Peanut Butter Bars


Two things I think most of you want to hear about a recipe … it’s easy and it’s delicious. Well, here you go … melt in your mouth Peanut Butter Bars that require no cooking and can be made in just a few minutes!

Here’s how we do it


You’ll need:

  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup butter (melted or softened)
  • 1 cup + 4 tbsp of peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips


You’re not going to believe how easy this is … and just how amazing the bars are!


Add the graham cracker crumbs to a medium sized mixing bowl


Add the sugar


Mix these together


Add the butter


Mix again!


Add 1 cup of peanut butter

Mix until you have a nice, smooth batter


Pour this mixture into a 9 x 13 pan

Spread evenly to cover the entire pan


Looking like this? Great! Now, put this pan in the fridge for about an hour …


Internet magic and it’s an hour later! Your base should now be solid


Melt those chocolate chips!  I like to just use the microwave … less clean up, really easy to do as well

Add in those extra 4 tbsp of peanut butter and mix well. This step is going to keep the chocolate from becoming too hard. If you miss this step,  once cooled the chocolate layer on top will just come right off the peanut butter bottom! (This is quite tragic when you are about to eat a lovely peanut butter bar …)


Pour the chocolate over your base

Try to get it evenly spread across the entire surface.

Place it back in the fridge to cool (about half an hour to an hour)


Chocolate should be solid, but not hard


Now grab a knife and cut into squares!


Place on a plate and serve!


So there you have it … simple yet delicious Peanut Butter Bars!


Bon Apetit!

Croque Monsieur


Seems one day around the turn of the century, someone in Paris looked at the simple grilled cheese sandwich and thought “I should make that way more complex!”. Thing is, it’s also way more tasty … and versatile.  If you add a fried egg on top, you have the Croque Madame (named because the egg apparently looks like a ladies’ hat). A few more tweaks, you have the classic Reuben.

Let’s see how to makes this Parisien bistro classic


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4 slices fresh bread, one that is light and airy
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 4 oz shredded Gruyère cheese
  • 2 slices Gruyère cheese
  • 4 oz sliced ham
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp flour (all-purpose)
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg


Our first step is creating a Béchamel sauce, as we’ve done before!

First, we melt 2 tbsp of butter in a sauce pan


Add flour to the melted butter


and the nutmeg


Stir together to create a roux


Slowly add warm milk until you have a smooth sauce.


I find a whisk is ideal for this!

Melt the remaining butter and bush it on one side of each slice of bread

Add 2 slices of bread, butter side down to a skillet over med-high heat

Get that Béchamel and spoon some on each piece of bread

Place the ham on top of the bread


now add the slices of cheese … see, this isn’t too hard!

Place the other slices, butter side UP on top


Grill both sides until nice and golden

Transfer the sandwiches to a baking pan or sheet


Spoon the remaining Béchamel sauce over the top of the sandwiches

Cover with the shredded cheese … use it ALL! (you will thank me for that)


Place this in the oven to broil …

Keep an eye on them … broil until the cheese has fully melted and started to brown slightly


Transfer to plates … eat!


So there you have it, the Croque Monsieur


Bon Apetit!





Semla Buns (Semlor)


This Swedish treat, usually enjoyed during lent, is a wonderful cardamom bun filled with marzipan and whipped cream!

These are good … these are so good that King Adolf Frederick of Sweden was said to have died on February 12th, 1771 after having eaten 14 of them at one sitting!

Now, if this isn’t making you want to try them, I don’t know what will!

Let’s get started, it’s a big recipe



What you’ll need:

  • 5 cups of flour (+ 1 cup later)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 package of yeast
  • 1 tsp of ground cardamom
  • 1 1/2 cup milk (warm) (+ approximately 1/2 cup later)
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 5 oz marzipan (we’ll show you how to make it later on if you can’t find it)
  • confectioner’s sugar for dusting


Add milk to saucepan on low heat


Heat to between 70F – 80F


Pour milk into large mixing bowl


Melt the butter and add

Add the eggs and whisk together


Sprinkle the yeast over top


Let yeast sit for about 5 min

Sift the sugar and cardamom with 5 cups of flour

Add to the egg mixture and mix well

Once done, cover and let it sit for 30 minutes

After 30 minutes uncover and add 1 cup of flour sifted with the baking powder


Knead the dough!

Get a couple of greased baking sheets. Roll the dough into small balls, enough to make approximately 16 buns. Big or small, you decide!


