Here are some recipes that I’ve worked with over the years. Some are new, most are modified.
Here are some recipes that I’ve worked with over the years. Some are new, most are modified.
I’ve been making pizza for a long time using a wide variety of techniques. This method has produced the best pies.
I make four 14″ pies from this recipe.
Bread Flour: 1159g
Water (58%): 670g
IDY (0.17%): 1.96g
Salt (0.5%): 5.78g
Single Ball: 458.24g
In a large mixing bowl, mix room temperature water, olive oil and yeast. Allow the yeast to grow to the sides of the bowl.
Dust your hands with flour then gradually pull in sifted flour / salt, pulling from the sides of the bowl to the middle of the liquid. Try and find a rhythm for this. Knead until you have smooth, cushy dough.
Separate into balls and store in bags in the fridge for about three days. On the day of, leave the dough on a tray on the counter for a few hours. If you’re in a hurry, you can use this same day, but it’s best to give it at least four hours to rise.
- 1 Can of Whole San Marzano Tomatoes
- 2 – 5 cloves of garlic, minced
- Small handful of fresh basil, ripped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- A little toasted fennel
Mix it up. Don’t cook it.
Place your baking steel on the top rack and heat the oven at 550˚ for 30 minutes, then broil on high for 15 minutes.
I try and go for toppings without a lot of moisture. Fresh mozzarella (torn into little pieces), basil, olives, prosciutto, toasted fennel, and a great tomato sauce are my go-to.
For mushrooms, put some paper towel in a bowl and microwave them for 30s or so to remove some excess moisture. This is a dirty trick — but it works. Do the same with any high-moisture vegetables like peppers.
I like to press down with my fingers across the dough, rotate it, repeat, flip, repeat. From there, I stretch out the sides, being careful not to thin out the middle too much. Check out that awful video for a good demonstration.
I do my stretching and shaping on a cutting board then transfer to my dusted wooden peel. Give it a light shake between each topping to ensure that it will slide on to your steel.
Transfer the pie to the oven and set a timer. Retrieve using the aluminum peel.
While this pizza bakes, build your second and repeat. Before serving, allow each pie about 5 – 10 minutes to settle before cutting. Top with ripped basil and serve with a small dish of rock salt and crushed chilis.
Over on Reddit, people have crowdsourced a decent list of places to refill growlers around Vancouver.
2148 Main St, http://brassneck.ca
15 W 8th Ave, http://33acresbrewing.com
1946 Triumph St, http://parallel49brewing.com
Powell Street Brewing
1830 Powell St, http://powellbeer.com
54 4 Ave E, http://r-and-b.com
310 Commercial Dr, http://stormbrewing.org
115-2433 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver, http://bridgebrewing.com
Four Winds Brewing
4-7355 72 St. Delta, http://fourwindsbrewing.ca
Green Leaf Brewing
123 Carrie Cates Ct North Vancouver, http://greenleafbrew.com
Big Ridge Brewing Company
5580 152 St Surrey, http://mjg.ca/big-ridge
Central City Brewing
11411 Bridgeview Dr, Surrey and 13450 102 Ave, Surrey, http://centralcitybrewing.com
Deep Cove Brewing
Unit 170 – 2270 Dollarton Hwy, http://deepcovecraft.com
1111 Mainland St, http://mjg.ca/yaletown
1488 Adanac Street, http://bomberbrewing.com
Main Street Brewing
7th and Scotia, http://mainstreetbrewingcompany.com
Coal Harbour Brewing
967 Triumph St, http://coalharbourbrewing.com
Steel & Oak
1319 Third Ave, New Westminster, http://steelandoak.ca
Here’s a really simple and amazing donut. I prefer to do these as bite-sized donut holes instead of massive rounds.
This yields about 36 donut holes.
- 2 teaspoons yeast
- 40ml room temperature water
- 3/4 cup (176ml) milk, scalded, then cooled (read note!)
- 1/4 cup (169g) sugar
- 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons shortening
- 2 1/2 cups (313g) all-purpose flour
- canola oil for frying
Milk has an enzyme that inhibits gluten formation by latching onto the ends of gliadin strands.
Proof your yeast by adding it to the warm water. Mix it up and let it rest.
Combine yeast, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening, and flour.
Beat on low for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly.
Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.
Carefully stir in remaining flour until smooth. Cover and let rise until double, 30-60 minutes, depending on the yeast you used. If you don’t have a room that allows for 70°, put the oven on for two minutes and then turn it off. This should be close.
After the dough has risen, roll it out on a floured surface to 1/2″ thick. Using anything sharp and round, cut out as many circles of dough as you can. You can flatten the scraps and cut them too. I used the lid for a martini shaker.
Cover and let rise for another 30 – 40 minutes.
Now make the glaze!
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cups powdered sugar
- 3/4 teaspoons vanilla
- 3 tablespoons evaporated milk
Melt the butter and stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add evaporated milk and mix. Taste until your stomach hurts.
Bring oil up to 350° — should be around 3 on your stove-top. Use a thermometer to ensure you get the temperature right. Carefully place the donuts in the oil, cooking each side for around 15-20 seconds. Using tongs, place donuts on a rack or paper towels to drain.
Once slightly cooled, twist the top in the glaze and leave to cool down further. Test two or three with a tall glass of milk.
¹By having smaller donut holes you won’t be busted for eating a half dozen in front of your friends.
This is a quick mixed drink that everyone can enjoy. Follow the basic guideline with any type of beer, hard alcohol and citrus. This is the official recipe.
