D.I.Y: Sichuan Chili Oil

 

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Toronto is blessed with dozens and dozens of Chinese restaurants, and in almost all of them you will find that indispensable condiment, Sichuan chili oil. The recipes may vary slightly from restaurant to restaurant, as each establishment will have its own, treasured recipe, but the heat, aroma and flavour are unmistakable; so good that you might want to sneak some home! No need for that, though. Why not make your own? Continue »



The Most Perfect Accompaniment to Beets

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If you’re still reading then you must love beets. All the beet haters have moved on, leaving just us – the beet lovers, to learn all about this match made in heaven. Beets are one of the eight or so Ontario vegetables that grow all the way until November, and there is always an abundance of locally grown beets on our shelves and in farmers markets all across the province. When we discuss beets, we are usually referring to the taproot, the root of the beet, but beet tops are also packed with vitamins and flavour, and are great cooked or raw. Okay, now let’s get down to business.

What is the most perfect accompaniment to the humble beet?  Continue »



Delicious, Deluxe Duxelles

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If you’re looking for a flavour bomb that will add sophistication, umami and depth to stews, soups, omelettes, stuffing or just about any savory meat or vegetable dish, mushrooms duxelles might just be the perfect fit. Continue »



Make Yogurt In Your Oven

 

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Yogurt is one of those foods that many of us always have in the fridge. But with so many varieties available it is not always easy to choose. And even if you always opt for your favourite brand of plain, unsweetened yogurt that can enjoyed as is, or turned into tzatziki, or blitzed into smoothies, or any other of the countless ways yogurt can be enjoyed, you end up contributing quite a lot of plastic containers to the ol’ recycling bin. The solution? Make it at home. Continue »



Cooking For One: Bucatini with Tuna and Capers

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No doubt there are some of us out there who have no problem whipping up a great dinner for one. For the rest of us it’s a bit of a challenge; the portioning, the time spent mucking about in the kitchen just for one’s self. Today we have a look at a fantastic dinner you can whip up in the time it takes to boil some noodles. Continue »