Il Negozio Nicastro If you read Chef Anthony Bordain’s now infamous book, Kitchen Confidential, he recounts a point in his career when he first encountered and learned to appreciate fine Italian food. Because of his French upbringing and primarily classical French culinary education, he had had little contact with Italian cookery beforehand. In his account, he describes how a particularly good Tuscan restaurant made everything fresh from pasta and bread to sauce that came from freshly seeded and peeled tomatoes. Meat came from the butcher, cut to order. Freshly cooked pasta was sauced and plated... | Continue reading article
Masterchoice Frozen If you like baked cheesecake, you’ll love this recipe. There’s nothing richer than a New York style cheesecake. This is most likely why there are so many frozen preparations. However, if you follow this recipe and have a food processor, you’ll find that you can actually make one from scratch during the time it takes to go out and purchase a frozen New York style cheesecake. The picture of the Master Choice New York style cheesecake comes from the frozen section from the Loeb at Lincoln Heights Mall (1350 Richmond Road). Recipe follows:
Tin of SPAM SPAM is a very well recognized and satirized pre-cooked meat product that comes in tins. Produced by the Hormel Foods Corporation, it hails from the 1930s. According Hormel’s official statement, the original meaning for its name was “Shoulder of Pork and Ham.” Because of it participating prominently in feeding American troops since WWII, SPAM is also known as “Special Purpose Army Meat.” According to the SPAM website, spam consists of the following ingredients: Chopped pork shoulder meat with ham meat added Salt Water Sugar Sodium Nitrite Sodium nitrite and its close cousin... | Continue reading article
Wooden Spoons Idea of Scale If you want something more practical or utility-oriented in your utensils than conversation piece, head to Global Homeware (708C Somerset Street West) in Ottawa’s little Chinatown. Like other home cooks, I really dislike digging into boxes or parcel bags for staples like AP flour, granulated sugar, corn starch, rice flour, baking powder, baking soda, or kosher salt. As such, I cache on-hand quantities in much more manageable translucent glass or plastic containers with air-tight lids. When these containers run out, I refill them from the boxes or parcel bags. The... | Continue reading article
Prescious Famine Ever wonder what happens to your lost forks, spoons, and knives? I could be wrong, but some of mine may have ended up in a wonderfully ludicrous piece of furniture from objection.pt. Made entirely out of cutlery, the table is a limited edition piece, entitled “Precious Famine.” It is more conversation piece than furniture.
Turnip Cake from T&T Home-made Turnip Cake Proper Serving of Turnip Cake Before we begin, I feel I must point out that I love eating this dish. It’s my absolute favourite food. I grew up eating it. I order it when I go out for dim sum. I purchase it from Chinese grocery stores when I visit Markahm, Ontario. And, I make it whenever I have the opportunity. It maybe its texture. It maybe its taste. It maybe the fact that every bite deliver bits of Chinese sausage, shitake mushrooms, green onions, and sometimes dried... | Continue reading article
Teapots I think I’m developing a “thing” for smart cars. I even found a smart car teapot from autogrotto.com. In a coincidental happenstance, I also found an news article from bbc.com that states that how you make your tea can be just as important as drinking it. Accordingly, researchers from the Rowett Research Institute, have demonstrated that teapots with either tea bags or tea leaves produce tea with a higher amount of polyphenols when allowed to steep for 5 minutes. Polyphenols are naturally occurring antioxidents in plants. They have cancer-fighting properties. Longer steeping does not... | Continue reading article
Men’s Health Top Digg A news article came out a couple months ago stating that the majority of people use the World Wide Web to search for recipes. This phenomenon was loosely demonstrated on digg.com today when an article about how to purchase groceries for a week’s worth of meals ended up top “dug” with 2222 digs since its posting 1 day and 8 hours ago. The article is entitled “Shop Once, Eat for a Week.” The article comes from menshealth.com. It explains how you can eat well and nutritiously by forgoing take-out and shopping... | Continue reading article