We did a mix of both


Cover and let them rise for about 40 minutes (should just about double in size)


Once done, place in a 375F oven for 10-15 minutes


Take them out once they’re golden …


Place the buns on a wire rack to cool. We want them room temperature for the next step

In the meantime, let’s make some marzipan!


You’ll need some ground almonds (about a cup), another cup of confectioner’s sugar, a teaspoon of corn syrup, 1/2 tsp water and almond extract!

Sift the almonds and sugar together in a medium sized bowl

Add 1/4 tsp of almond extract to corn syrup and add it to the mixing bowl

Add the water and start to combine by hand. If the marzipan isn’t forming together, add another 1/2 tsp of water. You should end up with a firm dough


Now you want to take each bun and slice off the top about half an inch

Hollow out each bun, putting the scooped out bits in a bowl

Add 5 oz of marzipan to the bowl and milk to soften. Mix until you have a texture slightly like a pudding


Look like this? Good!


Fill each bun with your marzipan filling


Cover with generous amounts of whipped cream!

Put the tops back on … almost done!


Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar!


Semlor! Try not to die eating 14 of them …


Some Swedes like to have a Semla bun in a bowl with warm milk poured over top … I don’t do it, but you might like it!


Bon Apetit!

French Canadian Pea Soup


Living in Quebec, we’ve learned to love many Quebequois foods. One traditional food that can’t be beat on a cold night here in Montreal is French Canadian Pea Soup.

A thick, stick to the ribs soup with huge pieces of smoked ham, you’ll love it!  Even better, this isn’t hard to make …


You’ll want:

  • 2 1/4 cups of yellow split peas (soaked overnight)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup (3-4) chopped carrots
  • 1 kg (approximately) smoked ham WITH the bone in
  • 1L chicken stock (one box is perfect)
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • salt & pepper to taste


Grab your peas that have been soaking in water overnight. If you find all the water has been absorbed at any time, just add a bit more. Keep adding water until you no longer notice it being absorbed by the peas


Pour those peas into a large pot. If there is extra liquid, just pour it all in

If you want to save a step here, you can soak the peas overnight IN the pot you’re going to use. Just make sure you add enough water to get those peas soft.


Add the onion


See, this isn’t hard!


Grab that big ham and cut it into pieces that will fit nicely in the pot. Make sure you have that big ham bone!


Ham bone in the pot!


Add in the rest of the ham


Space it evenly around the pot

Add the thyme

Now, you probably think I’m gonna tell you to add the carrots … I am not!

Carrots added this early will basically become mush by the time this is cooked

Pour stock over top until it’s all pretty much covered and stir


Bring the soup to a boil and reduce the heat


After about 10 minutes you should see quite a foam being formed by the peas!

Lower the heat to a simmer and let it cook for about an hour, covered

Once the peas have for the most part dissolved and the soup is now thick, time to add the carrots


Pour in the carrots


And stir. Let this simmer covered for about another 20 minutes


With tongs, remove the ham to a separate plate

Cut the meat off of any bones, and cut up your large pieces of ham into pieces that will fit on a spoon


Return the ham to the soup … without the bones!


Okay, this is ready to serve!


Serve along with a sourdough baguette ….


Now, THIS is a meal


Savoury, smokey and thick enough to keep the spoon standing, French Canadian Pea Soup


Bon Apetit!

Pyttipanna (Swedish Hash)


This traditional Swedish comfort food, called Pyttipanna (which I’m pretty sure translates as ‘pieces in the pan’ and is pronounced like pity panna),  may have an exotic sounding name, but as you’ll see it’s all ingredients that are well known and loved!

Great on a cold day, it’s easy to make for dinner or a hearty breakfast!

Let’s see how it’s done


You’ll need:

  • 2lbs diced potatoes
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 3-4 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 3-4 sausages (we used bratwurst) chopped
  • 2-4 eggs (one per serving)

Melt some butter in a large skillet on medium heat


Add onions


Add the potatoes

Salt and pepper to taste


Ready to go!

On a low-medium heat, stir until well mixed and then cover. This will allow the potatoes to cook faster


In a separate frying pan, add the bacon


and the sausage


Get the meat cooking!


Check on the potatoes, make sure they aren’t sticking to the bottom of the pan. If they are, you can add a little vegetable oil. Potatoes are done when they’re soft (but not mushy)


Take the meat off the heat and add it to the potatoes

Mix together

Once mixed, spoon individual servings into bowls

Almost done, but one more step!


