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I have a large amount of frozen smoked salmon but...

whenever friends drop by unexpectedly first thing i do is whip out a filet of my salmon... just throw it on a cheese board with a dollop of cream cheese, a few olives and pickels whatever you have on hand and some good crackers... no need to defrost, usually by the time you get everything else on the plate and pour everyone a drink it has defrosted... everyone thinks you've slaved for hours... always a hit!

Brandied Pear-Walnut Tart

lol good one... i like it!

Nov 07, 2008
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Giant Egg Hatches Normal-Sized Egg

my mom used to buy our eggs directly from a farm in our home town... and on multiple occasions i've cracked an egg only to find another egg inside... i wonder if this has something to do with when the embryo splits? (or something like it, im not a biologist) Curious to find out the cause!

Nov 05, 2008
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Gudrun tasting bar - Richmond, BC

back when there were actual family farms in steveston...

Gudrun tasting bar - Richmond, BC

forgive me, yes it is industrious and over-priced, kitchy yet trendy yada yada... but having grown up sea-side and now living landlocked in the valley, i find any opportunity to be near the ocean, an excellent one... those who see it and enjoy it daily, typically do take it for granted...

Gudrun tasting bar - Richmond, BC

"gudrun offers a variety of fresh, locally produced meats, cheeses, salads and breads. we are currently working on a fall menu of artisinal cheeses and charcuterie." -gudrun website

From what information i have from the gudrun group on facebook, the restaurants opening is scheduled for Nov. 17th... this is just an invite only cocktail party... as for an actual opening i am unsure... www.gudrun.ca provides address and contact info along with some of the future menu and tasting options as well as their mission statement and a list of suppliers.

I am super excited for this new place... a little bit of the city in gorgeous steveston. This place really goes back to basics and allows people to really learn to appreciate simple, basic, delicious food! Well done Patrick!

Inspire Me: What are your cooking plans for this weekend?

just a warning, if you are going to try brioche this weekend becareful and make sure your home is really warm... if it is raining and warm the humidity might be a little high and you may have problems with it raising correctly...

Apr 09, 2008
vodka_cocktail in Home Cooking

Tuna Tartare with Avocado and Crispy Shallots

i make something like this (without the crispy shallots which sound like a great addition) but i serve with fried wonton wrappers, which make a great crispy scoop for the cool avacado and tuna.

Sep 05, 2007
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Beer Biscuits

I actually used to make something similar to this recipie when i was going to school. saturday mornings after partying all night id get up make a bunch then meet up at my girlfriends' rooms for coffee, and to catch up on all the gossip from the night before!

I make mine either plain without cheese and topped with homemade jam, or i mix chopped up salami or peperroni in the dough and top with cheese...

Aug 30, 2007
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Vietnamese-Style Summer Rolls with Peanut Sauce

to make a day ahead wrap each individually tightly in saran wrap and place in air tight container, when needed unwrap and cover with a damp dish towel until ready to serve..

Aug 30, 2007
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Zucchini Blossom Tacos

Try stuffing the blossoms with the cotija cheese and finely diced jalapeno, then dipping in a light tempura batter and deepfry in hot oil, like you would for italian fried zucchini blossoms. Use the fried blossoms like you would in a mexican fish taco and top with a -salsa verde and crema! super yummy!

Aug 30, 2007
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Beyond Ketchup and Mustard

my mom's cesaer dressing... its so thick and garlicy you need to use a knife to spread it! great on salad and as a dip or used instead of mayo on a sandwich...

i also love sweet thai chilli sauce... sweet and spicy... this super sticky sauce is great for tempura, egg rolls and on prawns!

Jul 18, 2007
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Opening Night at the Eat-O-Plex

just another way for the population to become more obese... are we not told to not watch tv while eating as the brain ignores how full we are? so lets stuff more greasy food in to our bodies, while sitting, not getting the exercise we already need...

Jun 28, 2007
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Are Feminism and Slow Food Incompatible?

