Gordon Ramsay

  • Gordon Ramsay on my ‘bun in the oven’ Gordon Ramsay on my ‘bun in the oven’

    Gordon Ramsay on my ‘bun in the oven’

Gordon Ramsay on my ‘bun in the oven’

  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, or if you know me in person, you’ll know I’m somewhat enamoured with Gordon Ramsay. I watch all his shows, have interviewed both Gordon and his wife, Tana Ramsay, and own several of their cookbooks. So you can imagine my delight when my colleague presented me with his new cookbook at work the other day. Gordon Ramsay was in Toronto on a promotional tour for his latest book, Healthy Appetite, and he had just appeared on a television show at my workplace. I clapped my hands in glee, but my colleague urged me to open the book. Inside, I found a personalized inscription from Gordon himself that told me “Well done on your bun in the oven.” I bounded down the stairs (as quickly as a pregnant woman can bound down stairs) and hugged my colleague’s lovely girlfriend, who was […]

  • Ham, spinach, and Gruyere croissant ring Ham, spinach, and Gruyere croissant ring

    Ham, spinach, and Gruyere croissant ring

Ham, spinach, and Gruyere croissant ring

  After my recent interview with Tana Ramsay, Gordon Ramsay’s wife, I told her I’d be trying the ham, spinach and Gruyere croissant ring from her new cookbook “Home Made.” She leaned in, as if she’d be letting me in on a family secret and said, sincerely, “It’s delicious.”And she was right. When I pulled the croissant ring out of the oven, after serving leek and potato soup, along with an arugula, cherry tomato salad with raspberry vinaigrette, pecans and Stilton cheese, my husband’s eyes widened. It looked like I’d slaved all night. Truth was, while it looks impressive, all it takes is chopping up a bunch of ingredients and laying the filling atop the croissant dough, folding the dough, then baking it. In this case, the ingredients include two packs of croissant dough; blanched spinach; 10 slices of honey-roasted ham, cut into strips; 10 halved cherry tomatoes; 5 chopped […]

  • Cookbook Review: Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Cooking for Friends’ Cookbook Review: Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Cooking for Friends’

    Cookbook Review: Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Cooking for Friends’

Cookbook Review: Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Cooking for Friends’

  I felt inexplicably nervous while trying out recipes from Gordon Ramsay’s latest cookbook. And then, it hit me as I carefully basted roasting Campari tomatoes with their pan juices. I was expecting Ramsay, the foul-mouthed celebrity chef who I both adore and fear, to point out I was doing something wrong. (This, despite the fact I have met and interviewed the multi-Michelin starred chef and he was nothing but gracious, and gentlemanly.)When I finally acknowledged my irrational fear, and stopped waiting for someone to call me “You donkeh!”, I set to work and the evening’s dinner unfolded as it should. I also have Ramsay’s “Fast Food” cookbook and while that one has been sitting on my shelf for several weeks now, this cookbook already has several post-it notes marking pages. Last night, I tried three recipes from “Cooking for Friends,” in which Ramsay shares the meals he loves to […]