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This year's theme is:

Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen

Fire Prevention Week is a great time to discuss fire safety with your family and friends. The week is all about education and sharing information on how to stay safe from fire, and especially while you are in the kitchen.

If a fire occurred in your home or residence, would your smoke alarms work?

Would you and your family get out safely?

Did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires in Markham? Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires and fire-related injuries.


Watch this Serving Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen video with Public Education Officer Alex Freeman:




Whether you are learning to cook or you are an experienced chef, the first thing to know is how to prevent a fire!

Only you can prevent cooking fires!

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food and check it regularly. Consider using a timer to remind you to check on the food. If you must leave, turn off the stove.

  • Have a kid-free zone, or at least 3 feet (1 metre) space around the stove and areas where hot food or drinks are prepared or carried.


  • Keep anything that burns - cooking utensils, dishcloths, paper towels and pot holders a safe distance from the stove.


For more fire safety tips and downloadable resources, visit the right side bar.


Think fast!

Listen to a special message from Markham Fire and Emergency Services Captain Warlito Gallenero.

Knowing "What to do" in the event of a fire "Can Save your Life!"

If you have a cooking fire:

  • Shout "Fire" and get out. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.


  • Call 9-1-1.


  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and that you have a clear way out.


  • Keep a lid nearby when cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turning off the stove top. Leave it there until it is completely cooled.


  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the oven door closed.


  • To ensure early detection of a fire or a potential fire in your kitchen, make sure you have a working smoke alarm outside the kitchen area and on each floor level of the home. The alarm will give you the time you need to escape the fire.


Most fatal fires happen at night when people are sleeping. A working smoke alarm will detect smoke and sound to alert you. Learn more about smoke alarms.


  • Have a fire escape plan and practice it with your family, and know two ways out; there are no second chances in a fire!


Serving Up Fire Safety in Markham’s Restaurants

Join us as we peek behind the kitchen counter in some of Markham's restaurants, and learn how local chefs and restaurant staff are creating the food you know and love, safely.

In honour of this year's Fire Prevention Week, Markham Fire and Emergency Services partnered with some of our local restaurants to help serve up fire safety in the kitchen. Discover amazing cuisines and delicious mouth-watering recipes you can serve up in your own kitchen, while cooking safely!


Click the Featured Restaurants banner to view the entire list of participating restaurants.


This year's theme is:

Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen

Fire Prevention Week is a great time to discuss fire safety with your family and friends. The week is all about education and sharing information on how to stay safe from fire, and especially while you are in the kitchen.

If a fire occurred in your home or residence, would your smoke alarms work?

Would you and your family get out safely?

Did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires in Markham? Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires and fire-related injuries.


Watch this Serving Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen video with Public Education Officer Alex Freeman:




Whether you are learning to cook or you are an experienced chef, the first thing to know is how to prevent a fire!

Only you can prevent cooking fires!

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food and check it regularly. Consider using a timer to remind you to check on the food. If you must leave, turn off the stove.

  • Have a kid-free zone, or at least 3 feet (1 metre) space around the stove and areas where hot food or drinks are prepared or carried.


  • Keep anything that burns - cooking utensils, dishcloths, paper towels and pot holders a safe distance from the stove.


For more fire safety tips and downloadable resources, visit the right side bar.


Think fast!

Listen to a special message from Markham Fire and Emergency Services Captain Warlito Gallenero.

Knowing "What to do" in the event of a fire "Can Save your Life!"

If you have a cooking fire:

  • Shout "Fire" and get out. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.


  • Call 9-1-1.


  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and that you have a clear way out.


  • Keep a lid nearby when cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turning off the stove top. Leave it there until it is completely cooled.


  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the oven door closed.


  • To ensure early detection of a fire or a potential fire in your kitchen, make sure you have a working smoke alarm outside the kitchen area and on each floor level of the home. The alarm will give you the time you need to escape the fire.


