Lavanderia: Antonio Park’s South American Meat Emporium in Westmount


Every review of Antonio Park's Lavanderia seems to mention the parillada completa – the mixed grill of homemade chorizo, crisp-skinned fish, marinated cornish hen, beef short ribs, lamb shank, beef and charred broccoli, cauliflower and celery root that comes to the table on a … [Read more...]

The Queen of Chocolate Explores Gluten-Free Flours


My last article on is an interview with Alice Medrich, San Francisco baker extraordinaire. I grew up with one of her earlier cookbooks, Chocolate and the Art of Low Fat Desserts, that packs all the flavour possible into lighthearted recipes. Her latest … [Read more...]

Garlic-Roasted Zucchini


My zucchinis have exploded – yes that's a drastic overstatement. No bomb has gone off in my community garden plot. But the plants I thought were just too big to be zucchini and must be mysterious melons have sprouted limbs, yielding seven giant summer squash and counting. Now, … [Read more...]

What Do I Do With That Zucchini?

Zucchini-Tomato Tiau

If you're like me, zucchini have taken over your life. Maybe you don't have a community garden plot with four enormous zucchini plants, blossoms so big you thought they were squash and baseball bat-sized green summer squash hiding under thick green branches and enormous lily … [Read more...]

Seared Duck Breast with Orange and Star Anise


Don't be intimidated by duck breast. All it needs is a good spice rub and a quick sear followed by a little rest from the exertion and you've got yourself a restaurant-quality meal for half the price. The orange and star anise sauce is just the icing on the cake. And sure, duck … [Read more...]