Recipe Review: Ultramar’s Cod au

So here we go! My first recipe review. . . The first version of Cod au Gratin I’m trying is the one from the Ultramar series called Traditional Recipes of Atlantic Canada. As I mentioned in the introduction to this recipe quest, Cod au Gratin is a baked cod and cheddar dish. This recipe has been shared online on a number of sites without proper credit. You can find it here or here. This is the recipe my mother uses, and I believe it’s a pretty widely used one (hence it’s availability on the internet–there’s a good chance that some of...

What Shakespeare and the World’s G

Anyone can cook. As I mentioned before, if you can read a recipe, you can cook. But I have to admit that those who would disagree aren’t entirely wrong. Cooking is sort of like reading. Both are skills that develop to some extent as a result of necessity and interest. Both happen more readily in an environment where they are encouraged. Kids who love to read are often from homes where reading is valued and modeled. Kids who love to cook are often from homes where they’ve been taught how to do so. My earliest memories of cooking involve cookie cutters...

Easy as Crisp

Whoever said “easy as pie” had it all wrong. Sure the fillings can be the easiest thing going, but the crust? Not so much. Making a good pie crust is an art. A drop too much of water, one pat too many of the hand, one degree too warm for the butter and instead of a tender, flakey crust, you have dried play dough. But a crisp? Now we’re talking easy! No finicky working of the dough–just get your hands in there and get ‘er done. And there’s gotta be some kind of health bonus for the fibre in the oats. A crisp is the perfect place...

Pasta alla Carbonara

For me, pasta alla carbonara calls to mind a small town, nestled on a hillside surrounded by green farms abundant with laden fruit trees; a town where the bakeries outnumber the banks and the locals gather for long chats over produce stands. It was there that my love affair with this dish began, there in Villers-Bocage, Normandy. What’s that, you say? Are you sure it wasn’t a hillside near Rome, the reputed birthplace of carbonara? I had eaten pasta alla carbonara before in Canada, but had never found it so satisfying as the one at the little pizza and...

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