Toronto Fallidays: Shichi-Go-San




In keeping with our series celebrating the diversity of Toronto’s cultural make-up, Toronto “Fallidays” today we are looking at a traditional Japanese celebration that will be going on around our city on Tuesday November 15. This is a big day for children of Japanese descent; Shichi-Go-San, the traditional rite-of-passage festival that celebrates the growth and well-being of children literally means, Seven-Five-Three, and the festival is often called that in English. Three and five year old boys and three and seven year old girls are celebrated during the festival, and prayers and well-wishes are bestowed upon the little ones, wishing them long life and a healthy and happy future. It is celebrated on the fifteenth because 3+5+7=15. Continue »

Essential Kitchen Utensils: The Mandoline



“Slice a tomato so thin it only has one side!”-Ron Popiel


When it comes to kitchen utensils, you have to balance utility with convenience, practicality with indulgence. A little too much emphasis on the latter and you’ll likely end up with a junk drawer that threatens to take over the entire kitchen, quirky gadgets that are used once in a blue moon then shoved in a drawer to disappear until moving day. There are literally hundreds of gadgets out there, many of them come from television’s golden gadget age of K-Tel and Ronco, from the Veg-o-matic to the Slap Chop, from electric can-openers to Spiralizers.

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We Are What We Eat: Modified Milk Ingredients


It's not just in processed cheese....

It’s not just in processed cheese….


It may sound like something out of an Orwellian dystopia, but “Modified milk ingredients” (mmi) are really not that scary. When the first ingredient listed on the label of a run of the mill “ice cream,” or “frozen dessert” is “Modified milk ingredients” and not cream, or milk, you might be justified in wondering exactly what this means. Sometimes this labelling is represented as simply, “Milk Ingredients” which perhaps implies that what you are getting is not exactly milk, or the milk ingredients are not the modified variety, or that through the miracle of modern science milk has been deconstructed and only some of it’s ingredients are contained therein. Continue »




Malabi with Blackberry at Chakra in Jerusalem


Muhallibieh is the traditional, rose-water scented milk-pudding originally from Turkey and popular in countries of the Middle East. It is known as Malabi in Israel, and this name has largely stuck. Creamy, smooth and dainty, this easy dessert can be whipped up in no time and topped with any number of embellishments; chopped nuts like almonds or pistachios, or a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds or drizzle of pomegranate molasses are all good toppings, as is a little swirl of date syrup. The delicate rose-perfumed aroma of malabi in combination with a little more robust fruit flavor and nut-crunch make it an irresistible force and a dessert that people will always make room for. Continue »

Turmeric means Turmeric Cake!

Tumeric Powder- stock photos


Turmeric powder is one of the most indispensable spice ingredients you can have on hand. Turmeric powder is the dried and ground root of the plant of the same name, sometimes known as curcuma. A member of the same family as ginger, turmeric has been part of our diet, medicine and culture for thousands of years and shows no signs of slowing down. Fresh turmeric root is also used in much of South Asian cookery, but it is the powder that really lends itself to a myriad of applications, originally as a dye for textiles, a staple in Ayurvedic medicine, a food colourant and flavourant in culinary dishes both sweet and savoury, and in soothing teas and immunity boosting elixirs and smoothies  Continue »