October 31 / Recipes

I regard autumn as the pinnacle of visual wonderment in the farmer’s markets of Canada. Lane upon lane of ochre, sienna, and crimson fruits and vegetables instantly fill me with a childlike, storybook glee, reminding me of chilly adventures in … Continue reading

September 6 / Recipes

The fragrant, hidden markets and passageways of Istanbul became my inspiration for this dish. I absolutely shamelessly gorged myself on lamb and pide, Turkish pita bread, during an unforgettable trip to Europe’s southern tip with my sister a few … Continue reading

September 5 / Reviews

The plants of the genus Allium are some of the most prevalent and recognisable in cooking. Have you chopped an onion lately? Pressed some garlic? Sliced a leek? Then you have been availing yourself of one of Mother Nature’s … Continue reading

July 14 / Recipes

The only thing hotter, smellier and stickier than these drool-drizzled brochettes is the entire island of Montreal during barbecue season. But when the thick air inside your cramped apartment still isn’t heavy enough to muffle the cries of a newborn … Continue reading

June 2 / Uncategorized

OK, this is my chance to puff my chest a bit and show off my cutest dish to date – our daughter Ellie. She consumes about a quart of milk a day, smells like shortbread, and is making sure her … Continue reading

May 28 / Reviews

Pepper spraying an entire apartment full of dinner guests is a dramatic way to demonstrate the powerful effect of capsaicin on the tear glands and respiratory tract. Capsaicin is of course the mischievous chemical responsible for watery eyes, hiccups, and … Continue reading

May 24 / Recipes

This week we follow in the scorching footsteps of our previous post, keeping the heat up and turning a smoky gaze to the darlings of Asian and South American cookings – chilli peppers. If you wince in pain at the … Continue reading

May 19 / Recipes

When I want to convince people that I spent a year living rootless and free in the mystical cities and villages of Thailand this is the dish I triumphantly throw down as proof. This rich and heavily perfumed curry has … Continue reading

May 18 / Uncategorized

400 submissions to the Jarlsberg Canada recipe contest and 12 finalists. Of course, I wouldn’t be telling you if I wasn’t one of them. If you want to see $1500 worth of shiny Le Creuset kitchenware in the next recipe … Continue reading

April 29 / Reviews

When a discussion weighs in on the merits of one of the world’s most widely consumed beverages, I think that a modicum of science is rightly called for. Then again, I am quite liberal with my modicums of science, so … Continue reading