Most fatal fires happen at night when people are sleeping. A working smoke alarm will detect smoke and sound to alert you. Learn more about smoke alarms.


  • Have a fire escape plan and practice it with your family, and know two ways out; there are no second chances in a fire!


Serving Up Fire Safety in Markham’s Restaurants

Join us as we peek behind the kitchen counter in some of Markham's restaurants, and learn how local chefs and restaurant staff are creating the food you know and love, safely.

In honour of this year's Fire Prevention Week, Markham Fire and Emergency Services partnered with some of our local restaurants to help serve up fire safety in the kitchen. Discover amazing cuisines and delicious mouth-watering recipes you can serve up in your own kitchen, while cooking safely!


Click the Featured Restaurants banner to view the entire list of participating restaurants.


  • Learn how some local Markham restaurants are staying fire safe in the kitchen. Look closely -- you might even find some secret recipes they've shared!

    Aroma Espresso Bar

    Babu Catering

    Bamiyan Kabob

    Dum Pukht

    Essence of  Unionville

    Milliken Restaurant

    Next Door Restaurant

    Poke Guys

    Smash Kitchen and Bar

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  • 179 Enterprise Blvd., Suite 100

    Aroma Espresso Bar offers handcrafted delicious coffee beverages and freshly made-to-order salads and sandwiches at a reasonable price.  

    We strive to provide fresher,tastier, and more importantly healthier food. 

    From Chef: "Wear short sleeves when cooking." 

    Fire Safety Tip #2: "The restaurant fire suppression system is your first line of defense. 

    Keep it clean and know how to activate it!"



    Power Breakfast: 

    We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so Aroma’s power breakfast is packed with fresh ingredients and tasty bundle of healthy energy.

    • Place one bunch of mixed green vegetable on the bottom of a plate 
    • Add 1/3 of English cucumber, chopped
    • Add ½ tomato, chopped
    • Add sliced carrot on top of the vegetables
    • Cook 2 eggs, any style (3 eggs for scrambled)
    • Add one scope of avocado, one scope of cream cheese, one ball of Feta cheese
    • Garnish with 5 olives
    • Served with bread and balsamic vinaigrette dressing
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  • 9590 McCowan Road   http://www.babudelivery.ca/ 

    Sri Lankan and Indian Food take out (We serve Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Open From 9 AM to 9 PM

    Babu catering and takeout is a pioneer in the Thamil food industry. At Babu, we not only specialize in traditional Thamil food but many other India, Hakka and East Asian dishes. At Babu we value exceptional guest experience and quality food to give you that taste and flavour of Thamil Eelam. 

    From Chef Vije: "It's important to maintain your fire suppression equipment.”  


    Fire Safety Tip from Chef Vije: "Look while you cook!"

    Chicken Curry

    Ingredients

    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 3 tablespoons curry powder
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • 1 bay leaf
    • ½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger root
    • ½ teaspoon white sugar
    • salt to taste
    • 2 breast half, bone and skin removed (blank)s skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into bite-size pieces
    • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
    • 1 cup plain yogurt
    • ¾ cup coconut milk
    • ½ lemon, juiced
    • pepper

    Directions

    Step 1

    Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute onion until lightly browned. Stir in garlic, curry powder, cinnamon, paprika, bay leaf, ginger, sugar and salt. Continue stirring for 2 minutes. Add chicken pieces, tomato paste, yogurt, and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes.

    Step 2

    Remove bay leaf, and stir in lemon juice and pepper. Simmer 5 more minutes.


    Chana Masala

    Ingredients

    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 tomato, chopped
    • 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
    • 4 cloves garlic, chopped, or more to taste
    • 1 green chili pepper, seeded and chopped
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 leaf (blank)s bay leaves, or more to taste
    • 1 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
    • 1 teaspoon garam masala
    • 1 pinch salt to taste
    • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
    • water as needed
    • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas

    Directions

    Step 1

    Grind onion, tomato, ginger, garlic, and chili pepper together in a food processor into a paste.

