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Chocolate & Espresso Tart

Chocolate & Espresso Tart

Decadent, rich, and the perfect balance of bitter and sweet.

Posted on November 02, 2016
I made this Chocolate & Espresso Tart as part of a menu for some VIP’s. It seemed like the perfect finish to an already rich meal, consisting of an autumn salad and Duck Pizza. I had a little difficulty with the texture of the chocolate. So, remember when you make your own, to be careful when melting the chocolate, not to heat it too hot, too fast. Strange things happen to chocolate when it’s heated too fast. My chocolate went sort of sticky and doughy, but it can sometimes go grainy, or clumpy too. The secret to a silky and beautiful tart is patience when you melt the chocolate.
Posted in: Desserts
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Spicy Chili with Dark Chocolate

Spicy Chili with Dark Chocolate

on the Grill

Posted on October 25, 2016
To celebrate National Chocolate Day on October 28th, I created three savory dishes that prove Chocolate isn’t just for dessert. You can check out my Chocolate Rubbed Back Ribs and Chocolate Rubbed Steaks here. After experimenting with a few different applications of chocolate in savory food, it was decided that I had to use the real thing in a dish. Also, it’s nearly November, something warming, like a stew, was definitely needed as well. This Spicy Chili with Dark Chocolate is the strangest chili that I have ever made, though it is certainly the most delicious. If you need a warm bowl of yum on a cool day, you need to try this chili. 
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Chocolate Rubbed Back Ribs

Chocolate Rubbed Back Ribs

on the Rotisserie

Posted on October 25, 2016
Chocolate doesn’t just have to be for sweet dishes and desserts. These Chocolate Rubbed Back Ribs are proof of that. The rub, light smoking, and use of the rotisserie combine to create the most uniquely flavored ribs that I’ve ever tasted. A crisp outer layer followed by super moist and flavorful pork makes these some ribs to remember. Using the rotisserie was a different technique and it was a great success. Try this recipe when you want to do something completely out of the norm. These ribs will break you out of your rib-rut.
Posted in: Pork
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Chocolate Rubbed Steaks

Chocolate Rubbed Steaks

With Smoked Coffee

Posted on October 25, 2016
Chef Ted Reader’s Coffee Rubbed Porterhouse serves as inspiration for this latest steak creation; Chocolate Rubbed Steaks With Smoked Coffee. Chocolate is not just for those with a sweet tooth. It’s fantastic for use in savory dishes as well. My goal was to add a depth to the natural flavor of steak. The rub successfully did this while creating a beautiful crust once seared on the side burner of my Napoleon Prestige PRO 500 Grill. 
Posted in: Beef
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Scottish Dijon Beef Roast

Scottish Dijon Beef Roast

Savory Scottish Sustenance

Posted on October 21, 2016
I recently had the pleasure of visiting Scotland; the food there gave me a feeling of homey, farm-y-ness that I don’t feel living in the city in Canada. Scottish Dijon Beef Roast came from my desire to relive these experiences. To make it really authentic, you need to get your hands on some Black Angus beef, though a good quality roast will be just as delicious. 
Posted in: Beef
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Orange And Bay Rotisserie Crackling Pork

Orange And Bay Rotisserie Crackling Pork

with Herby Potato Wedges

Posted on October 21, 2016
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Beer Braised Barbecue Brisket

Beer Braised Barbecue Brisket

with Corn Cakes & Grilled Tomatoes

Posted on October 21, 2016
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Skirlie

Skirlie

Savory Scottish Oatmeal

Posted on October 21, 2016
While in Scotland I tried loads of different and wonderful foods including haggis, black pudding, white pudding, mealies and Skirlie. My favorite out of all of them was Skirlie, a Savory Scottish Oatmeal side dish that is usually served with beef – particularily mince and tatties, (think shepherd’s pie). This is probably due to the fact that one of the main ingredients for this recipe is suet, the raw hard fat found on beef and mutton. Don’t let that strange ingredient phase you. Skirlie is incredible. It’s fragrant, and intensely satisfying! 
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Cranachan

Cranachan

An Oatmeal and Scotch Dessert

Posted on October 21, 2016
Pronounced cran-ah-can, Cranachan is an Oatmeal and Scotch Dessert that’s so much more. I didn’t have the pleasure of trying while I was in Scotland, but I enjoyed learning about it while talking food with the family. What it is, is a concoction of scotch soaked oatmeal, homemade whipped cream, and fresh berries. Think of this recipe like Scottish tiramisu, with a Canadian twist.  
Posted in: Desserts
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Mocha Cupcakes

Mocha Cupcakes

with Smoked Coffee & Toffee

Posted on October 12, 2016
I don’t know about you, but I am a big fan of the whole chocolate and coffee combo. With National Dessert Day coming up, I just had to make a dessert befitting the occasion. Mocha Cupcakes with Smoked Coffee & Toffee are a perfectly portable dessert that even the non-coffee lovers will enjoy. (I say this while looking pointedly at a few people, you know who you are…) Topped with even more chocolate, toffee bits, and coffee-chocolate ganache, who wouldn’t go nuts for these Mocha Cupcakes? 
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