Sour Cream Coffee Cake

 

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Coffee cake is one of life’s little pleasures. Simple, humble, sweet but not overly cloying, it manages to be hearty and delicate at the same time. With just a handful of ingredients it comes together in minutes and requires no skill, making it a great beginner recipe for you and the kids to try together. Continue »



It’s A Wrap: Vegetarian Dolmadakia

 

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Almost everyone the world over loves wrapping food in food. A sandwich is basically a wrap, the filling snuggled between a soft bread exterior. We stuff our donairs and falafel  into pita, we wrap fresh veggies in rice paper and mung bean wrappers, we wrap food in tortillas made of corn and flour, and resourceful cooks everywhere have made an entire branch of regional cuisine out of wrapping foods in locally available vegetable leaves; lettuce wraps, cabbage rolls, tamales wrapped in corn husks, Chinese sticky rice in lotus leaves, stuffed collard greensSwiss chard ….the list goes on and on. And one of our favourite wraps, hailing from the middle east, the Balkans and Greece, is dolmadakia, stuffed grape leaves. Continue »



Grapefruit That Tastes Like Grapefruit

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I remember as a kid that only adults ate grapefruit, it was just too sour for kids. Remember when a grapefruit was so tart a sprinkle of sugar was often welcome just to make it more palatable?

Those grapefruits aren’t around much anymore, Ruby Red grapefruits are the norm these days. And Ruby Reds are delicious for sure, sometimes though, one gets a craving for the kind of pucker only a tart and sweetly sour Duncan grapefruit can give. Continue »



The Extraordinary Cassava

 

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A new Cuban restaurant opened in my hood last month, and, hankering for a Cuban sandwich the other day I finally checked it out. As it turned out I ended up ordering the chicken, served with a tangy and garlicky bright green mojo sauce, and, bonus, a side of crispy and delicious yuca frita, yuca fries. Yuca fries are more common then French Fries in much of Latin America and Cuba, and not something you see everywhere here, so I am always excited to get them when I can. Continue »



From Icebox to Soup bowl in an Hour

 

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March, with its seasonal identity disorder-am I winter or spring?- is prime time for a cold or flu. You can wake up one morning feeling groovy and by the end of the day you are in the throes of the dreaded common cold, or worse. One’s appetite is often diminished to a large degree, so we intrinsically know that we should eat extra healthy in that small window of opportunity. And for many of us that means good old chicken soup. Continue »