Because of the diverse nature of the many different restaurants and chefs Brian Henry has worked under he is highly proficient at a wide range of cuisines.

Brian’s cooking is seasonal, inventive and smart, but in no way unapproachable or fussy. When he is coaxed out of the kitchen and starts talking about food, his passion and knowledge are instantly recognizable.

"Chef Brian Henry cooked a series of delicious appetizers for us as we sat around a table in the kitchen". Thanks

Tony Aspler, Wine writer

“Chef Brian Henry puts one hundred percent of his energy into going all the way.”

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Chef Brian Henry Blogspot

Welcome to Chef Brian Henry's official blogspot where you'll find occasional information about different events I'll be taking part in, information about catering, Ice-Sculpting, our cooking classes, various recipes and more.


 

I update Gastronomically yours, at random when ever so inspired or permitted by life.

I write about local food, with a focus on unpretentious recipes with an approachable sense to our somewhereness.

I rant at times about things that deserve a ranting with a slightly unorthodox approach and an edgy panache

Check in regularly to see what’s going on…

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Cold Coffee Like most things I enjoy my coffee to excess. Good coffee I prefer to drink in a pure fashion, unadulterated but when it comes to run of the mill plonk coffee I allow for one cream and one sugar to help boost flavour and take the edge off of the acid. When it’s […]

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Sugar Snap Peas! The sugar snap pea aka snap peas are a relatively new food and gardening delight as they were developed in 1979 by Dr. Calvin Lamborn and Dr. M.C. Parker who set out to create a bigger sweeter pea that was housed in an edible pod that was tender when eaten whole. They […]

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The FunDeLentil Tour announces Canada’s favourite signature lentil dishes 24 restaurants across Canada served mouth-watering signature lentil dishes as part of a cross-Canada competition in June Saskatoon, SK, July 10, 2015—The votes are in! Canadians have voted online at fundelentil.ca and chosen the Chorizo & Lentil Ragout, by Fable in Vancouver as their favourite signature lentil […]

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Taste Canada―The Food Writing Awards announces the 2015 shortlisted authors and bloggers Awards celebrate 18 years of honouring outstanding culinary writing in Canada After reviewing 96 submitted books and blog entries (69 book entries and 27 blog entries), Taste Canada—The Food Writing Awards has unveiled the shortlists. The submissions celebrate Canadian cuisine from coast-to-coast and […]

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Here are the recipes from last weeks Friendly Fires Barbecue Class One Stinky Onion   One of the top 10 questions I get is, “how do you chop onions without crying?” The answer is simple. Don’t chop onions. Slicing or chopping onions can be among the most miserable of kitchen chores. Our sniffly noses and […]

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Dog Days As the dog days of summer approach I’m looking forward to some drier weather to allow the cos lettuce in the garden to come into maturity.  Cos lettuce more commonly known as romaine lettuce is an edible member of the daisy family. Its long narrow dark green leaves are rather crisp with a […]

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Barbecue Blues There was a point this past winter when I stopped going outside except for necessities and more wood for the wood stove and the recent spring weather sees me doing much of the same. This extended hibernation of self has changed my eating habits as my barbecue has not been used since early […]

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How to Ham it up! A ham is the rear leg of a hog, which is preserved by a variety of combined methods such as wet or dry salting, smoking and drying, it is one of the oldest cuts of cured meats produced by modern society with almost every country in the world utilizing regionally […]

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Feeling Hot Hot Hot!   Tomatoes originated in the desert regions along the west coast of South America. Their appearance was comparable to an over-sized grape or berry and was known as a tomatl which is Aztec for “plump fruit”. Tomatoes were later domesticated in Mexico where it was eventually subjugated by early European explorers. […]

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Maple Wine at Home Mead often makes one think of mythical times, strange creatures and folklore. The term honeymoon and its practice are still common in today’s weddings. This term comes from the custom of drinking fermented honey based beverages for a moon or month after your wedding. It was believed that this practice ensured […]

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Liquid Gold Rush When the nights are below freezing and the days are mild you can be sure of some things, like the coming of spring, the deadline for filing your tax returns and a new season of local harvesting. This seasonal change in the weather makes the sap flow and represents the region’s premier […]

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Kibbeling Walleye I have been ice fishing only a few times in my life and that was more than enough for me. Family and friends of mine habitually go ice fishing. Me? I’m happy to stay at home with my fillet knife ready to prepare dinner. My favorite fresh water fish to prepare is walleye. Yes […]

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I scream for Snow Cream Watching the snow fall this morning I was reminded about a recipe that I learned to make when I was about six years old… Snow Cream. As a child, I was amazed how easy and fun it was to make dessert out of snow. I even began to believe that I could […]

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Bloody Valentine This annual tradition of sending messages to our loved ones dates back to 269 AD.  It was around this time that Roman Emperor Claudius needed to recruit soldiers for his armies. Enlistment was down, and Claudius; a warring ruler blamed the declining recruitment on the men wanting to stay at home with their […]