I agree, Convenience food has allowed woman to join the work force while still maintaining her "responsibilty" to provide a hot nuitrious meal for her family. In modern day, however, I think it is time we re-examine how we think about who and how dinner is provided to our families. With both parents working away from the home, its hard to imagine why this chore is still left to women. Should our families miss out on the quality and nuitriton of the foods they recieve because there simply enough hours in a day for one person to do everything?

Heres a simple idea to think about:
During World War I, as all able men were away at war, women were recruited to the factories to work, most full time. As the women were away from home, unable to prepare meals, and this was a time without the convience foods, most of the factories provided a hot, cooked meal that women would leave work with, to take home to serve their families...

now if we could figure out a solution like this in the 1920's, why in the era of convenience is this issue so difficult?

Jun 28, 2007
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Prairie Oyster

thats disgusting...

hangover cure that works: drink a bottle of gatorade and go back to bed...

Jun 28, 2007
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When Hunger Strikes

a crumpet toasted with butter and a honey... drool worthy!

Jun 28, 2007
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Rubbermaid Premier food storage containers...love, love, love...

looks like a great product.. i love the no staining, just curious though, the bases look like hard clear plastic/resin and i find that products like that tend to shatter very easily, especially if frozen (im a complete clutz!) i would love to buy a set but don't want to spend all that money on "tupperware" that im going to break. if thats the case ill just keep re-using my sour cream containers (lol jk)

Jun 27, 2007
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Summer 2007 Gift Guide

tea lantern is nice.. good idea with the candle and all, but no handle? one would think wrapping a hand around a hot cylinder of freshly brewed tea would not be enjoyable..

Jun 27, 2007
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Buffalo Chicken Tenders with Blue Cheese Coleslaw

definately drool worthy!

Jun 27, 2007
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Cured Salmon

Farm or Wild debate:

Growing up on the coast of British Columbia, I have forever heard both sides of this debate...depending on which side your on, yes it may be more 'safe'/un-safe being farm raised, and regulated but in all honestly I have to stand firm with my choice for Wild salmon.

Learning to fish with my father at an extremely young age (probably not long after my birth i was on our boat) I grew up with the mind-set that salmon were these wonderous intelligent creatures that swim in the depths of beautiful coast lines of vast blue ocean. So wise they are able find their way back to their birth place, hundreds of miles up treacherous rivers and streams.

Quite frankly the thought of a fish farm sickens me. It seems like they should be filmed as one of those pro-vegan advertisements played by PETA, displaying the horrors of badly treated animals. To me they seem strangely unnatural, and sad in a way, that this animal that we could let live free in the wild and still be able to enjoy easily by regulated fishing, is being held captive in order for stocks to be exploited.

Like anything, the choice between wild and farmed salmon becomes a personal one. Having the childhood I did is a major factor in my choice to eat and serve wild salmon, however making a grocery store choice an ethics debate is not my intention. To be extremely frank, the taste and texture of wild salmon is better, and if swimming and eating freely in the ocean is the cause, why mess with it?

Jun 26, 2007
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Tahini (sesame paste)...a key ingrediant?

I always make hummus when I'm in a pinch and companys coming. I just use a little sesame oil in place of some of the olive oil and a couple of heaping teaspoons of almond butter. It gives it a nice thick consistancy and all the nutty flavor. Besides I usually have it in the pantry so it saves making another trip to the store.

Jun 22, 2007
vodka_cocktail in Home Cooking

Gotta Take This Call

Dinner or at Home, I absolutely detest cellphones at the table... Theres no side stepping around it, its just plain rude...

If I have taken the time out of my busy day to prepare and cook a delicious meal for you, I would think it wouldn't too much to ask that you turn your phone off while we eat. Aside from nourishing your body, the whole point of sitting to eat a meal together is for the social aspect. You are sitting bonding over a meal together, you should be focusing on each others company and the food. Basically your saying this meal is not worth my full attention, and can easily be replaced by a minor distraction. By answering your phone at the table you are dis-respecting the person that cooked the food for you, as well as the others enjoying the meal.

Jun 22, 2007
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