Category Archives: England

Salmon in Pastry


This is a decadent show off piece that was an instant fan favourite. Kind of like the salmon version of a beef wellington. Personally, I found it a little too sweet for a savoury dish but nevertheless, this was one of the most fun dishes to try and a nice change of pace.


Hunter’s Pie

Cooking with lamb is never cheap per se, but this was a pretty simple dish to make that tasty quite nice. Burying the lamb inside the mashed potatoes however made it difficult to cut the meat away from the bone. So perhaps a little tweaking of the recipe would be in order.

Lemon and Strawberry Surprise


This dessert is essentially a lemon curd pavlova with whipped cream and strawberries on top. Delicious. However, my meringue crust didn’t harden enough and so the whole dish became a bit of a pudding instead of having contrasting flavors and textures. I would try to correct that for the next time and finally learn my lesson to do a bit of outside research about finicky oven temperatures and cooking times. Still, a great recipe nonetheless.

Fruit Cake

Around Christmas time, I wanted to make this cake as a bit of a nod to Christmas tradition. Little did I know that the elusive candied angelica would be completely unavailable in Montreal, where I live. I ended up having to import it from the UK for $25, which is certainly exorbitant for two tablespoons of angelica. Was it worth it? Probably not. Candied angelica looks and tastes like what I imagine candied celery would look and taste like. But I would not be denied. The cake itself is not like any fruit cake I’ve ever had before. The cake itself is more like a cruller, a dense, crunchy white cake as opposed to that brown brick we usually associate with fruit cake. Furthermore, it was flavored with lemon and oranges and was topped with a lemon icing with gave it a zesty finish which is quite unlike your standard fruit cake. It was actually quite good and I would certainly make this again without hesitation.