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...]

Death Star Watermelon and Exotic Fruit from Baobab I

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You can't have a Star Wars-themed party without a Death Star, clearly. Just google "Star Wars recipes" and go to images and you'll be amazed at what people can do with a pen knife. My dad took the challenge, sculpting two of these babies for the party. Cut some vertical lines and … [Read more...]

Boozy Adventures and How to Make Homemade Limoncello

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Limoncello is liquified Italian sunshine. The best versions are made with thick-skinned lemons from the Amalfi coast. They're sipped – glass by small glass – with memories of the azure coastline and often draw to a close a subjectively perfect meal of anything from simple … [Read more...]

Three Slow-Cooker Recipes and Throwing Off Winter with Lamb Tajine, Tequila Chicken Tacos and the Ultimate Tomato Sauce

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Was that snow falling outside my window the other day? I refuse to believe that those big pillows of fluff weren't hallucinations. There's no way we're subzero and it's not even November yet. My general rule is that if it's not worse in Newfoundland than here in Montreal at … [Read more...]

Halibut with Currants, Harissa and Sherry

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This sweet and sour sauce soaks into the halibut, playing off the silky, savoury onions and crispy crusted but tender fish.The harissa gives it a smoky, mildly spicy, tomato base. A quick sear and a gentle braise is all it takes. Halibut with Currants, Harissa and Sherry  3 … [Read more...]