Stuffed squid and Cassolet de Castelnaudary

These dishes are from Languedoc-Roussillon.

Encornets farcis à la Sétoise

I would have photographed the cassolet, but it was literally just baked beans covered in breadcrumbs in silver pie tin. It wasn’t a very photogenic dish despite being filled with confit duck leg, hand-stuffed sausage and salted pork belly.

If I ever served this dish on my fictitious menu in my hypothetical restaurant, I would have to re-engineer it for presentation of all the hard work that goes into it.

February 20th, 2017



Lamb shoulder and tilapia niçoise

These dishes are also from Provence – Côte d’Azur.

This dish features lamb shoulder slices with fingerling potatoes and barigoule-style artichokes.

Épaule d’agneau en Garrigue, pommes rattes et barigoule d’artichauts

This dish is supposed to be made with red snapper, but I had to cook with tilapia instead (due to seasonality, perhaps.) It features a base of plum tomatoes, lemon segments, anchovies and other tart garnishes.

Rougets niçoise

February 20th, 2017


Seafood risotto and lemon tart

This dish is from Provence – Côte d’Azur I

A classic lemon tart dessert, which well well-received by everyone at work:

Tarte au citron

Here is a second photo for perspective:

Tarte au citron

The main course of this lesson was a seafood risotto. The arborio rice we used was not my favourite and the timing of the seafood garnishes was tricky to execute, but the product is one I’m proud of.

Risotto aux fruits de mer

February 20th, 2017

Brew Donkey Tour

Last weekend I went on a craft beer, distilled spirits and winery tour of Ottawa! Here’s some photos from this awesome field trip.

Aging barrels upon barrels of whiskey at the North of 7 Distillery
My Brew Donkey tour booklet
Josh, from Dominion City Brewing, giving us a sneak taster of their new “Canada Gose” beer
Everyone who attended the tour with me!
The five spirits we tasted at North of 7 Distillery
Clinking glasses at Vignoble Clos du Vully winery.

February 7th, 2017

Skating, skiing, Winterlude, Parliament hill

Living in Ottawa has given me the opportunity to cross a number of things off my bucket list, including skating on the Rideau Canal, meeting an astronaut and attending Winterlude!

Skating on the Rideau Canal
Eating a Beavertail on the Canal
Meeting Roberta Bondar, first Canadian woman (and neurologist) in space! At Parliament Hill.
Free cookies and hot chocolate inside the Metro Ice Cafe igloo at Winterlude
Camp Fortune, Gatineau: my first time skiing!


February 7th, 2017