Saturday, September 29, 2018

Full House Desserts brings Hong Kong Desserts to Canada

 FROM HONG KONG TO CANADA - A taste of Full House Desserts

Tucked inside the main level of the fairly new Emerald Condos is a tiny world of various tiny retail and food shops of mostly Asian origin you can get all kinds of different food like Poke, Japanese cheesecake, Indian food,  Jamaican patties and more.

One of the new businesses that just opened in August is FULL HOUSE DESSERTS,  this is a tiny little take out Hong Kong dessert shop that comes from a very popular Hong Kong franchise with over 500 shops in mostly Hong Kong.  I checked out 3 of their cold dishes.  The Mango Sago, and the Mango and Durian Pancakes.

Mango Sago
The Mango sago is a bit like a cold smoothie, soup kind of dessert.  According to Wikipedia Sago is: Sago /ˈseɪɡoʊ/ is a starch extracted from the spongy centre, or pith, of various tropical palm stems, especially that of Metroxylon sagu. It is a major staple food for the lowland peoples of New Guinea and the Moluccas, where it is called saksak, rabia and sagu.

The Mango Sago has a milky texture with chunks of mango and I believe there is also some pomello in it.  It is served in a plastic container and you eat it with a spoon. Imagine a mango lassie with some small chunks of mango and that's sort of what the taste and consistency is similar to.

Mango and Durian Pancake

We also tried the Mango and Durian Pancake.  The container comes with 2 in a small plastic container.   It's a handmade Hong Kong pancake that is stuffed with whipped cream and chunks of mango or the Durian fruit.

Durian fruit is known as one of the stinkiest fruits in the world and is not common to the North American diet but is very popular in Asia.  It is definitely and acquired taste.  I preferred the mango one of course because it was more familiar and sweeter.  It's a very soft and delicate dessert.  My friends 3 year old wasn't sure what to make of it.  She thought it was play dough and didn't believe it was a pancake.  

Full House Desserts

They also have Hot sweet soups like Walnut and Black Sesame.  There is also cold soya bean or grass jelly.

The 3 desserts we tried cost about $27.

Visited: Sept 23, 2018
4750 Yonge St SUITE #121, Toronto, ON M2N 0J6

*Disclaimer - The dessert samples were complimentary and the last photo are from Full House Desserts but the other images and opinions are my own. #spon.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Canada's Table a Celebration of Canadian Cookbooks

Check out this upcoming event with some very notable guest speakers.  These people know their stuff so I highly recommend checking this out if you are able to.

October is National Cookbook Month - Discover Canadian Cookbooks 
#LoveCookbooks #MoreThanRecipes #CanadasTable #TasteCanada

Canada's Table: A Celebration of Our Cookbooks at Fort York National Historic Site
~ Saturday, October 13th, 2018 ~

Fort York National Historic Site celebrates the history, influence and importance of cookbooks and great Canadian authors both past and present with a full day of panel discussions, demonstrations, and workshops.
·      Keynote speaker: Bonnie Stern, "Things in My Garage: A Life in Food"
·      Guest speaker: Mairlyn Smith, "My Life as an Author: Then, Now and Now What?"
·      Special demonstration: Banner Cookbook author Anna Olson shares from her new book, Set for the Holidays
"This event sounds exciting and interesting, and I am drawn to the depth it dives into around the passion behind cookbooks," - Anna Olson
"Cookbooks are an amazing pairing of usefulness - worth what they cost for the inspiration and guidance they provide cooks and bakers, meanwhile telling the stories of individuals, families, communities, in fact, the world, not through battles and politics, but what’s simmering in the kitchen, and enjoyed at the table," – Elizabeth Baird
Our complimentary Long Table Lunch in the award-winning Fort York Visitor Centre, will showcase a menu created from the cookbooks of our workshop authors.
Participants get to choose a workshop with one of the following Canadian greats: David Wolfman, Claire Tansey, Tara O'Brady, Matt Basile, Afrim Pristine, Pat Crocker, Emily Richards, or Elizabeth Baird with Bridget Wranich.
Price: $125 +HST. Price includes welcome refreshments, lunch, and a one hour workshop. Each workshop participant will receive a signed copy of the workshop leader's cookbook.   Books will also be available for purchase.
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IRON CHEF CANADA... We have the Best Chefs.

