Know Your Sauces: Béchamel

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This is the time of year when everyone seems to be on a diet, but it also happens to be freezing outside and carrot sticks just don’t cut it. We want comfort food and one sauce that features in some delicious comfort food is béchamel. Now béchamel is not exactly low in calories, but when it is time for an indulgence, it’s nice to be able to whip up this classic sauce, enjoyed by the Medicis and the courts of Louis XIV,  in only a few minutes. Continue »



Chefs For Change

 

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For four years Chris Brown was the executive chef at the Stop Community Food Centre, his exquisite culinary creations brought in a lot of diners to the Stop’s special dinners and catered events and raised a lot of funds for the centre. Eventually he left to open his own catering company, Citizen Catering, and start a family. Now he has reunited with the Stop, now under the umbrella of Community Food Centres Canada, for January and February to host a series of dinners to raise money and awareness about the CFCC’s mission to “provide good, healthy food for all”.

Calling the event Chefs for Change, Brown has invited 25 of his chef friends from across the country to join him in collaborating on these dinners, so you can try dishes by the chefs from Charcut, Mallard Cottage, Park, Lavanderia and Langdon Hall without having to leave Toronto. Continue »



Finally – Instant Ramen That’s Actually Good

 

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Instant ramen is a meal that you can put in your purse or backpack, eat at your desk or in between classes, a quick dish that is ready in two minutes. Unfortunately it is also full of sodium and msg.

When you get a craving for a bowl of instant noodles try Lotus Foods’ Rice Ramen. The trick is trying to balance good sense, good taste and good nutrition with the magic and convenience of a three minute meal – Lotus Foods does exactly that. These single serving portioned packages of rice noodles are made with non-GMO ingredients, they are gluten-free so are suitable for gluten intolerant individuals, they are made with organic ingredients where possible, they are low-fat, vegan, and have waaaay less salt than regular instant ramen. Continue »



Foolproof Over Easy Eggs

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People can be very demanding when it comes to how they like their eggs in the morning. You wouldn’t think that there could be so many variations on a couple of eggs, but there are. Whether you like your eggs sunny side up, over easy (or as my father-in-law used to call them, “Introduced to the pan”), medium or hard, scrambled soft or scrambled to something akin to foam insulation, or boiled soft medium or hard…if you are preparing eggs for someone who specifies any of the above, you’d better get it right! And don’t even get me started on poached! Continue »



Boxing Day Brunch At Home

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Having Christmas land on a Thursday is the best, especially if you have the 26th off, that means it is time for a Boxing Day Brunch and the star of the brunch should be a delicious stack of buttermilk pancakes. If you do have to work on the 26th you still have the whole lovely weekend to enjoy your gifts from Santa while digging into fluffy pancakes glistening with maple syrup. Continue »