    Step 2

    Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry bay leaves in hot oil until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour the paste into the skillet and cook until the oil begins to separate from the mixture and is golden brown in colour, 2 to 3 minutes. Season the mixture with chili powder, coriander, powder, gram masala, turmeric, and salt; cook and stir until very hot, 2 to 3 minutes

    Step 3


    Stir enough water into the mixture to get a thick gravy; bring to a boil and stir chickpeas into the gravy. Reduce heat to medium and cook until the chickpeas are heated through, 5 to 7 minutes. Garnish with cilantro.



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  • 7760 Markham Road   https://www.bamiyankabob.com/ 

    Experience the exotic flavours of Afghan cuisine at Bamiyan Kabob! The mysterious and charming atmosphere will make you feel the warmth and hospitality of Afghanistan without having to travel thousands of miles. At Bamiyan Kabob, we value the history and traditions of Afghanistan, and we’ve been carrying them with us for many years. The softest chicken, lamb, beef, vegetable and rice meals – you will find it all at Bamiyan Kabob!



    From Chef Khalid: “Keep your cooking area clean. Keep anything that can catch fire away from the heat.” 


    Fire Safety Tip from Chef Khalid: "Watch what you heat, metal skewers are hot, I use a metal fork with wooden handle to safely remove the meat from the kabob.”


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  • 323 Denison Street   http://www.dumpukht.ca/ 

    Where Indian cuisine meets fine dining. Dum Pukht offers a wide assortment of authentic Indian dishes made from traditional ingredients infused with fresh Indian herbs and spices. Renowned for its slow oven cooking technique, our biryanis are slow cooked in sealed clay pots over low flame, maximizing and preserving the flavour of each ingredient until it is ready to be served. 

    From Chef Rajesh: "Watch the temperature - height of the flame under your pot."

    "Watch what you cook!"

    Fire Safety tip from Chef Bhagwati: "Stand by your pan!" 

    "Use steel spice containers near the stove top."


    Recipe of Butter Chicken:- 

    It is a dish of chicken in a spiced tomato, butter and cream sauce. It originated in the Indian subcontinent .The sauce is perfect when creamy and not too thick or too thin. 

    The level of salt and spices can be suited to your taste. 

    Ingredients :-

    • 1 cup butter, divided 
    • 1 onion, minced 
    • 1 tablespoon minced garlic 
    • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce 
    • 3 cups heavy cream 
    • 2 teaspoons salt 
    • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 
    • 1 teaspoon garam masala 
    • 1 ½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized chunks 
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 
    • 2 tablespoons tandoori masala

    How to make it :-

    Step 1 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

    Step 2  Melt a few tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic, and cook slowly until the onion caramelizes to a dark brown, about 15 minutes.

    Step 3 Meanwhile melt the remaining butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat along with the tomato sauce, heavy cream, salt, cayenne pepper, and garam masala. 

    Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low; cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then stir in caramelized onions.

    Step 4 While the sauce is simmering, toss cubed chicken breast with vegetable oil until coated, then season with tandoori masala and spread out onto a baking sheet.

    Step 5 Bake chicken in preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, about 12 minutes. Once done, add the chicken to the sauce and simmer for 5 minutes before serving.


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  • 8500 Warden Avenue Markham, ON L6G 1A5 (Lobby Level)  View menus here: http://www.essenceofunionville.com.

    Executive Chef Jitin Gaba invites you for a culinary experience at Essence of Unionville restaurant located in the lobby level of the Four Diamond Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa. Chef Jitin's ever-evolving eclectic menu features seasonal ingredients. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend traditional afternoon tea, Saturday a la carte brunch and Sunday market brunch. Private and semi-private dining area perfect for any occasion.

    From Chef : "Stay alert and always cook in clean pots and pans to avoid fire."


