Friday, October 29, 2010

You, Me and Michael

Have I ever told you about my huge culinary crush on Canadian chef Michael Smith? He is like the Amitabh Bachchan of the food world. Not just toweringly tall at six feet three inches, but humble, oozing that very-guy-next-door feel and extremely easy going. He’s exactly the kind of man you want in the kitchen.

He lives in a huge house by the ocean, has a pantry the size of my living room, a wife he cooks for and a son who adores him.
ChefMichael_n_lgAnd just yesterday I meet this elderly lady from Pakistan in a supermarket who loves him too! Another generation smitten by him.

I watch Chef at Home, everyday at in the morning, and there have been times, I have even watched the repeat show in the evening. Yes, he can get very addictive if you love freestyle, homemade cooking.

i_recipesearchBut that is not all about city boy Michael, who has made the country his home now. He is specially kind to animals, even the ones who land up on his grill and gas.


I have made a few a few recipes of his, like the stuffed chicken thighs wrapped in bacon and just yesterday, this Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese Sandwich. And may I add, for the second time in two weeks.

Ingredients for Michael Smith’s Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese Sandwich are:

Slices of bread
Slices of smoked salmon
Half a red onion, very finely sliced
Half cup cream cheese, softened
Fresh dill, chopped finely
Fresh black pepper

Make a spread with the softened cream cheese, capers, chopped dill and red onion. Add freshly cracked pepper to it.

IMG_2347Spread the cream cheese spread on the bread, top it with the smoked salmon and close with another slice of bread. You can make triangles or squares with these. Bite into the sandwich. Subtle, smoky and very creamy.

IMG_2348I served these sandwiches with my latest favorite, that clear chicken soup.

IMG_2343IMG_2341 Perfect for a Fall evening.

IMG_2363 What’s your favorite Fall meal?


Kamini said...

Mmm yum! And I am NOT talking about the sandwiches!!! :-)
My fav fall meal is roasted butternut squash soup, thck hearty slices of garlic bread and a green salad! If there was such a thing as fall in India, it would be a bowl of steaming hot lentil soup, and naan!

GB said...

Me likey! There's something about dads who can cook, carry babies/change diapers (and help out with the dishes!)....


Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Handsome hunk who can cook - got to be addictive ! Loved the sandwiches...
My fall meal - something warm, comfy and easy to make... And if made by someone else, even better!

sangeeta said...

The sandwiches and the clear soup is great but the handsome cook is the best here...:)

My Unfinished Life said...

i dont have fall meal, but yeah we do have winter meal, methi rotis & paranthas - all winter we knead our wheat dough with methi and make rotis and paranthas with it, simple yet tasty!!

Sutapa said...

Subho Bijoya Pree!
It's great to meet you and your lovely blog. You shared yummy recipes! I am glad to be preeoccupied! Hope my new friend will stay in touch!

Priya Suresh said...

Sandwiches and soup looks fabulous..

Geeta said...

Good find!! Never heard of him. Will try catching him on food network or you tube.

Unknown said...

is he open to the idea of adoption? As in adopt me:)

My Kitchen Antics said...

love the sandiwch filling..although im not a great fan of salmon..but what the hell, i think i shud give it a shot first and then decide...