served savoury with ingredients such as duck eggs, sticky glutinous rice and nuts (usually peanuts) and… Continue Reading

Chopped Canada, Season 3, Episode 13: Braised Sweet and Sour Hare and Bok Choy Rice

The ingredients for the main course last week were as follows:  hare, sage, watermelon lollipops and bok choy.   There was, as usual, a time limit, but this post isn’t about that, so I will will take my time and braise… Continue Reading

Chopped Canada Season 3, Episode 12: Peppermint Patty Goat Meatball Mole

The main course ingredients for the twelfth episode of the third season were as follows:  mint peppermint patties, capers, ground goat meat and black bean flour.  As soon as I heard there were peppermint patties and meat, the first thing… Continue Reading

Chopped Canada Season 3, Episode 9: Deviled Eggs and Sprinkles?

Yes, the appetizer round called for the following ingredients:  already-prepped deviled eggs, Canadian smoked cheddar, venison sausages and…get ready for it…rainbow cake decorations.  In other words, rainbow sprinkles.  Why are ingredients this season so…odd?  Anyway… Can you SERIOUSLY incorporate this… Continue Reading