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Bonus Episode: The Biz Dojo: Holiday Spectacular

December 24, 2021 Jordon West & Nicole Gomes Season 3 Episode 22
The Biz Dojo
Bonus Episode: The Biz Dojo: Holiday Spectacular
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Check it out on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu8Mbiy3SsY

It's a special bonus holiday episode of The Biz Dojo podcast with very special guests Jordon West and Top Chef All-Star winner, and slayer of the Flay -- Chef Nicole Gomes!

Get ready for a treat as we chat through tough questions like "Is Die Hard A Christmas Movie?" and provide some of our favourite holiday classics in both movie and song.

Don't miss out on our delicious recipes too! Some... may sound more delightful than others, but they're all family traditions and all pretty darn delicious (well - maybe...). Take a listen and try them all!

Take some time this holiday to catch up on Season 3 episodes (or season 1 and 2!) of The Biz Dojo Podcast. Find us in your favourite podcast app, or click here to find our links : https://link.chtbl.com/thebizdojo

Thank you to all of our listeners, guests, sponsors, clients and business partners for an incredible "first full calendar year". We're excited to share more with you all in 2022, and hope you have an opportunity now to rest, relax, recharge and rejoice in some holiday foods and drinks with friends and family.

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Jordon West:

I'm hiding in my house in a different spot because I've got guys doing my landscaping for pretty much the noisiest human beings that have ever walked the planet.

Seth Anderson:

I don't even know what to say to that because my yard is about two feet deep of snow at this point. So really?

Jordon West:

Yeah. I'm having all my grass torn out. I think a burglar in the back burglar. It's just fun to say. Check out check out my Gertler

Seth Anderson:

getting a fondue or fondue like thing put in the back just like a giant. No.

Jordon West:

It's a hell of a great idea, though. But no, I'm gonna I'm gonna have I'm getting help yourself to the bread cubes.

JP Gaston:

Hey, everyone. Welcome to a special holiday edition of The Biz Dojo, we wanted to give this bonus episode, and say thank you to all of our listeners, our sponsors, our business partners, clients, and especially to our guests. We have a couple of amazing surprise guests today. You've already heard Jordan, and there's another one coming up. You can also check this out on YouTube. We've posted it to Facebook and LinkedIn. But we wanted to give our subscribers here a chance to listen as well. Thank you all again for an amazing 2021 And we look forward to spending 2022 with you.

Seth Anderson:

This is so exciting. I never never expected to be so excited about our holiday episode, but this is gonna be a lot of fun.

Jordon West:

Excellent. That's awesome. Let's let's we got planned.

JP Gaston:

Oh so much. Oh so much Jordan.

Seth Anderson:

So many things.

JP Gaston:

You've been on the show. We would very much appreciate you. So we got a little something. Got a little little box here. Nice. We know you're you're a little bit of a chef. A little bit of a musician. Lots of things so wanted to know how you feel about Slayer. Slayer? The band Slayer Slayer? Yeah,

Jordon West:

I think I saw Slayer probably 20 years ago back then was Monsters of Rock Tour. So it was like Slayer and mega death and I can't remember awesome. So awesome.

JP Gaston:

All right. Well, I can open the box when you get you close your eyes. You can get the full effect.

Jordon West:

Okay. All right.

JP Gaston:

All right, hold on. Open All right. So you like Slayer? Here you go. How do you feel about a place layer? Chef Nicole Gomez has joined us on larious.

Seth Anderson:

JP stayed up all night coming up with that

JP Gaston:

guy did not like the last minute. Like I got a great idea for introducing Nicole and for Miss directing Jordan at the same time. And no kidding. Now.

Seth Anderson:

Welcome back to the dojo for both of you. So Jordan, you've done a couple chopping it up since season two. And Nicole, you were your guest last season and super excited to have you guys here to talk about our favorite holiday recipes, and Christmas movies and all that kind of jazz. But I think JP, you wanted to ask a question off the top.

JP Gaston:

Yeah. How was it to slay the slay the flay? That was a? I love the episode. So for people who might not know, I feel like everyone who listens to this show has to watch Food Network. Maybe that's just because I'm a Food Network nerd. But

Jordon West:

it's a it's an absolute prerequisite.

JP Gaston:

goes on, beat Bobby Flay and as the title suggests, she beat Bobby Flay

Jordon West:

that is, that's incredible. Congratulations.

Nicole Gomes:

Thank you. I'm just trying to get my headphones on. I'm so sorry.

Jordon West:

Whenever I watch whenever I watch beat Bobby Flay always vote for everyone to be Bobby Flay.