    French Onion Soup ( Serves 8-10 portions)

    Ingredients


    Butter                                                125 grams                            

    Onions (sliced)                                  5 medium                            

    Garlic (chopped)                                3 cloves 

    Sugar                                                 5 grams

    Red Wine                                           ½ cup                     

    Beef Stock                                         1,250 ml                                

    Thyme                                                2 sprigs                  

    Bay Leaves                                        2 pieces

    Beef (diced, no fat)                            500 g                       

    Salt & Pepper                                    As per taste                         

    Crostini                                              1 piece per serving                           

    Gruyere Cheese                               30 grams per portion                        


    Method 


    1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. 
    2. Add onions and sugar and cook until soft, without browning.
    3. Turn down heat to low, and cook for 30 to 45 minutes until onions are brown.
    4. Bring heat to medium. Add the garlic, thyme and bay leaves. 
    5. Cook until garlic is soft. Add the red wine and reduce liquid to half. 
    6. Add the beef stock, beef and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for another 20 minutes.
    7. Ladle onion soup into an oven safe bowl with crostini on top. Cover with Gruyere cheese. 
    8. Bake it in oven at 375°F degrees until cheese has melted.
    9. Enjoy
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  • 7725 Birchmount Road         https://themilliken.ca/

    Where friends meet and families eat. Welcome to our family

    Safety Tip from Chef: "When we cook, someone is always in the kitchen!"

    Safety Tip from Chef: "Wear the proper shoes to prevent slips, trips and falls."

    At the Milliken, we go through A LOT of bread. At the end of each loaf, we are left with the poor, unwanted ‘ends’. And since we don’t waste food at the Milliken, we have found the most delicious way of putting these ‘ends’ to use – our bread pudding!

    Prep Time 10 Minutes

    Baking Time 25 Minutes

    Ingredients 

    10 slices of bread-ends

    2 tablespoons of butter or margarine

     ¼ cup of maple syrup

     3 tablespoons of custard

    2 cups milk

     ½ cup of white sugar

     ¼ cup of brown sugar

    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

    2. Break bread into small pieces.

    3. Put the bread pieces into a large bowl, and mix it with all the other ingredients listed above (excluding butter and syrup).

    4. Put on a pair of food-friendly gloves, and using your hands, gently mix/squish all the ingredients together until it is well-blended.

    5.  Get an 8”/10” pan, and lay a thin layer of butter or margarine all along the insides of the pan.

    6. Pour the contents of the bowl into the pan, then with your gloves, pat everything down evenly.

    7. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.

    8. Once removed from the oven, place on the counter and drizzle maple syrup all over the top.

    9. Enjoy your delicious dessert (coffee or recommended)!

    NOTE Depending on what flavor you’re aiming for, you can include any type of ingredients such as raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, mashed banana, etc. – the list goes on! (This would be done in step 3) This is where you can let your inner-chef get creative!

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  • 139 Main St Unionville    http://www.nextdoorrestaurant.com/

    Classic dishes are given new twists at this tavern-style restaurant with a modern Canadian menu. Sourcing only the freshest ingredients from the vast landscapes at our doorstep combine with cultural diversity that Canada has to offer, this is our take on Canadian seasonal cuisine. 

    From Chef Isaac: “Make sure your oven is off before you leave.”


    Fire Safety Tip from Restaurant Manager David: “Know your fire escape route. All staff need to know where all the exits are located.”

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  • 8110 Birchmount Road, Unit 10   http://pokeguys.ca/ 

    At Poke Guys, our goal is to bring you the most authentic Hawaiian experience with a Canadian twist. Sourcing quality ingredients while still maintaining a reasonable price point and keeping it fresh, healthy and always delicious.


    Coming Soon! Click here for more fire safety tips!


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  • 4261 Highway 7 East      http://www.smashkitchen.com/

    At Smash Kitchen and Bar, we provide an upscale casual atmosphere accompanied by comfort cuisine. We are proud to join the Unionville/Markham community where you can join us for a business lunch, family get together or a night out with friends. 

