Long ago a girl dreamed of following in her Father’s footsteps and becoming a chef. Owning her own restaurant. To her great joy she met a man who shared the same dream. Together they cooked from the heart, and created food that nourished the soul.
Their first restaurant was BASSETT’S FANCY DESSERTS. BASSETT’S was more than a cafe serving elaborate French desserts, rich European tortes, chocolate truffles, profiteroles, and house-made ice creams. BASSETT’S dished out glorious patés and crepes, soups and house-made rolls with sophisticated fillings. This innovative dessert restaurant and coffee house was considered by WHERE TO EAT IN CANADA as “the best in the business”. In it’s first six months of operation is was quickly recognized and written up in Air Canada’s EN ROUTE and WHERE TO EAT IN CANADA.
Their second restaurant, ROXY’S BISTRO was consistently written up in major food publications such as WESTERN LIVING, a major Toronto food magazine CUISINE, EN ROUTE and GOURMET. Where To Eat In Canada listed ROXY’S BISTRO, Regina in their One Hundred Best Restaurants in Canada. The Globe and Mail described “Roxy’s cuisine as cutting edge. ROXY’S kitchen cooked the French classics and borrowed from cuisines around the world to create their extraordinarily unique menu. Located in a capital city it was not uncommon to receive reservations directly from Paris and Moscow.
They opened PASSIONATE PIZZA in Vancouver. No ordinary pizzeria this. The aroma of oven roasted tomato sauce, wheels of Parmesan Reggiano, flats of growing basil, filled the open kitchen . Within a few months of opening PASSIONATE PIZZA was receiving Canada wide acclaim on CBC”s Jorgen Goeth’s Disc Drive and Peter Gzowski’s show Morning Side. In the very first year it was voted BEST PIZZA IN VANCOUVER by Vancouver magazine, and by the U.S. publication Best Restaurants in the Pacific North West. James Barber reviewed it in the Georgian Strait and the Vancouver Sun did a half page feature article.
The restaurants are now happy memories. This passion for food. This love of cooking. This joy of putting food on the table for friends and family is shared with all who enter the world of MRS. BUTTERFINGERS. MRS BUTTERFINGERS is about cooking, not to impress, but to nurture and comfort. It is a blog for those who wish to create food with heart and soul.
When Virginia shares these recipes with you she shares the experience of someone who has cooked for more than fifty years, thirty of those years in a professional kitchen. Enjoy! Pour yourself a glass of wine, put on some great music and your food will be wonderful. The kitchen is truly the heart of the home.