Modernist Tacos: Pressure-Cooker Carnitas with Black Bean Foam, Caramelized Sweet Potatoes and Handmade Tortillas

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I'll be the first to admit that I wussed out a little. A friend asked me to make something fancy from Modernist Cuisine. He owns the five-book $500 set. I own the significantly cheaper Modernist Cuisine at Home. Think of it as Modernist Cuisine for dummies, which is all … [Read more...]

Launching the Glutton Guide Montreal

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How long has this guide to the best restaurants, cafés, bars, farmer's markets, butcher shops, fromageries and boulangeries in Montreal been a work in progress? Too long! Myself and Melissa Simard of 'Round Table Food Tours have been working on it for what feels like ages, and … [Read more...]

Raw and Paleo Nori and Lettuce Wraps

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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

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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

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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...]