04 Feb 2018

Raspberry Liqueur

Thank Ida. If you like raspberries, take a moment to show some gratitude to Ida. According to Greek mythology, baby Zeus’ nursemaid nymph, Ida, was picking snow-white berries for her young charge. When she pricked her finger with a thorn, her blood dripped onto the berries, staining them red for

28 Jan 2018

Himalayan Pink Salt Caramels

We had been going to Purdy’s since we were kids. We had no idea why there was pink salt on the chocolates nor what was so special about rock crystals from the Himalayas. Yet, we had to have some. As soon as we heard about these Himalayan Pink Salt Caramels,

14 Jan 2018

Brewing Bitters

Charred Cedar Bitters, Husk Cherry Bitters, Meyer Lemon Bitters, Coffee-Pecan Bitters. These are just some of the bitters you can make at home, according to Brad Thomas Parsons, author of Bitters. A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All. Bitters, according to Parsons, ‘are an aromatic flavoring agent made from infusing

07 Jan 2018

Chocolate Dipped Cinder Toffee

Well, depending on your home city or country, you might know it as: Angel Food Candy Fairy Food Candy Hokey Pokey Honeycomb Puff Candy Old Fashioned Puff Sea Foam Sponge Candy Sponge Toffee If you have Crunchie bars in your town, we’re talking about the innards. This sugar, water, baking

31 Dec 2017

Pick Your Poison

It’s New Year’s Eve day and revellers are busy plotting their cocktail menus for the evening. We in Vancouver are under some pressure to make our drinks fancy, given that our city is home to the 2017 World Class Bartender of the Year. This year, Kaitlyn Stewart – who can

22 Dec 2017

Canadian Farm to Chef

If you want some Canadian creativity in your kitchen this holiday season, Chef Lynn Crawford has a beautiful new cookbook: Farm To Chef. Cooking Through The Seasons. ‘Winter and eating go hand in hand,’ writes this author, owner of Toronto’s Ruby Watchco restaurant and judge on Chopped Canada. ‘Bring on

17 Dec 2017

Crème Brûlée

First comes The Sweet: “I think you’ll be excited about the dessert. Crème brûlée. Do you like it?” Like it? Thwacking the spoon against that slightly burnt canopy of sugar. Wriggling said spoon into the valley of custard. Gathering up caramelized shards in the exit. Then comes The Sorrow: But, but where are

03 Dec 2017

Sweet Reds

62. According to Reay Tannahil, author of Food in History, that is how many pickle and sauce chefs one could expect to find in the royal kitchens of 2nd Century BC China. 128 day to day chefs, 128 special events chefs, 335 grain, fruit and vegetable chefs, 162 master dieticians

17 Nov 2017

Warm Sesame Bagels

Here’s a satisfying Vancouver afternoon. Take a walk along the seawall from Granville Island, by Vanier Park, along the beach, up to Kits Pool. It’s a pleasant stroll, but you deserve a post-exertion treat. Circle back to Siegel’s Bagels on Cornwall and order a Montreal-style bagel to go. Are there

14 Nov 2017

Freudian Sips

‘While writing a prescription for a woman who was especially weighed down by the financial burden of the treatment, I was interested to hear her say suddenly: ‘Please do not give me big bills, because I cannot swallow them.’ Of course she meant to say pills.” Here is Sigmund Freud