    Fire Safety Video from Chef Johnny Chan, Co-Owner of Smash Restaurant:

    For more of Johnny's safety videos, click here.

    Fire Safety Tip from Chef Mark: “Always clean your wood fired oven and dispose of hot ashes in a metal container.”

    Smash Kitchen French Toast

    Serves 4 people

    1 Loaf challah bread

    8 Large eggs

    500 ml 2% milk

    2 Tablespoons of ground cinnamon

    2 Cups White granulated sugar

    Canola Oil (enough to fill your deep fryer)

    1. Cut challah bread into rectangular blocks (approximately 1in x 2in).

    2. Make batter by whisking eggs with milk and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. 

    3. Using a deep fryer or pot, heat oil to 350F. 

    4. Submerge challah blocks in the batter ensuring it is fully coated but not drenched. 

    5. Once oil has reached 350F, place the challah blocks in the deep fryer for 2 minutes per side or once evenly golden brown. 

    6. In a large mixing bowl, mix the sugar and the remaining cinnamon. 

    7. Once challah blocks are golden brown, toss in the bowl with the cinnamon sugar and ensure all sides are evenly coated.

    8. Serve with garnish of your choice. (Icing sugar, maple syrup, fresh berries, mint, whip cream)

    9. Enjoy!


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  • The 2020 Fire Prevention Week took place from October 4 to 10. This year's theme was:

    Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen

    Fire Prevention Week is a great time to discuss fire safety with your family and friends. The week is all about education and sharing information on how to stay safe from fire, and especially while you are in the kitchen.

    If a fire occurred in your home or residence, would your smoke alarms work? 

    Would you and your family get out safely? 

    Did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires in Markham? Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires and fire-related injuries.


    Watch this Serving Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen video with Public Education Officer Alex Freeman: 



    Whether you are learning to cook or you are an experienced chef, the first thing to know is how to prevent a fire!

    Only you can prevent cooking fires!

    • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food and check it regularly. Consider using a timer to remind you to check on the food. If you must leave, turn off the stove.

    • Have a kid-free zone, or at least 3 feet (1 metre) space around the stove and areas where hot food or drinks are prepared or carried.


    • Keep anything that burns - cooking utensils, dishcloths, paper towels and pot holders a safe distance from the stove. 


    For more fire safety tips and downloadable resources, visit the right side bar.

    Think fast! 

    Listen to a special message from Markham Fire and Emergency Services Captain Warlito Gallenero. 

    Knowing "What to do" in the event of a fire "Can Save your Life!"

    If you have a cooking fire:

    • Shout "Fire" and get out. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.


    • Call 9-1-1.


    • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and that you have a clear way out.


    • Keep a lid nearby when cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turning off the stove top. Leave it there until it is completely cooled.


    • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the oven door closed.


    • To ensure early detection of a fire or a potential fire in your kitchen, make sure you have a working smoke alarm outside the kitchen area and on each floor level of the home. The alarm will give you the time you need to escape the fire.


    Most fatal fires happen at night when people are sleeping.  A working smoke alarm will detect smoke and sound to alert you. Learn more about smoke alarms.


    • Have a fire escape plan and practice it with your family, and know two ways out; there are no second chances in a fire!


    Serving Up Fire Safety in Markham’s Restaurants

    Join us as we peek behind the kitchen counter in some of Markham's restaurants, and learn how local chefs and restaurant staff are creating the food you know and love, safely. 

    In honour of this year's Fire Prevention Week, Markham Fire and Emergency Services partnered with some of our local restaurants to help serve up fire safety in the kitchen. Discover amazing cuisines and delicious mouth-watering recipes you can serve up in your own kitchen, while cooking safely! 


    Click the Featured Restaurants banner to view the entire list of participating restaurants.


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