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Meat and Potato Breakfast

Artery Clogging Good! I don’t want to sound sexist, but I’m sure my male readers will understand me. You know you’ve found a “keeper” when you wake up one Saturday morning and you’re served the following for brunch: lightly salted pan fried potatoes, thinly sliced grilled sirloin steak, and an over-easy egg. Though far from balanced or healthy, this breakfast represents the ultimate in meat and potato fare. The steak was medium rare. The egg was just runny. The potatoes were crusted on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Thanks sweetie Before anyone asks,... | Continue reading article


Adventures In Barbecuing 3: Chinese Barbecued Pork

There’s nothing more characteristic of a Chinese deli than the glazed Char-siu hanging in the window. Char-siu, otherwise known as Chinese Barbecued Pork, isn’t really barbecued in the traditional sense. It consists of strips of fatty pork that are hung from forks and cooked in a vertical roaster. Its Chinese name, Char-siu, means “fork roasted.” Because most home cooks don’t have access to a powerful vertical roaster, we need to resort to slow roasting Char-siu horizontally in an oven. One weekend, I decided to determine if the Chinese Barbecued pork can actually be made on... | Continue reading article

Greekfest (August 9-19, 2007)

Dancers from Greekfest ’06 More Dancers If you’re like me and your only exposure to Greek culture is a souvlaki plate or a gyro sandwich, the Ottawa Greek Summer Festival or “GreekFest”, maybe a necessary event to attend. If not, you’d still be hard pressed to miss this annual 10-day festival and its many attractions. According this year’s motto, if you attend GreekFest, you can “Live a day the Greek Way.” The images of the dance troupes from last year’s festival comes from the photo archive on ottawagreekfest.com. Greekfest will again be held at the... | Continue reading article

Adventures in Barbecuing 2 – Cevapcici

Having repeatedly enjoyed traditionally prepared Bosnian cevapcici from Skela on 956 Merivale Road, I decided to try my hand at making my own. Besides, with the summer more than half over, I have to exploit my access to a gas barbecue as much as possible. I thus armed myself with a modified recipe from the Frugal Gourmet, some tips from a colleague, and some information from various websites and made an attempt. My first encounter with these caseless sausages appeared on foodiePrints sometime ago. What ended up coming off the grill was visually acceptable. The... | Continue reading article

Bottled Water Blues – “Aquafina labels to identify source of water” (July 27, 2007)

An article from Reuters about PepsiCo Inc.’s decision to label bottled water has been picked up by international news organizations and has appeared on Yahoo.com and ctv.ca. Accordingly, PepsiCo will spell out on its labels that Aquafina bottled water is made with tap water. The new labeling, which will include the words “Public Water Source”, is a concession to growing environmental and political opposition to the bottled water industry. According to spokespeople from PepsiCo, this will help to clarify the fact that the water originates from public sources. Dasani Flavored Water Coca-Cola Co., on the... | Continue reading article

“Nepal’s ‘goddess’ prefers instant noodles” (July 27, 2007)

According to Reuters, a 10 year old girl in Bhaktapur, Nepal has been named a “living goddess” or “kumari” according to Hindu tradition. The girl, named Sajani Shakya, was selected by priests to serve as an incarnation of Kali, the Hindu goddess of power. She will remain in this “divine” role until menstruation, after which, she retires and rejoins her family. Sajani has been the subject of international headlines this month after she visited the United States to promote a British-made film about her life. Some religious authorities threatened to strip her of her “living... | Continue reading article

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Tale of Two Samosas

Ottawa is a very multi-cultural city. As such, you will find numerous places selling ethnic snack foods from specialized take-out restaurants to convenience stores. Increasingly prevalent is the Indian samosa. A samosa is a fried triangular pastry with a savory potato and pea filling. The filling is usually flavored with spices. Sometimes, the filling also includes onion, fresh cilantro, Paneer (Indian cottage cheese), and/or minced meat. A fusion version of the samosa has emerged. Instead of frying the pastry, it is baked instead. This said, I decided to perform an experiment. Because a number of... | Continue reading article

Herb Pesto Pasta – updated with Pesto Pizza

Pesto Pasta With more than a cup of pesto, my better half and I had to find ways to prepare more dishes with it, other than slather it on toast. Though Jenn had prepared a single serving of it the day before, we decided to make a couple’s-sized serving of pesto spaghetti for dinner. The preparation was quick and easy. Cook up enough pasta for two to the super “al dente” stage. That is don’t cook the pasta all the way through. It should be soft on the outside and pliable, but relatively under cooked... | Continue reading article