Nicole Gomes:

No, I think everyone does. Yeah, he's interesting, dude. It was good. It was like kind of epic that I got even asked to do it to be honest. I got asked I don't know if you guys know but I got asked like in 2019.

Seth Anderson:

So I left him hanging for a little bit or

Jordon West:

build suspense. Legal one more.

Nicole Gomes:

I input right away. I was like, nope, gonna be Yeah. Yeah, no, um, they just a random email into my inbox. And then the amazing and yeah, I mean, I said yes, obviously. And that was September of 2019. And then I was filming by October of 2019. I was in New York. Yeah, it's pretty cool to go very cool.

Jordon West:

Very cool.

Nicole Gomes:

Very. That's awesome. I didn't I don't know this whole competition chef things. bizarre to me. I love it. But I didn't ever expect that in my career at all. So it's kind of interesting.

JP Gaston:

Do you have to tweak your recipes for that? Like, I feel like some of these judges are just so inundated with salt that they no longer taste flavor. They're just looking for salt.

Nicole Gomes:

I'm interesting. I think that this show in particular, like all the other shows I've done have been like, on the fly, you know? They have not been like, prompted to do anything, I wasn't prompted to to cook anything in particular, at all, on all of them. But this one, they do kind of ask you like, if you were to go against Bobby Flay, what would you cook and I'm like chicken and if I did, what would it be? So they do it is a marketing kind of thing. Like they want to make sure you're not cooking something to Sheffy to whack, you know, and I don't cook that way anyway, so it makes sense. Like I'm pretty like downhome, like, make it approachable for everybody. Just make it taste good. And make it simple. It's more about the quality ingredients. So I I said chicken parm right away. I don't even know why. But it is a little I wouldn't say stage but I knew kinda like if I went up like, I didn't know I was going up against them. But if I would that I'd be cooking some version of chicken parm. So whatever that means. They just want to know that I'm not cooking like a foam. Or something. Basically. Amazing. Yes. It's

Jordon West:

incredible. Just incredible. That's awesome.

Nicole Gomes:

It was so weird for me. I don't know. I didn't care if I beat him. I, to be honest, I was like, This is amazing even to be asked because he owns a production company. He produces 48 episodes in 30 days, which is four seasons, 12 seasons per episode, or 12 or 12 episodes per season, and the airs all year, and he's been doing it for 30 seasons, which means he's been in for almost eight years.

Jordon West:

He's I mean, he's had a pretty good track record of winning to Sofia take him down. That's pretty impressive. That's well done. Yeah.

Nicole Gomes:

The production company, right, so

Seth Anderson:

good. Is that something that you're gonna put on your resume Nicole? Like, is that like, top there beat Bobby Flay or haven't?

Nicole Gomes:

salutely

Jordon West:

I get a tattoo. Just I beat Bobby Flay.

Nicole Gomes:

Yeah, like play Slayer? Exactly. Totally. Yeah. Yeah, it's it's a trip. It's just even happened. I don't know. But it was fun. It was quick. It's very quick. In the States, when you go from the States. It's like, everything's like times. 10. Really? Yeah. times 10 cameras times 10 People times 10 speed. It's like, Iron Chef was the same. It was like get on your spot. Stop talking. And like I just say yeah, okay. Sure. Whatever you want. And it's an unpaid gig to which is fine. I mean, obviously, just for fun.

Unknown:

Just fun. So cool.

Seth Anderson:

All right, well, then we're all gathered and settled. And everyone's in the room I've got a hot topic question to lead things off with today. And I'm looking for some hot takes from you guys is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Let's start there. Jordan, what do you think?

Jordon West:

Well as I consider myself a Christmas movie afficionado and diehard does not make it into nine. No, it does not make it into my rotation but I am I am a bit unusual in the fact that I was born watching I was raised watching really old late 40s 50s Christmas shows with my mom so I have I probably have a bit of a different eclectic you know rotation and a lot of people but diehard is I would not consider diehard

JP Gaston:

John Wayne movies make Jordan's top

Seth Anderson:

well, okay, all right. We're gonna get into two favorite Christmas movies in a second here. Nicole is diehard. A Christmas movie. No. Hard No, not even a debate just absolutely not.

Nicole Gomes:

No, but it's a good movie. I mean, it's a pretty, you know, I'd say it's it's top movie type movie.

Seth Anderson:

But another era. Yeah, for sure. Good old Bruce Willis.

Nicole Gomes:

Christmas scene in that movie. I don't understand why.

