Bratwurst Sausage Recipe

My cousin Claire and I like to get together once a month to tackle a new skill in the kitchen. This month we decided to try our hands at sausage making. I didn’t think homemade sausage would taste so much better than store bought…but it does. (No hard gristly bits to chew on). Before evenContinue reading “Bratwurst Sausage Recipe”

Korean Perilla Leaves and Rice

This recipe is essentially a marinade for the leaves. After the leaves have sat in the marinade for 2 days, they are removed and used as a sort of taco/grape leaf hybrid to wrap around sticky glutinous short grained rice. The flavour of the leaves is the draw here. They taste of basil and corianderContinue reading “Korean Perilla Leaves and Rice”

Yorkshire Brack

This past weekend we had a family reunion for my dad’s side of the family. They hail from Sheffield in Yorkshire, so I wanted to make a traditional Yorkshire recipe. After scouring recipe books and the internet I decided on making a Yorkshire Brack. Similar to a Scottish Brack or ‘Barmbrack‘, a Yorksire Brack is a fruitContinue reading “Yorkshire Brack”

Kiwi, Loquat and Tequila Jam

One of my favourite pass times when I get a day alone is to stroll through the fruit markets of Chinatown. I am a fruit ‘addict’ and the more exotic the better. So when I come across a fruit I haven’t tried before I just have to buy some. On this particular visit, I came acrossContinue reading “Kiwi, Loquat and Tequila Jam”

Jicama and Blood Orange Salad with Mint Cream and Pomegranate Molasses

I kept seeing Jicama at the grocery store, but had never tasted it before. Intrigued, I have been looking for a way to use it in an exciting dish. I decided to make a salad based on a recipe I found in the New York Times; Jicama Salad. I decided to go with Cantaloupe instead ofContinue reading “Jicama and Blood Orange Salad with Mint Cream and Pomegranate Molasses”

Royal Botanical Garden’s Spring Plant Sale/SNAP Hamilton Magazine

It is a yearly tradition in my family that we attend the Royal Botanical Garden‘s Spring Plant Sale. Its a marvelous outing that my boyfriend, father and I enjoy. (Riker too!) This year Snap Hamilton took our picture as we were ambling about and published it in their June issue. On sale are hundreds of native and exoticContinue reading “Royal Botanical Garden’s Spring Plant Sale/SNAP Hamilton Magazine”

Italian ‘Peaches’ by Marco’s Mom

If there is one treat my boyfriend loves more than any other, it’s his mom’s home made ‘peaches’. This is an Italian pastry and one I rarely see for sale. Two half circles of alcohol soaked cake are hollowed and filled with a lemony/boozy pastry cream. They are then rolled in an alcohol/food colouring syrupContinue reading “Italian ‘Peaches’ by Marco’s Mom”

Latin American Emporium

Whenever I am in Kensington Market, (which is often), I stop in at the Latin American Emporium for supplies and a snack. They have a great selection of hard to find South American herbs and ingredients. The kitchen in the rear churns out delicious tamales, pupusas and tacos. Long before the high end taco trend swept ourContinue reading “Latin American Emporium”