Kimchi 2016 (Plus fried rice and kimchi jigae recipes, aka “what to do with the rest of last year’s batch”)


There's no better way to warm up on a cold day than with spicy-hot kimchi! Good thing I have an annual tradition of making approximately 18 litres of the Korean red pepper cabbage ferment with my friend Joel. But in preparation for the day-long event, I had to eat the rest … [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...]

Nam Prik Pau! Thai Chile Jam That Packs a Punch


Every time I say the name of the recipe I picture graphic novel-style exclamations above me and I want to punch three times in various directions into the air — one, two, three! Basically I feel like a Thai warrior, not someone who just shallow-fried dried shrimp and fish, … [Read more...]

Three-Citrus Marmalade and Syrup


I love food lore and how so many traditions ring in the new year with something sweet. Like eating honey and apples at Rosh Hashanah or moon cakes at Chinese New Year. But the truth is that life isn't all sugar and spice and everything nice. There's a little bitterness in there, … [Read more...]

7th Annual Volk/Watson Extravaganza: The Pictures

7th annual volk/watson christmas extravaganza

My family's annual Christmas party happened yesterday. As usual, it was ridiculous: There were the beef tacos. And the chicken tacos. And the shredded chicken with Mexican rice, black beans and aioli crema. Since the party was tex-mex themed, there … [Read more...]