Seth Anderson:

There's a Christmas party that is occurring near the beginning. Yes.

Jordon West:

At the Nakatomi center. Yeah.

Nicole Gomes:

Wow, you're remembering I

Jordon West:

mean, Hans Gruber is is an incredible movie villain, right? But I wouldn't say it's a Christmas show either. To up,

JP Gaston:

I'm in Team No, I think like for me, I think Christmas movie I think something that focuses on Christmas so that doesn't poke it like even though there's some like It's like gremlins. Gremlins has some Christmas element to it as well, but it's not a Christmas movie.

Seth Anderson:

Well, this is a debate I was having with my wife the other day is because I decided that the Mighty Ducks is actually a Christmas movie and purely just because there's no that's all the qualification I need.

Jordon West:

For some stuff. It's Christmas. It's

Seth Anderson:

Christmas. So I'm in the yes camp. I'm clearly in the minority on this one. But let's, let's build on that. Maybe for favorite Christmas movies. And then we're going to talk recipes in a second here. But Jordan, you said you've got an eclectic taste. Hit me. What do you got?

Jordon West:

i Okay, I've got two for you because I have trouble putting them in the same camp. So I look at kind of immediate comedy Christmas shows. Right? And then I've got classics. So I'll give you I'll answer your question in two parts. For me, hands down. The funniest Christmas movie is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. It's just it's just one line one liners away. Right. And how can you not fall in love with cousin Eddie right? I mean, it's just, it's just classic Christmas.

Seth Anderson:

Are you the cousin Eddie in your family? I just want to double click on that for a second. No.

JP Gaston:

Sometimes Sometimes you need the cousin Eddie in your family because if you can't name it, you

Jordon West:

can't name it so it must be but but for me I love It's A Wonderful Life which Mr. Stewart Great. Yeah, I when he's the very end seen my Christmas Mr. Mr. dollar at all. I mean, that's just fantastic. I mean, it's just a warms the soul just it is just a wonderful Christmas show.

Seth Anderson:

Yeah. Awesome. What's your favorite one liner from Christmas vacation? Spot?

Jordon West:

I think it's well it's, it's where cousin Eddie and Clerkenwell Christmas shopping. And he's like, you know,

Seth Anderson:

the dog food? Yeah, the dog

Jordon West:

food smashes and light balls. And he says, you know, we'd like to give you and your family a very special Christmas and he says, you know, Clark, I'd like to get you something nice. Real nice to write. So I just that just every time I watch it, it just absolutely floored me. It just kills me. Just basically how

Seth Anderson:

it makes me I haven't watched it yet. This year. I gotta get there. I

Jordon West:

mean, either. It's one of those I haven't watched yet. Yeah, I've watched all my old ones. You know, Christmas and Connecticut and things like that, but I haven't watched. I'm saving it.

Seth Anderson:

Save it. Yeah. Nicole, what do you what do you got what's in your must watch Christmas movie list? Right away elf

Jordon West:

elf last night? Yeah. Yeah.

Nicole Gomes:

Classics, you know, Miracle on 34th Street. So pretty good one. I wouldn't call that a classic but I mean older. Um, yeah. Home Alone.

Seth Anderson:

Home Alone. I mean, come on. Which which homily classic number one or the New York one because I can kind of go either way.

Nicole Gomes:

Yeah, I think the classic one for me.

Jordon West:

Yeah, me too. Number one.

Nicole Gomes:

It was a surprise. That's probably why because it's like he was a surprise actor. He was surprised. There's just a good feel good show.

Jordon West:

Plus when the old man and him hooked up in the you know, in the church and I mean, that's a very heartwarming moment. I will admit that perhaps I shed a tear you know, the first time I saw that Yeah, but the only

Seth Anderson:

one ever established what Kevin's dad did to afford that house and like suburban Chicago to ever say like they were say, apparently now you can actually book a night in that hotel or not. They've like made it into like a place you can go stay. Oh, we got some Christmas music coming in. And the older brother, what was the older brother's name JP PIF? No. Biz buzz was, yeah, like, give you a tour of the place. It's like a whole thing. But I digress, that

JP Gaston:

career's gone sideways.

Jordon West:

His light was so bright.

Seth Anderson:

Little known fact or I don't know, maybe well known fact Nicole, as well as my daughter is actually named after a character from ELF. So her name is Jovi. And that's where we got the name from.

Nicole Gomes:

Amazing, right? That's a good name.

