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Inspiration. And a Harvest Table Dinner at Artisanale (Guelph, Ontario)

Inspiration. Sometimes it strikes when you are least expecting it. As I’m really trying to bake and cook more seasonally using local ingredients where possible, it’s something that’s constantly on my mind. I’m trying to go to the supermarket or greengrocer with no fixed idea in my head and just buying what’s good on the […]

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French Fridays with Dorie: Spiced-poached pears

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie was the epitome of autumnal simplicity. Gorgeous local pears (the recipe on p 396 calls for apples or pears but I had pears on hand), gently poached in a syrup made of sugar and honey and spices that just scream autumn (orange and lemon zest with a touch of […]

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Tasty Tours Trinity Bellwoods Chocolate Tour (Toronto)

You must know by now how much I like sweet walking tours. I mean in July I enjoyed the Context Paris Chocolate Walk and the La Cuisine Paris Sugar Walk of the Marais. So when Audrey from Tasty Tours in Toronto contacted me wondering whether I might like to join one of their tours right […]

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Falling in love with better food

Eating better. It’s something we all strive for. Yet sometimes I think in today’s world we get mixed messages about what it really means to eat better.  We hear so many messages about what we should and shouldn’t eat that sometimes I think we forget to stop. Slow down and get back to basics. This […]

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French Fridays with Dorie: (kinda) Eggplant “tartine” with tomatoes, olives, and cucumbers

Sorry Dorie, this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (Eggplant “tartine” with tomatoes, olives, and cucumbers, pp 144-15) was one I just could not get my head around. In fact, even though I made a “version” of it (and I use that term very loosely!), I didn’t end up even serving this to Mr Neil […]

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Getting your (beef steak) facts straight

You might think that a steak is a steak is a steak, right? WRONG!  Did you know that steaks fall into three distinct categories? Grilling Steaks, Marinating Steaks and Simmering Steaks.   Really? I hear you ask. And why might that be? Well, steaks fall into these three categories because of how they need to be […]

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