“Sometimes me think, what is friend? And then me say: a friend is someone to share last cookie with.” – Cookie Monster.

“Sometimes me think, what is friend? And then me say: a friend is someone to share last cookie with.” – Cookie Monster.

Yep, you guessed it, a blog about cookies. I love cookies, a bit of a connoisseur you might say. Of course homemade is #1. I’ve discussed making cookies from scratch a while back…have a look in the archives. Today, lets look at the short cut 

Fake Food, Real Food…The Truth!

Fake Food, Real Food…The Truth!

This isn’t a blog about truth in menu, covered that one a few months ago. As a recap to that topic, I encourage you to question your favorite restaurants sources. Everybody is on the “farm to table” bandwagon, but very few are actually delivering this 

Chinese New Year, Who wants to get Lucky!

Chinese New Year, Who wants to get Lucky!

I’m a little early with this topic, Chinese New Years falls on February 1st (Year of the tiger). However the Chinese take this celebration pretty seriously, and often begin preparations weeks in advance…food is a big thing! Lets begin with a little history, some highlights 

Essentials of Pastry & Baking, Formulas and Ratios.

Essentials of Pastry & Baking, Formulas and Ratios.

Formulas and Ratios play a key role in just about everything we do, wether we realize it or not. Even within the hospitality industry we have them in every aspect of operations, for example cost control, accounting and forecasting. However we are here today to 

Pate A Choux, Pardon Moi?

Pate A Choux, Pardon Moi?

This will be our third installment in our basic pastry series. I’m basically following the format of my online 1 year Culinary & Baking Program. Free to join as always, just email me for details; macgillb2@gmail.com Todays topic is Pate A Choux, or if you 

Isle flottante, Oeuf a la Neige, WTF?

Isle flottante, Oeuf a la Neige, WTF?

ESSENTIALS OF PASTRY & BAKING PART DEUX. Leave it to the French to come up with bizarre terminologies for desserts. Literally the above translates to eggs in the snow, and floating island…poor eggs! Undoubtedly, these like many pastry recipes or creations were founded out of 

How to Care for your Professional Chefs Knives.

How to Care for your Professional Chefs Knives.

Christmas has come and passed, and you find yourself with a beautiful set of NEW Chef Knives. Nice! I’m often surprised at the poor care people take of there new stuff, this is a bit of generalization of course. However if you are a serious 

6 Reasons to avoid Fast Food.

6 Reasons to avoid Fast Food.

Sorry to be picking on McDonalds again, you can pretty much include any American Multinational Food Chain in this expose. Of course McDonalds will always get our attention, because they are everywhere, in the media, on every corner and fittingly enough Walmart…lol. It goes without 

So, your on Probation?

So, your on Probation?

Do you ever wonder where you stand with your employer in terms of employment standards? It’s surprising how few people understand the laws in this regard. To be honest many employers don’t understand the law, and often operate outside the legal limits. Those companies that 

How to retain employees in the coming labor crisis.

How to retain employees in the coming labor crisis.

Prior to the pandemic, Canada’s foodservice sector employed over a million people, and according to Statistics Canada, it currently needs to fill over 150,000 positions to reach pre-pandemic levels. That said, the Canadian restaurant industry has been struggling with hiring and retention for many years. As many or more than