25 Nov 2020

Candy Land

All the planning in the world won’t help you in Candy Land. Win, lose – your fate lies in the shuffling of the deck, and the luck of the draw. But, as you drift down the rainbow road, you’ll find yourself in delicious worlds like Peppermint Forest,  Gumdrop Mountain, Princess

31 Oct 2020

Thrills, Coffee Crisps, And Other Canadian Treats

Happy Halloween! As we traipse about the house in our costumes, let’s take a moment to appreciate Canadian-born candies. What does it say about our culture that we are the inventors of a gum whose tagline reads: ‘It still tastes like soap’? They may think us mad, but many of

20 Oct 2020

Got Milkshakes?

No matter how obscure the task – how to re-attach GI Joe’s legs, how to dress like a Hobbit, how to meow like a cat – You Tube has a tutorial. But, decades before PayPal alumni Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim birthed their video-sharing behemoth, companies were offering how-to tutorials

22 Sep 2020

Black Forest Cake

Chocolate, sour cherries, sponge cake, kirsch, whipping cream, dark chocolate curls. What’s not to like? Black Forest cake – or Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte –   gets its name from Schwarzwälder Kirsch, a sour cherry liqueur distilled in Germany. Some say that the inspiration for this 16th Century sweet came from the Bollenhut, a heavily

23 Aug 2020

Bitter Almonds

Amaretto – ‘little bitter’,  the liqueur you might know from the Amaretto Sour, The Godfather, Blueberry Tea – is reputed to be the result of a surprise romance between a 16th Century artist and his widow Madonna muse. In 1525, Bernardino Luini  was brought in to paint frescoes for Santa

10 Jul 2020

Charlotte Bronte’s Beans

‘Are there any tea-cakes?’ asked the young mistress. I was excited to unearth a 115 year-old cookbook, pre-Covid, in a second-hand Vancouver bookstore. Books And My Food was written by Elizabeth Luther Cary and Annie M. Jones. It features both literary quotes – Dickens, Austen, Thackeray, Bronte – and original recipes

28 Jun 2020

To Canada, With Chocolate

With Canada Day approaching on July 1st, we spoke to talented chocolatier Glenn Knowles, owner of Gem Chocolates.. i. What are 6 adjectives that come to your mind when you hear the word ‘Canada?’ “Big, diverse, welcoming, peaceful, patriotic, flexible.” . ii. What are some unique things you have noticed

26 Jun 2020

The Canadian Butter Tart Challenge

It’s like one of those bare bones recipes from Paul and Mary’s technical challenges. ‘Make the dough and prove. Make the filling with all the ingredients, apart from the baking powder, then rest.’ But this isn’t the Great British Bake Off. This is 1900 Canada and Mrs. Malcolm MacLeod is

14 Jun 2020

13 Canadian Food Inventions

If you are hiking in the deep woods and want to avoid a grisly bear encounter, the advice is clear: make lots of noise to let them know you’re coming. Avoid areas with fresh bear tracks and droppings. Keep your pets at your side and leave the bacon and fish fries

07 Jun 2020

Dining In Colour

As a child with overactive taste buds, the thought of dining out invoked more dread than excitement. There was only one thing to anticipate with confidence: dessert. “Elizabeth, we’re going to …” “Is that the place with the… coconut drops? Green tea ice cream? Chocolate Bavarian Cake? Warm egg tarts?