Seth Anderson:

That's solid. Don't hear it anywhere. And yeah, she brings a lot of joy to us. So PJ, what do you got? I

JP Gaston:

feel like all the good ones are like the cars that I watch are gone because I was you know I was actually gonna go with Miracle on 34th Because that's a good one I started thinking about it and it like I've been watching some of the like classic cartoons and stuff now that I've got a two year old I have an excuse to do it and you know not be shunned but I like I quite like the you know, classic frosty and Rudolph and those the only thing I don't like about Rudolph I've discovered is I don't understand why they had to make a noise when his nose lit up. And it's like, it's like the most annoys it is like when Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are in the drag. They're like you wanna hear the most annoying noise in the world? Like use that sample for the nose light up sound and Rudolph and I don't know why.

Jordon West:

Plus Santa and Rudolph sees real ass he's really not very Santa ish. Like he's really not a nice human being and Rudolph really only

JP Gaston:

needs to be nice one one day a year.

Nicole Gomes:

At least realistic true realistic these days,

JP Gaston:

but I got to think of like, Mickey the like once upon a Christmas is a is a really great Christmas movie. was the other one I was thinking of the other day that

Jordon West:

I can talk like the old Rankin bass ones. Like you're without a Santa Claus. Like like those ones. Yeah. And yes, I love Heat. Heat lasers. You know? Heatmiser snow misers just awesome.

JP Gaston:

Oh, the other one I thought it was Muppets. The Muppets? That's a good one Christmas. That's a good one. Yeah,

Seth Anderson:

that's a good one. Did you know that there's like an extended and a non extended version that is like missing a bunch of songs. And like you can only get the non extended one. Now. I only know this because that's my wife's favorite one. And it's well, if

JP Gaston:

you if you want interesting Christmas movie facts, Charlie Brown Christmas, everybody loves and everyone talks about, oh, it's so wholesome. And love how it's you know, not commercialized, blah, blah, blah. It was it was written as an advertisement for Coke. It was literally the entire thing was an advertisement for That's why if you listen to when the choir is singing, it actually gets cut off. Because at the very end of the song, they bring up a thing that says, brought to you by the people who bottled coke in your neighborhood or whatever the slogan was. So they've cut all the coke pieces out for current consumption, but it would never have been made of coke did not invest in it. In fact, the network didn't want to air it at all because they thought it was horrible until a critic went and saw it and said it will be on for 100 years because it is that good. It's a super interesting story.

Nicole Gomes:

It takes up sponsorship to make things

JP Gaston:

they sold it without having it they they walked into the offices and said, yeah, we've got a we've got a Charlie Brown Christmas for you. And then the guy who sold it to them called Charles Schultz and said, Hey, we've got this, we've got to make this Charlie Brown Christmas. And he goes, What the hell is a Charlie Brown Christmas. So they had to write they had to do like 30,000 cells and something like three days or something like that. It was crazy how much work they had to put into it. That's why there's also all the errors that you see in in Charlie Brown Christmas.

Jordon West:

It's funny, I was talking to someone the other day about this. And I thought I wonder when Vince Vince Guaraldi who did the music for Charlie Brown. Right? That's, that's really true. Whether he actually had the time. whether the music was actually done for Charlie Brown, or whether he did it, I can't remember but whether he actually knew that he was reading one of the greatest Christmas albums ever. Doesn't mean that I put that album on all the time. And it just, it just reeks of Christmas. Like it's just you know, it just reminds me of everything.

JP Gaston:

Yeah, I'm pretty sure they were contracted specifically for that. That's it's amazing. Part of the story to US album. Yeah, yeah, the history of that movie is pretty incredible. Yeah,

Seth Anderson:

I've learned so much more about Charlie Brown today than I was.

JP Gaston:

Charlie Brown knowledge bank has expanded significantly in the last degree

Seth Anderson:

All right, I'm gonna hit you. This is not that class I've ever done sort of classic and funny. When I think of like my childhood, the first movie that comes to mind is the Santa Claus with Tim Allen. Especially that scene Jordan I don't know why I can just picture you with all the dads that burnt the turkey are in the Yeah, and they don't have any of the stuff anyway. And anyway, I like that one. And for comedies, classic comedy in my opinion would be bad Santa. Bad Santa. Yeah, always good for a laugh and in particular the part that is like seared in my brain is when his little younger friend there the the bigger kid with the curly hair makes him a Christmas present mitts on wooden pickle and it's covered in this blood.

Jordon West:

The part for me to it's the all time low on that show that was when he's drunk out of his mind and goes home at opens up the kids, you know with the chocolate with a little thing in it and he eats it all and wakes up. I just like oh man like that is just awful.

