Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Autumn Vegetables Around The World

Allspice, also known as Jamaican pepper, takes ordinary pumpkin soup to new heights

This is the season for squash, pumpkin, parsnip, carrots, rutabaga and potatoes and it lasts much longer than tomato season in this province. Simply roasting or mashing fall vegetables with butter, salt and pepper is going to get tired fast.

We need to look outside our borders for inspiring ways to prepare these hardy veggies.

Pumpkin or squash can be prepared Jamaican style by serving mashed or pureed into a soup with sauteed ginger, allspice, nutmeg and turmeric. There is an excellent crock pot recipe here. Or you could grab a Kabocha squash and zip over to Japan for a lesson in tempura. Continue »

Going Dutch

This month we are honouring the amazing and versatile Dutch oven. This classic workhorse has been feeding Kings and Queens, French fops, pioneers and cattle rustling cowboys for over three hundred years.

The Dutch oven has been given its moniker due to its origin in the Netherlands in the late seventeenth century and has certainly withstood the test of time. Made famous throughout Europe by Dutch traders, the utilitarian cooking pot has spread around the world, from France, where it is known as a “cocotte”, to Japan, where it goes by the name “tetsunabe.” Continue »