Category Archives: Cooking

Cooking is one of my personal hobbies and something that I’m very passionate about. These are pictures, videos and recipes for some dishes I’ve made and highlights of my journey to become a chef.

Turkey bacon pancakes with 100% real Canadian maple syrup, served with coffee & orange juice. #brunch

Best brunch ever? Delicious turkey bacon pancakes with real maple drizzle

Here’s what geeks do on their, “Day off.” #brunch

If you want to know the recipe for these delicious turkey bacon pancakes, here you go.

Best ever turkey bacon pancakes, topped with glistening real maple syrup.

Best ever turkey bacon pancakes, topped with glistening real maple syrup.

Starting with the first picture, I’ve pre-cooked the bacon. The pancake batter is simple, if you want to make the same kind as I do, use the following for the recipe:

  1. Grab two bowls, one larger than the other
  2. In one bowl, mix dry ingredients:
    1. Two cups flour
    2. Three tablespoons sugar
    3. Two teaspoons baking powder
  3. In the wet bowl, mix:
    1. Two eggs
    2. First remove shells, etc – keep it real and clean people.
  4. One and three quarters cup milk;
  5. You can use more, but the batter should be thick, not too runny but also able to “relax,” into it’s own shape. Anywhere between one and three quarters and a full two cups is fine for the batter, depending on how fluffy you like the pancakes.
  6. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry; beat them together until they form a nice, even consistency and all the dry has been thoroughly mixed.IMG_1231
  7. Heat a cast iron skillet for best results over four or medium heat; then turn down gradually as you make the pancakes once the skillet becomes hot.
  8. I made the mistake of first using a non stick skillet this morning. Don't make my mistake!

    I made the mistake of first using a non stick skillet this morning. Don’t make my mistake

  9. Dollop one pat of butter – use judgement – per pancake.
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  11. Heat on one side, topping with the turkey bacon – chopped. Use a small sprinkling, or more, per each pancake. For one batch, I would recommend a full six pieces of bacon.
  12. After heating on one side, you’ll see bubbles. Those are good, flip once only, and make sure the edges have become a nice, crispy golden brown.
  13. It only looks this good when it's real cast iron people. Use the right tool for the job. Lesson learned.

    It only looks this good when it’s real cast iron people. Use the right tool for the job. Lesson learned.

  14. When the second half becomes as done as the first, remove to a heated platter to keep warm until you finish making the batch.
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  16. Top with real Canadian or other 100% maple syrup, ideally warmed.
  17. Once smothered, best enjoyed hot, with a side of coffee and orange juice.
#brunch is served. Turkey bacon pancakes with orange juice and coffee. Freshly squeezed coffee, mind you, and the whole beans ground that morning. Still shiny with goodness, having only been roasted recently.

#brunch is served. Turkey bacon pancakes with orange juice and coffee. Freshly squeezed coffee, mind you, and the whole beans ground that morning. Still shiny with goodness, having only been roasted recently.

And that, my friends, is how a geek does brunch. Being able to enjoy good food is one thing, being able to share it with friends, family and most especially my children who are so far away during the holiday season? Priceless. Jaz, Sam – this one’s for you guys. Love you.

The Unexpected Burger: Topped With Guacamole, it’s different yet delicious

Sometimes, you want something different. Something unique. Or maybe, IMG_2311somewhere inside of you, there’s been a feeling. That you’re different, you’re special. The universe seems to move at a different pace, life passes by at a bent angle. When I slathered on the guacamole onto the whole wheat bun of this burger, I knew I was being rebellious. My constant companion, mustard, was nowhere in sight, nor would that fine ingredient get the chance to flavor this particular specimen.

 Have you ever felt like a guacamole burger?

I know. It’s a hard thing to admit sometimes, growing up here, that the staple condiments, mustard, ketchup, mayo, sometimes don’t get to attend the musical composition that is a delicious burger. Sure, the mayo might arrive in the form of a garlic aioli, or the ketchup might be a passenger in the flavored beef patty. But, the ingredients, in their classic form, are nowhere to be found. There’s a reason for the disappearing act.

Sometimes, we all want that new experience. Crave that delightful twist. Movies are all re-runs, right? Because there are only seven basic types of story. The punchline might be the same in many tales, “They lived happily ever after.” But it’s the unexpected surprises along the way that make the story worth hearing, even when you already know the ending.

The unexpected burger could be a product. Something that is unique, different and creative. It stands out. People notice. They talk. “Did you hear what he put on his burger yesterday? OMG!” Ya, I know. People talk and spread rumors all the time. Here’s the clincher: you can make your own rumors, about your own brand, with your own creative.

Ah, one more thing. I’m now booked solid for the next two weeks, and with a vacation at the end of this month coming up, new clients are subject a one month waiting list. Sorry. I’m happy to chat in the interim between now and then, just want to set expectations that work won’t begin for a month.

Oh, wait. Did you want more burger pics? I feel you – check them out.

New category: food and a few notes about why I’m adding it here

Not tonight but soon, I’ll be filling up the food category with some of my adventures in cookery over the last year. There are a few reasons for adding the category and I’ll be editing the others to reflect my new goals for this, my professional blog. The people who work with me (Hi!) know that one thing I’m very interested in is food. Not somebody else’s food but the act of preparing, delighting and inspiring people in your life with delicious, healthy meals that serenade the taste buds and inspire the imagination.

So, by the weekend, I’ll add the videos I have from youtube and a few photos (with the photographer’s permission, b/c their pics are a lot nicer than mine and I don’t have a picture of every recipe I’ve made).

Have a great week :)

More foundation: my first cooking show on youtube ;)

Beta feedback received (thanks, all) and even though one for two did not like it, she gave me a *fantastic* idea for a scene in the next installment. Spell check tonight and then I’ll let it fly…still need a title though. Today, it’ll be there, in the back of my mind, something I’m mulling over.

There will be more videos, too. As I realized recently, writers never, ever finish up with groupies. Nor paparazzi. If you’re reading this with some kind of political agenda, from the bottom of my heart, I sincerely wish you the ending you so richly deserve. Having experienced the, “Dark side,” of celebrity for a while, the social media hate, the colleagues asking, “Did you see this on twitter?”, having to explain to more than a few people why it happens, what it means.

Even before this, from my consulting business, I learned the hard way – you can’t bring a lawsuit across national borders. So, while other people can do what they will, it’s up to me to build, solidify and grow my reputation. If I become known as the ninja vampire hunting writer of epic cheesiness, well, that’s not far off from me in my personal life. Minus the ninjas and vampires of course. Professionally speaking, any given company could use more cheese.

Kick back and enjoy the video if you want some tips on making a solid breakfast (though for me, this was brunch – I can’t pack away that much food first thing in the AM.

How to make a mushroom and sausage scramble video

Next month, as a few people have reminded me, is national novel writing month. My first full length novel will be available by then (knock on wood) because it’s the kind of synergistic, universal alignment kick in the pants I can only ignore at my peril.

Have an awesome Tuesday 😉