26 Oct 2021

Canadian Food Adventures

Grocery List 500 pounds flour 200 pounds bacon 3 dozen yeast cakes 15 pounds evaporated apples 100 pounds beans 1/2 gallon lime juice 5 boxes matches . That’s quite a shopping list. Any guesses as to what it was for? . . Well, according to the 2021 book Gastro Obscura,

10 Oct 2021

For The Love Of Dumplings

“As long as you wrap the thing and make it watertight then it doesn’t really matter what shape you make it.” So says Michelin-starred, London chef Andrew Wong about the making of dumplings. “”Enjoy the process. Enjoy monotony! It’s a skill that you can take away with you forever, if

08 Oct 2021

Artful Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope this long weekend brings you health and happiness with your loved ones. In celebration, here are a selection of paintings that are either overtly focused on Thanksgiving or seem to evoke its spirit.   March Avery. Thanksgiving. 1967 . Andries van Bochoven. Portrait of the artist and

17 Sep 2021

A Virtual Market For Foodies

You might remember Natalie Ferrari-Morton and her fiction-inspired jams: Madame Cherry is terribly grand, secretive and proud of her French heritage. Saint Claire was a devout Catholic nun – pure in her spirit, intense in her approach and a little tart. Blackberry Jack is adventurous, swarthy and ready for any

21 Aug 2021

Unemployment Pudding

Have you heard of this delicious Depression-era Canadian dessert, known in its founding province of Quebec as Pouding Chômeur? ‘Poor Man’s Pudding’ is said to have been invented in 1929 by women who, after a long day working on the factory floor, returned home to cold, bare pantries.  With only

31 Jul 2021

Three Words: Nanaimo Bar Donut

An iconic dessert has found a new face. Not only did we invent the Nanaimo Bar (come at us London, New York, and Maryland),  Canada is said to have the most donut shops per capita in the world. Now, in this long weekend of Pride, Cartems Donuts is bringing it

27 Jul 2021

Cheesecake, Olympic Cheesecake

With National Cheesecake Day falling on July 30th, it’s time we take a moment to celebrate this most glorious of desserts. And funny – as many of us are steeped in watching the Olympics – that cheesecakes were on the menu for athletes at the first Olympic Games in Greece.

09 Jul 2021

Pop’s Sicle

In 1905, an 11 year old Frank W. Epperson of Oakland, California invented the first popsicle. After an intense day of outdoor play, Frank retired inside for dinner and rest. He did, however, forget one thing  on the porch: his cup of soda and its powder-mixing wooden stir stick. After

11 Jun 2021

Canada’s Favourite Cookie

Which homemade cookies do we Canadians crave the most? In February of 2021, Food Network Canada analysed their considerable data to unearth the cooking channel’s most popular cookie recipes of all time. The winner? Good old-fashioned shortbread. Fittingly, in the 1944 Canadian Favourites Cookbook, Mrs. Jane Montgomery from Victoria, B.C. offers

30 May 2021

Moira Rose’s New Cocktail

In Schitt’s Creek Season 1, Episode 6, Moira Rose proves to be a less than inspiring spokesperson for The Herb Etlinger Fruit Winery. “In the lee of a picturesque ridge lies a small, unpretentious winery, one that pampers its fruit like its own babies. Hi, I’m Moira Rose, and if