- 48 oz Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer (4 cans)
- 4 oz Stolichnaya Vodka
- 1/2 Can Frozen Lemonade
Tilt your pitcher at a 45° angle and pour the four PBRs to allow for minimal head. Follow with four shots (or a few glugs) of Stolichnaya vodka. While you’re at it, take a swig for yourself as a reward.
Next, add half a can of frozen lemonade. Refreeze the last portion of the can for the next round.
Mix and pour. Enjoy half-naked near a large body of water.
Don’t spend too much time on the internet this summer!
This is an ultra simple tomato sauce that I’ve been making for the past while. I’m not even going to post a fancy photo for this. Honestly, ignore all the measurements and go with your instincts.
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (a few glugs)
- 1 red onion, 1/4-inch dice
- 6 garlic cloves, peeled minced (do your best)
- 1/2 medium carrot, finely grated (ideally with a microplane)
- 2 (28-ounce) cans San Marzano tomatoes, crushed by hand and juices reserved
- Salt and pepper to taste
- A few Whole basil leaves, sliced
- A thumb-sized chunk of grated parmesan or grana padano
You need to feel out this recipe as you go. Separate the tomatoes from the liquid. That’s the first step. Second, heat some oil in a medium to large sized pot then let the onion and garlic soften and slightly brown. Drop in the carrot and the tomatoes. Crush those tomatoes with any sort of masher or even your hand.
Since not all canned tomatoes are the same, you want to only use about half of the liquid — but this varies on your simmering time.
After those are in, let it simmer and reduce a bit. The longer the better as far as I’m concerned. Taste it often and add salt, pepper, and the sliced basil leaves. I like to add some finely grated grana padano to my sauce, but you need to feel it out.
I typically serve with spaghettini and some fresh meatballs (usually 75% chuck, 25% pork).
These jewels are an easy crowd pleaser. This recipe is shamelessly lifted from Sally’s Baking Addiction — the 2013 Nestlé Dark Pinspirations Sweepstakes winner. I’ve made these cookies enough to know that they are far more popular than I am. Well, that is until people try my donuts. I have modified this to what I have found to be the best combination of sweet and salty.
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (or light brown sugar)
- 1 large egg, room temperature preferred
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (the real stuff, no caramel color)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips (your preference)
- 19 Caramilk Squares (frozen — or at least chilled)
- coarse sea salt
Take an egg out of the fridge and put the Caramilk bars in the freezer.
Bowl 1 – Dry: In a medium size bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together.
Bowl 2 – Wet: Using a handheld or stand mixer, cream the butter on medium speed for about 20 seconds. If your butter isn’t soft, put it in the mic for a few seconds on ‘defrost’. Add the sugars with the mixer running on medium speed. Cream it all together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Slowly add to the wet ingredients from Bowl 1 into Bowl 2. Stir in the milk, then fold in the dark chocolate morsels. The dough will be thick and very sticky (almost fudge-like). Chill for at least 2 hours in the fridge.
Take 2 Tablespoons of chilled dough and split in half and roll each into a ball with your hands. Thumb a dent into one side and place a Caramilk square inside. Top with the other ball of dough and seal down the sides so that the caramel is securely inside. Repeat with the rest of the dough and 18 Caramilk squares. Sprinkle (liberally) each with sea salt and put in the freezer. This is important as you’ve heated up the dough again with your hands. This will keep your cookies tight like a tiger.
Preheat oven to 350°F degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, silicone baking mat or just ungreased. Place 8 – 10 of the re-chilled cookies on the pan.
Bake for 12-13 minutes. Cookies will appear undone and very soft. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust again with fresh cracked sea salt and serve with a tall glass of milk.
One necessary evil we all endure is the busy grocery store. Here are some quick tips to get through as fast as possible.
Start from the furthest point and work backwards, crossing isles at the rear-end of the store.
The natural flow that most people follow is to start at the first thing they see and follow the flow the store provides. As a result, most people navigate the isles at the front of the store where heavy line-ups and traffic occur. Instead, start with the furthest point (often the bakery and deli) and work your way forward.
If the deli counter is understaffed and a line is forming, do the rest of your shop first.
If you pass by there on the hour, chances are the other staff member is on break. Further, give your order to the person all at once if you’re looking for the same weight of each item. This way they can slice away without walking back and forth. While they slice meat, pick up any items in that direct area (olives, cheese, bread, etc.)
When approaching the checkout, give a quick weighted average to each line based on items
Payment for cash (+20s) is faster than credit (+30s), and credit is faster than debit (+45s). For every five items in line, add 10s — thus, a line of two people with 30 items would most likely take around 3.5 minutes where as ten people with two items would take just over 8 minutes. This doesn’t even account for the sheer ignorance some assume when working the self-checkout.This is a rough guideline. On instinct someone with only a few groceries will avoid a line where fewer parties have lots of groceries.
For larger grocery stores, look out for staggered checkouts. Often there will be a checkout tucked away.A more complex breakdown shows that 85% of the time is spent checking items through while 15% is spent keying in items (produce, bulk). Essentially one person in line is worth an extra 20 items. So if Line A has 1 person with 30 items and line B has two people, each with 10 items, it’s worth staying with A.
Sort your groceries!
– Flour, sugar and large bagged items
– Large items that won’t be bagged (paper towel, toilet paper — usually on the bottom of the cart)
– Cereal and other large boxes
– Smaller boxed items
– Canned items
– Meat (not deli!)
– Milk and other liquids
– Frozen things
– Solid items in jars (peanut butter, jam, etc)
– Yogurt and liquid items in plastic containers (sour cream, etc.)
– Bread, deli meat, and eggs (separate bags, on top)
– Muffins and other baked goods
– Chocolate bars, spices and smaller items
– Cleaning items (own bag)