It seems simple enough, having a meal ready and waiting for you. So simple that giant food companies have been doing this for years, preparing meals that you just pop in the oven. A classic example is the “TV Dinner” that originated in the mid-twentieth century; typically a TV dinner is frozen, and goes into the oven solid as a rock for about half an hour to 45 minutes. Then in the eighties we got microwavable dinners that still hog a large part of the market.
John Catucci, the host of Food Network’s hit show showcasing the best independent restaurants around the country, sat down with us for a few minutes to talk about his new cookbook from HarperCollins Canada and how you can get your favourite restaurant featured on the next season of You Gotta Eat Here.
Fannie Flagg’s “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe” is one of the best novels for referencing the iconic foods of the South. There were scuppernongs and pecans in “To Kill A Mockingbird” and a very memorable chocolate pie in “The Help”, but they were no match for the biscuits, barbecue, sausage gravy, country ham and, of course, fried green tomatoes of Flagg’s most popular work which went on to become an international bestseller, with the eventual movie version being nominated for two Oscars. Continue »
they won’t win any beauty pageants but they sure cook up nice
As you know from the video we posted yesterday of my interview with Perth farmers, wild boar are actually wild critters. The farmers who raise them put up fences but they don’t actively farm them. The boars are left to their own devices pretty much all their lives and can forage and dig for as many roots, nuts and berries as they please. Thus the meat of the animal is markedly tastier than regular pork and can be prepared in the same ways you do cuts of pork. Here are a few great recipes I like to use when cooking with wild boar meat. Continue »
With Father’s Day imminently upon us, it is time to give a shout-out to dads who can cook. Gone are the days when all we expected from Dad was a little messing around with a skillet of Hamburger Helper, or woofing off his eyebrows in front of the barbeque.
Today’s dads are as at home in the kitchen as they are in the garage; indeed, the kitchen is probably dad’s second favourite room in the house. And with television networks and cooking shows dominated by men-and no small amount of Dads– men everywhere are developing some pretty rad skills in the kitchen. Celebrate that with some great and helpful kitchen gifts on Father’s Day, and leave the spaghetti twirling electric fork for your next Secret Santa gift. Continue »