Fruit Vinegar

Like most commercial food, companies make vinegars for the most easily offended tastes. Basically, the flavour and character is muted and the ingredients are subpar (i.e. vinegar devoid of probiotic nutrients, added refined sugar for sweetness, excess preservatives and stabilizers). Even if you’re not using the vinegars in recipes, you can always deglaze your pans […]

Asian Style Vinaigrette Made in Canada

When I visited Japan, I was treated to the duo delight of ubiquitous cabbage and sesame dressing at the corner stores. What a wonderful, healthy country Japan. So I wanted to enjoy this combo back home. Here’s a delicious Asian style vinaigrette recipe that I use on my salads: 1 teaspoon of thinly sliced garlic […]

Bread Recipes

A satisfying, sweet, chewy rye bread for the bread machine: 2 teaspoons of salt 2 teaspoons of caraway seeds (optional) 2 tablespoons of butter ¼ cup brown sugar 1 cup of rye flour 1 1⁄2 cups warm water 3 cups of bread flour 1 1⁄2 teaspoons of yeast Instructions: Let all ingredients rise to room […]

Early hostas

As always, use multiple reference guides before eating any plant. Hostas are considered ornamental in Canada but they’re considered an edible leafy green in the old world. The plants come back year after year (perennials) and they grow with little attention and do well even in the shade. You want to harvest the hostas before […]