Nicole Gomes:

What was the Bill Murray one? It's old. Screw Scrooge. Did he not do another recalls? A very merry was kind of musical ish. A very merry Christmas. Maybe the one

Jordon West:

in Scrooge silver where he's the movie producer making the musical. The Christmas Carol.

Nicole Gomes:

Yeah. I love Bill Murray's.

Jordon West:

Mary Lou Retton. She was a Tiny Tim Mary Lou Retton.

Seth Anderson:

Remember Bill Murray's of beauty,

JP Gaston:

though, the one that jumps to mind that we missed his Christmas story. classic Canadian. That was Canadian. Yeah, it was it was it was actually shot in, in my hometown. A lot of it that there is there is an old school and they've now protected the school as a heritage site where the lamppost is that the kid gets tongue stuck to Oh, yeah. So people would actually go there and stick their tongue to it. Thinking that they could just pull away but no, it's legitimately metal in the cold. Don't do that. Shoot your kid. Yeah, that's that's exactly what I was thinking is that's a line that gets brought up every Christmas.

Jordon West:

Totally. You know, that's actually a book that was actually a short story in the novel that so the guy that narrates it actually was the author of the short story and actually read the actually read the book before I ever read the saw the movie.

JP Gaston:

There you go. But if you're talking about Santas, you are you know, complete jerks like that Santa at that mall, just stomping on kids to push them down the slide like that is that is

Jordon West:

Oh

Seth Anderson:

all right, switching gears, favorite holiday recipes. And maybe we'll reverse the order this time and, and get through this one. So mine is not a traditional Christmas dish or anything like that. But more so around this time of year, usually you've got like the Grey Cup, the Super Bowl, sporting events, those kinds of things. And I've got like this one two punch combo that I like to make. So for the Appi I like to make jalapeno poppers. But with scrambled eggs and cream cheese and sriracha inside the jalapeno and then wrapped in bacon. I don't know if Nicole was like in and then it seems like maybe you're out after I added the eggs. I don't know.

Nicole Gomes:

I'm formulating why that would be a thing.

Seth Anderson:

It's all the best parts of breakfast I say I think breakfast Yeah, in like a nice little jalapeno boat. Now, you can do it with just the cream cheese too. What I do is I take the cream cheese, mix it in with Sriracha, kind of froth it up a little bit. Put that in there put the bacon on top and that's that's my go to happy seeing as most football games are pretty early though that time of year. You know, the breakfast lunch line is kind of straddled when you're doing the the appy so the eggs work well.

Jordon West:

You know, throw me off, man.

Seth Anderson:

You got to get it. You got to try it. It's a little different. I did. So after that after I made that I started putting cream cheese in my scrambled eggs all the time. And it is like 10 out of

Nicole Gomes:

10 Yeah, yeah. Yeah, invite me over for that. Done. Yeah.

Jordon West:

I'll try it. I'll try it.

JP Gaston:

It's good. I will put it in my mouth.

Seth Anderson:

Alright, second thing, and this is my go to and is chili. And I have a couple of special features in my chili. So it's my dad's recipe. I'll be it. It's been a little bit changed over the years, because I quit drinking and I stopped eating beef but so it's just like your standard chili. But then it's season with brown sugar, try mustard and chili seasoning and I don't know what it is about those three things the way that they come together. It's kind of got like that sweet, but the salt at the same time. And I don't know I get a lot of rave reviews about my chili. So this past weekend, we had a little bit of a gray cup gathering. And because it seems like in today's world you kind of have to accommodate for a lot of different people. I made a pork one, a turkey one and a veggie one. And guess what's one got all eaten out of those three veggie. Veggie one was not touched other than by my sister who's vegetarian.

Jordon West:

We got invaded and

Seth Anderson:

people were like offended that I made there like veggie realize these are entirely made from the same thing. I just added some meat to it. Yeah, the pork one was devoured down to the bottom, and the turkey and veggie were basically left untouched. So that's what I've been eating all week is Turkey and veggie chili. Chili. Those are my, those are my, those are my holiday go

Nicole Gomes:

twos. Turn it into shepherd's pie.

Seth Anderson:

Turn it into shepherd's pie. So many things you could turn it into, like what I did with my leftover clucking cleaver that time I turned it into like a salad with the we took the french fries, put them in the waffle maker. Oh, man.

Nicole Gomes:

Oh, so good. So good.

Jordon West:

I really want to eat one of those. I've been promised Once COVID is over and I fly to Alberta. I'm going to be taken. So we're Where are you situated? I'm just outside of Vancouver in Chilliwack. Oh, nice.

