Aquafaba is Aqua-fabulous!

 

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Whether or not you are vegan, if you enjoy baking to any extent, there is bound to be someone at sometime amongst your guests who is vegan, or cannot handle eggs. And one of the biggest challenges for vegan bakers and cooks is finding the perfect egg substitute. For years bakers have been trying their hands at various egg substitutes including commercially produced combinations of starches, baking soda and baking powder, or ground flax mixed with water, but my favourite go-to egg replacer is aquafaba. Continue »



Toronto’s Biggest Tea Party!

 

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Are you a tea lover? If so you will be excited to learn that next weekend, February 3rd and 4,th the Toronto Reference Library will be hosting The Toronto Tea Festival, a weekend-long celebration of , after water, the most widely consumed beverage in the world. Indeed, according to anthropologist Allan MacFarlane, author of Empire of Teamore tea is consumed throughout the world than coffee, pop, alcohol and cocao combined. Continue »



Standard Breading is Golden Perfection

 

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There’s something about those words, “Crunchy coating” or even better, “Cooked to a golden perfection.” Not many food nutritionists would advocate eating fried or deep-fried foods every day, but every now and then it’s a delicious and almost irresistible indulgence. The trick is to do it right, and one of the best, tried and true methods to ensure a beautiful result is to master the basic culinary skill of standard breading Continue »



You Won’t Believe The Secret Ingredient For These Succulent Short Ribs

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One thing I love about this cold weather is the opportunity prepare slow-cooked meals, preferably slow braised short ribs. But my number one complaint when it comes to short ribs is that they don’t come out with a perfect gravy after a long braise. The braising liquid remains just that – liquid. I want gravy!

I have found the secret ingredient that will turn your embarrassing watery ribs into tender braised ribs in a deep, succulent gravy, and you are not going to believe what it is.

Also, these ribs can be made in one afternoon and you are going to lose your mind when you see how simple this new technique is!

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Top Tips For Staying Warm This Weekend

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It is shockingly cold in Toronto right now. If you have a fireplace you are probably keeping it stoked – nothing warms a body like a beautiful crackling fire. Barring that there are cozy woolens, hot soup and everybody’s favourite – the fireplace channel.

Here are a few tips to help you stay as warm as possible until this ridiculous weather evens out. Continue »