Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Onion Apple Sauce

Pork Tenderloin With the first of May come and gone, barbecue season is now officially open. Two weekends ago, I concocted a pork tenderloin recipe that should work equally well in an oven or on the barbecue. However, if you decide to make this recipe on the barbecue, I strongly recommend you not brown the apple sauce on the tenderloins. The sauce may drip onto the grate and into the barbecue, causing one rightful mess. Please note that this was a “necessity is the mother of invention recipe” that I cobbled together because a certain... | Continue reading article

New Tea House on the Block

Nihao Tea House The face of the Wellington Village continues to evolve. The converted two story house that once housed a Halal meat shop is now the location of the Nihao Tea House (81 Holland Avenue). It opened its doors sometime during the afternoon of April 20, 2007. It is actually the second tea house in Ottawa to sport the name Nihao. The first is located in the Gloucester Center (1980 Oglivie Road). Customers shouldn’t come looking for teabags at the Nihao Tea House. Though I have no doubt that tea bags can be purchased,... | Continue reading article

Dimsum Special 2: Pan Fried Tofu

Pan Fried Tofu No one ever said that tofu was boring. Its uses and applications abound. At the mega-mart, you can find tofu in many products from roasts and burgers to vegan cheese. In the kitchen it can be just as versatile. Depending on what preparation you purchase, tofu can be used to make sauces, milk shakes, pie fillings, or even cakes. Of course, if a savory preparation interests you, traditional Asian cuisine dictates that tofu be deep deep fried, pan fried, or mixed into various stir-fries. For Asian dishes, the tofu of choice comes... | Continue reading article

Chocolate Baby Cakes

Baby Cakes Chocolate + Cream = Ganache. Ganache is the stuff of dreams to chocoholics everywhere. It is used in chocolate truffles, glazes, frosting, and, if you’re Alton Brown, fudge pops. Ganache also happens to line the middle of chocolate babe cakes. According to the Holiday 2003 edition of LCBO’s Food and Drink magazine, baby cakes are small cakes that serve 1 or 2 people. In this recipe, the destined size of the cake is small for good reason. These cakes represent the zenith of chocolate decadence. Gift I made these cakes as a gift... | Continue reading article

Searching for the Mediterranean Paella

alibaba.com Earlier this month a study was released on Reuters.com, stating that a traditional Mediterranean diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, and nuts, appears to protect against asthma and nasal allergies. The study involved 690 children between the ages of 7 and 18 in rural Crete. Nine days later, a news article appeared on UPI.com, stating that approximately two out of three (63%) Brits have switched to a more Mediterranean diet, “dropping fish and chips for paella.” Whether or not the two releases are correlated remains to be said. Paella, on the other hand, has spiked... | Continue reading article

Surviving the Food Court

Yahoo Last weekend, Yahoo.com published an article about eating healthily while shopping in a typical North American mall. In it, a registered dietitian named Cheryl Koch outlined some interesting tips about choosing what to eat at typical North American Chinese, burger, Sandwich and Latin American food court venues. The following is Koch’s recommendations when it comes to what I like to refer to as “Chop Suey” outlets: “Among the mostly fried selections in this cuisine, it’s best to stick to vegetarian or mostly vegetarian dishes. Order steamed rice (brown is better than white, if that’s... | Continue reading article

Edible Insects (Now available locally…) – with Update

Scorpian Hard Candy A former house mate of my better half visitted us last weekend. During her stay, we decided to take her on a tour of downtown Ottawa. Being favored by many patrons of the Byward Market, we visitted the Sugar Mountain on William Street. In it, we found a display of insect edibles: chocolate covered ants, meal worms encased in hard candy, cricket lolly pops, and the like. I just ran across a posting on digg.com that links to a site that lists 32 edible insect foods available for purchase online. Apparently, what... | Continue reading article

Dimsum Special 1: Deep Fried Wontons

Deep Fried Wontons Like potstickers and other such dumplings, wontons, deep fried or otherwise, exemplify the concept of balance that is predominant in Asian cuisine. Crispy Skins… Soft and flavorful fillings… Deep fried wontons are an elegant delivery system for meat and vegetables. Where else can you get two-bite portions of a savory meat and vegetable filling, all enclosed in a wonderfully crisp wrapper? Deep fried wontons go wonderfully with Thai sweet chili sauce. I’ve actually replaced ketchup in my pantry with sweet chili sauce. I hear that a lot of Aussies have done the... | Continue reading article