Nicole Gomes:

Yeah. Yeah, well, you never know. We be in Langley and

Seth Anderson:

please, really specific location.

JP Gaston:

There's a chance if you look at 123 Main Street sometime in the future.

Seth Anderson:

Who knows? JP, what do you got? what's your what's your go to?

JP Gaston:

Well, I'm going to add, I really have one side that I want to talk about. But I'm going to add a new thing this year. So this is probably a totally separate story that we'll get to

Jordon West:

another time. Please don't say it's got permanent.

JP Gaston:

No, not this time. Maybe, no,

Seth Anderson:

I repressed that memory.

JP Gaston:

I know. Some Prem some eggs, a little jalapeno rabbit.

Seth Anderson:

No idea what we're talking about right now.

Nicole Gomes:

I grew up on prem, aka Yeah, we

JP Gaston:

we actually we talked about it. Yeah, we did.

Seth Anderson:

Oh, okay.

JP Gaston:

No, but I say this is a totally separate storyline, I think for future conversation, but I want to smoker recently, and so I smoked turkey with I did like a dry brine on it. And my very first thing I did was a turkey. And it was like the most delicious thing I have ever eaten. So that may become the new holiday tradition is throwing a turkey on first thing in the morning and the smoker outside and just letting it do its thing. But the one the one thing that always comes up, I think it's all holidays. But I'm always reminded of Christmas because this is when family gets together and we all eat it. So there's a giant bowl of it. My mother used to make this she's still this My mother makes this garlic ginger, soy mix and you marinate button mushrooms in it. So you take a can of button mushrooms to drain out the gross liquid and get just the gross mushrooms inside. We put them in a ball, you put like a teaspoon of melted butter on there. Or sorry, half a cup of melted butter, a teaspoon of garlic, half a teaspoon of ginger and preferably you know fresh specially for the chefs that are in here. And then you fill it with low sodium soy you fill it to just barely cover them and you let it marinate at least half an hour but all day whatever you need, you can let it marinate at room temperature. And then just before you serve you throw a piece of saran wrap on top throw in the microwave for 30 seconds just to warm it up. And it like it sounds horrible. It is so good. sounds horrible. It is so good to have to use

Jordon West:

canned mushrooms like that is a slug like

JP Gaston:

that is you don't look you don't have to win when you're a mother of three in in Ontario and your three kids are in every sport possible you cut corners where you can sell button mushrooms was the ages the flavor that I'm familiar with for

Jordon West:

any wash that down with a good old from burger.

JP Gaston:

Yeah, absolutely. A little parameter tomato with some cheese in the oven let it melt Oh yeah.

Seth Anderson:

That's good. Good. So Jordan every once in a while on Facebook I have this like memory that it's not even a memory just like randomly pop up where you commented on some posts like what a sour cream go best with and you put a garbage can. And I swear you probably wrote it like three years ago and it just randomly shows up. And I laugh It's

Jordon West:

sour cream. Nothing was sour cream.

Seth Anderson:

Oh, I think it was sour cream. Was I'm pretty sure anyway, it was something like that. Anyway.

Jordon West:

I figured it was once in a while but yeah, asparagus is what I just can't do. It's my own weed. It's just awful. It's just

Seth Anderson:

Nikolas offended.

JP Gaston:

Nikolas like you're not allowed in this cluck and cleaver that may or may not open up on 123 Main Street in Langley. Gonna be a picture of Jordan on the wall,

Nicole Gomes:

I can see your point of view for sure. Because mass produced Mexican, California, asparagus is like not the same thing. As you see, asparagus is just

Jordon West:

I can't like this. Like, it looks good, and I want to eat it. And I've been to like, you know, France and Italy, where they've got the white asparagus. And I really want to try it and I even make it for my wife and children. marinated in balsamic vinegar, and we'll do the rocksalt thing. It looks so good. Just thinking about putting in my mouth almost makes me dry rich. Like it's so bad. It's just so bad. They're

Seth Anderson:

so so what kind of fun do are we talking about today? Jordan? No, already got something else.

Jordon West:

Oh, I got something else. Okay. For talking if we're talking Christmas. Okay, I've given up cooking turkeys. I'm done. Because yeah, it's just I'm just done talking turkey. So for the last couple of years and this is not new because a lot of people do it but I just I'm just such a big fan is I just buy turkey breasts that I pounded out and season it and then I just do like stuffing on the inside rolled it up. And then put bacon on the outside and roasted in the oven to get these lovely medallions and and I do you know Jamie Oliver's make the head fake gravy. So that's my that's my that's my one Christmas cheat. So instead of you know cook using turkey gravy, you just use chicken Turkey chicken links. And nobody's ever said hey, this is just as chicken gravy, not turkey gravy. It's twisted.

