Raw and Paleo Nori and Lettuce Wraps


You can put whatever you want in these wraps. Once all the veggies are chopped, it's just a matter of throwing it all together. I shredded some carrots and beets, chopped some cucumber half-moons, grated some cauliflower as a rice replacement, added a layer of sauerkraut and some … [Read more...]

Homemade Persimmon Honey Wine


This is not wine from a kit. There are no commercial yeasts involved. No artificial¬†flavours or chemical preservatives. I never thought I'd make wine, but once you make ginger beer and start exploring Sandor Katz's fermentation bible, Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition … [Read more...]

Gluten Free and Dairy Free (And Some Vegan) Japanese-Inspired Desserts: Uncle Tetsu’s Cheesecake, Tiramisu, Bananas Foster Pudding Cake, Strawberry Mousse Cake and Chestnut Layer Cake

gluten free dairy free tiramisu

For the 9th Annual Volk/Watson Christmas Extravaganza, I kept with the Japanese theme (mostly sushi) and created light-as-air pastries and cakes. That's not easy when you're gluten free and dairy free. I can't remember the last time I ate cheesecake or tiramisu, two of my … [Read more...]

The 9th Annual Volk/Watson Christmas Extravaganza: Sushi (and a Surprise!)


If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you'll know that every year my family has a massive Christmas party in Newfoundland called an at-home, where friends and friends-of-friends drop by for a few hours in the afternoon on their way to other Christmas parties, most likely. … [Read more...]

Teriyaki BBQ Unagi (aka How to Cook an Eel)


Did you know that unagi on a sushi menu means eel? There sure ain't no Caterpillar in your Caterpillar roll. Instead, that's generally eel that's been grilled, slathered in teriyaki sauce, vacuum-packed sous vide in plastic, frozen, shipped half way around the world, defrosted … [Read more...]