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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Cooking and Baking classes for kids and teens at Cook Culture In North Vancouver

If you click here it will take you directly to the list of classes that I am teaching at Cook Culture on Lonsdale. The newest classes can be viewed if you scroll down to the bottom of

'Classes from Chef Miriam Borys Busby'

One example is a Bootcamp for teens as seen below.
March 22, 2017 10:00 AM

Check out some of the photos below from a cooking class in Vernon BC with these very young chefs.

young chefs in training Michael, Carson and Jaida

mini salmon wellingtons
Jaida and Michael cutting out the pastry 
Look at Carson's hands covered in cookie dough
Jaida is making mini Salmon Wellingtons for the party

Jaida and Carson cooking with Miriam & Carl

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Make-ahead mashed potatoes

5   large russet potatoes
1 yellow onion
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup hot milk (heating the milk will prevent the potatoes from become gooey)
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 tsp. paprika
sprinkle of Italian Seasoning as a garnish

Peel potatoes and remove the nasty bits.
Rinse well in cold water.
Chop up the onion after peeling and add to the large pot with your potatoes.
Fill the pot up to 3/4 full with cold water, sprinkle with salt and bring the potatoes up to the boil on the stove.  Once at the boil turn down until it is still bubbling but not over flowing until just done...try not to overcook.
Once the potatoes are cooked, strain potato water out and save the water for soup or your gravy.
Add butter and warm milk.  Mash to the consistency you desire.
Spoon potatoes into a greased casserole dish and garnish with paprika and Italian seasoning. Allow to cool with the lid off and then store in fridge.
About 1 hour before your dinner remove the potatoes from the fridge to allow the potatoes to warm up to room temperature.
Cook the potatoes in the oven @ 350 for approximately 25 minutes.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

My first class is a short time away!

My first class is almost starting ( FEb. 5th) and I am so excited about all the classes that are going to be fun to share with friends and my new friends.

Please click here to see the latest Cook Culture newsletter where they are introducing moi and my classes...this is going to be so much fun!

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Rivendell Retreat Centre

I spent the day on Bowen Island with the lovely Rivendell folks at their beautiful retreat centre just up the hill from the Snug Cove Ferry at the top of Cates Hill. Foodsafe was the agenda for the day but it turned out to be much more. Beautiful scenery, fantastic views, serene and peaceful atmosphere....and such nice people. Thanks for the great day and for the delicious lunch!

the view from the front deck

front entrance

the large cozy living room with a spectacular view

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Please join me for a fun evening of cooking or baking at Cook Culture, Lonsdale Ave.

My first class at Cook culture is sold out (yipee) but there are more classes scheduled and more being planned. Please check out the cooking classes at

If you have some great ideas for a cooking or baking class that you would like to attend please let me know and I will direct your ideas to Cook Cultures Culinary Event Manager.

Classes from Chef Miriam Borys Busby

Sold Out
February 5, 2017 6:00 PM0 places left
February 16, 2017 6:00 PM12 places left

Monday, 9 January 2017

Yorkshire Puddings

Yield: 24 delicious Yorkshire Puddings

Equipment needed: 2  muffin tins

6 eggs
1 1/2  cup all-purpose flour
2  cups milk
1 tsp. salt

This mixture works best if made 2 hours ahead and left on counter until it is time to bake in the oven.
In a bowl beat eggs with a whisk to start Yorkshire pudding batter.
Add milk and whisk until well mixed.
Reserve half of this liquid in a second measuring cup or bowl.
Add salt to flour together.
Add the flour mixture to the first half of the milk. Whisk together...this batter will be thick but keep stirring.

Miriam'sTimeSavingTip♥ Keep stirring until the batter becomes smooth and all the lumps are gone. Slowly add in the reserved milk and whisk until it is all combined. This procedure is the only way you will have a batter that is lump free.
Set aside on the counter to rest until ready to bake puddings.

To bake Yorkshire Puddings:
Pre heat oven to 400° F (205°  C).
Spoon 1 teaspoon of oil into each muffin cup (24) in the muffin tins.
Heat muffin pans (with oil) in a preheated 400° oven until smoking hot (approximately 15 minutes)
Miriam'sTimeSavingTipTime to shock your batter. Run the cold water at the sink and quickly add 2 Tbsp. ice-cold tap water into the Yorkshire pudding batter. Stir well. This is a tip from my Mom and her Mom on how to ensure you  bake perfect Yorkshires every time. 

Remove one muffin pan at a time from the oven, close the oven and pour batter into muffin cups up to ¾ full. Do the same for the second hot muffin pan.
Bake for approximately 35  minutes until puddings are light golden brown and are large and light and fluffy. 

Miriam'sTimeSavingTip♥ Warning, the puddings will collapse if not baked long enough...don't take them out too early. This is how I tell if they are baked properly. Open the oven and flick at the Yorkshire puddings. If the pudding pops out of the muffin cup all by themselves, they are ready.

Remove from the oven and serve hot.