Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Personal Feast

So… bet you guys didn’t know I have a brother. Also bet you didn’t know he’s a chef… and that he took a few days off from work to hang out with me.  He lives in Montreal and we haven’t seen each other in about three years…so when I planned my road trip I informed him he would be accommodating me on my way through. :)

About a week before I left Halifax he emailed and said that he wanted to use my visit as an excuse to cook up a storm.  Um, OK!!  Secretly I had been hoping he would say that.

People!  What you are about to see is truly fan-freaking-tastic!  Prepare yourselves.  I mean it.

Twas a timely process so a small cheese plate and a refreshing beer were placed in front of me…

cheese plate blue brie goat chees figs

Three year old Quebec cheddar, Quebec chevre, Brisse Bleu, Parmesano Regiano, fresh fig, cherries, and blackberries…with vanilla infused black peppercorn honey.


Main course prepared in advance: Bone In Prime Rib

prime rib prime rib

Drool-worthy prep:  Asparagus wrapped with crab, wrapped in a prawn (jumbo shrimp).  Just wait and see what he does with this!

skewers chef in action

According to Chef Jeremy all good meals start with a pasta course.  Palate cleanser.  Garganelli Pomodoro…tomato basil sauce with fresh peeled parmesan.  (garganelli is hand rolled penne…)

pomodoro pasta

Don’t worry…this is a serving platter…not a portion.  :)

pasta pomadoro

Second coursePetite marmite of Bouillabaisse


AKA:  French fish stew in a cute little dish  :)

boulliabaissebrother chef

Third course: here’s where that crab/shrimp skewer re-appears…it has now been tempura battered.  Brilliant!

seafood course tempura crab tempura crab

Alongside a seared scallop with crispy balsamic prosciutto vinaigrette


And the sneaky bugger managed to get me to enjoy eggplant by not telling me what I was eating.  Eggplant Caviar (a puree of roasted eggplant).

eggplant puree fish and bread

Fourth course:  Just because he felt like we needed a French item on the menu…Duck Confit on Warm Five Ingredient Potato Salad.

duck confit 

I honestly thought I didn’t like duck but apparently I was wrong. :)

Blue potatoes mixed simply with olive oil, salt, fresh parsley and cherry tomatoes.

blue potato

By this point we could barely move, but we still had the main course to get to!  I should note that each course was not large, but mostly rich foods.  We had many leftovers which Jeremy will turn into meals for himself and his girlfriend all week.

He seared the Prime Rib and then roasted it on the barbecue.  Served with an Asian inspired sauce and a variety of roasted vegetables.

prime rib prime rib prime rib

Roasted spring onions, asparagus, broccolini, and heirloom carrots.

roasted veg heirloom carrots

After dinner we all took time to just chat, relax and digest.  Actually, Jeremy finally got to eat!  Sarah and I ate each course as it came but Jer kept working along and didn’t eat until he had everything done. 

A little while later he informed us there was still dessert!  Not wanting to miss out on a course of this delicious feast I was determined to fit it in.  :) 

Local cappuccino gelato topped with hand-whipped cream…

cappuccino gelato

Yes folks…I have definitely died and gone to food heaven.  Well, if food heaven is located in my brother’s kitchen.  :)

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Laura said...

holy sheet.

i'll comment later

liane said...

um, does he do take out?!

Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty said...

wow... I'm pretty sure I wouldn't leave there!! Amazing... and very beautiful photos!!!!!! :)

H-woman said...

I just fell in love with your brother.


misssarahlou said...

O M G!!!! Amazing, I wish my brother was a chef!

karen said...

That's it. I'm moving to Montreal. I've been tempted before but now that I have stalk-worthy food it's going to happen ... at least in my foodgasmic dreams ;)

Lady J said...

Tell your brother that his Mama2 thinks he's pretty damn amazing!!! That meal was worthy of a 5* restaurant.... lucky girl.

Shrinking Jen said...

You had me at cheese plate...

You had me at cheese plate.

Anonymous said...

can you tell your brother he is a exquisite chef and that his girlfriend is one lucky gal? ;)

Really sweet of your bro to want to show you his art of cooking-and does he find it intersting that you are a food blogger as a side career?!

Was one of your parents an influence in all this food-lovin'?

Hope you enjoy every moment of your special family reunion.I hate that Canada is so spread out and makes it too expensive for many of us to see our siblings as much as we'd like....

Bon Voyage!

Angie All The Way said...

Ummmm,,,,,holy shit!

That is all :-D

Becca said...

OMG... ~drool~ He looks like an amazing chef, his dishes are lovely!!! That meat was sliced so thin that in the 2nd photo I thought it was actually like a design he made on the plate using the juice.. heh.

sarah said...

I'm pretty sure if Chef Jeremy were MY brother I would weigh 1000 pounds. HOLY CRAP!

PunkRockMom said...

I need a cigarette.

tash said...

wow wow wow wow. What an amazing meal!!!!!!

Me, Only Better said...

Wow. That is some beautiful food. Enjoy your visit!

katerina said...


Not liking duck until you try duck confit is very understandable. It is like not liking pork until you try bacon or pork belly!

You will love Victoria, full of charm!

Tamara said...

Now that is food porn! Oh. My. Lard

andrea. said...

Ummmmmmmm...how committed would you say your brother is to his girlfriend? Just curious...;)

Seriously, everything looks amazing! Kudos to your brother, I can't imagine all that coming out of one person's personal kitchen! Seriously impressed.

Vanessa said...

I am so, so hungry. And jealous. Nom.

rusty61 said...

Wow! How nice that your brother wanted to share his talents with you, and that you're enjoying a nice visit with him. It looks like your photos and descriptions have done his food justice!

Carol said...

Wow...what H-woman said. How close are your brother and girlfriend, exactly?? And has he thought of moving west...say to Calgary?!?!

Jenna said...

When can I come over?! :)

Mikey said...

What did Stoopy think of all that food?

Anonymous said...

YUM!!! That is one delicious, decadent looking spread, you lucky girl!!! *drools*

Sorry it took me so long to comment ;)

Jocelyn said...

ummmm holyyyy crapppp. I would love to be his girlfriend LOL (shh don't tell my man) That feast looks off the hook!