Creamy Wild Mushroom and Shrimp Risotto (Dairy Free)

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Lactose intolerant? Can't eat Parmesan? Not feeling like drowning yourself in dairy and suffering from a heavy-stomached post-risotto feeling of regret? I love the idea of slow-simmering rice in broth until the starch of the rice makes the dish creamy. The traditional cheese … [Read more...]

Dived Scallops with Avocado and Pink Grapefruit Salsa

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This recipe comes from Scottish Highland Hospitality, which you can read more about in my recipe post for dairy-free cod brandade. It was my favourite recipe from the book, mostly because of the salsa. The key is to buy really tasty avocados and grapefruit. I splurged on organic … [Read more...]

Dairy Free Gluten Free Cod Brandade

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I knew I could never eat cod brandade. For one, the salt cod was unsustainable. I come from Newfoundland, a Canadian province that knows all about the overfished cod. So I would never buy the giant sheets of the salted stuff from Portuguese markets in Toronto. I also knew … [Read more...]

Would a Chocolate Bar by Any Other Name Taste as Sweet?

Did you know that a chocolate bar can't be called a chocolate bar if it doesn't contain cocoa mass and cocoa butter? That's a candy bar. Twix? Caramilk? Coffee Crisp? Candy bars. Its doesn't mean they don't taste good, you just can't call them chocolate bars – and you can't … [Read more...]

Herbalicious and Spicy Fish Heads from the Toqué! Restaurant Cookbook

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I should subtitle this article "How to successfully use a kitchen torch and fail at decorating fish heads." In the Toqué! restaurant cookbook, the fish heads look all pretty. It's one of the restaurant's most popular (and simplest) dishes, but it turns out that when you take a … [Read more...]