Slipacoff’s Premium Meats: Valentine’s and Why a Bucket of Fried Chicken Isn’t Gonna Cut It

Cashew Suya Made with Slipacoff's Premium Chicken Cashew Suya Made with Slipacoff's Premium Chicken

Valentine’s has the dubious reputation of being a “greeting card” holiday, something horribly commercial that western society invented to bolster after-Christmas sales. Men inevitably feel pressured to gift something pink, ruffled, and, more often than not, containing chocolate. Nothing says love like a stuffed pink and neon green baby dragon with a shrink-wrapped edible rose in its jaws… Hold it!?!?!?!? To borrow the opening from another like-themed post, Valentine’s is important to the food industry of a city, particularly Ottawa. January is a difficult month with patrons rather frugal after opening their post-Christmas credit card... | Continue reading article

Lunch at The Rex

Wild Boarchetta Sandwich Wild Boarchetta Sandwich

Goodbye January and hello February! The first month of the year has been a frosty one, but that’s what makes Canadian winters great. It’s also been quite some time since Don and I last dined out (having donated our January eat-out budget for the Pasta 101 fundraiser for Parkdale Food Centre), but that doesn’t mean I can’t go out for a relaxing lunch with friends. Besides, when good friends have lent you a helping hand on numerous occasions, the least you can do is take them out for a hot meal And, if you can... | Continue reading article

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From Pot au Feu to Pho: A Look at One Dish Evolving into Another

Pot Au Feu Pot Au Feu

There are few foods as comforting as noodles on a cold day, particularly after a snowy commute home. Needless to say, I am quite the proponent of noodles, be they served on a plate dressed in cheese, egg yolks, and crisped pancetta (or better still pan-seared lardons of guanciale); or served in a bowl bathed in a long simmered savoury soup with assorted adornments (herbs, fried onion or garlic, young green stems, sprouts, flavoured oils, nuts, etc.) Noodles are actually my last meal request. Got hu tieu? One of my favourite noodle soup dishes is... | Continue reading article

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Last Regional Round of #TKLucky7 Challenge before Chinese New Year

Thai Red Curry Shrimp Tacos Thai Red Curry Shrimp Tacos

Chinese New Year is nearly upon us. Many are already gearing up to celebrate the year of the “Wood” Horse. Beginning January 31, 2014, homes will be meticulously tidied to collect a fresh allotment of good luck. Apparently, powdered luck (both organic and free-range, of course) is dispatched but once a year, so errant sweeping on New Year’s Day isn’t recommended. Walls will be decorated in bright colours. Bright colours ward off evil spirits and bad luck. Red envelopes of lucky money will be gifted by senior married members of the family to more junior... | Continue reading article

Wine Wednesday: a New Year’s solution to my fear of flying corks

We celebrate both Hannukah and Christmas here at CasaNJG. This means we are exponentially more likely to require bubbly to celebrate the season. As you know, I am deathly afraid of Champagne corks (see previous post on this very subject). This year, I am happy to announce that I have found a solution, if not a cure to my problem. The question of spoilage due to the use of natural corks, aside, these things rock! I can safely open a bottle of bubbly without fear of embarassment or personal injury. Flat Rock Cellars Riddled –... | Continue reading article

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Food, Wine and Generosity: Red and White for Harmony House, Pasta 101 for Parkdale Food Centre, and Giveaway

Donations to Parkdale Food Centre Donations to Parkdale Food Centre

Were I to write a book about the Ottawa food scene, I would dedicate a chapter to how the restaurants, caterers, and local producers embrace and support the community, oftentimes with astounding generosity. Last Wednesday, I sat at my workstation shocked at what resulted from a morning Twitter exchange with the chef/owner of Absinthe Cafe (1208 Wellington Street W.). But, more on Patrick Garland and the pasta class he will be holding this Sunday (January 19, 2014) later. The Red and White for Harmony House Women’s Shelter Firstly, there are approximately 30 tickets remaining for... | Continue reading article

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Mini Hero Sandwiches with Roasted Chickpeas for Thai Kitchen Canada #TKLucky7

Mini Hero Sandwiches with Roasted Chickpeas Mini Hero Sandwiches with Roasted Chickpeas

So, I took a challenge to compete against some rather talented Canadian food bloggers. The wrinkle, all dishes must be worldly mashups. Branding and Buzzing, the marketing firm behind this campaign, will also provide suggestions for a “seasonal requirement,” “which course dishes will be included in,” and “what kind of protein to employ.” The challenge, create 7 recipes for dishes, using McCormick products, heavy on those from Thai Kitchen Canada. It started January 6th (Monday) and ends today. Voting begins January 13th here on the blog and over on our Facebook page. Voting began January... | Continue reading article

Coconut Rice Gnocchi with Thai Red Curry Roasted Pork Belly for Thai Kitchen Canada #TKLucky7

Coconut Rice Gnocchi with Thai Red Curry Roasted Pork Belly Coconut Rice Gnocchi with Thai Red Curry Roasted Pork Belly

So, I took a challenge to compete against some rather talented Canadian food bloggers. The wrinkle, all dishes must be worldly mashups. Branding and Buzzing, the marketing firm behind this campaign, will also provide suggestions for a “seasonal requirement,” “which course dishes will be included in,” and “what kind of protein to employ.” The challenge, create 7 recipes for dishes, using McCormick products, heavy on those from Thai Kitchen Canada. Voting begins January 13th here on the blog and over on our Facebook page. More to follow… Voting began January 13th, click here to vote.... | Continue reading article