Monthly Archives: February 2009

  • The art of the perfect dumpling: The ultimate comfort food The art of the perfect dumpling: The ultimate comfort food

    The art of the perfect dumpling: The ultimate comfort food

The art of the perfect dumpling: The ultimate comfort food

  I’m about four months along in my pregnancy now and there is one thing I crave on a near-daily basis: Shrimp and pork pot stickers with hot sauce. Make that two, crab salad with creme fraiche sandwiches. But that’s a whole other post. So when I saw the class for “hands-on dumplings” I signed up right away. All cultures have their own version of dumplings. For Armenians, it’s mante, which I wrote about for the Toronto Star a while back. You can find my article here, if you are interested.In any case, we learned to make three different kinds of Chinese dumplings: Fried dumplings with pork, shrimp, Chinese mushrooms; bamboo shoots; pork pot stickers; boiled pork dumplings to go in chicken broth. I learned a few key tips that will make it easy for me to duplicate these at home: Use pork if you can, because that’s the traditional […]

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  • Maple apple cinnamon cake Maple apple cinnamon cake

    Maple apple cinnamon cake

Maple apple cinnamon cake

Ever had guests coming over for coffee, but you have nothing on hand to serve? This happens to me a lot, particularly because I try not to buy sweets that I will be tempted to snack on. I have, in the past, made a run for the 24-hour grocery store that’s within walking distance. But usually that results in serving stale desserts that I normally wouldn’t be caught dead eating. Fortunately, I can whip up a quick coffee cake that is as indulgent as its aroma is pleasing to guests as they walk through the door. This recipe is one of those such coffee cakes. Bonus, you can safely tell your guests it’s a more nutritious recipe, thanks to Rose Reisman, who finds easy alternatives to fattening ingredients such as butter and sugar. Try maple syrup, applesauce, or even low-fat yogurt. You won’t even know the difference. This recipe is […]

  • Gordon Ramsay on my ‘bun in the oven’ Gordon Ramsay on my ‘bun in the oven’

    Gordon Ramsay on my ‘bun in the oven’

Gordon Ramsay on my ‘bun in the oven’

  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, or if you know me in person, you’ll know I’m somewhat enamoured with Gordon Ramsay. I watch all his shows, have interviewed both Gordon and his wife, Tana Ramsay, and own several of their cookbooks. So you can imagine my delight when my colleague presented me with his new cookbook at work the other day. Gordon Ramsay was in Toronto on a promotional tour for his latest book, Healthy Appetite, and he had just appeared on a television show at my workplace. I clapped my hands in glee, but my colleague urged me to open the book. Inside, I found a personalized inscription from Gordon himself that told me “Well done on your bun in the oven.” I bounded down the stairs (as quickly as a pregnant woman can bound down stairs) and hugged my colleague’s lovely girlfriend, who was […]

  • I’ve lost my taste for chocolate I’ve lost my taste for chocolate

    I’ve lost my taste for chocolate

I’ve lost my taste for chocolate

  I have something to confess. I’ve got a bun in the oven and I’ve lost my taste for chocolate. I used to eat at least a piece of chocolate every day. In fact, sometimes I wasn’t able to last until I got home and I’d go to the vending machine at my workplace to buy a chocolate bar. Other times, I’d eat a piece of chocolate as I cooked dinner. I didn’t realize it at the time, but soon after starting this blog, I became pregnant. Now, though, I realize in looking over my past blog posts that not only have I lost my taste for chocolate, I’ve been reaching, more and more, for butterscotch and caramel. And my cravings are reflected in my postings, from butterscotch pudding to sticky toffee pudding to Bahama Mama banana rum cake, it’s become evident that my taste buds are yearning for stronger […]

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