Seth Anderson:

So let's just do this cook the wings. Like

Jordon West:

you take vegetables you take, you know, carrots, onions, you know the typical mooiplaas stuff and you basically just roasted in the oven with chicken wings. And then you deglaze with white wine and add your flour and add your chicken stock and the mash it all up with a potato masher to get all the little bird bits and all the little stuff off the off the pan. And you just bring up to the boil is some written and it just it's just delicious. And you can make it it can make a wall ahead and you can even freeze it and it freezes and wonderfully just takes away the stress of on Christmas day having to come to make gravy slaving over your North angry big turkey pan and wrecking your entire kitchen and you know it's just makes it easy. You just put it in a pot and turn it on and take your lovely little turkey roll out of the oven. Slice it the medallions nice and easy. It's good. So that's my that's my dinner. But my dessert I have to always make this gingerbread spice cake was salted caramel and ice cream. And that's I bring that to wherever I go on Christmas. And that's my kind of my that's what I'm known for.

JP Gaston:

So you're coming here in Christmas, right? That's, I can Yes. Perfect. A little tour.

Jordon West:

I have to try those mushrooms. poppers popper.

Seth Anderson:

Breakfast poppers. There you go.

JP Gaston:

You can dip them in your cheek gravy

Seth Anderson:

like you guys don't know how to eat ammo you bring us home Nicole, what do you what do you got?

Nicole Gomes:

Oh my gosh, so many things I eat at Christmas. I'm a huge Christmas cookie baker. So that's given everyone a cookie box. And I this is very fancy. But if you've ever had Vashikaran it's a Swiss cheese. It's about 500 grams almost a pound. It's I had one last night already. I'm like celebrating. It's it's in a cedar like a little tiny seater box. And I actually have a picture of it. I don't know if you can see this but yeah, there we go. Oh, I don't know. It's hard to see and you bake it in the oven. Anyways, you slit garlic you slide. You can. It's kind of a little it's a little stinky, but it's like a fun instant fondue and it just goes in the middle of a table and you eat it with cornichons and bread and apples and potatoes boiled potatoes and to get into fondue. They just bake it with a lid with little foil underneath. And traditionally they make slits in the top of the cheese and they put slices in garlic in it and then put a really good lambic beer over the top or champagne or Riesling and then they bake it and it's like the most basic thing.

Jordon West:

It's like sounds a bit like what is it called rotten rock Flat Rock let's have you ever had

Nicole Gomes:

any melted cheese anyway? For sure.

Jordon West:

The stinkier the better I just love good stamp. Yes just stinky often Fuddy

Nicole Gomes:

that's my fancy Christmas It's tradition and actually New Year's we usually eat it. appy get this buffalo hot chicken buffalo dip. Oh yeah. Like it is kind of a great cop football thing but leftover turkey leftover chicken whatever it is with cream cheese and cheddar and Frank's Red Hot all mixed together and baked that's mind you but

Seth Anderson:

if I go anywhere and that is like on the table I can't stay away especially with like a nice layer of cheese on top off like I'm I'm all in apparently

Nicole Gomes:

I'm having a cheese Christmas he was like I don't turkeys. Yeah, I get it but I'm more a porchetta chick making big roast pork with crackling Yeah. Oh good. So good. That's what I'm doing this here.

JP Gaston:

Good Fernando Nicole talks for like 30 seconds about food and I have to purposefully like hold my mouth shut so the saliva has not flown out of my face here.

Seth Anderson:

Oh, man. button mushrooms. Those are those are pretty precisely try

JP Gaston:

them. Just give it give it a try once they're jalapeno

Nicole Gomes:

dry with real mushrooms, but okay.

Seth Anderson:

Real mushrooms. Man. I love real mushrooms. All you try.

JP Gaston:

Try it with real mushrooms. And then if you really really like it, give the give the canned version. That's a that's a hack for your competitions there Nicole. That's what you can use canned mushrooms for I know

Nicole Gomes:

that people love those flavor profiles. So it makes complete sense. The microwave maybe not but like show and I pulled that out. I'll go well. JP told me to do that.

JP Gaston:

Here, Nicole, well, we've got these button mushrooms and they're beside a delicious and delicate jalapeno that's filled with eggs. And

Jordon West:

a big bunch of asparagus. Yep. Served

JP Gaston:

on a bed of served on a bed of

Nicole Gomes:

Prem. Oh, God. It's snowing part of Vancouver right now. It's crazy. snowing.