I don't post a lot of Media Releases but this one is worth sharing if you have been following some of Canada's Top Chefs.  I am really excited to see this since I have met a few of the participating chefs.
Can't wait to see who Reigns Supreme!


Ten Accomplished Chefs from Across the Country Face Off Against Canada’s Iron Chefs

Find Out Whose Cuisine Reigns Supreme
October 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Food Network Canada is on a National Free Preview for the Month of October

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TORONTO, September 26, 2018 – The stadium is stocked, the secret ingredients are selected and the battles are set - but whose cuisine will reign supreme? Each week, Iron Chef Canada sees one notable chef, spanning from Vancouver, B.C. to Montreal, Que., competing in a head-to-head competition for culinary supremacy. The worthy challengers battle against the renowned Canadian Iron Chefs, Hugh Acheson, Amanda Cohen, Lynn Crawford, Rob Feenie, and Susur Lee in ambitious culinary show-downs featuring a secret ingredient that must be incorporated in each of their five dishes. Canadian television personality and recognized culinary expert Gail Simmons hosts alongside respected food critic Chris Nuttall-Smith as floor reporter. The highly-anticipated inaugural season of Iron Chef Canada premieres October 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network Canada.
The ten Iron Chef Canada competitors entering the Monogram Kitchen Stadium are:

·         Jason Bangerter, Cambridge, Ont.- Executive Chef, Langdon Hall Country House Hotel and Spa
·         Ned Bell, Vancouver, B.C. - Executive Chef, Ocean Wise program at the Vancouver Aquarium
·         Alex Chen, Vancouver, B.C. - Executive Chef, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
·         John Horne, Toronto, Ont. - Executive Chef, Canoe
·         Marc Lepine, Ottawa, Ont. - Chef and Owner, Atelier
·         Nick Liu, Toronto, Ont. - Chef and Owner, DaiLo and LoPan
·         Brandon Olsen, Toronto, Ont. - Chef and Owner, La Banane and CXBO Chocolates
·         René Rodriguez, Ottawa, Ont. - Chef, COMMON Eatery
·         Danny “Smiles” Francis, Montreal, Que. - Chef de Cuisine, Le Bremner
·         Laura White, Toronto, Ont. - Pastry Chef, Forno Cultura

Throughout the season, a rotating panel of acclaimed culinary guest judges exercise their palates and serve up critiques based on taste, plating and presentation, and originality to determine who takes home bragging rights. Guest judges include television host and food writer, Ricardo Larrivée; Canadian chef and author, Jennifer McLagan; restaurant critics Alexandra Gill (The Globe and Mail) and Lesley Chesterman (Montreal Gazette), as well as Food Network Canada personalities Mijune Pak (Top Chef Canada) and host of the upcoming new series Big Bucket Food List, John Catucci.

In the series premiere, Iron Chef Canada launches with an intense secret ingredient battle between Iron Chef Lynn Crawford and challenger Chef Marc Lepine. The panel of judges declaring a winner for the very first Iron Chef Canada face-off include La Presse columnist Marie-Claude Lortie, writer and owner of Toronto’s Rosen’s Cinnamon Buns, Amy Rosen, and Host of Food Network Canada’s Carnival Eats, Noah Cappe. 

To learn more about the series, catch behind the scenes content and watch episodes online after they premiere, visit

Food Network Canada is available on a National Free Preview for the month of October. Please check local listings for additional details.

Iron Chef Canada is produced by Proper Television in association with Corus Entertainment’s Food Network Canada and based on the original ‘Iron Chef’ Series Produced by Fuji Television Network, Inc.

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