May 19, 2015

Snack Attack: Spam And Pineapple Skewers

If you were to ask someone whether they like spam, chances are they’d say no.  They’d probably make a face too.  I’ll admit, I was one of those people.  I mean, it’s a slimy block of meat coming out of a can.  

But when you think about it, it’s not so different from a hot dog except for the packaging and it actually tastes pretty similar to a hot dog too.  Just don’t look at the sodium content… 

April 29, 2015

Creme Fraiche Ice Cream With Truffle Oil

We went to Hawaii a couple of weeks ago for a cousin’s wedding.  We had absolutely no ulterior motives in going, such as escaping the Canadian not-so-spring and the opportunity to explore the food scene somewhere else.  Definitely not.  

But we had to eat.  

April 21, 2015

The Anatomy Of A Sour

Ratios are a beautiful thing both in the lab and in the kitchen.  I’ve talked about ratios on this blog before here and here, but in case you weren’t listening back then, a ratio is just a simple way of representing the proportion of ingredients in a recipe.  The ingredient with the smallest quantity is assigned as a 1 and everything else is represented as a multiple of this ingredient.  If the word ratio scares you because the last place you heard it was math class a long time ago, I don’t blame you.  But your math teacher probably never taught you with drinks.  

April 11, 2015

Lavender Honey Baklava

We had a Game of Thrones Finale party last year where I tried to make snacks that corresponded to the regions of Westeros.  (Incidentally, Season 5 premiere on Sunday... excited!!!) I had meat pies for Winterfell, lemon tarts for King’s landing, and baklava for the desert lands of Essos.  I didn’t actually make the baklava then.  We bought it from Paramount, a Lebanese and middle eastern Arabic restaurant that has the best fresh pita bread and hummus.  It was so good, a mouthful of buttery, sweet, melt in your mouth pastry. 

March 29, 2015

Hibiscus Panna Cotta With Raspberry Sauce

I’ve lived in Canada most of my life so I really don’t expect it to actually be spring even when the calendar says it is.  But we’ve had hints here and there; just enough to whet your appetite.  The days are longer so we don’t have to walk home in the dark anymore.  The bright sunshine makes you think it’s warmer than it is.  I even saw some buds on the trees the other day.