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Superstitions of the Kitchen for Friday the 13th   A Baker’s Dozen This term simply means thirteen, rarely but at times fourteen. The phrase originated in England when bakers were regulated by a trade guild known as The Worshipful Company of Bakers. One such regulation known as the “Assize of Bread and Ale” was to […]

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T’was a Night in the Kitchen ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through’ the kitchen Not a chef was stirring, not even washing the dishes The pots were all cleaned and put back on the shelf Knowing tomorrow it would be back to work for this elf; Our company had long ago gone to […]

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More S’mores Please! So what do you do when your children’s school ask you for 150 sweet treats for their festive feast in winter? You make s’mores, these maybe a bit over the top for child gastronomes but I took pleasure in knowing that between the sugar and caffeine in each of these jars these […]

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Cheeses of Nazareth The earliest recorded history of cheesecake shows that cheesecake was very popular in ancient Greece. When Rome conquered Greece, the Romans began preparing cheesecake and often would use cheesecake as an offering in their temples to their gods. One of the foods served to athletes during the first Olympic Games held in […]

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The Lakefield Village Merchants Present the 11th Annual Polar Fest Ice Sculpting Competition Greetings from the Kawarthas! The Lakefield Village Merchants are currently planning the 11th Annual Polar Fest Ice Sculpting Competition Saturday, January 31st, 2015 2015 theme “Frozen” As we are celebrating our 11th year of this fabulous event we have decided to go […]

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Festive Holiday Cheer! The big guy in the red suit has been making his rounds on the parade circuit and the snow has arrived. Both of these sobering realities are getting everyone all wound up for the coming holiday season which is barreling down on us and motivating many to flock to the stores this while […]

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Zen and the Art of Marshmallow Roasting   Roasting marshmallows isn’t just a summer time treat, as you can make them indoors too! The technique is quite simple: find yourself some oversized skewers, impale one or two marshmallows on one end, position yourself at the opposite and hold the marshmallow over a fire. The trick […]

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Venison As a child I never did understand why my father and his friends would travel to northern Ontario every year to go deer hunting. Besides the fun he would have and the time spent “in camp” with his lifelong buddies I just never figured out why anyone would expend so much energy on bringing […]

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Halloween Leftovers!   The scariest harvest of the year happened this past weekend as some 4 million Canadian kids take to the streets and rake in their loot from more than 13 million homes that will participate in shelling out candy. These costume clad kids will return home and almost immediately pour out their pillow […]

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Smashing Pumpkins   The pumpkin has become synonymous withHalloween. Beyond the pumpkins symbolism most of us know little about this fruit and leaves most of us reaching for this product in its store-bought canned form when it comes to cooking. Its symbolic presence of the autumn harvest has made this fruit a traditional staple of […]

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Here is a recipe and some lore on cabbage rolls with a conversation from Facebook that has some great ideas and suggestions add to it Cabbage roll please Humans the world over have been using food wrappers for centuries to either transport or cook their meals in. Leaves are the most commonly used food wrapper […]

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The Great Pumpkin  As the first day of autumn approaches, and the shadows are growing longer it won’t be long until we will start scraping frost off of our windshields. This beautiful and vibrant time of year sees us consuming more food as an ingredient for decorating our homes than what we may actually put […]

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Cauliflower Cauliflower is most commonly recognized as a bright white bulbous vegetable with purple or green highlights with light green leaves, but it is also available in green or purple varieties similar to its parent plant the cabbage. Cauliflower is a variety of the common cabbage that has begun to flower but stop growing at […]

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Brussel Stalks Brussel sprouts are ranked as the least liked vegetable the world over. As a kid I remember staring down Brussel sprouts on my dinner plate until past my bedtime in my stubborn refusal to eat these nasty little camouflaged orbs under the ethos of “you can’t leave the table until you cleaned your […]

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Discovering Capsicum Christopher Columbus is the Italian explorer who sailed the ocean blue in an effort to discover a westward oceanic passage to India. On four different attempts Chris tried in vain to find a route to India.  Instead the Italian explorer was credited with discovering an already inhabited land; “The New World”. As Orwellian […]

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A midsummer night’s Grunt A summer drive out into the country can easily take one on an unintended culinary journey with many a butter tart, curd or poutine to be had along the way. If you venture into a small town festival you may find yourself in the middle of a culinary showdown that would […]

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I’m currently working in Kapuskasing Ontario as the Culinary Director for O’Briens Emergency Food Service Response Team for Disaster and Evacuations. I will update this page when time permits me the luxury of doing so, you may have to refresh your browser or the page to be able to view the updates. I’m blogging about this so that […]

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  Smithworks Brewing Company Over the past decade our palates and the beer we drink have developed into a league all of their own. Beer is no longer just a beverage of the working class but a culinary element that not only may be used as an ingredient but something more akin to wine as […]

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In the Patch –Rhubarb Patch My first encounter with fresh rhubarb was a frightening experience for me. I was about six years old and my aunt had baked a strawberry rhubarb pie. It was a slice of heaven, lightly heated with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The next day one of my older cousins […]

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