I Can’t Believe This is Homemade

Every once in a while I feature home cooked dinners. To qualify, the meal has to be extraordinarily scrumptious. My friend Gio, Michelin star chef in his past life, did just that.

He is big on spice, in fact his spice cupboard takes up 1/3 of his kitchen. Spices are imported directly from around the world in its raw state and then he grinds them up. I saw a jar of saffron, I can’t imagine the investment he has put into his spices. So you can imagine the explosion of flavours in the dishes he creates.

Also big on the quality of the ingredients, from the meats the vegetables and grains. Everything was fresh, no canned or preserved crap in his meals.

This was a homemade dinner that could rival any fine dining restaurant in Vancouver. His passion for cooking really shone through in each dish. He believes meals should be enjoyed together, “filling your stomach and soul“.

Moroccan spiced chicken with marsala wine. You could always try re-creating this dish with this chicken marsala recipe

Quinoa and chickpea salad, with cucumber, tomato, cilantro.

Chicken Marsala and salad

Pepper crusted bison steak with Chimichurri sauce. I am in love with the sauce. Look the picture of the meat on the bottom right, doesn’t that make you salivate?

Bison steak

3 way veal lamb pork meatball with marsala wine sauce, topped with ricotta cheese.

Lamb meatball

Stuffed peppers

Stuffed pepper

The night was finished off with new york style cheesecake.

Always the gracious host, well after he plates. In the kitchen, he is like a mad scientist, brushing off any attempts of assistance and harping at anyone who dares enter the kitchen.

My Homage to Home Cooks Everywhere!

This post is dedicated to all the home cooks who continually feed our stomachs and warm our souls.

I have not cooked a meal for 2 months now, no I am not lazy. My fridge is empty except for the necessities, wine, pepperoni sticks and cherries.  Funny, I don’t think I’ve ever ate so well these past two months.  Luckily, I have friends who are passionate about cooking and love to entertain.  This post is a big THANK YOU to all the home cooks who generously share their meals to feed our stomachs and warm our souls.

I just love home cooked dinners, friends coming together to share fresh and delectable meals over great conversation.  The cook is always on hand to explain, where the food is sourced and, we “oohh” and “ahhh” over their pain-staking prep work.

A glimpse of into my home cooked culinary adventure:

Simon, he is best is known for his relentless quips, his love for cooking and, his 4 ft stack of empty Pilsner’s hanging out in the corner of his living room. He spent several painful hours shelling fresh peas for the pea puree.

Spot Prawn Salad with Cucumber Broth, Cilantro and Arugula.  We used the cucumber broth, cucumber juice and red wine gastrique to create delicious gin cocktails after dinner.

Herb-crusted Halibut with Pea Puree and Coriander Vinaigrette. This was so rich, check it out, the pea puree had tons of butter, peas, potato, mint, thyme, whipping cream and BACON.

Permanent resident ‘Nunzilla’ with sparks shooting out of her mouth.

Araxi Style home cooked dinner
Araxi Style home cooked dinner

Gio’s a financial piranha who was definitely a chef in his past life and Paul, whose resume resembles Madonna’s closet, big and only luxury designers.

My Tuesday’s dinner, saffron (real saffron, I’m spoiled), herb crusted game chicken with wine jus and an amazing pasta dish. I have no idea what was in it but, it was delicious and the pasta was cooked to perfection.

Italian home cooked dinner
Italian home cooked dinner

Norman, a chef with a flare with meats, whipped up a fabulous meal. The ribs were cooked in indirect heat for hours. It was so juicy and paired well with his homemade raspberry BBQ sauce, made from real berries.  His rub is legendary, now if only I cook I would request some.  It’s been a while since my last dinner at your place. I’m impatiently waiting for another invite.

BBQ home cooked meal
BBQ home cooked meal

Tai, a local chef specializes in Viet fusion.  Sigh…he’s back in Viet.  Cured meats, his famous chicken wings and, beautiful oysters.

Viet fusion home cooked meal
Viet fusion home cooked meal

Finally, just before Maho left back for Japan I was given a 101 Japanese cooking class.

Japanese Home cooked dinner
Japanese Home Cooked dinner