And the Oscar goes to Chocolate Nut Torte

 

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I have a friend coming over to watch the Oscars on Sunday who is gluten intolerant. I have a great snack plate planned, heavy on the fruit, cheeses and nuts, but really am craving a rich, chocolate cake to serve in the latter stages of the awards; something simple, quick and easy to make, but still divine and decadent. Luckily I have just the answer, an amazing chocolate cake based on Laura Calder’s recipe for Picnic Chocolate Cake that appears in her wonderful cookbook, Paris Express. Continue »



Canadian Favourites: The Halifax Donair

 

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Donair from Mister Donair, Halifax

 

Earlier this month Toronto lost one of its most critically acclaimed restaurants as Geoff Hopgood closed his beloved Roncesvalles eatery, Hopgood’s Foodliner. Geoff introduced a lot of us to some pretty great Maritime food with delicious high-falutin fare like marinated Nova Scotia Halibut, and wonderful low-brow grub like his famous Halifax Donair, arguably the best in town. There are still places in Toronto where you can get a donair, but we will miss this sweet Roncesvalles hot spot.

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Veggie For A Week

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“When you sign up for the Veggie Challenge, there is the opportunity to tell us about your food and shopping preferences, location, age range, whether you want to try going vegetarian or vegan, and more. We will then send you appropriate food and nutrition information, address any concerns you may have, and recommend restaurants and food stores that are near to where you live.”- http://www.veggiechallenge.com/

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The Spice of Life: Five Spice Powder

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Five spice powder is a great spice blend to have handy, it’s amazing how just a teaspoon or so worked into a recipe completely changes the complexion of a meal. Five spice powder is more than the sum of its parts. Blended together the aromatic, somewhat floral spices become a small tight orchestra of flavours. Familiar yet exotic, the intoxicating aroma and flavour is sometimes hard to place, like a favourite character actor that you recognize but can’t name; whoever he is, he’s killing it. Continue »



The Simple Pleasures of Baked Apples

 

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The other day I had a hankering for Canada’s favourite, apple pie. It was a cold, snowy night that called for a steak and baked potatoes supper followed by good old-fashioned apple pie. But the road to Hades is paved with good intentions, and by the time push came to shove making a pie from scratch just wasn’t in the cards. Yet I had all these large Granny Smith apples, purchased for this purpose. And I still had that apple pie craving. What to do? Continue »