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Chef Robin’s Vlog on Cooking & Foraging in the Pacific Northwest

If you want to follow my culinary adventures online, I’ll be posting weekly videos on my YouTube Channel below.  Lots of recipes and handpicking ingredients from the coasts and mountains of BC. https://youtu.be/meJqlLocG5w

Sea Foraging With Chef Robin

Fishing & lunch at the seashore anyone? Your chance to learn what you can sustainably catch in BC oceans without a boat. Your wildcraft guide will discuss how to forage for seaweed, fish, crab, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, clams, scallops, oysters, geoduck, mussels and lots more seafood in BC. Chef Robin will be talking about…

What to forage in spring in the Pacific Northwest

In the Pacific Northwest, there are spring flowers, tasty leaves, salty seaweeds and savoury mushrooms that come up from March to May.  The wonderful thing about harvesting your own ingredients is the journey it takes you on, out into the fields and forests to explore and then home to your kitchen to cook with family…

Dhalpuri roti with furikake

I was inspired to create some more new recipes this rainy November (I cook to stave off the cloudy weather blues).  In my new coastal foraging cookbook I have a recipe for bullwhip kelp furikake, so having lots of this spice mix around I thought I’d try it as a flavour accent to handmade dhalpuri…

Coastal Forager’s Cookbook

In a lifetime of living between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast mountains, I’ve gathered a pocketful of delicious local plants, mushrooms and seafood into my little green recipe book. The resulting cookbook is a family heirloom where original recipes from my mother, grandmother and chef friends mingle with my own experiments with wild ingredients….

How to cook spot prawns

Spot prawn season is short in BC, only 4-6 short weeks starting in May so you better make the best of your precious catch.  Here are 3 great cooking methods that preserve the sweet, delicate meat of the prawn, the key is to not overcook them.  I would suggest trying one prawn by itself so…

Elderflower Sumac Hot Cross Bun recipe with Chef Robin – From harvest to baking

Come bake and forage with me!  Try this elderflower sumac hot cross bun recipe, I guarantee you’ve never tasted these beauties before.  My family are hot cross bun lovers, my grandma makes amazing ones and I get voracious cravings for them every year.  I had a lot of fun playing with a recent sourdough hot…

Comfort food: The nostalgia of taste

My mom and her bro – Birthday cake triggers nostalgia in many Comfort food feeds our souls, eating a dish from our childhood can create a calm, happy glow.  These kinds of foods take a wide range of forms (my partner loves Old El Paso Taco kits!!!), but what makes them memorable?  It’s definitely not…

Not all onions make you cry : The flavour secrets of onions

I’m a little crazy. I took a perfectly good Saturday morning and used it to conduct an onion tasting experiment. There was much tearing as I sniffed at each of the 10 specimens, my partner was snickering at me from his computer the whole time. Onions are a culinary staple across cuisines, so why don’t…

Avgolemono soup with Truffles

One of my all time favourite recipes for featuring black or white truffles; a simple soup with truffles.  This recipe calls for fresh truffles, but you can use a good truffle oil if you don’t have access to fresh.  It’s important when using truffles that you don’t have too many competing flavours.  Truffles are expensive…

Savoury Chanterelle Stuffing recipe for a drool worthy Thanksgiving

Chanterelle mushrooms start popping up in October just when Thanksgiving rolls around, so what better way to use your harvest than in a savoury wild mushroom stuffing for your turkey.  You can cook this in a baking dish or in the bird as you wish, I’ve left instructions for each below.  You can make this…

How to catch & cook crayfish in BC

A really fun summer activity around streams and lakes in the Pacific Northwest. Signal Crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus) are large (up to 16cm nose to tail) and tasty, I like them better than lobster actually. Northern Crayfish (Faxonius virilis) is another species of crayfish that has been found in the Kootenays mainly. Crayfish are almost too…