Unknown:

No Sunday.

Nicole Gomes:

It's like white Christmas. All of a sudden you guys like this Christmas podcast and I'm like it's blowing snow out here.

Seth Anderson:

I sent it from my house that you can have some of their like two feet of snow that

JP Gaston:

hired a guy to stand outside with potato flakes and shake him by your window

Seth Anderson:

this has been awesome. Really appreciate you guys hopping on I guess on the way out of here. Anyone got a favorite Christmas song? Oh,

Jordon West:

I am but I'm embarrassed to tell you what it is. Anyways, I I don't care. I don't care because I love it. Mariah Carey I am just I adore her like I

Seth Anderson:

just I just hate ma'am. It's catchy. It's catchy.

Jordon West:

I just every time it comes on I dance I sing. I make a fool of myself. I don't care.

Nicole Gomes:

I don't care. Who knows. Who cares? Yeah, because it's like no one's looking as they say oh even when

Jordon West:

people are looking in the car I point by putting like point my finger at a driver's I do the whole thing

Seth Anderson:

can you do a cover of a Jordan on guitar? That would be amazing. Well,

Jordon West:

I tried I actually did try and they just not the same Yeah, it's just not the same

JP Gaston:

when you did it or

Jordon West:

no high heels

JP Gaston:

I always I always catch myself it's not one that comes to mind until I hear it but let it snow for some reason. As soon as I hear at once like I spend the entire rest of the season just randomly singing that song.

Jordon West:

Let us know let us know let us know yeah

JP Gaston:

it's the oh the weather outside is frightful part every time I hear that it just something clicks and I have to finish the rest of the song.

Seth Anderson:

Just every word like you got to finish the whole thing.

JP Gaston:

Yeah. All right. I'm doing it inside my head right now while we're talking.

Seth Anderson:

I came across this random very random song but we have to listen to it. Every year around this time of year with my kids now and it's called grandma UK the dog it's ridiculous but it's my son thinks it's the funniest thing he's ever heard other than maybe Mr. Hankey. That's his new thing. But I digress. Nicole You got any favorite Christmas?

Nicole Gomes:

Yeah, I'm a real like I love jazz and I love r&b and soul. And it's not a classic. Wow, it is a classic to me but oldest readings White Christmas.

JP Gaston:

Yes. Good. Anything Otis Redding,

Jordon West:

really album Blue album, one of the best albums ever made, I think.

Nicole Gomes:

All the jazz? Yeah, it's just, and I've been listening Christmas music since November, like 10th. Because that's when I put up my decorations. already. You're in you wait,

Jordon West:

whatever it is. I had

JP Gaston:

all the neighbors around here who were like, alright, Halloween is over Christmas decorations immediately. Like, as they're taking down Halloween stuff they're putting us

Nicole Gomes:

now we got to enjoy the small things, right? Like, seriously, just, I think celebrating that stuff is really important. So why not do it every day? It's Christmas in February, whatever. Yeah, as long as you're happy.

Jordon West:

I totally agree. I couldn't I couldn't agree more. I started singing Christmas carols small. My birthday is actually Nikoli called on November 10. So I don't start celebrate Christmas till I have my birthday. And then it's on there. So yeah.

Nicole Gomes:

Oh, yeah. My tree was up like November 10. My people wait, like to put it up two weeks before Christmas. You're all hubs go through all those finagling of it. And then it's only up

Jordon West:

for like, two weeks, especially if you've got an artificial mind. Like why not? Like yeah, like, I used to always get real one so I couldn't put them up because they'd be dead and dropping needles all over the place. But now I've got two. I've got one upstairs. One downstairs and I haven't both gone all the time. It's fantastic.

Nicole Gomes:

To cut down your own tree.

Jordon West:

I used to you used to but not anymore. Yeah, that's fine.

JP Gaston:

You just did a few neighbors though. He didn't go somewhere to

Nicole Gomes:

Exactly. Do for licensing now? No. You can just go cut one.

Jordon West:

Hey, Claire. Were you planning on putting a tree that big band overall show yeah.

Seth Anderson:

That is the perfect note, I think to end this episode. So thanks for tuning in. Jordan, Nicole. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Really appreciate you guys hopping on and all the best in 2022. I'm sure our paths will cross again. Somewhere in there.

Nicole Gomes:

To Happy holidays you guys. You guys. Happy holidays. Merry

JP Gaston:

Christmas. Happy holidays.