The Secret To Great Pad Thai and Chicken Wings…

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It was the great Canadian intellectual Marshall McLuhan who coined the term “Global Village,” the metaphorical shrinking of the world due to advances in technology and information. And the term may be expanded to include the kitchens of the world as well; a generation ago it might have been unheard of for a home in Tamworth, Ontario to have a jar of wasabi in the fridge, or rice paper wraps in the cupboard. Grab your tamarind, you know you’ve got some, and let’s kickstart the weekend.  Continue »



Easter and Passion Fruit Are Forever Linked

 

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Today is Good Friday, a national statutory holiday throughout Canada. Good Friday is the Friday just before Easter Sunday and according to Christianity marks the day that Jesus Christ was crucified and died. With that in mind, today we are having a look at one of our favourite yet often overlooked edible gems, the passion fruit. What does the passion fruit have in common with Good Friday you ask? Read on. Continue »



Turning Snacks Into Art

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Ashley Smallwood is a Canadian artist who has taken the art of food painting into the twenty-first century. Her snack paintings are a revelation; art that is part historical archive and social commentary while at the same time possessing a sense of fun laced with a strange beauty. Continue »



The Beauty of Blood Oranges

 

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In Canada we get excited when local fruit comes into season. Early spring is rhubarb season, then as the days get longer and warmer more fruits and vegetables take front and centre stage. But when it comes to imported and tropical fruits, it seems we tend to take them for granted; you can always get an orange, they seem to be the same year round. But of course there are growing seasons for oranges too, and the best time of the year for Blood oranges is right now, from January to May. Continue »



Two Words: Campfire Cooking

 

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Canadians love the outdoors; we get out of the city whenever possible and we embrace the change of seasons, and when we can, we camp in the wilderness-or at least semi wilderness- and we cook outdoors. Is it too early to start thinking about camping and cooking in the great outdoors? We don’t think so. There’s a reason so many people rhapsodize about the Canadian spring, but so few of us really get in touch with nature this time of year. And if you’re thinking about camping you’re going to want to brush up on your campfire cooking skills.  Continue »