Go get those eggs!

In the skillet you cooked the meat, fry up one egg for each bowl (sunny side up is best!)

You want the eggs to still have a runny yolk

Place an egg on each serving


Give each person a bowl with an egg


Let them mix it all together




I’m just gonna eat this now … you look at some more pictures!


They you have it, Pyttipanna or Swedish Hash


Great for dinner or a hearty breakfast!


Bon Apetit!


Crème brûlée


The classic French dessert, we’re going to use one last special kitchen item … a blow torch!

In the immortal words of Homer Simpson “fire made it good!”

Okay, so, how’d we do this?


To start, this is what you’ll need:

  • 1 1/4 cups of heavy cream
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla


Grab a bowl for mixing. This glass bowl is being held in place by a lovely kitchen gadget called The Staybowlizer given to us by our equally lovely friends Tom and Lindsay


Add the yolks to the bowl


Add the sugar to the yolks


Whisk together until smooth


Now, on a stove top, add the cream to a sauce pan


Add the vanilla


and stir.

(Other flavours can be added … heat with some peach leaves for a nice almond taste in your custard … just remember to remove the leaves after heating it up!)


Warm gently on the stove until the mix is now warm but not hot enough that it will cook the eggs

Slowly pour the cream into the mixing bowl, whisking the entire time


This looks properly mixed!


Now you’re going to take the bowl and pour the contents back into the sauce pan

Gentle heating again until the liquid is just reaching the boiling point. You should be able to draw a line on the back of a wooden spoon when it’s ready


Spoon the custard into individual ramekins or bowls


Let the custard set overnight in the refrigerator

Next day, time to make the crust!


You’ll need sugar (we’re using demerara style) and a blow torch


You can get this type of blow torch at most kitchen supply stores. They use butane and are filled like a common butane lighter.


Sprinkle the sugar over the entire top of the chilled custard


Get as much coverage as possible


Using the torch, heat the sugar on top to the point of burning


Don’t panic if you see smoke coming off the sugar

Keep going until all the sugar has been torched


Once it’s cooled, it’s ready to eat!  Crack the hard sugar top with a spoon!

Don’t mind me … just gonna eat this here


So there you have it … Crème brûlée


Bon Apetit!

Duck Breast Sous Vide


Okay, so today going to continue our theme of recipes that require some special equipment in the kitchen. We’re going to be doing Duck Breast Sous Vide.

For many of you, you’re thinking “okay, I’ve heard of this sous vide … it’s that thing that seems to impress the judges on Chopped”. Yes, that’s true … but let’s talk about what sous vide cooking actually is.

Sous vide is French for under vacuum. In this process, the food (usually a protein like steak or duck) is sealed in a food-grade plastic bag, under vacuum (see, that’s where the sous vide comes in!), and placed in a strictly temperature controlled water bath to cook. Why do this?

Okay, let’s look at beef. A steak is rare at a temperature of 52C. So, you want to make sure the internal temperature is 52C. Typically you grill a steak and hope to remove it in time. The heat, having come in from the outside (at a very high temperature) will cook the exterior to a very well done level, only being rare once you get towards the centre. Timing depends on thickness.

Sous vide cooking is what I would call equilibrium  cooking. The water is kept at exactly 52C in this case. The meat, sealed in a bag, is placed in the water. After about an hour, the contents of the bag will have reached the same temperature as the surrounding water. In other words, the meat will be cooked to rare … through out the entire steak, evenly.

Here’s the even cooler part … if you left the steak in there for four hours it would still be perfectly cooked to rare! You can’t overcook in the sous vide method … the meat can never be a higher temperature than the surrounding water, it’s just thermodynamics!

Okay, you probably want to see this at work … so let’s do that most finicky of meats to get right, duck breast!


Here’s the stuff you’ll need for doing this at home. A sous vide vacuum sealer, food grade plastic bags for sealing, a water circulator, a large pot … and of course the duck breast!  (You can also get one piece controlled water baths but a circulator will cost about half as much)

First we prepare the duck breast!


Take your duck, skin side up, and make diagonal slices across the skin


Repeat the process with diagonal slices the other way, to create a diamond pattern


This is going to allow the fat in the skin to render without too much shrinkage

Season normally, with salt, pepper and a bit of thyme


Now, go grab a large sous vide bag. It’s important that you have a bag that was meant for heating the food. A low quality plastic will have chemicals leech into the food during the cooking process.

