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?

03 May 2020

Coyle’s Carton

As you walk or drive your eggs home from the grocery store, aren’t you glad they’re not in a basket? Watch out for the… pot hole. Shoppers of yore didn’t ‘put all their eggs in one basket’ for good reason. It’s thanks to B.C. inventor Joseph L Coyle that our

24 Apr 2020

The Great Canadian Baking Show

As the real news plays through like a horror movie, some of us are looking for lighter, happier fare in our leisure viewing. Cue: The Great Canadian Baking Show. Now canvassing for amateur Canadian bakers for its Season 4, The Great Canadian Baking Show has maintained many of the core

05 Apr 2020

Frosting Flowers

Talk to the frustrated flour seekers inching down barren baking aisles. They’ll tell you just how many people are passing their days in lockdown baking new and elaborate family treats. If you’re looking for gorgeously decorated inspiration from a local creator, check out Coco Cake Land – website, instagram, cookbooks