What the Offal?

Today is Halloween. Although I didn’t get a chance to carve out a pumpkin this year, let alone visit a pumpkin patch, I think a festive way to get into the mood is through food. I’m not talking about all the candies, chips, and chocolate bars, but by eating things that scare the majority. Brains?…

Word of the Day: Confit

I went to a friend’s birthday lunch recently where there was an option on the menu for confit potato wedges. Confit is often known as duck cooked in its own fat (better known as confit de canard), but the interesting question that was raised was is it always duck? The answer is no. Although it is the most common…

Tres Leches with Shortbread

If you have a sweet tooth, you will probably love the taste of tres leches. It’s Spanish for “three milk” because it’s made with condensed milk, evaporated milk and whole milk. It has a thick consistency and is gooey and sweet. Recently, I discovered a little treat at a cafe upon my travels down South…

A World of Ceviche

Ceviche is a fresh and delicious Latin American appetizer that always leaves you tantalizing for more. It is made by cooking small, chopped up pieces of raw fish or seafood with lemons or limes. I lightly say cooked because heat isn’t involved, but rather the acidity of a citrus fruit. This acid chemically burns the seafood and changes the texture and properties of…

Word of the Day: Chimichurri

Chimichurri is a classic Argentinean sauce that is a thick, green sauce made of olive oil, vinegar, chopped parsley, oregano, onion, garlic and spices. It makes a great marinade and can be added to different dishes, like this deliciously tender grilled steak I had in Mexico. It’s that thin strip of green sauce on top of…

Masala Seasoned Corn on the Cob

Corn is one of those yummy in your tummy treats. It’s healthy, but not exactly overindulging when you’re looking for a snack. To me, one of the best ways to eat corn is when it’s roasted over a grill. When done right, the kernels caramelize and create a tasty, smoky flavour. I went to a farmer’s market recently…

Pumpkin Pie – Purée vs. Filling

This weekend is our Canadian thanksgiving weekend. That means lots of gatherings and plenty of food. I originally intended on making a pumpkin pie from scratch, but my plans were fumbled when KD and I blindly bought the wrong type of pumpkin. Instead of purchasing pumpkin purée, we bought the pie filling in a can….

Fauxlognese and Meatish

There are some very interesting culinary words out there, like à la mode (served with ice cream) and mincemeat (it’s just fruit, it doesn’t have real meat). Recently I went to a restaurant that was serving something called fauxlognese. It was categorized under their meatish section, so my curiosity peaked. I thought these were terms they made up,…

Pork Belly Bao

If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that Vietnamese food is always packed full of flavour. They can take something simple and plain, such as a steam bun, and jam it with so much taste you can only wonder why you didn’t start delving into Vietnamese food earlier. And thus I present The pork belly bao….

Chicken Masala Paratha Roll

A few years ago, I discovered a little independent joint that sold a delicious chicken tikka roll. It was full of spices, the meat was juicy and it was wrapped with fresh naan. I haven’t been able to find anything even close to its caliber since the place closed down, but then I was happy to…