Place the duck breast into the bag, leaving about six inches from the top


Now, our first piece of special equipment, the sous vide vacuum sealer

The sealer I am using is from Sous Vide Supreme


With the bag laying flat, put the open top under the tabs in the sealer


Press with both hands until you hear a click, then walk back and let the sealer do it’s magic! The machine will stop when the vacuum has been created and the bag heat sealed.


Your duck breast is now ready for the next step!

You can see the bag is tightly sealed … isn’t this cool?


Fill a very large pot (like a stock pot) with water … fill it high, don’t be shy! (yea, I’m gonna claim that rhyme)


This is my water circulator, from SansaireThe combination of a circulator and a large pot is by far the most cost effective method … a one piece heated water bath usually is about double the price. This circulator will heat the water to a specific temperature and keep it at that temperature within 0.1C for as long as I want!

Place the circulator in the water. This one attaches to my pot with a nice metal clip!

When I turn it on, I see the current temperature of the water

Set the temperature to 57C, which is the internal temperature we want for a medium cooked duck breast (it will be wonderfully pink, as duck breast should be!)


The reading will go back to show the current temperature of the water. Once it hits 57C, we’re ready to add the duck!


Place your bag into the water, make sure it’s fully submerged. As there is little air in the bag, it should submerge easily


Now, you let this cook for at least one hour. Remember, the meat will never get to a higher temperature than this, so you can’t overcook it! (If left for many hours, the meat may get very soft … which if you are using a cheaper cut of beef can be good actually).

Don’t panic if the temperature drops 0.2 or 0.3 degrees when you add the cold meat … it will come back up.


After an hour, remove the bag (using tongs, don’t burn your fingers!) from the water

The duck is now perfectly done

Remove the duck from the bag and place on a plate


Okay, it’s done … but that looks kinda gross. Now, here’s the trick!


Heat a frying pan on the stove medium high heat with a little oil. Place the duck, skin side down in the pan


Cook for only about 30 seconds  … just enough to get a crispy golden skin


Flip over and cook other side


Again, like 30 seconds


Now remove them back to the plate


Doesn’t that look better?

Let’s see how they are inside …

Slice the duck breast on a cutting board. In this method, no need to let the meat rest.




Place the meat on a plate


Add some sides like a salad and some mashed potatoes …

This is a method used by many restaurants. It allows for the chef to play a bit with the timing, so your steak is always ready exactly on time with the other dishes. It also allows for less experienced cooks to prepare the steaks, as it doesn’t have such strict timing involved!


There you go, Duck Breast Sous Vide!


Bon Apetit!


Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork & Potato Waffles


Sometimes you just need the right tools to complete a job. This week, we’ll be looking a few recipes that require a unique piece of kitchen equipment.

Today, what I’m going to show you requires a slow-cooker and a waffle iron. It’s spicy, sweet, sour and fun!

Let’s get started looking at the ingredients we’ll need for the pulled pork


You’ll need:

  • 6-8 lb pork tenderloin or shoulder roast (you can make one smaller, just adjust the recipe accordingly)
  • 2 cups bbq sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp prepared mustard
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp dry thyme

Just to make sure we have all our ingredients, let’s look at what we’ll need for the potato waffles


For these you’ll need:

  • 2 cups mashed potatoes (good way to use left overs!)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic

Okay, so let’s get that pulled pork going. It will need about 6 hours in the slow-cooker so we want to get started early


Pour some oil to coat the bottom of your slow-cooker


Let’s put that pork in the cooker … this is a lot of raw meat


Pour the barbecue sauce into a bowl


The entire bottle in this case is 2 cups


Add chicken stock


Add cider vinegar

Now add the sugar, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and thyme


Mix this all together well


Set this aside for a moment

Put the chopped onions into the cooker with the pork


Pour the sauce over the pork


All in there? Good!


Now, put the lid on and cook on high 5-6 hours … don’t lift the lid to peek! It lets out the steam and heat and that is how the slow cooker does it’s job!

Now, go do your things … play a video game, read a book, get a waffle iron … whatever you want for the next 5-6 hours

(Internet magic here)


It’s been 5-6 hours, the pork has been simmering this whole time and is ready to be  pulled


I usually just get two forks and pull in opposite directions


Pork should come apart rather easily.


Keep going until there are no longer any large pieces. Make sure to mix it all well with the sauce and juices

Now, let’s make some waffles!


Heat some butter in a hot skillet and add onions

Add the garlic and stir.


Cook until onions are soft and getting transparent


Put your mashed potatoes in a mixing bowl

Add flour and eggs


Empty skillet into the bowl


Ready to mix!

Mix until well blended and it has the consistency of a thick batter

Now, get that waffle iron heated up. Spray the surfaces to make sure nothing sticks!


Spoon mixture onto hot iron, allowing about an inch from the edge


Ready to press!



Close the iron and let it cook for 3-4 minutes, until the waffle is golden brown and able to be lifted from the iron


Should look pretty much like this


Okay, let’s get this on a plate!

Lift out and place on a plate

Now, back to that pulled pork!


Place the pulled pork directly on your potato waffle


Drizzle on some of that sauce like it’s maple syrup!


Looking good!

Myself I like to add a swirl of sriracha sauce on top


Like this!


Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork & Potato Waffles!



Bon Apetit!







Oven-Baked Buffalo Wings


Okay, so your guests come over to watch the Super Bowl and you made that amazing Cheesy “Pull Apart” Garlic Bread I showed last post. They loved it, but now it’s approaching half time and people are getting hungry.

Did you think I’d leave you stranded now?

Here are amazing Oven-Baked Buffalo Wings that you’d swear came from a restaurant!

Let me show you how it’s done!


Here’s what you’re gonna need:

  • 16-20 split chicken wings
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce (I’m using Frank’s Red Hot)


Add the cayenne to the flour


Now add the garlic powder


You can add some salt to taste at this point. Remember this is gonna be heavily sauced so you don’t need to add too much.


Blend the dry ingredients well


Pour the flour mixture into a large, resealable plastic bag


Is it big enough to hold a few wings? Good, then you have the right size!

Make sure the chicken is not wet. Pat it dry with a paper towel.


Drop a chicken wing into the bag

Shake to coat and place in a greased baking pan

Repeat the process until all chicken wings are coated


Take your pan of chicken and place in the fridge to cool for an hour. This makes sure that the flour coating sticks!


Internet magic and and hour has passed, let’s make the Buffalo Sauce


Pour your hot sauce into a medium sized mixing bowl


Now add the melted butter … what, you thought these were healthy?


Whisk together


Does it look like this? If so, you’re ready to move on to the next step!


Grab a wing and place it in the sauce. Make sure it’s totally coated with sauce!


Take the coated wing and put it back in the pan

Do it again for the next wing!


Keep on doing this …


Until all the wings are totally coated

Place in 400F oven for 45 minutes


Basically, until they look like this


Ready to go!


Place them on a plate with some carrot sticks, celery sticks, blue cheese dressing … whatever you like!


So there you have it, Oven-Baked Buffalo Wings. Just be ready to have to prove you didn’t order these in from a restaurant!


Bon Apetit!


Cheesy “Pull Apart” Garlic Bread


So, the Super Bowl is coming … or you’re having friends over … or you are planning a Netflix marathon. You want a delicious and easy to share snack. Well, we got ya!

Wonderful Cheesy “Pull Apart” Garlic Bread is pretty simple to make and will be descended upon by your guests like a swarm of locusts! You may want to have another for back up …


Let’s do this!


This one isn’t too complicated. You’ll need:

  • large round or oval loaf of bread
  • 4-6 oz of mozzarella cheese
  • 3-4 oz of soft butter
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 bunch of chives


Chop the chives into small pieces


Should be about a handful


Add to softened butter


Add the garlic


and mix!


Take your bread and slice almost to the bottom


Move over about an inch and slice in the same way. Continue this all the way across the bread!


Give your bread a 1/4 turn


and do the same slicing as before



Bread should have diamond wedges all over, like this

Now slice the cheese into thin strips


Get that butter mixture and spoon it into bread slice


Keep doing this until all the slices have been filled with the butter mixture


Okay, add your cheese slices in much the same way


It’s hopefully looking something like this

Wrap the entire bread in aluminum foil and place on a baking tray in a 350F oven for 20 minutes

After 20 minutes, remove the foil, put the temperature up to 400F and cook for another 5 minutes


Now, doesn’t that smell amazing?


Ready to eat!


Just grab a wedge of bread and pull!


So good! (you may think this is a repeating GIF animation, but I basically did exactly what you see … it’s very hard to stop!)


Cheesy “Pull Apart” Garlic Bread!


Bon Apetit!